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Here's why US troops in World War II didn't use the Tommy Gun's iconic drum magazine

The World War I-era US Army was unprepared for fighting a global confrontation in the 20th Century. Hell, it was unprepared for any modern confrontation at the turn of the century. As America prepared to enter the Great War, the War Department called on its military minds to develop a lightweight, short-range, trench-clearing game changer. The result was the Thompson submachine gun.

The "Tommy Gun," as it came to be called, used the Colt M grip and its dependable caliber ammunition. By , the fully-automatic weapon was perfected, and it was capable of using a round block magazine or a to round drum magazine. But the war was over and the surplus was sold on the civilian market to anyone who could afford one — including notorious gangsters.

It was the outlaws and gangsters who made the Tommy Gun iconic.

Winston Churchill tommy gun
AP

In nearly every photo of the era, the gangsters can be seen using the drum magazines, which provided them more ammunition for the weapon's high rate of fire. It makes sense for an outlaw to use more ammo when trying to make a quick, clean getaway from the fuzz. Shouldn't it make sense for US troops to do the same when advancing in World War II?

The answer is no, and not just because a round magazine will help deplete ammunition much faster than having to conserve or round box mags. It turns out, the Thompson was really bulky and not so easy to carry while slung with a drum magazine. More than just being unwieldy, the rounds tended to rattle inside the drum magazine and produced a lot of unwanted noise, noise that could get an entire unit killed in combat.

But the most important reason was reloading.

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Switching between a drum magazine and a box magazine required an extra set of tools. To load a drum magazine also required the user to have a special tool that would lock the bolt back to the rear. And, unlike spring-loaded box mags that were already under tension, reloading a drum magazine required a tool to rotate the spring in the magazine enough to put the rounds under the necessary tension.

Worst of all, if you lost any of the tools needed to reload the weapon, you would be hard-pressed to actually be able to do it without assistance. Drum mags also weighed more and took up more space in a very limited kit. Whereas the box magazine could be loaded and dropped from the rifle in seconds, shared with a buddy, and reloaded just as fast.

The difference between 30 seconds and 3 seconds under fire in World War II could have been the difference between life and death. In gangland Chicago, all you needed was time for your V8 Packard to speed away before the Untouchables swooped in.

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This is why US troops didn’t use drum magazines in tommy guns

The World War I-era U.S. Army was unprepared for fighting a global confrontation in the 20th Century. Hell, it was unprepared for any modern confrontation at the turn of the century. As America prepared to enter the Great War, the War Department called on its military minds to develop a lightweight, short-range, trench-clearing game changer. The result was the Thompson submachine gun.


The &#;Tommy Gun,&#; as it came to be called, used the Colt M grip and its dependable caliber ammunition. By , the fully-automatic weapon was perfected, and it was capable of using a round block magazine or a to round drum magazine. But the war was over and the surplus was sold on the civilian market to anyone who could afford one – including notorious gangsters.

It was the outlaws and gangsters who made the Tommy Gun iconic.

This is why US troops didn&#;t use drum magazines in tommy guns

Legendary gangster John Dillinger with Tommy Gun.

In nearly every photo of the era, the gangsters can be seen using the drum magazines, which provided them more ammunition for the weapon&#;s high rate of fire. It makes sense for an outlaw to use more ammo when trying to make a quick, clean getaway from the fuzz. Shouldn&#;t it make sense for U.S. troops to do the same when advancing in World War II?

The answer is no, and not just because a round magazine will help deplete ammunition much faster than having to conserve or round box mags. It turns out, the Thompson was really bulky and not so easy to carry while slung with a drum magazine. More than just being unwieldy, the rounds tended to rattle inside the drum magazine and produced a lot of unwanted noise, noise that could get an entire unit killed in combat.

But the most important reason was reloading.

This is why US troops didn&#;t use drum magazines in tommy guns

Yeah, gangsters look cool and all, but have you ever seen Marines fighting to take Okinawa?

Switching between a drum magazine and a box magazine required an extra set of tools. To load a drum magazine also required the user to have a special tool that would lock the bolt back to the rear. And, unlike spring-loaded box mags that were already under tension, reloading a drum magazine required a tool to rotate the spring in the magazine enough to put the rounds under the necessary tension.

Worst of all, if you lost any of the tools needed to reload the weapon, you would be hard-pressed to actually be able to do it without assistance. Drum mags also weighed more and took up more space in a very limited kit. Whereas the box magazine could be loaded and dropped from the rifle in seconds, shared with a buddy, and reloaded just as fast.

The difference between 30 second and 3 seconds under fire in World War II could have been the difference between life and death. In gangland Chicago, all you needed was time for your V8 Packard to speed away before the Untouchables swooped in.

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Thompson submachine gun

American submachine gun

"Tommy Gun" redirects here. For the Clash song, see Tommy Gun (song). For the book, see Tommy Gun (book). For similar uses, see Tommy Gunn.

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Submachine gun

Thompson Submachine Gun, Caliber
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Model Thompson with vertical foregrip and round Type "C" drum magazine

TypeSubmachine gun
Place&#;of&#;originUnited States
In&#;service
  • – (officially, U.S. military)
  • –present (other countries)
Used&#;bySee Users
Wars
DesignerJohn T. Thompson
Designed
Manufacturer
Produced
No.&#;builtApproximately million of all variants,[12] including:
  • , MA1
  • , M1
  • , M1A1
VariantsSee Variants section
Mass
  • &#;lb (&#;kg) empty (Thompson MA1)[13]
  • 10&#;lb (&#;kg) empty (Thompson M1A1)
[14]
Length
Barrel&#;length
  • &#;in (&#;mm)[13]
  • 12&#;in (&#;mm) (with Cutts compensator)

Cartridge
ActionBlowback, Blish Lock
Rate&#;of&#;fire approx. rpm (Annihilator)
Muzzle&#;velocity&#;ft/s (&#;m/s)
Effective&#;firing&#;range yds ( m[16])
Feed&#;system (M1 and M1A1 models do not accept drum magazines)

The Thompson submachine gun (also known as the "Tommy Gun", "Chicago Typewriter", "Chicago Piano", or "Trench Broom") is a blowback-operated, air-cooled, magazine-fedselective-firesubmachine gun, invented by the United States ArmyBrigadier generalJohn T. Thompson in It was originally designed to break the stalemate of trench warfare of World War I, but was not finished until after the war ended.

