Thompson "facts" You Never Knew
Posted 16 March 2004 - 09:40 AM
The best submachinegun of the 1920's, however, is the smallish, drum-fed American Thompson/Center version, introduced in 1921, available with either carbine or pistol grip, and affectionately known as the Tommy gun. It had several innovative features which make it a fantastically effective weapon; it is most known for being popular among Chicago gangsters and the federal agents who opposed them, but it was originally designed as a military weapon and serves its purpose in that regard with notable success, as well.
Perhaps the cleverest innovation in the gun is a replaceable barrel which essentially allows the firing of practically any kind of ammunition; switch to a different barrel and you can fire a different bullet. This effectively turned the weapon into a multipurpose armament; you could practice in your basement with quiet, cheap .22 rounds on Friday night, blow away rival mobsters and federal agents with .45 ACP shells Saturday morning, and then go hunting woodchucks with your kids by putting on the .223 barrel Sunday afternoon. The barrels came in sizes ranging from 0.17 Remington to 45-70 government; special barrels were manufactured that could accommodate foreign calibers such as 6mm and 9mm (8mm didn't work very well), so that captured enemy ammunition would not go to waste. A 30-30 barrel combined with Winchester soft points made the weapon into a handy brush gun. Probably most popular was the .45 long Colt barrel, which could also chamber 0.410 shotgun rounds. A fifty-round drum loaded with alternating .45 hollowpoints and 0.410 00 buckshot loads was widely available, perfect for use against, for example, cultists, and was known as the "wall of lead". This would also, incidentally, be a perfect configuration to use in, say, a raid on the British Embassy or government offices.
Posted 16 March 2004 - 11:14 AM
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Posted 16 March 2004 - 12:12 PM
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Posted 16 March 2004 - 01:09 PM
Anyone want to hear the tale about the Flintlock Machine Rifle?
Posted 16 March 2004 - 03:50 PM
Posted 16 March 2004 - 04:26 PM
One thing I did notice though... in that fabulous treatise on the Thompson/Center Model of 1921 by the MIT egg heads there was NO mention whatsoever of the factory-applied white lettering.
Posted 16 March 2004 - 04:33 PM
Posted 16 March 2004 - 05:00 PM
I wonder if this gun is similar to the AK Thompson that one of those anti-groups were extolling the deadly virtues of several months ago......
Posted 16 March 2004 - 08:58 PM
Read this a few years ago. It was written up as a joke about the Thompson/Thompson Center...
Can't remember where or why.