Most of us, at one point or another, have wanted a Tommy Gun. Among the iconic American weapons, it is a stand out just like the 1911 and the M16. Whether we grew up watching Al Capone movies or the Sands of Iwo Jima, this a weapon we remember from our youth. Unfortunately, full auto Chicago typewriters can fetch tens of thousands of dollars and require that sticky special license. Fortunately, Auto Ordnance has been making civilian-legal versions for some time now. And this year, it got a big update. Enter the Thompson T5-9L20.
Auto Ordnance 9mm Tommy Gun
The two worst things about a Thompson are the weight, and the cost to feed. These guns were developed back when the ships were made of wood and the men were made of iron, or pretty close. Back when your grandfather was storming the beach at Normandy, lightweight weapons weren’t really a thing. Fortunately, the newest version corrects both these problems.
- Cartridge: 9mm
- Capacity: 20 +1 rds.
- Barrel Length: 16.5 in.
- Weight: 9.5 lbs.
- OAL: 41 in.
- Sights: Blade (front); adj. (rear)
- Stock: Wood
- Receiver: Aluminum
- MSRP: $1,364
- Manufacturer: Auto Ordnance
First off, the gun is now chambered in 9mm. I’m not saying a Tommy Gun shouldn’t be your home defense gun, it would do the job. I am saying that most of us would buy one to go have fun with. 9mm gives a lot more bang for the dollar, that is without question. It is also a lot lighter on the recoil, a bonus for kids and smaller statured significant others.
Secondly, the gun now has an aluminum receiver. The weight savings, to say the least, is immense. It retains all of the iconic looks, but the new gun is deceptively light. If you have ever carried an authentic Thompson for any length of time, you know how much that matters. This also makes it easier for younger shooters to handle and is going to give you a longer range day no matter your size.
Pricing & Availability
This is one of the standouts of the show, and I am really looking forward to blasting some rounds out of one in the near future.
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