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Posted - 07/21/2012 :  9:14:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Anyone have info on this gun? I did a search, pretty sparse. The blue book was brought up a couple of times.

Anyone have a blue book give me an idea of value?

This gun has the square forestock, not the pistol grip. It is a Mark, not a Mark II, III. It has a wood pistol grip where as most seem to show a black pistol grip.

I have a chance to buy one if they are worth the money.

Any help appreciated.


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Posted - 07/21/2012 :  10:16:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Maybe not and the one I use to have had feed problems and it looked mean and that's about all I could say about it.

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Posted - 07/21/2012 :  10:31:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have never heard no is it listed in the BB as just mark..

under commando arms the is a mark 45 $195 to $495

under volunteer enterprises you have a mark III $160 to 425 with
verftical grip $160 to 440

mark 9 (9mm) $160 to 440

I have a mark III..Back in the 70's a forum did a review of the gun.

I have a folder of that review.the file has all sorts of info in it (such as how to take it apart,build a firing pin etc etd.) PM me I may be able to send you the file.

Edited by - moonshine on 07/21/2012 10:52:25 PM
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Posted - 07/21/2012 :  10:39:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I had a chance to fire one a few years ago. Lousy trigger on it, but it never jammed on me. It's an expensive gun to shoot, you burn up alot of .45 in a hurry.
Blue Book prices aren't very high. These show up at gun shows here every now and then. I always see prices in the $500-600 range, sometimes higher, regardless of condition. I don't see them sell quickly though.
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Posted - 07/21/2012 :  10:47:28 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We have one hanging on the sales floor in the shop, in my opinion, it is garbage.

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Posted - 07/21/2012 :  10:56:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Some use Thompson magazines and some use Gease Gun magazines. I've had 2 in my shop a few years ago and found that out. Sold both and never had a complaint from the buyers. They liked the way they shot.A friend had one many years ago, back when they were manufacturing them and the only problem he had was it started to jam on him but the problem was the extractor pulled the back off a .45 brass and he had to have the brass in the chamber removed. It shot good after that tho.
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Posted - 07/22/2012 :  10:23:43 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I shot this one a few years back and don't recall any feed problems. The guy wants $600, but from what I can tell guns priced $400 aren't selling.

This one is just a Mark 45. It's the newer gun that uses thompson mags and has the military wood stock (the ONLY part that interchanges with a real thompson.

It also appears parts are a pita to find, and some parts don't interchange within models.

Thanks for all your input.
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Posted - 07/22/2012 :  11:04:14 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I had a Mark 45 a while back. It was one of the biggest POS firearms I've ever owned. If I could have I would have made the guy who GAVE it to me give me my money back...

I never got the thing to shoot more than 5 rounds without jamming. Some of the jams were spectacular brass crushers too.

When it did fire the sights were off about a foot left and two feet up.

The thing was mostly plastic and pot metal from a company long out of business.

If I really wanted a 45 ACP carbine for $600, I'd save up and find a Marlin Camp Carbine or an Auto Ordinance on the auction side. YMMV
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Posted - 07/22/2012 :  11:10:25 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
had one in the late 80's, jam-o-matic it would be a toss up which was worse, that or a tec-9

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Posted - 07/22/2012 :  3:04:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Made in Knoxville Tennessee. They resemble a Thompson in looks only.

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Posted - 07/22/2012 :  3:41:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
OK ,,,
Junk by mst means !!! Have sold a few used ones here in the shop ?
Sold fast (@ the right price) ,,,
anyhow still a clunky copy !
and ,
Many , many years a go when I moved to knoxville I got a chance to tour the "Volunteer" factory ??? It was ok !
Oh well !!!
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Posted - 07/22/2012 :  3:50:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Stay away from it at any price. Functionality is hit and miss and no replacement parts exist. I had one some 25 years ago and I managed to put all Thompson wood on it to replace the plastic pistol grip and front horizontal grip. Don't even remember what happened to it and I really don't care.

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Posted - 07/22/2012 :  3:57:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
++1 agree! junk
Originally posted by DRP-AZ


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