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#1 Gargoyle

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Posted 16 March 2004 - 09:40 AM

I found this on the Internet so it must be true wink.gif Also, it's from MIT and those people are smart, not like us.

http://theory.lcs.mi.../FFWeapons.html

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.

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#2 Norm

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Posted 16 March 2004 - 10:47 AM

Man,

I need one of these guns! laugh.gif
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Posted 16 March 2004 - 11:14 AM

WOW!! I think they forgot the howitzer attachment that is belt fed for when you get tired of bumping off individuals and go for a whole city block, on Tuesday biggrin.gif . I do believe someone has been educated beyond their intelligence. Oh yea, they also did not include the flame thrower barrel with the 50 gallon drum.

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Posted 16 March 2004 - 11:29 AM

I saw that a few years ago and it was posted as a joke.
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Posted 16 March 2004 - 12:12 PM

I don't think it is a joke, however it is a fantasy 'alternative universe' type of roll-playing gaming site. So it is not meant to be real. It is an alternative version of Earth in the 1920s -- kind of like when on Star Trek they go to a planet which looks very much like Earth during the old West days.

"What This Is
This web site is dedicated to our gaming group as we play through Masks of Nyarlathotep, an epic, continent spanning campaign for Chaosium's Call of Cthluhu ™ role-playing game. The game is set in the world of H.P.Lovecraft, an author who specialized in stories of horror and the occult. Lovecraft's world looks very much like our Earth during the 1920's, but unlike our world (hopefully), humanity shares the universe with darker creatures that come from beyond the stars. These creatures do not exist harmoniously with humanity, and they use their dark powers to manipulate, control, and kill humans to suit their needs and pleasures.

We play the heroes of this world-adventuerers and scholars who fight the tide of evil despite the odds. Our characters risk life, limb and their sanity to defeat the evil that lurks from beyond. "

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Posted 16 March 2004 - 01:09 PM

I can't say much...I got both my sons laughed at in school when they shared "Dad's Version of American History and Science" with the rest of the class. Kids are so gullible.

Anyone want to hear the tale about the Flintlock Machine Rifle?

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Posted 16 March 2004 - 01:23 PM

I think I saw that in the movie "Wild Wild West."
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Posted 16 March 2004 - 03:50 PM

Watch out for some law pushed thru by some leftist democrap banning this figment... and claim `if it only saves one life`B.S., just it time for election...ahh the American dream...out.
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Posted 16 March 2004 - 04:26 PM

An outstanding and accurate treatise, one of the best I've ever read.
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.
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Posted 16 March 2004 - 04:33 PM

If you saw one of these guys, he would probably (seriously) be wearing a black cape and a hat walking around like he is a Harry Potter character. It would explain a lot. They live inside their own heads. Don't know any of them, but I have seen them often.
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Posted 16 March 2004 - 05:00 PM

I don't think the 45/70 rounds will fit in my drum....... wink.gif

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...... blink.gif

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Posted 16 March 2004 - 08:58 PM

Gotta agree with Bob,
Read this a few years ago. It was written up as a joke about the Thompson/Thompson Center...
Can't remember where or why.
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