The Thompson saw early use by the United States Marine Corps during the Banana Wars,[17] the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Irish Republican Army, the Republic of China, and the FBI (following the Kansas City Massacre).

The firearm became notorious during the Prohibition era, used as a signature weapon of various organized crime syndicates in the United States in the s. It was a common sight in the media at the time, and was used by both law enforcement officers and criminals.

The firearm was widely adopted by the U.S. military during World War II, and was used extensively by the Allied troops during the war. It was designated as the MA1, M1 and M1A1 during this time. More than million military Thompson submachine guns were produced during World War II.[19]

It is the first weapon to be labeled and marketed as a "submachine gun".[20]

The original fully automatic Thompsons are no longer produced. Numerous semi-automatic civilian versions are still being produced by the manufacturer Auto-Ordnance. These models retain a similar appearance to the original, but have various modifications in order to comply with US firearm laws.

History and service[edit]

Brigadier general John T. Thompson holding an M

Development[edit]

Brigadier generalJohn T. Thompson was the original developer of the Thompson submachine gun, who spent most of his career in the ordnance department of the U.S. Army. He envisioned it as being a fully automatic rifle in order to replace the bolt-action service rifles then in use (such as the American M Springfield).

Brigadier general Thompson came across a patent issued to the American inventor John Bell Blish in , while searching for a way to allow his weapon to operate safely without the complexity of a recoil or gas-operated reloading mechanism. Blish's design (then known as the Blish Lock) was based on the supposed adhesion of inclined metal surfaces under pressure.[21] Thompson gained financial backing from the businessman Thomas F. Ryan and proceeded to found a company, which he named the Auto-Ordnance Company, in , for the purpose of developing his new "auto rifle".

The Thompson was primarily developed in Cleveland, Ohio.[22] Its principal designers were Theodore H. Eickhoff, Oscar V. Payne, and George E. Goll. By late , the limits of the Blish Lock were discovered (which is essentially an extreme manifestation of static friction), and, rather than the firearm working as a locked breech, the weapon was instead designed to function as a friction-delayed blowback action. It was found that the only cartridge currently in service suitable for use with the new lock was the ACP. General Thompson envisioned a "one-man, hand-held machine gun" chambered in ACP to be used as a "trench broom" for the ongoing trench warfare of World War I. Oscar V. Payne designed the new firearm along with its stick and drum magazines. The project was titled "Annihilator I". Most of the design issues had been resolved by ; however, the war ended two days before prototypes could be shipped to Europe.[23]

At an Auto-Ordnance board meeting in , in order to discuss the marketing of the "Annihilator", with the war now over the weapon was officially renamed the "Thompson Submachine Gun". While other weapons had been developed shortly prior with similar objectives in mind, the Thompson was the first weapon to be labeled and marketed as a "submachine gun".[20] Thompson intended for the weapon to provide a high volume of automatic, man-portable fire for use in trench warfare—a role for which the Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) had been determined ill-suited. The concept had already been developed by German troops using their own BergmannMP 18 (the world's first submachine gun) in concert with their Sturmtruppen tactics.[25]

Early use[edit]

The first Thompson entered production as the M It was available to civilians, but, because of the weapon's high price, initially saw poor sales. The Thompson (with one Type XX 20 round "stick" magazine) had been priced at $ in (roughly equivalent to $2, in ).

M Thompsons were sold in small quantities to the United States Postal Inspection Service[26] so they could protect the mail from a spate of robberies.[27] It was also sold to the United States Marine Corps who used their Thompsons in the Banana Wars.[28] Thompsons had also been widely used throughout China, where several Chinese warlords and their military factions running various parts of the fragmented country made purchases of the weapon, and subsequently produced many local copies.

The Thompson saw popularity as a point-defense weapon for countering ambushes by Nicaraguan guerrillas (in the Banana Wars) and led to the creation of four-man fire teams which had as much firepower as a nine-man rifle squad. Federal sales were then followed by sales to police departments in the US, as well as to various international armies and constabulary forces; chiefly in Central and South America.[27]

The major initial complaints concerning the Thompson were its cumbersome weight, its inaccuracy at ranges over 50 yards (46&#;m), and its lack of penetrating power using the ACP cartridge.[29]

Some of the first batches of Thompsons were bought (in America) by agents of the Irish Republic (notably the Irish politician Harry Boland). The first test the Thompson in Ireland was performed by Irish Republican Army unit commander Tom Barry, of the West Cork Brigade, in the presence of IRA leader Michael Collins.[30] They purchased a total of units, though US customs authorities in New York seized of the units in June The remainder found their way to the Irish Republican Army by way of Liverpool, England, and were used in the last month of the Irish War of Independence (–21). After a truce with the British in July , the Irish Republican Army imported more units, which were used in the subsequent Irish Civil War (–23). The Thompson was not found to be very effective in Ireland; having caused serious casualties in 32 percent of the action in which it was used.[2]

The Thompson achieved early notoriety in the hands of Prohibition and Great Depression-era gangsters and the lawmen who pursued them. It was also depicted in Hollywood films during this era, most notably regarding the St Valentine's Day Massacre. The Thompson guns used in the massacre are still being held by the Berrien County Sheriff's Department.[32] The Thompson has been referred to by one researcher as the "gun that made the twenties roar".[33][34]

In , the Cutts Compensator (a muzzle brake) was offered as an attachment option for the Thompson. Models with the compensator were cataloged as No. 21AC, at the original price of $ The plain Thompson (without the attachment) was designated No. 21A at a reduced price of $[23]

In , Federal Laboratories took over distribution of the weapon from Thompson's Auto Ordnance Corporation.[35] The new cost was listed as $ per weapon (equivalent to $3, in ), with $5 per round drum and $3 per round magazine.[35]

A British soldier equipped with a Thompson M submachine gun (drum magazine), November 25,

Nationalist China acquired a substantial quantity of Thompson guns for use against Japanese land forces. They began producing copies of the Thompson in small quantities for use by their armies and militias. In the s, Taiyuan Arsenal (a Chinese weapons manufacturer) produced copies of the Thompson for Yan Xishan, then warlord of Shanxi province.

