If you want to collect the D-Day Series from Auto-Ordnance but missed on getting the set which is comprised of the Semi-Auto Thompson, M1 Carbine, and M1911 pistol, can get another chance at owning a World War II Commemorative Series made by the company as they unveil their Iwo Jima series.
For students of World War II, Iwo Jima is one of the bloodiest campaigns in the Pacific Theatre. Brutal fighting took place for 37 days in an 21 km² area which is mainly flat which has the highest pount being Mount Suribachi, the location of one the most recognised photos of the war, of U.S. Marines raising the flag on the mountain, taken by Joe Rosenthal whilst working for the Associated Press and immortalized in the Marine Corps War Memorial near Arlington, Virginia.
The Auto-Ordnance Iwo Jima Series was designed in honour of the U.S. Marines, Seabees, and Navy sailors who fought there, which the series commemorates the 75th anniversary of the battle. If you want and can legally collect these, then it will cost you US$1,247 for the 1911, US$1,391 for the M1 Carbine, and US$1,886. If you’ve got money to burn, you can collect all of them.
Here’s a press release from Auto-Ordnance:
Thompson Auto-Ordnance Introduces Commemorative Iwo Jima Series
(Greeley, PA) - Thompson Auto-Ordnance, maker of the famous "Tommy Gun" and other classic firearms throughout history, is proud to introduce the 75th Anniversary Commemorative Iwo Jima Series.
After nearly four long years of fighting, members of the United States Marine Corps, Navy, Army, and Coast Guard had accomplished many seemingly insurmountable tasks. Yet in February of 1945, a battle lay before them that would go down in our nation’s history as one of the most difficult victories ever achieved. On the desolate volcanic atoll known as Iwo Jima, a new chapter was written in the history of the United States military--and in particular of the Marines, who fought tooth and nail for every inch of land against a suicidal foe.
Their victory will be forever remembered, immortalized in the famous photograph of the flag raising on Mount Suribachi. On this, the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima, Auto-Ordnance’s latest historical gun series honors all those who fought there. Each gun in the Iwo Jima tribute series is custom engraved with images commemorating the battle, and finished in durable Cerakote. These guns will be available in January 2020.
The Iwo Jima 1911 is custom engraved by Outlaw Ordnance on the left side with battle scenes, and the official name for the action: “Operation Detachment”. The grips feature Admiral Chester Nimitz’s famous quote, “Among the men who fought on Iwo Jima, uncommon valor was a common virtue”; along with a depiction of the famous flag raising on Mount Suribachi. The right side also features a battle scene, the dates of the operation, “Iwo Jima”, and an advancing American flag. The grip depicts an eagle and anchor. The finish is a Cerakote OD Green with distressed Copper color. Each Iwo Jima 1911 starts as an all steel, Auto-Ordnance GI model 1911, made entirely in the United States. The caliber is .45ACP, with a 5” barrel, and one seven round magazine. The Iwo Jima 1911 (SKU: 1911BKOWC6) has an MSRP of $1247.
The Iwo Jima M1 Carbine is engraved with battle scenes on the forearm, along with an island map. At the middle, the left stock displays the dates of the battle, and “Operation Detachment”. Engraved on the opposite side are the words “Iwo Jima” surrounding an advancing American flag. The right buttstock depicts the raising of the flag on Mount Suribachi, and features Admiral Nimitz’s quote, “Among the men who fought on Iwo Jima, uncommon valor was a common virtue”. The right side has battle scenes in front of the text “WWII”. Each Iwo Jima M1 Carbine is made entirely in the United States. It is chambered in .30 Carbine, has an 18” barrel, and OD Green with distressed Copper Cerakote finish. One 15 round magazine is included. The Iwo Jima M1 Carbine (SKU: AOM130C3) has an MSRP of $1391.
The Iwo Jima Thompson is engraved with “World War II” on both sides of the forearm. The receiver is engraved with “Operation Detachment” on the left, and “Iwo Jima” along with the dates of the battle on the right. Both sides of the wood grip are marked “US”. The buttstock has battle scenes on each side, with “WWII” on the right, and the flag raising on Mount Suribachi on the left. Admiral Nimitz’s famous quote “Among the men who fought on Iwo Jima, uncommon valor was a common virtue” is engraved on the right buttstock. Each Iwo Jima Thompson is made entirely in the United States. It is chambered in .45ACP, has a 16.5” barrel, wood furniture, and is finished in OD Green and distressed Copper Cerakote. One 30 and one 20 round magazine are included. The Iwo Jima Thompson (SKU: TM1C3) has an MSRP of $1886.
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Unfortunately, there is no airsoft version of these series.