Thompson Sub Machine Gun

Discussion in 'Weapons, Technology & Equipment' started by spidge, Nov 5, 2007.

  1. spidge

    spidge Active Member


    Thompson Model 1928A1 submachine gun, wartime production (simple, non-adjustable and non-protected rear sight and plain barrel)
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    The first Thompson gun to see some military use was Model 1928, used by US navy during its expedition in Nicaragua. The so-called "Navy" model 1928 was distinguished by a horizontal forearm that replaced the front grip, and by added sling swivels. With the start of World war 2, US Army procured a large number of Model 1928 submachine guns in "Navy" configuration, marked as US Model 1928A1. These weapons were rather expensive to make, and in 1942 Army adopted a simplified version of M1928A1, known as M1. A little later, an M1A1 version was adopted, which further simplified the design by adoption of a fixed firing pi; otherwise M1A1 were similar to M1 submachine guns. Thomson submachine guns served in US Army well into the Vietnam era, although in limited numbers. American police used Thompson guns until 1970s or 1980s, and few still could be found in some police armories in USA and several other countries of the world.
    Thompson submachine guns were widely exported commercially prior to and after WW2; Many guns were supplied to Britain and USSR through Lend-lease program during WW2. It must be noted that Soviet troops generally not liked Tommy guns, because of excessive weight and lack of bullet penetration, compared to 7,62mm submachine guns such as PPSh-41 or PPS-43.
  2. Colt1921

    Colt1921 Guest

    Not wishing to correct you Spidge, but you are not quite correct.

    The Thompson sub-machine gun first saw military service on the 16th June 1921 in an ambush against a British troop train at the old Drumcondra railway station in Dublin Ireland. Here the gun created "good effect" against the west Kent Regiment causing three British soldiers to be wounded, one seriously and caused heavy damage to the train athough only one of the two model 1921 Colt Thompsons came into action due to the inexperience of the IRA gunners.

    This incident at Drumcondra was the first time a Thompson (Model of 1921) was used in a military action and left a lasting impression on the British troops that day.

    Colt 1921
  3. spidge

    spidge Active Member

    This is an excerpt from the link and may be a case of interpretation or taken from another website with an American focus.


  4. scarface

    scarface Guest

    tommy gun

    i would love a tommy gun you would think with so many made they would be easy to get but they are impossible to find anyone got 1 i would be jelous
  5. Cutaway

    Cutaway Guest

    Chambered in 9x19mm and 7.63 Mauser for the European Market.



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