M16 Vs Thompson
Posted 23 November 2003 - 07:11 PM
I have an M16 now but have had the urge for a long time to get a Thompson. I wish I could have BOTH, but can't quite swing that.
One thing I've noticed is that it looks like parts are a lot more plentiful for the M16. It looks like you have to get "lucky" to stumble on to a 50 or 100 round drum for a Thompson, and having a drum would be one of the attractions of owning the gun. (IMO)
If I do get one it probably will get many rounds thru it, as I do enjoy shooting, but I haven't noticed any weak spots on the Thompsons from what I've read.
Anyhow, any pros/cons on one versus the other from those that have owned or shot both? I realize it's just an opinionated question; just looking for anyones thoughts!
Posted 23 November 2003 - 07:35 PM
In my opinion, I think it is hard to compare a Thompson to a M16. I have shot both and own 2 Thompson's. The 16 is lighter and will shoot a hell of a lot farther than a Tommy. A Thompson will knock someone down when they get hit, a .223 can go in & out with small effects,so to speak. The 16 is sweet, I want one myself, but you take a M16 and a Thompson to a range, and see which one people will ask more about.
The M16 maybe a better attack weapon but a Thompson is a more reliable gun in my opinion and use. That's my 2 pennies.
Email me as I am in Indiana also. If your close you can show up to our next shoot we have.
Posted 23 November 2003 - 08:27 PM
The thompsons are cool for the history they represent but, they are long, heavy guns that are restricted to being one thing with no options. The M16s on the other hand are the jack of all trades in the NFA world. You can make one short and light and with a .22 kit a child can shoot it. It can also go the other extreme and become an 8mm belt fed. If I could only afford one NFA I would own an M16 becouse of the versatility. Of course, if you always wanted a Thompson, get it.
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Posted 24 November 2003 - 09:31 AM
Nice to see you on the boards!!! Welcome.
As you know, I have both and enjoy both. I guess my quick $.02 would be that the Thompson would be the way to go if one could only have one. Both are priced comparitively but there are only a limited number of TSMG's out there where there will probably be an abundance of 16's for several years. The 16 is certainly more versatile but the Tommy is true sex. Drums are around. They're a bit salty in price and usually need some work to get them running well but there a several on this board who can handle the work and do it well. You're sure welcome to shoot my 28 anytime you wish as you're making your decision. And, if you do switch over to the Tommy, let me know if we can talk about those Colt 9mm mags you won't need. I still can't seem to get the Uzi's running well.
Have a great holiday.
Posted 24 November 2003 - 01:38 PM
The versatility of the M16 is hard to beat as I have the .22LR conversion kit and the 9mm kit also. Kind of like 3 guns in one.
full auto 45: I'm in Anderson, not too far away.
HK33K and Kevin: good points indeed!
Bisley45: you may have the best idea; a 2nd mortgage and have BOTH guns. I hadn't thought of that.
96lt1ss: your screen name sounds like you're into more than guns, much like me. My living and main hobby is in the automotive world.
Brickyard: You have me mistaken for someone else, but that's ok, you can bring your Thompson over and I'll be glad to shoot it!
I'm on 9 acres and do have the pleasure of shooting in my back yard.
Thanks again guys for all of the input; decisions decisions.
Posted 24 November 2003 - 01:52 PM
Posted 24 November 2003 - 05:12 PM
Brickyard you interested?
Posted 24 November 2003 - 11:39 PM
If you want to keep your M16, but have a bug for another MG, get a MAC while they are still affordable. They may be short and ugly, but they are an American made badass .45 SMG Great with a sound suppressor. JMHO.
Posted 25 November 2003 - 12:40 AM
The Thompson would beat the M16 in very few categories in combat, but in our world today, its the most collectable SMG out there and commands the best prices and respect. The questionable beginings of the M16 will ALWAYS haunt it.
The Thompson and the M16 are both tried and true combat weapons. They always will be, but a Thompson will remain the range whore at EVERY SINGLE range in the country.
If you don't think so, take them both to the range and watch the spectators.
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Posted 26 November 2003 - 06:52 AM
Living in a Class 3 prohibited State I have an AR with various uppers as well, but do not participate in any other gun related forums. What is it about our demographics that these two weapons draw so much interest?
Posted 26 November 2003 - 08:00 AM
Most of us are mechanically inclined, male and believe in what the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights say.
Posted 26 November 2003 - 08:00 AM
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