The FBI had also acquired Thompsons in following the Kansas City Massacre.[35]

World War II[edit]

The Prime Minister Winston Churchillinspects a 'Tommy gun' while visiting coastal defence positions near Hartlepool on 31 July

In , the Thompson submachine gun was adopted by the U.S. military and was used during World War II.

There were two military types of Thompson submachine gun:

  • The MA1, which had provisions for both box and drum magazines, utilized the Cutts muzzle brake, had cooling fins on the barrel, and employed a delayed blowback action with the charging handle on the top of the receiver.
  • The M1 and M1A1, which had provisions for box magazines only, did not have cooling fins on the barrel, had a simplified rear sight, and employed a straight blowback action with the charging handle on the side of the receiver.

Over million military Thompson submachine guns were produced during World War II.[19]

Magazine developments[edit]

Military users of the MA1 units had complaints of the "L" round drum magazine. The British Army criticized "the [magazine's] excessive weight, [and] the rattling sound they made" and shipped thousands back to the U.S. in exchange for round box magazines. The Thompson had to be cocked, bolt retracted, ready to fire, in order to attach the drum magazine. The drum magazine also attached and detached by sliding sideways, which made magazine changes slow and cumbersome. They also created difficulty when clearing a cartridge malfunction ("jam"). Reloading an empty drum with cartridges was a difficult and involved process.

In contrast, the "XX" twenty-round box magazine was light and compact. It tended not to rattle, and could be inserted with the bolt safely closed. The box magazine was quickly attached and detached, and was removed downward, making clearing jams easier. The box magazine tripped the bolt open lock when empty, facilitating magazine changes. An empty box was easy to reload with loose rounds. However, users complained that it was limited in capacity. In the field, some soldiers would tape two "XX" magazines together, in what would be known as "jungle style", to quicken magazine changes.[36]

Two alternatives to the "L" round drum and "XX" round box magazines were tested December 6, , at Fort Knox, Kentucky. An extended thirty-round box magazine and a forty-round magazine, which were made by welding two round magazines face to face, jungle style, were tested. The testers considered both superior to either the "XX" box or "L" drum. The round box was approved as the new standard in December to replace the "XX" and "L" magazines. (The concept of welding two box magazines face-to-face was also carried over to the M42 submachine gun.)

M1 development[edit]

The staff of Savage Arms looked for ways to simplify the MA1, and produced a prototype in February , which was tested at Aberdeen Proving Ground in March Army Ordnance approved adoption (as the M1) in April M1s were made by Savage Arms and by Auto-Ordnance. M1s were issued with the round box magazine and would accept the earlier round box, but would not accept the drum magazine.

Combat use[edit]

German Fallschirmjägertroops in Tunisia with a captured MA1 Thompson submachine gun

The Thompson was used in World War II in the hands of Allied troops as a weapon for scouts, non-commissioned officers (corporal, sergeant, and higher), and patrol leaders, as well as commissioned officers, tank crewmen, and soldiers performing raids on German positions. In the European theater, the gun was widely utilized in British and Canadiancommando units, as well as in the U.S. Armyparatrooper and Rangerbattalions, where it was issued more frequently than in line infantry units because of its high rate of fire and its stopping power, which made it very effective in the kinds of close combat these special operations troops were expected to undertake. Military Police were fond of it, as were paratroopers, who "borrowed" Thompsons from members of mortar squads for use on patrols behind enemy lines.[39] The gun was prized by those lucky enough to get one and proved itself in the close street fighting that was encountered frequently during the invasion of France. A Swedish variant of the MA1, the Kulsprutepistol m/40 (submachine gun, model 40), served in the Swedish Army between and Through Lend-Lease, the Soviet Union also received the Thompson, but due to a shortage of appropriate ammunition, its use was not widespread.[40]

In the Malayan Campaign, the Burma Campaign and the Pacific Theater, Lend-Lease issue Thompsons were used by the British Army, Indian Army, Australian Armyinfantry and other Commonwealth forces. They used the Thompson extensively in jungle patrols and ambushes, where it was prized for its firepower, though it was criticized for its hefty weight and poor reliability. Difficulties in supply eventually led to its replacement in Australian Army units in by other submachine guns such as the Owen and Austen, and British forces also largely replaced it with the Sten gun. Thompsons were also given to the Royal Australian Air Force and Royal Australian Navy. New Zealand commando forces initially used Thompsons but switched them for the more reliable, lighter, and more accurate Owen during the Solomon Islands and Guadalcanal campaigns.[41] The U.S. Marines also used the Thompson as a limited-issue weapon, especially during their later island assaults. The Thompson was soon found to have limited effect in heavy jungle cover, where the low-velocity bullet would not penetrate most small-diameter trees or protective armor vests. (In , the Army had rejected the Remington–Thompson, which had twice the energy of the ACP). In the U.S. Army, many Pacific War jungle patrols were originally equipped with Thompsons in the early phases of the New Guinea and Guadalcanal campaigns, but soon began employing the Browning Automatic Rifle in its place as a point defense weapon.

The Army introduced the U.S. M3 and M3A1 submachine guns in with plans to produce the latter in numbers sufficient to cancel future orders for the Thompson, while gradually withdrawing it from the first-line service. However, due to unforeseen production delays and requests for modifications, the M3/M3A1 never replaced the Thompson, and purchases continued until February Though the M3 was considerably cheaper to produce, at the end of World War II, the Thompson, with a total wartime production of over million, outnumbered the M3/M3A1 submachine guns in service by nearly three to one.[19]

After World War II[edit]

Two Israeli policemen, armed with Thompsons meet a Jordanian legionnaire near the Mandelbaum Gatec.&#;

Thompson submachine guns were used by both sides during the Arab-Israeli war. Following the war, Thompsons were issued to members of Israel's elite Unit , upon the formation of that unit in [45]

During the Greek Civil War, the Thompson submachine gun was used by both sides. The Hellenic Armed Forces, gendarmerie and police units were equipped with Thompson submachine guns supplied by the British and later in the war by the United States. The opposing Communist fighters of the Democratic Army of Greece were also using Thompson submachine guns, either captured from government forces or inherited from ELAS. ELAS was the strongest of the resistance forces during the period of Greek Resistance against the Germans and Italians and were supplied with arms from both the British and the United States. After the demobilization of ELAS, an unspecified number of arms were not surrendered to the government but kept hidden, and were later used by the Democratic Army of Greece.[46]

The Thompson also found service with the KNIL and the Netherlands Marine Corps during their attempt to retake their former colony of Indonesia.[47] Captured examples were later used by Indonesian forces against Dutch forces[citation needed] and during by Indonesian infiltrators during the Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation.

