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Auto-ordinance (thompson)45acp value???

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by olderguns, Nov 8, 2012.

  1. olderguns

    olderguns Well-Known Member

    I just got an auto-ordinance 1911 in a trade and I'm trying to find a ball park figure as to its value, its marked made in west hurley NY if that helps any. Traded a glock 21,, for it and a golden eagle reaper compound bow. I know what the bows worth so if the guns worth at least $350.00 I'm satisfied.. Thanks in advance for any help.
  2. Hacker15E

    Hacker15E Well-Known Member

    It is probably worth at least $350.
  3. Skylerbone

    Skylerbone Well-Known Member

    Not well made examples of the 1911. The brand new examples now made by Kahr Arms sell for under $500. Sorry for the bad news.
  4. Devonai

    Devonai Well-Known Member

    I'd say it's worth exactly how long it would take you to smash it flat with a 12-pound sledgehammer. Mine was total garbage; nothing but feeding and extraction problems despite much effort spent trying to fix it. I sold it for $150 with full disclosure to the purchaser.
  5. Snowshoe

    Snowshoe Well-Known Member

    My father-in-law has one I tried to buy for $350

    He said "No"

    The gun's value is what you and the other person decide it is.
    What others think shouldn't matter
  6. LeonCarr

    LeonCarr Well-Known Member

    If you are comtemplating learning how to build/customize/accurize/just plain work on 1911s, it would be a worthwhile test subject.

    Have you shot it? Does it run? That would determine if it was worth more than 300-350 bucks.

    Just my .02,
  7. Skylerbone

    Skylerbone Well-Known Member

    There are several well known problems with the AO among which are barrels that overhang the feed ramp and machining errors with the breechface. The former can be addressed with careful modification while the latter would cost more to fix than a new slide.

    It's not that an Auto Ordnance can't be made to work, it's that function will always be a concern without correction. The real world says they're a bad bet and don't command much on the used market. If some folks believe value is in the eye of the beholder (in this case) then one or the other party is a sucker. Keep your conscience clear on this one with an explanation to potential buyers and keep the price reasonable.
  8. Urban_Redneck

    Urban_Redneck Well-Known Member

    I would think a decent Glock 21 and a little cash would get you into a new RIA.
  9. bobinoregon

    bobinoregon Well-Known Member

    I have one I've had for 20 years, never had a problem with it and it feeds anything. I wouldnt trade mine for a glock
  10. olderguns

    olderguns Well-Known Member

    I,ve ran 75 FMJ through it today and no failures , I will try some hollow points when I can, but overall I,m happy as i,ve always wanted to try a 1911 (never owned one) but I have to say my glocks take down a heck of a lot easier, but in time it will be second nature..
  11. Skylerbone

    Skylerbone Well-Known Member

    Ahh! Clear as mud. I thought you were a dealer who swapped a customer for one.
  12. olderguns

    olderguns Well-Known Member

    SORRY, if I was not clear enough ,didnt think I Said anything that hinted that I was a dealer (not sure why that would make any difference any way) will try to be less muddy from now on
  13. Plan2Live

    Plan2Live Well-Known Member

    I had a female Concealed Weapons Permit student bring one onto the range last Saturday for live fire qualifying. She held up the entire class with repeated fail to feed. It wouldn't run through three consecutive rounds without jamming. The friend she borrowed it from was also on the range and I told him I would give him $75 for it so I could use it in class solely to demonstrate single action and redundant safeties.
  14. Hacker15E

    Hacker15E Well-Known Member

    For the OP: as you can see, the West Hurley 1911s are well known for being inconsistent. Some of them are fine shooters, and some of them are complete trainwrecks.
  15. Skylerbone

    Skylerbone Well-Known Member

    OP, my apologies. I simply read without comprehension. Your clarity is fine, the confusion was mine.
  16. olderguns

    olderguns Well-Known Member

    SKYLERBONE, that,s ok I guess sometimes its harder to come across on the internet then in person,
  17. Devonai

    Devonai Well-Known Member

    I sincerely hope that your specimen continues to operate properly for many years to come. Good luck!
  18. Cowboybootnut

    Cowboybootnut Well-Known Member

    I bought a new one in the early 1980s. After a lot of work, it was a fine-reliable gun. Key words "a lot of work."
  19. Carne Frio

    Carne Frio Well-Known Member

    I have one of them in 10mm. Has been a good
    performer with no mods at all. I paid less than
    $300 for it brand new about 20 years ago.:D

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