The Thompson Sub-Machine gun
The Thompson Sub-Machine gun AKA the Tommy Gun, is synonymous as an iconic American piece of weaponry that was romanticized by the roaring twenties outlaws, G-Men and the American soldiers that led the United States to victory in World War II. Outright, it is one of the most recognizable firearms in history and has only become more of a symbolic gun that represents a period of time and has created legions of loyal fanatics throughout the world.
Invented by Gen. John T. Thompson in 1918 during World War I. Gen. Thompson envisioned a the weapon as being a “one-man, hand-held machine gun” in .45 ACP as a “trench broom” for use in the ongoing trench warfare of World War I. Unfortunately, by the time the guns were coming off the assembly line, WWI had come to a close and was left for the civilian market. It was a costly weapon that the average person could not afford and it subsequently became infamous during the Prohibition era, being a signature weapon of various organized crime syndicates in the United States. The Thompson submachine gun was also known informally as the “Tommy Gun” and “Chicago Typewriter.”
Because of their quality and craftsmanship, as well as their gangster-era and WWII connections, real deal Thompsons are highly sought as collector’s items and fetch for tens of thousands of dollars.
The original fully automatic Thompsons are no longer produced, but numerous semi-automatic civilian versions are still being manufactured by Auto-Ordnance. These versions retain a similar appearance to the original models, but they have various modifications in order to comply with US firearm laws.
The Model 1927A1 is a semi-automatic replica version of the original Thompson. The internal design is completely different to operate from the closed bolt and the carbine has a barrel length of 16.5 in (420 mm) (versus open bolt operation and barrel length of 10.5 in (270 mm) for the fully automatic versions). Under federal regulations, these changes make the Model 1927A1 legally a rifle and remove it from the federal registry requirements of the National Firearms Act.
With that in mind, D4 Guns is happy to say that we have a couple of these semi-automatic replicas is in our inventory.
These variants we possess are in the WWII configurations with horizontal foregrips and charging handles
on the side. In particular, one of these Thompsons is cerakoted in OD Green with the allied star insignia on the side of the gun modeling the Tanker version of this classic firearm.
Be on the lookout for these unique firearms on here and on GunBroker.com in the coming weeks!