By the time of the Korean War in , the Thompson had seen much use by the U.S. and South Korean military, even though the Thompson had been replaced as standard-issue by the M3/M3A1. With huge numbers of guns available in army ordnance arsenals, the Thompson remained classed as Limited Standard or Substitute Standard long after the standardization of the M3/M3A1. Many Thompsons were distributed to the US-backed Nationalist Chinese armed forces as military aid before the fall of Chiang Kai-shek's government to Mao Zedong's communist forces at the end of the Chinese Civil War in (Thompsons had already been widely used throughout China since the s, at a time when several Chinese warlords and their military factions running various parts of the fragmented country made purchases of the weapon and then subsequently produced many local copies). During the Korean War, US troops were surprised to encounter communist Chinese troops armed with Thompsons (amongst other captured US-made Nationalist Chinese and American firearms), especially during unexpected night-time assaults which became a prominent Chinese combat tactic in the conflict. The gun's ability to deliver large quantities of short-range automatic assault fire proved very useful in both defense and assault during the early part of the war when it was constantly mobile and shifting back and forth. Many Chinese Thompsons were captured and placed into service with American soldiers and marines for the remaining period of the war.

The Yugoslav Army received 34, M1A1 Thompsons during the s as part of a US Military Aid to Yugoslavia Agreement. These guns were used during the Yugoslav Wars in the s.[10]

During the Cuban Revolution, the Thompson submachine gun was used by both Batista's army and Fidel Castro's guerrillas. Both the latter and the Brigade also used some during the bay of Pigs Invasion.[49]

During the Vietnam War, some South Vietnamese army units and defense militia were armed with Thompson submachine guns, and a few of these weapons were used by reconnaissance units, advisors, and other American troops. It was partially replaced by the MAC, albeit during Vietnam, the fully automatic fire provided by the M16 made the Thompson less effective than it previously had been. Still, not only did some U.S. soldiers have use of them in Vietnam, they encountered them as well. The Viet Cong liked the weapon and used both captured models as well as manufacturing their own copies in small jungle workshops.[50]

The Australian government destroyed most of their Thompson machine carbines in the s. They shipped their remaining stocks to arm the forces of Lon Nol's Khmer Republic in They were then captured and used by the Khmer Rouge.

In the conflict in Northern Ireland, known as the Troubles (–), the Thompson was again used by the Irish Republican paramilitaries. According to historian Peter Hart, "The Thompson remained a key part of both the Official IRA and Provisional IRA arsenals until well into the s when it was superseded by the Armalite and the AK"

The Thompson was also used by U.S. and overseas law enforcement and police forces, most prominently by the FBI. The FBI used Thompsons until they were declared obsolete and ordered destroyed in the early s.[51]

Collector interest[edit]

Because of their quality and craftsmanship, as well as their gangster-era and WWII connections, Thompsons are sought as collector's items. There were fewer than 40 pre-production prototypes. The Colt Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company in Hartford, Connecticut was contracted by the Auto-Ordnance Corporation to manufacture the initial mass production of 15, Thompson Submachine Guns in An original Colt Model A or AC, Model A or AC, Model Navy A or AC, properly registered in working condition with original components can easily fetch from US$25, to $45,+ depending on condition and accessories. For WWII, approximately 1,, Thompson Submachine Guns were produced by Auto-Ordnance and Savage Arms, with 1,, being the simplified World War II M1 and M1A1 variants (without the Blish lock and oiling system).

A Model A believed to have been owned by Bonnie and Clyde, but without historical documentation to substantiate this provenance, sold at auction on January 21, , in Kansas City for $,[53]

Features[edit]

Operating characteristics[edit]

Thompson MA1, field stripped

Early versions of the Thompson, the Model , had a fairly high cyclic rate of fire, as high as 1,&#;rounds per minute (rpm), with most Model s at &#;rpm. In , the U.S. Navy ordered Thompsons but requested a lower rate of fire. Thompson requested Payne to develop a method of reducing the cyclic rate of fire. Payne then replaced the actuator with one that was heavier, and replaced the recoil spring with one that was stiffer; the changes reduced the rate of fire from to the &#;rpm of the U.S. Navy Model Later M1 and M1A1 Thompsons averaged also &#;rpm.[54] This rate of fire, combined with a rather heavy trigger pull and a stock with an excessive drop, increases the tendency for the barrel to climb off target in automatic fire.[54][55] Compared to more modern submachine guns, the Thompson is quite heavy, weighing roughly the same as the contemporary M1 Garand semi-automatic rifle, and requires a lot of cleaning. This was one of the major complaints about the weapon by U.S. Army personnel to whom it was issued.[29]

Thompson , field stripped

Although the drum magazine provided significant firepower, in military service it was found to be overly heavy and bulky, especially when slung on the shoulder while marching.[55] The MA1 Thompson drum magazine was rather fragile, and cartridges tended to rattle inside it, producing unwanted noise. For these reasons, the round and later round box magazines soon proved most popular with military users of the MA1, and drum compatibility was not included in the design of the wartime M1 and M1A1 models. The Thompson was one of the earliest submachine guns to incorporate a double-column, staggered-feed box magazine design, which undoubtedly contributed to the gun's reputation for reliability. In addition, the gun performed better than most after exposure to rain, dirt, and mud.[29]

The selective-fire (semi or fully automatic) Thompson fires from the "open bolt" position, in which the bolt is held fully to rearward by the sear when cocked. When the trigger is depressed, the bolt is released, traveling forward to chamber and simultaneously fire the first and subsequent rounds until either the trigger is released or the ammunition is exhausted. This eliminates the risk of "cook-off", which can sometimes occur in closed-bolt automatic weapons.

