|This is the Thompson SMG
Weight empty- 4.8kg
Barrel Length- 267 mm
Rate of Fire- Anywhere from ~1000rpm to 700rpm
Magazine Capacity- 20 or 30 rounds
Effective Range- 50 meters
The Thompson was introduced in 1919. The company, Auto Ordnance was founded by John Thompson in 1916.The first serial manufactured appeared in 1921 and was manufactured by Colt, as well as latest M1927 and M1928 s. 1928A1 & M1 series were manufactured by Auto-Ordnance and Savage, and licensed copies were manufactured by B.S.A. in Great Britain. Currently, Auto-Ordnance (a part of the Kahr company) manufactures semi-auto only Tommy guns with lenghtened to 16" (405 mm) barrels for civilian market. In general, all Tommy guns may be described as a select-fire, delayed blowback or simply blowback (M1) operated firearms. All tommy guns featured all-steel, high quality construction. Barrels are partially ribbed for better cooling. Thommy guns became famous through "roaring twenties" in the USA, when, during the Prohibition times, many Tommy guns were used by both Police and criminals to spread the across the enemies. The Hollywood made the Tommy gun the sign of the 1920's in the USA. But this gun was also widely used during the WW2 and later in Korean war, and proved itself as a reliable and powerful firearm. The main drawbacks of the Tommy guns were short effective range, heavy weight and high cost of manufacture.
Short listing of Thommy Gun s (according to Auto-Ordnance web site)
M1921 - first production . Featured delayed blowback operations, machined steel receivers, charging handle located at the top of the receiver, detachable wooden tock and vertical forearm.
M1923 - unsuccessful attempt to increase effective range by introducing a new, more powerful cartridge, .45 Remington-Thompson.
M1927 - semi-auto only version of M1921. Barrel with Gutts compensator.
M1928 - also known as "Navy ". Select-fire version with horisontal wooden foregrip (also was manufactured with vertical foregrip) and sling swivels. Barrel with Gutts compensator.
M1 - First issued in 1943 as a simplified for war-time production variant of M1928. Select-fire, simply bowback operated, issued with 20 round "stick" magazines. Charging handle is located at the right side of the receiver. Plain barrel (without ribbing).
M1A1 - even more simplified M1 (with fixed peep-hole rear sights).