Sheriff’s Auction Of Thompson Submachine Gun Brings $90,000

Photo: Not Actual Weapon


The bidding  of the Thompson Model 1921 submachine gun started at $40,000, and went nothing but up from there.

Not a bad investment from the Tuscarawas County  (Ohio) Sheriff’s Office, who purchased the gun on May 13, 1934.

After several minutes of spirited bidding Monday evening at the Tuscarawas County Justice Center, the weapon was sold for $90,000 – significantly higher than its appraised value of $37,000.

The winning bid was placed by Ryan Armstrong of Dover, who was bidding for an anonymous purchaser.

The money will be used to purchase new weapons and other necessary equipment for deputies.

Sheriff Orvis Campbell was pleased with the amount brought by the submachine gun, saying that the bids showed support for his agency.

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