Disassembly[edit]

The Thompson submachine gun varies in field strip procedure, depending on the variant. World War II-era M1 variants and RPB models field strip more easily than the M[citation needed]

The variant can be disassembled easily by first detaching the stock, then sliding off the lower receiver and then simply removing the internal parts, cleaning them, and then putting it back together. When opened up, the Thompson features a small number of parts that need to be removed including the spring, bolt, Blish Lock, and actuator bolt.

Variants[edit]

Prototypes[edit]

Persuader and Annihilator[edit]

There were two main experimental models of the Thompson. The Persuader was a belt-fed version developed in / It was partially built, but never completely finished. The Annihilator, serial no. Ver 10 prototypes were similar in appearance to the later models, but without the rear sight and butt stock mounts. The Annihilator prototypes first were fed from a round box magazine, but later, the and round drum magazine models were developed.

Model [edit]

Starting with the Serial no. 11, the Model takes the final appearance of the later Thompsons with the rear sights and butt stock. The Model was limited to about 40 units; the first built did not use the drums, as it was too difficult to fire. Many variations have been noted within this model. The weapons had very high cyclic rates up to 1,&#;rpm. This was the weapon Brigadier General Thompson demonstrated at Camp Perry in A number of Model s were made without butt stocks, rear and front sights, but the final version closely resembled the later Model This model was designed to "sweep" trenches with bullets. The New York City Police Department was the largest purchaser of the M Some experimental calibers aside from the standard ACP (x23mm) were the LR, ACP, ACP, and 9mm.[27]

WSL variant[edit]

Only one prototype was made in WSL using a standard 20" barrel which had a ROF of rpm.

Thompson Carbine[edit]

The layout and ergonomics of the Thompson submachine gun were also considered for the role of a Light Rifle before the adoption of the M1 Carbine. It was based on the M/27 variants. However, it was turned down without testing due to logistical problems.[57]

variant[edit]

A –06 variant was intended as a rival to the M BAR. It had an extended receiver with a recoil buffer and fed from 20 round magazines.[58]

Production[edit]

Model [edit]

The Model (M) was the first major production model. Fifteen thousand were produced by Colt for Auto-Ordnance. In its original design, it was finished more like a sporting weapon, with an adjustable rear sight, a blued, finned barrel and vertical foregrip (or pistol grip) and the Blish lock. The M was quite expensive to manufacture, with the original retail price around $, because of its high-quality wood furniture and finely machined parts. The M was famous throughout its career with police and criminals and in motion pictures. This model gained fame from its use by criminals during Prohibition, and was nicknamed "tommy gun" by the media.[citation needed]

Model [edit]

The Model was a heavy submachine gun introduced to potentially expand the Auto-Ordnance product line and was demonstrated for the U.S. Army. It fired the more powerful Remington–Thompsoncartridge which fired a heavier &#;gr (&#;oz; 16&#;g) bullet at muzzle velocities of about 1,&#;ft/s (&#;m/s) and energy about 1,&#;ft⋅lb (1,&#;J), with greater range than the ACP. It introduced a horizontal forearm, improved inline stock for accuracy, 14&#;in (36&#;cm) barrel, bipod, and bayonet lug. The M was intended to rival the M Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR), with which the Army was already satisfied. The Army did not give the Model much consideration, so it was not adopted.

Model AC ()[edit]

While not a new model in the usual sense of incorporating major changes, in the Cutts Compensator (a muzzle brake) was offered as an option for the M; Thompsons with the compensator were cataloged as No. 21AC at the original price of $, with the plain M designated No. 21A at a reduced price of $[23] The Model was thereafter referred to as Model A or Model AC, though some collectors still refer to it as the Model

Model [edit]

The Model was the first type widely used by military forces, with the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps as major buyers through the s. The original Model s were Model s with weight added to the actuator, which slowed down the cyclic rate of fire, a United States Navy requirement. On these guns, the model number "" on the receiver was updated by stamping an "8" over the last "1". The Navy Model has several names among collectors: the "Colt Overstamp", " Overstamp", "28 Navy", or just "28N".

The Thompson would be the last small arm adopted by the U.S. Army that used a year designation in the official nomenclature. With the start of World War II, major contracts from several countries saved the manufacturer from bankruptcy. A notable variant of the Model with an aluminum receiver and tenite grip, buttstock, and forend, was made by Savage.[59]

MA1[edit]

The MA1 variant entered mass production before the attack on Pearl Harbor, as on-hand stocks ran out. Changes included a horizontal forend, in place of the distinctive vertical foregrip ("pistol grip"), and a provision for a military sling. Despite new U.S. contracts for Lend-Lease shipments abroad to China, France, and the United Kingdom, as well as the needs of American armed forces, only two factories supplied MA1 Thompsons during the early years of World War II. Though it could use both the round drum and the or round box magazines, active service favored the box magazines as the drums were more prone to jamming, rattled when moving, and were too heavy and bulky on long patrols. , were made. Wartime production variants had a fixed rear sight without the triangular sight guard wings and a non-ribbed barrel, both like those found on the M1/M1A1.

In addition, the Soviet Union received MA1s, included as standard equipment with the M3 lighttanks obtained through Lend-Lease. These submachine guns were used to a limited extent by the Red Army.[60]

An MA1 with an unusual inline stock, modified with elevated sights to increase accuracy, also was produced. Some Thompsons were built with a folding stock, similar to M1A1 Carbines used by Allied tank crews, drivers and paratroopers and submarine raiders.[61]

Service variants[edit]

Thompson Machine Carbine (TMC)[edit]

In , Commonwealth troops in Egypt and North Africa were issued commercial model Lend-Lease Colt- and Savage-manufactured Ms. Section leaders carried them instead of pistols or rifles. Many of the Colt models had French-language manuals packed with them as they had been abruptly diverted to England after the fall of France. They soon discovered that the weapon was prone to jamming due to sand. To fix this, the armorers removed the Blish Lock and replaced it with a hex bolt to keep the cocking handle and bolt together. The round Type XX magazines had their peep-holes welded shut to keep sand out and the round Type L drums were discontinued. Ammunition was scarce as it was either in small lots of Lend-Lease commercial ammo or obtained from adjacent American troops. It was later replaced by the 9mmSten gun and Lanchester SMG.

