Auto Ordnance USN .45

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  1. gunbb

    gunbb New Member

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    A guy I know, has an 1911A1 Auto Ordnance .45 with the serial number AOCUSNxxxx. He thinks it's some rare USN issue gun. Anyone have any info on this ? Thanks, BB
  2. Shooter45

    Shooter45 *Administrator* Staff Member Supporting Member

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    It's a commemrative pistol. Nothing special. It will have a little value in unfired condition ( $600 + )
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    No, it's not the commemerative with the engraving and fancy grips. It's just a plain old AOC . Still worthless? BB
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    Auto ord has a bad rep it may have a usn marked slide on it (is it the one on 1911forum.org?)
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    Shooter45 *Administrator* Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I've been going thru my notes and I'm not finding anything. If these pistols did in fact exist, they would be as rare as a Singer.

    The serial # matches that of the commemorative model. Even without the engraved slide and fancy grips, there is something strange about this one.

    Pictures are always a big help.

    Good luck with your search.
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    Here are some pics of it. The barrel has an M and a P. Hope this helps, BB

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    it could be a parts gun Auto Ord is known for putting together left over parts to build guns
  8. Bill DeShivs

    Bill DeShivs Well-Known Member

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    TMK, A/O never made any guns for the military.
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    If I'm not mistaken - NUMRICH ARMS (West Hurley, NY) at one time owned the Thompson/AUTO ORDNANCE name and actually put together some firearms, including 1911A1 from USGI surplus and new parts???? Anybody else have that recollection?

    Did a Google-fu search and found this:
    Quote"The name “Auto-Ordnance Corporation”, which had been abandoned in 1944, was re-registered in New York on June 14, 1974 by Numrich Arms Corp. of West Hurley, New York. The new “Auto-Ordnance Corp.” had no connection with nor was it a successor in interest to the original Auto-Ordnance Corporation of Thompson, Ryan, Maguire, and “Tommy Gun” fame although its literature, catalogs, trademarks, and “Thompson” gun patterned to look like the original Thompson fools consumers into believing otherwise. Kahr Arms purchased the new “Auto-Ordnance Corp.” from Numrich Arms in 1998, apparently believing that they were actually buying the original Auto-Ordnance Corp., not the one created by Numrich Arms.
    http://www.auto-ordnancecorporation.com/
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  10. RJay

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    It is a Numrich supplied firearm ( Kahr now owns the Thompson name ). It is not now nor ever a military firearm. The Numrich arms were low cost and did not have a very good reputation for reliability ( read , don't work most of the time. ). It is not rare, not Navy, not any type of issue firearm. At most it is a 400 dollar shooter ( if it works. ), As Joe Friday used to say, Just the facts Madam,, just the facts.
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