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American Historical Foundation

WWII ETO Commemorative Thompson

Additional Issue:
The WWII PTO Commemorative Thompson

WWII ETO Commemorative Thompson

As you heft this Thompson, you know it is alive with the spirit of America—and our fighting men who carried it in combat in Europe at Normandy, through the Bulge and into the Rhineland; and in the Pacific Theater from Guadalcanal to Iwo Jima and Okinawa, and back to the Philippines—and on countless missions in between. It is a beast of a weapon; it weighs twelve pounds, unloaded; it takes two hands to hold it. For close-combat fighting, this was the gun that won the war. Today, it is one of the most famous firearms in the world. To honor the Americans who served in the European Theater of Operations (ETO) and the Pacific Theater, the Foundation brings you two special firing Limited Edition World War II Tribute Thompsons, one for each of these theaters of operations.


Each is custom gunsmithed with many special features. The finish gleams—it is mirror-polished, precision-machined steel, custom gun-blued and deeply etched in bas relief with historical inscriptions. You sight across the 24-Karat Gold plated rear sight and actuator knob. Your eyes move across the 35 deep cooling fins and along the mirror-polished and blued barrel, mounted at the muzzle with its mirror-polished and 24-Karat Gold plated Cutts Compensator and front sight. Even the trigger, two sling swivels, swivel mounts and screws are mirror polished and plated with 24-Karat Gold. And as your guarantee of lasting quality and beauty, all the plating is to Jewelers-Grade Heavy thickness. Each Thompson is custom-fitted with deluxe walnut stocks, beautifully-finished to high gloss, and inlaid with three special fired-enamel cloisonnés. Inlays on both sides of the buttstock feature the omnipresent “V,” for Victory, underscored by its Morse Code symbol.

The larger rear grip medallion bears the particular theater name, symbol, historical quotation and date of victory. Inscriptions deeply etched and gold-gilt infilled across the receiver include the theater name, the years of the war, the World War II Victory Medal and the individual, respective Theater Medal. It was designed by Auto-Ordnance, founded by the man who designed the Thompson, General John T. Thompson. As a finishing touch, your Thompson is fitted with a deluxe leather military sling and a legal, 30-round magazine.

Limited Edition: Only 500

Only 500 are being custom gunsmithed to honor each theater of operations—a low edition, considering 16 million Americans served in the war, and each deserves being honored. Each special Thompson is individually engraved with its own Limited Edition Registry Number between 001 and 500, with the prefix ETO or PTO, respectively. This Registry Number is also inscribed on the accompanying Certificate of Authenticity, which further confirms the edition limit and the purity of the 24-Karat Gold plating. The few men, museums and organizations that own one of these will have a classic, rare showpiece, which will turn heads wherever it is displayed. And it will forever evoke the names and memory of those who served—which may well include you or a family member.

Display Case

A custom-built, luxuriously lined Display Case with engraved identification plaque is available. Includes locking glass lid to protect your firearm from dust and unauthorized handling.  Suitable for wall mount or tabletop display.  Pacific Theater Thompson shown.

Shipping Procedure

We will arrange delivery through a licensed firearms dealer of your choice. You do not need a special license to own the Tribute. Anyone who can own a standard hunting rifle can own this, in most communities. (Not available in California or Connecticut.)

Reservation Form

I wish to reserve (Quantity) of the "WWII ETO Commemorative Thompson", a working Thompson, at the price of $2,995*. Each Thompson is numbered and registered within the limited edition of 500, and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. Thirty-day return privilege.

Please charge my credit card a deposit of $195 per Thompson. I will pay the balance prior to delivery at the rate of $140 per month, with no interest or carrying charge.

Optional Display Case:

I do not wish to order the optional luxuriously lined Display Case at this time.

I also wish to reserve the optional luxuriously lined Display Case. Please add $325 + $25 shipping to my deposit at this time.

* All orders are subject to acceptance and availability. If I cancel my reservation prior to delivery, I will receive a full refund, less a commissioning fee of $195. Shipping and handling will be added to each order. Virginia residents please add sales tax.