Make- Thompson Arms (Auto Ordnance)
Model- 1927 A1 Deluxe
Operation- Semi Rifle
Caliber- .45 ACP
Capacity- one-100 Rd. Drum and one-30 Round Stick Mag
Extras- New in Box, With Hard Case
All American Classic!
(From Auto Ordnance) Whether you are fascinated by the blazing getaways of gangsters in the roaring '20s, or patriotic and respectful of the armed troops who served in World War II, owning a Thompson submachine gun will put a piece of American history in your hands.
The Thompson submachine gun, also known as the "Tommy Gun," is one of the most recognized and respected guns in the world. Introduced in 1919, the "Tommy Gun" has had a lasting impact on the American culture.
General John T. Thompson, a graduate of West Point, began his research in 1915 for an automatic weapon to supply the American military. World War I was dragging on and casualties were mounting. Having served in the Army's ordnance supplies and logistics, General Thompson understood that greater firepower was needed to end the war.
Thompson was driven to create a lightweight, fully automatic firearm that would be effective against the contemporary machine gun. His idea was "a one-man, hand held machine gun. A trench broom!" The first shipment of Thompson prototypes arrived on the dock in New York for shipment to Europe on November 11, 1918, the day that the War ended.
In 1919, Thompson directed Auto Ordnance to modify the gun for nonmilitary use. The gun, classified a "submachine gun" to denote a small, hand-held, fully automatic firearm chambered for pistol ammunition, was officially named the "Thompson submachine gun" to honor the man most responsible for its creation.
With military and police sales low, Auto Ordnance sold its submachine guns through every legal outlet it could. A Thompson submachine gun could be purchased either by mail order, or from the local hardware or sporting goods store.
While Auto Ordnance was selling the Thompson submachine gun on the open market in the '20s, Gen. Thompson was uncomfortably aware of what the guns could do if in the wrong hands. To his distress, the submachine gun turned out to be the weapon chosen by gangsters.
The "Tommy Gun" gun, literally, made the '20s roar. Possessing tremendous firepower, the Thompson submachine gun was an effective weapon. The Thompson was used by gangsters, such as Al Capone, John Dillinger and Baby Face Nelson.
It was, also, in the mid '20s that the Thompson submachine gun was adopted for service by an official military branch of the government. The U.S. Coast Guard issued Thompsons to patrol boats along the eastern seaboard. In 1928, Auto Ordnance made a new Navy model to be used by Marines on Naval gunboats.
World War II began, and the Army recognized the need for the submachine gun. The Thompson, simplified and more durable with the butt stock removed and a 30 shot stick, became the constant companion of American soldiers. Story, after story, tells how it was the fire of the Thompson submachine gun that protected the villages, saved the troops and won the battles in Europe and the Pacific.
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