Commando Mark 45
Q: A friend of mine asked me to look at a semiauto version of the old Thompson submachine gun. It is made by Volunteer Enterprises and stamped "Commando Mark 45." The serial number is 57XXX. It's in about 98 percent condition. Can you give me some background information and an approximate value? --A.K., Indianapolis, IN
A: Volunteer Enterprises manufactured the Commando Mark III Carbine in Knoxville, Tennessee, from 1969 to 1976. These semiauto blowback weapons look very much like the 1928 Thompson submachine gun. After 1978 Volunteer Enterprises became Commando Arms. In 98 percent condition, your Tommy Gun lookalike should command $500.
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