Auto-Ordnance Flaunts Prohibition With Bootlegger Thompson and 1911

Auto-Ordnance Flaunts Prohibition With Bootlegger Thompson and 1911
The Bootleggers feature Prohibition-era artwork and engravings. (Photo: Auto-Ordnance)

Auto-Ordnance is teaming up with Outlaw Ordnance to produce the Bootleggers, two iconic Prohibition-era firearms, the Thompson and the Model 1911. Both feature faux patina finishes, stylized engraving and artfully scribed American walnut stocks.

“The Thompson is often called the ‘gun that made the ’20’s roar,’ but it was not the only reason for that saying,” said Auto-Ordnance. “In fast cars with loads of moonshine, 1920s bootleggers roared down country roads, evading the law and delivering white lightning to speakeasies.”

“Lawmen raced after the motor bandits, wielding Tommy Guns and 1911s. It was not long before Hollywood depicted these duels on the big screen. The Roaring 20s blazed a trail into American pop culture and history.”

“Auto-Ordnance is devoted to preserving American History, and the Bootlegger series invokes images of the roaring ’20s — a time people find fascinating,” said Kahr Firearms Group Director Jodi DePorter. “Owning one of these guns is truly owning a piece of American history.”

Auto-Ordnance Flaunts Prohibition With Bootlegger Thompson and 1911
The Bootlegger 1911 also has a spur hammer and a short beavertail safety. (Photo: Auto-Ordnance)

Both are full-size firearms chambered for .45 ACP. The Thompson has a 16.5-inch finned barrel with “Speakeasy” printed on both sides. One side of the receiver reads “Bootlegger Prohibition Edition” and the other ‘”Proof Tennessee Moonshine.”

The 1911 is marked “Bootlegger Prohibition Edition” on one side of the slide, while the other says “White Lightning.” The heavily decorated walnut stocks on both firearms showcase scenes from the ’20s, including cars from the era, newsprints, wanted posters and more.

The Bootlegger Thompson ships with one 20-round stick magazine and one 50-round drum where available, while the Bootlegger 1911 ships with a standard 7-round mag. The distressed bronze Cerakote finish on both guns is overlaid with a clear coat for added protection.

Suggested retail pricing on these detailed Bootleggers is $1,496 for the 1911 and $2,883 for the Thompson. For more information about these and other special edition 1911s and Thompsons visit Auto-Ordnance online.

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  • GregL July 24, 2021, 2:30 pm

    Proper wording would be “flouts Prohibition” rather than “flaunts Prohibition”…from an old English teacher.

  • Jim Magahr July 23, 2021, 4:44 pm

    If the 9th Circuit is legally bound to use the SCOTUS Heller ruling. and ignored it, is any ruling coming out of this appellate enforceable? Just ignore the ruling. it is a clearly unconstitutional. Hawaii became a state in the 1960s It ratified the US Constitution and Bill of Rights, The second amendment is clear. No rule of law contrary to liberty and “,shall not” And ‘ infringe” is worth spit

  • Todd July 23, 2021, 11:24 am

    Sorry…. Hard NO on those.

    Ponying up good money to commemorate that death and destruction wrought by the criminal elements’ response to the ridiculous *Volstead Act*?

    It is the Volstead Act/18th Amendment and the tools behind them that we have to thank for modern organized-crime as we know it and will continue to suffer with.

    No way on God’s green earth that I’d let one of these things even lie in the darkest corner of one of my safes.


    • Hondo August 8, 2021, 12:07 pm

      Good God Karen calm down , and no you can’t speak to the manager. lol

  • Mike July 23, 2021, 8:41 am

    The article says the Thompson has a 16.5 inch barrel.

  • Cam July 23, 2021, 8:12 am

    The 1911 has a “16.5-inch barrel?”


    • Mike July 23, 2021, 8:41 am

      The article says the Thompson has a 16.5 inch barrel.

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