The Japanese captured enough Thompson M SMGs and ammunition when they captured Hong Kong and Malaysia that it became a limited standard weapon. The only Japanese submachine gun, the Type , was limited in number, and lacked the reliability or stopping power of the Thompson. Ammunition was usually in US round Lend-Lease commercial cartons or Australian round military cartons captured from the Commonwealth forces that was sampled, tested, and resealed with Japanese arsenal stickers.

Models used in the Pacific by Australian troops had their sling swivels remounted on the left side to allow it to be fired more easily while prone. A metal sling mount was fitted to the left side of the wooden buttstock. Ammunition was manufactured in Australia or obtained from adjacent American troops. It was later replaced by the Owen Machine Carbine.

M1[edit]

Fire Controls on an MA1 Thompson. Front lever is the selector switch, set for full auto.

Responding to a request for further simplification, the M1 was standardized in April as the United States Submachine Gun, Cal. , M1. Rate of fire was reduced to approximately –&#;rpm.

First issued in , the M1 uses a simple blowback operation, with the charging handle moved to the side. The flip-up adjustable Lyman rear sight was replaced with a fixed L sight. Late M1s had triangular guard wings added to the rear L sight, which were standardized on the M1A1. The slots adjoining the magazine well allowing the use of a drum magazine were removed. A new magazine catch with the provision for retaining drum magazines removed, was produced, but most M1s and later M1A1s retained the original. The less expensive and more-easily manufactured "stick" magazines were used exclusively in the M1, with a new round version joining the familiar round type. The Cutts compensator, barrel cooling fins, and Blish lock were omitted while the buttstock was permanently affixed. Late production M1 stocks were fitted with reinforcing bolts and washers to prevent splitting of the stock where it attached to the receiver. The British had used improvised bolts or wood screws to reinforce M stocks. The M1 reinforcing bolt and washer were carried over to the M1A1 and retrofitted to many of the MA1s in U.S. and British service. Late M1s also had simplified fire control switches, also carried over to the M1A1. Certain M1s had issues with high rate of fire climbing up to ~ RPM. The exact cause remains unknown, but was resolved with the transition to the M1A1.[62]

M1A1[edit]

Both sides of the Thompson M1A1 shown with round magazine

The M1A1, standardized in October as the United States Submachine Gun, Cal. , M1A1, could be produced in half the time of the MA1, and at a much lower cost. The main difference between the M1 and M1A1 was the bolt. The M1 bolt had a floating firing pin and hammer, the bolt of the M1A1 had the firing pin machined to the face of the bolt, eliminating unnecessary parts. The reinforced stock and protective sight wings were standard. The round magazine became more common. In , Thompsons cost the government $ apiece. By the spring of , cost-reduction design changes had brought this down to $ In February , the M1A1 reached a low price of $45 each, including accessories and spare parts, although the difference in price between the M1 and M1A1 was only $ By the end of the war, the M1A1 was replaced with the even lower-cost M3 (commonly called the "Grease Gun").

Semi-automatic[edit]

Model [edit]

The Model was the open bolt semi-automatic version of the M It was made by modifying an existing Model , including replacing certain parts. The "Thompson Submachine Gun" inscription was machined over to replace it with "Thompson Semi-Automatic Carbine", and the "Model " inscription was also machined over to replace it with "Model " Although the Model was semi-automatic only, it was easily converted to fully automatic by installing a full-auto Model fire control group (internal parts). Most Model s owned by police have been converted back to full-auto. The original Model is classified as a machine gun under the National Firearms Act of (a) by being "readily convertible" by swapping parts and (b) by a BATF ruling making all open bolt semi-automatic firearms manufactured after the date of this ruling classified as machine guns.

Model A1[edit]

The Model A1 is a semi-automatic replica version of the Thompson, originally produced by Auto-Ordnance of West Hurley, New York for the civilian collector's market from to It has been produced since by Kahr Arms of Worcester, Massachusetts. It is officially known as the "Thompson Semi-Automatic Carbine, Model of A1." The internal design is completely different to operate from the closed bolt and the carbine has a barrel length of &#;in (&#;mm) (versus open bolt operation and barrel length of &#;in (&#;mm) for the fully automatic versions). Under federal regulations, these changes make the Model A1 legally a rifle and remove it from the federal registry requirements of the National Firearms Act. These modern versions should not be confused with the original semi-automatic M, which was a slightly modified M produced by Colt for Auto-Ordnance.

The Model A1 is the semi-automatic replica of the Thompson Models of and The "Thompson Commando" is a semi-automatic replica of the MA1. The Auto-Ordnance replica of the Thompson M1 and M1A1 is known as the TM1, and may be found marked "Thompson Semi-Automatic Carbine, Caliber M1".

Model A3[edit]

The Model A3 is a semi-automatic, caliber version of the Thompson produced by Auto-Ordnance in West Hurley.

Model A5[edit]

The Model A5 is a semi-automatic, ACP pistol version of the Thompson originally produced by Auto-Ordnance in West Hurley from the s until the early s or late s. It featured an aluminum receiver to reduce weight. It has since been replaced with the Kahr Arms TA5 Pistol, which features a " barrel and steel receiver, unlike the A5's 13" barrel and aluminum receiver.

As per the NFA (National Firearms Act of ), the "A5 ACP Pistol" is simply classified as a "Firearm" (Any type of firearm with an overall length of 26" or greater, that does not have a buttstock) as it neither fits the definition of a Pistol or Rifle under federal law. This categorization also legally allows it to have or style foregrip equipped, unlike other "pistol style" Thompson variants, without an AOW (Any Other Weapon) Tax Stamp.

Auto-Ordnance A5 DOJ BATFE Firearm Classification Letter

A1 LTD[edit]

The A1 LTD is a civilian semi-automatic conversion by Luxembourg Defense Technology (LuxDefTec) in Luxembourg. They are made from original A1 guns of various appearance (with or without Cutt's compensator, ribbed or smooth barrels, adjustable or fixed sights), that were imported Lend-Lease guns from Russia.

