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Subject: Re:what a commando mark III is worth?

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Date Posted: 10:17:15 07/28/05 Thu

>can anyone tell me what a commando mark III is worth?

I inherited a Commando Mark III years ago when my father-in-law passed.
He was a sherrif and had a nice collection of firearms around the house.

My wife and I were clearing out some things in his basement one day
and that's when we discovered the Mark III.

Preparing to move prompted a search on the net to find out more about
the Mark III which is how I arrived in this thread.

So here is what I discovered so far;

* Volunteer Enterprises Inc. Commando Mark 45
semi-auto rifle, 45 caliber with a 30 round magazine.
Look alike to the Thompson M1921 sub-machinegun.

*In 2002, There were three of these on Gunsamerica.com,
for anywhere from $300 to $650. Perhaps some of the
owners might have some details?

* Numrich Arms bought out the inventory of parts etc,
but they are all gone now.

* Two clips found (in the same thread) on another
(MachineGunBooks.com - 1998-20xx) forum during
vast search;

"Mike45 --
RKI Member
Those monstrosities were made by Volunteer which was
owned by Charlie Robinson. I knew him back in 60's.
We did a demil contract together at Atlanta Army Depot.
Charlie was a good guy and a hell of a good gunsmith.
It did not show up in the Commando for some reason.
Total Posts: 43 | Joined Mar. 2001 | Posted on: 1:38 pm
on May 1, 2003"

RKI Member
I say if anybody is looking for one of those: As far as
a Manual. There is a guy at our local Gun Show that
Sells Reprints for $5.00. If anybody wants one, I'm
sure I could obtain a few.
Total Posts: 1011 | Joined July 2002 | Posted on:
3:42 pm on May 1, 2003"

* AND last but not least......a Q&A clip from an article (I love google :D)

"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 back
ground 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."

I hope the results of my treasure hunt helps everyone else that
was as curious as I about this item.



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