Auto Ordnance Shows off 75th Anniversary Commemorative Iwo Jima Series
By Chris Eger
Thompson Auto-Ordnance recently introduced their Commemorative Iwo Jima Series, which began shipping last month and were on display at SHOT Show 2020 in Las Vegas. (Photos: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
Some 75 years ago this week the battle for Iwo Jima began, and Auto Ordnance has a set of M1 Carbines, M1927 Thompsons and M1911s to honor the occasion.
Each gun in the Iwo Jima tribute series is custom engraved with a variety of images commemorating the epic six-week World War II battle, and are finished in Cerakote OD Green with a distressed Copper color.
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 Adm. 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 Iwo Jima 1911 starts as an all-steel, Auto-Ordnance GI model 1911, made entirely in the U.S. The caliber is .45ACP, with a 5-inch barrel,