Export variants[edit]

BSA Thompsons[edit]

In an attempt to expand interest and sales overseas, Auto-Ordnance entered into a partnership with and licensed the Birmingham Small Arms Company Limited (BSA) in England to produce a European model. These were produced in small quantities and have a different appearance than the classic style. The BSA was manufactured in 9mmP and mm Mauser and were tested by various governments, including France, in the mids. It was never adopted by any military force, and only a small number were produced.[64]

RPB Thompsons[edit]

Special purpose variant[edit]

A special purpose machine pistol variant of the Thompson is manufactured by RPB Industries of Atlanta.[65]

Suppressed variant[edit]

A version with a threaded barrel for suppressors, side folding stock, and modified sights.

Civilian ownership[edit]

Canada[edit]

All variants and modified versions of Thompson submachine guns (even semiautomatic-only versions) are prohibited by name in Canada, as part of Prohibited Weapons Order No. 13 in Consequently, they cannot be legally imported or owned except under very limited circumstances. For example, to own one the person must be "grandfathered" and have owned one before the bill was passed against it. The submachine gun is not grandfathered like in the U.S., only the owner. The submachine gun can only be sold to other grandfathered individuals; this keeps prices extremely low as the number of permitted licensed individuals is very small and dwindling with time. Eventually, all prohibited guns will be out of circulation.[66]:&#;Part &#;[67]

United States[edit]

The perceived popularity of submachine guns such as the Thompson with violent gangsters in the s and s was one of the main reasons given for passage of the National Firearms Act by the United States Congress in One of its provisions was that owners of fully automatic firearms were required to register them with the predecessor agency of the modern Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The law also placed restrictions on the possession, transfer, and transport of the weapons.

There are several U.S. made automatic and semi-automatic variants, copies, or replicas. The semi-automatic versions are less regulated by federal law.

United Kingdom[edit]

The possession of any fully automatic firearm is prohibited in the UK by the Firearms Act ; prohibited firearms can be possessed on a section 5 certificate, but these are not issued for sporting purposes. A fully automatic firearm that has been converted to semi-automatic fire, such as the Model , is prohibited by the Firearms Act , as is any centre-fire purpose-made semi-automatic weapon, such as the Model A1. It is now effectively impossible for a firearm of this type to be legally possessed by a member of the general public, except in certified deactivated condition or where specifically manufactured as a semi-automatic in calibre LR.

Germany[edit]

The gun, in a government approved semiautomatic conversion or clone, can legally be owned by hunters and sport shooters. With a design date prior to it is not considered a "weapon of war." Only the fully automatic version is a prohibited weapon. As a long gun, it can be bought by hunters (even if it cannot be used to actually hunt for legal reasons). There are disciplines in government approved sport shooting rulebooks that allow this type to be used, therefore the gun can be bought by sport shooters, too.

Users[edit]

  • &#;Albania[68]
  • &#;Algeria[69]
  • &#;Argentina: M and M1 Thompson
  • &#;Australia:[68] Used by Australian forces during WWII until it was replaced by the Australian-made Owen submachine gun.
  • &#;Belgium[68]
  • &#;Bolivia[71]
  • &#;Brazil: Used by the Brazilian forces from WWII[72] until the mids.
  • British RajBritish India: Widely used by the Indian Army in the Malayan Campaign, in the European theatre and Burma Campaigns
  • &#;Canada[75]
  • &#;Cuba
  • &#;People's Republic of China: Unlicensed copies[77][78]
  • &#;Republic of China[4]
  • &#;Colombia[68]
  • &#;Croatia[3]
  • &#;Czech Republic[68]
  • &#;Dominican Republic[68]
  • &#;Egypt[79]
  • &#;France:[77] The MA1 was used as the Pistolet-mitrailleur 11 mm 43 (C) M. 28 A1.[80] The M1A1 was also used.[81]
  • &#;West Germany:[68] Used post World War II; received from the U.S government.
  • &#;Greece: Used by Greek armed forces, resistance fighters, Gendarmerie and police units during World War II and immediately postwar period.[46]
  • &#;Guatemala[83]
  • &#;Haiti[84]
  • &#;Indonesia: Examples captured from Dutch forces were used during the Indonesian National Revolution and later by Indonesian Army Special Forces in the –70s
  • &#;Iraq: Iraqi insurgents[11](
  • &#;Iran: Used by the Imperial Iranian military.[86]
  • &#;Ireland: used by the Irish Defence Forces during the Emergency.
  • &#;Israel:[45]
  • &#;Italy: Captured examples pressed into use by the Italian Army prior to September 8, [87] Also supplied to partisans and to the Italian Co-belligerent Army.[88] After the war, it was mostly issued to Italian Air Force troopers[89] and the Carabinieri.[90]
  • &#;Japan: Were used in some quantities by the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force[91]
  • &#;Jordan[7]
  • &#;South Korea: Limited received U.S government used during the Korean War and Vietnam War. After the Vietnam War all Thompson SMGs were scrapped.
  • &#;Kingdom of Laos: Limited received by U.S government and used during the First Indochina War and Vietnam War.[92]
  • &#;Luxembourg: M1A1 in service –, replaced by Uzi.[93]
  • &#;Malaysia[68][8]
  • &#;The Netherlands: In early World War II, at least 3, Thompsons acquired through Lend-Lease[23]
  • &#;New Zealand: M and MA1[94]
  • &#;Nicaragua: The Nicaraguan National Guard received MA1s and some were captured by Sandino's rebels.[96]
  • &#;North Korea: Chinese-made Thompsons used by the Korean People's Army in the Korean War.[97]
  • &#;North Vietnam: Unlicensed copies.[77] Used by Viet Minh in the First Indochina War.[5]
  • &#;Pakistan: Used by the Pakistani army during the Indo-Pakistani War of
  • &#;Philippines[68]
  • &#;Poland: Used by the Polish Armed Forces in the West during WWII[98] and by resistance fighters during the Warsaw Uprising (from supply drops)
  • &#;Portugal: Small number bought for police use, designated m/[99]
  • &#;Somalia[]
  • &#;Union of South Africa
  • &#;South Vietnam[3]
  • &#;Soviet Union[]
  • &#;Sweden[]
  • &#;Turkey: Used between s–s, saw action in Korean War[citation needed]and Cyprus Invasion[citation needed]
  • &#;Ukraine: observed, unknown user[68]
  • &#;United Kingdom. First issued to the GHQ Liaison Unit ('Phantom') in February , in advance of main War Office contracts.[]
  • &#;United States: Employed by the United States Marine Corps[27] and by the United States Army ,[] including paratroops in World War II.
  • &#;Uruguay Uruguayan Army and Navy they used from it until the late 80s.
  • &#;Vietnam Used by Việt Minh and Viet Cong during Vietnam War.
  • &#;Venezuela[]
  • &#;Yugoslavia[10]

