This is the official website of the Auto-Ordnance Corporation founded in 1916 by Colonel John Thompson, Thomas Ryan, et al, which invented, designed, developed and manufactured millions of Thompson Submachine Guns. The sole purpose of this website is to honor the legacy and history and defend the reputation of the real Auto-Ordnance Corporation which should be remembered as one of the most important companies in American history.
AUTO-ORDNANCE CORPORATION REGISTRATION CHRONOLOGY
By Douglas W. Richardson
The Auto-Ordnance Corporation, which was the inventor, designer, developer, and manufacturer of the world famous Thompson Submachine Gun, was first registered in New York by Colonel John T. Thompson and others as the “Auto Ordnance Corporation”, without a hyphen between “Auto and “Ordnance”, on August 25, 1916.
On October 7, 1916, the name was changed to the “Auto-Ordnance Corporation” with a hyphen between “Auto” and “Ordnance”.
A holding company formed by Russell Maguire called “Thompson Automatic Arms Corporation” was registered as a Delaware corporation on March 3, 1939 for the purpose of providing a vehicle to facilitate the purchase of the Auto-Ordnance Corporation from the Thompson and Ryan estates and other stockholders.
New York State granted authority for the Thompson Automatic Arms Corporation to do business in New York on May 15, 1939.
The Thompson Automatic Arms Corporation was granted authority to conduct business in Connecticut on April 4, 1940.
Auto-Ordnance Corporation was registered to conduct business in Connecticut on July 3, 1940.
On May 29, 1941, Thompson Automatic Arms Corporation surrendered its authority to do business in New York.
Auto-Ordnance Corporation was consolidated with Thompson Automatic Arms Corporation in New York on October 10, 1941, resulting in the Thompson Automatic Arms Corporation ceasing to exist.
Notice was filed with Connecticut on December 5, 1941 advising of the consolidation of Auto-Ordnance Corporation and Thompson Automatic Arms Corporation and the termination of Thompson Automatic Arms Corporation.
On March 17, 1942, a certificate of withdrawal from doing business in Connecticut was filed by Thompson Automatic Arms Corporation.
On March 15, 1944, a certificate of name change was filed in New York changing the Auto-Ordnance Corporation name to “Maguire Industries, Incorporated”. Auto-Ordnance became known as the Auto-Ordnance Division of Maguire Industries, although gun production was terminated as World War II ended. No Thompson guns were made after 1944.
A certificate of name change was filed in Connecticut on March 22, 1944 documenting the name change from Auto-Ordnance Corporation to “Maguire Industries, Inc.”
For failure to provide yearly corporate reports for the years 1949 and 1950, Connecticut terminated Maguire Industries, Inc. right to do business in that state on December 14, 1950.
Maguire Industries, Inc. changed their name to Components Corporation of America and registered the change with New York on March 14, 1961.
On December 31, 1981, Components Corporation of America was merged with CCA Holding, Inc. with CCA Holding surviving and then renamed itself Components Corporation of America.
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.
Thompson Models Listed In Chronological Order
By Douglas W. Richardson
Due to the
failure of the Auto-Ordnance Corporation to successfully market the Thompson gun
prior to World War 2, the Model of 1921 gun was continuously reconfigured and
reinvented in the hope that each new model would generate sales. As a result,
referring to the various models may be somewhat of a fantasy. For example, there
is no evidence that more than one of the 1923 Extra Heavy Barrel and Light
Barrel models were made and there is no evidence that they were ever sold or
exist today. The 1922 Light Barrel and the Model of 1935 may have never gotten
beyond the drawing stage. All the others listed are known to have been made and
sold and are known to exist today. The 1928A1s shown as “early” and “late” are
really only wartime variations of the same gun resulting from cost cutting.
Pre-World War 2 Production
Model of 1919 (Production)
Model of 1921 (Colt)
Model of 1922 Heavy Barrel
Model of 1922 Light Barrel
Model of 1923 Extra Heavy Barrel
Model of 1923 Light Barrel
Model of 1927 Semi-Automatic Carbine
Model of 1928 (Colt)
U.S. Navy Model of 1928
U.S. Model of 1928A1 (Colt)
World War 2 Production
Model of 1928 (Savage)
Model of 1921 (Savage)
Model of 1928 Aluminum
Savage and Auto-Ordnance Made
Model of 1928A1(early)
Model of 1928A1(late)
Pre-World War 2 Advertisements
World War 2 Advertisement
Colt Thompson Sale & Shipping Information
The Auto-Ordnance Company is now offering to research the original factory shipping records of the Thompson guns manufactured by Colt in order to provide that information to collectors.
The price for this service is $56 per serial number. The information will be provided on “Auto-Ordnance Company” letterhead and mailed unfolded. A sample format is shown below.
Simply send $56 and the Colt Thompson serial number you wish researched to
Doug Richardson, 2100 McReynolds Rd., Malibu, CA 90265.
If for any reason the information is not available for your gun (these records are as much as 88 years old), your payment will be fully refunded regardless of the time spent searching. Do not ask about non-Colt guns as the records for Thompson's not made by Colt are not available.
This website is presented by Douglas W. Richardson who will answer questions regarding the Auto-Ordnance Corporation submitted by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Also visit www.thompsonsmg.com for much more Thompson information, my Catalog ordering instructions, Blogs and updates on Thompson Products that I offer.
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