Volunteer Enterprises Commando
Caliber .45ACP/ 9mm
Barrel length 16 1/2 inches
Total length 37 inches
Magazine Capacity of 5/15/30/90
Volunteer Enterprises, Inc. offered a 1 year warranty.
(from Volunteer Enterprises flyer)
optional nickel plated barrel and receiver assembly (seen here)
Smooth chambering action
easy trigger pull
very little recoil
very little noise
fires from closed bolt
square receiver and bolt
cocking lug on left side position
positive disconnect(cannot premature fire)
barrel made from 4130 chromium molybdenum oil quenched steel and button rifled
right hand twist 1 in 16 , and work hardened
rugged , but extremely reliable
Volunteer Enterprises eventually changed their name to commando arms and then either change their name again or sold their company to Manchester arms but has since gone out of business so address is obsolete.
Patent no. 3595145
Commando Arms Inc.
2515 Sutherland Ave.
Knoxville TN 37919
The Mark III .45 APC used M3 Grease gun magazines
The Mark 45 used original Thompson magazines
The Mark 9 used Sten magazines
The Mark I II and IV were all Thompson look a like stocks for M1 carbines
Special Thanks to Spitfiresubgun for the mark III manual , and please check out his site where he also has the spitfire manuals .Spitfire Carbine Site
There were a great many manufacturers of grease gun magazines back when the US army used them, and because of this many of them aren't built to the exact same dimensions.Many grease gun magazines will lock into the Commando just fine but when you try to let the bolt close it just slams the nose of the cartridge into the feed ramp and jams instead of loading it into the chamber.
This is because the feed lips
on some magazines are too close together at the front which keeps
the cartridge captured in the magazine. This is
common with pistol magazines too but they're usually easily fixed by
just bending the lips with a pair of pliars, the lips on a grease gun
magazine are a great deal thicker than the lips on your standard
pistol magazine and can't be adjusted with pliars. So to make the
magazine function some of the feed lips need to be filed away at the
front like in the pictures below.
Obviously you only need to do this if you have a magazine that refuses to allow you to chamber a round, when I first got my Commando none of my 4 magazines would allow me to chamber any brand of ammo until I filed the lips, since adjusting the magazines it's never jammed. If your gun already functions correctly then nothing needs to be done to your magazines(though I've had to modify every single magazine I own)
Thanks to pws49 for finding this