Non-state groups[edit]

See also[edit]

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  3. ^ abcdeBishop, Chris (). Guns in Combat. Chartwell Books, Inc. p.&#;[page&#;needed]. ISBN&#;.
  4. ^ abMcNab, Chris (). 20th Century Military Uniforms (2nd&#;ed.). Kent: Grange Books. p.&#; ISBN&#;.
  5. ^ abWindrow, Martin (15 Nov ). The French Indochina War –54. Men-at-Arms Osprey Publishing. p.&#; ISBN&#;.
  6. ^ abLaffin, John (15 Jun ). Arab Armies of the Middle East Wars –73. Men-at-Arms Osprey Publishing. p.&#; ISBN&#;.
  7. ^ ab"Weapons of the Malay CTs –". 17thdivision.tripod.com.
  8. ^ abcDyker, David A.; Vejvoda, Ivan (9 December ). Yugoslavia and After: A Study in Fragmentation, Despair and Rebirth (1st&#;ed.). London: Routledge. p.&#; ISBN&#;.
  9. ^ abSmall Arms Survey (). "Surveying the Battlefield: Illicit Arms In Afghanistan, Iraq, and Somalia". Small Arms Survey Moving Targets. Cambridge University Press. p.&#; ISBN&#;. Archived from the original(PDF) on August 30,
  10. ^Yenne , p.&#;[page&#;needed].
  11. ^ abcdefgWar Department (). TM Small Arms, Light Field Mortars and mm Aircraft Guns. War Department. p.&#;
  12. ^ abcWar Department (). TM Small Arms, Light Field Mortars and mm Aircraft Guns. War Department. p.&#;
  13. ^"Full Power/Full Auto: The Thompson Goes Metric And the MP5 Goes American". www.americanrifleman.org.
  14. ^"Thompson Submachine Gun". Modern Firearms. 27 October
  15. ^Schroeder, Michael J. (), "Digital Resources: The Sandino Rebellion Digital Historical Archive, Nicaragua, –", Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History, Oxford University Press, doi/acrefore/, ISBN&#;, retrieved
  16. ^ abcIannamico, Frank (). The U.S. M3-M3A1 Submachine Gun. Harmony, Maine: Moose Lake Publishing. pp.&#;14, ISBN&#;.
  17. ^ abJames, Gary (–). "Development of the Thompson Submachine Gun".
  18. ^Hatcher, Julian S. (). Hatcher's Notebook. Military Service Publishing Co. p.&#;
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  21. ^Gudmundsson, Bruce. (). Stormtroop Tactics: Innovation in the German Army, –. Praeger Press.[page&#;needed]
  22. ^Smithsonian National Postal Museum, Postal Inspectors: The Silent Service, Unexpected Duties. "The Postal Inspection Service became the first law enforcement agency to purchase the Thompson submachine gun "
  23. ^ abcdFitzsimons , p.&#;
  24. ^Schroeder, Michael J. (), "Digital Resources: The Sandino Rebellion Digital Historical Archive, Nicaragua, –", Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History, Oxford University Press, doi/acrefore/, ISBN&#;, retrieved
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Decades Pass

The modern Auto-Ordnance company struggled to stay afloat over the years and once purchased by Kahr, was able to gain momentum and traction with an influx of funding, engineering skill and solid marketing. What they found was a ready market for “civilianized” Tommy Guns of all sorts, albeit with some concessions for the all-seeing BATF’s rules. Compromises like 18&#; barrels and re-designed innards to make conversion to full-auto essentially impossible allowed this iconic beacon of unfulfilled wishes to be owned by we mere mortals.

Over the years Auto-Ordnance has offered some eye-catching variants, like a “solid” gold model, commemorative models and the latest — the T1B Having a &#; barrel, extending to &#; with the genuine Cutts Compensator installed, keeps the package slightly shorter overall yet pleases the BATF at the same time. Since the original Thompson had a &#; barrel, the pesky longer barrel has always miffed us, detracting from the hearty look of the original and making the heft feel just not quite “right.” Surprisingly, the slightly shorter barrel does actually feel better, so thank you Kahr — we’re getting closer.

If you want your very own, there are many models to choose from, running the gamut from, say, $1, or so for an aluminum-framed 9mm version, to upwards of $3, if you need your very own gold one. They also have genuine &#;-barreled models but those are classified as “Short Barreled Rifles” (SBRs) and need special transfer protocol. Think around the $2, to $2, mark to get one similar to our test gun.

What can we say about operation and shooting? First off, let’s get this out in the open right now. This magical lb. beast is not practical today in any way you could possibly imagine. But we all know it’s not about this, don’t we? We’ve covered 9mm Gatling guns, full-auto BB pistols and Nitro Express double rifles, so don’t dare point your finger and act like we’ve lost our minds. We haven’t, and neither have you if you see the delight in all this. Yes, we’re able to hit the yard torso gong with it. Yes, it shoots America’s favorite ACP cartridge. Yes, we want to wear a Fedora when we hold it. And yes, we tend to keep it leaning against our desk as we work and stare at it now and again.

But the real reason to own one? Take it to the range, tote your genuine violin case to the bench. Causally flip the latches open, lifting the lid with a flourish — but don’t be too obvious about it. Then, nonchalantly look around with a thoughtful look, as if you’re thinking, “Oh, did I leave something in the truck?” What you’ll see will be stares of interest, desire and envy all around you. Usually either a kid — or an adult who hasn’t lost his youthful enthusiasm — will make a beeline over, stop, point and say, “Mister, is that a Tommy Gun?”

“Indeed it is,” you’ll say. “Want to shoot it?”

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