German paratroops in Tunisia with a captured M1928A1 Thompson submachine gun.The Thompson generally fired the .45 cal APC round, the same as the Colt Government Model 1911 pistol.This was an early, and quite successful, attempt at standardization with the aim of reducing the need to produce a great variety of ammo.Some variants of this weapon, like the Model 23, fired the more powerful .45 Remington-Thompson cartridge with a heavier 250-grain bullet at higher muzzle velocities.

German paratroops in Tunisia with a captured M1928A1 Thompson submachine gun.The Thompson generally fired the .45 cal APC round, the same as the Colt Government Model 1911 pistol.This was an early, and quite successful, attempt at standardization with the aim of reducing the need to produce a great variety of ammo.Some variants of this weapon, like the Model 23, fired the more powerful .45 Remington-Thompson cartridge with a heavier 250-grain bullet at higher muzzle velocities.

THOMPSON SUBMACHINE GUN/CALIBER 45 M1/A1/NO. 432620. AUTO ORDNANCE CORPORATION/BRIDGEPORT CONNECTICUT U.S.A.

THOMPSON SUBMACHINE GUN/CALIBER 45 M1/A1/NO. 432620. AUTO ORDNANCE CORPORATION/BRIDGEPORT CONNECTICUT U.S.A.

Winston Churchill squints as he test fires an American M1928 Thompson submachine gun, many of which were supplied to England under the Lend-Lease program. Note the unusual hybrid forestock with both descending pistol and horizontal hand grips ~

Winston Churchill squints as he test fires an American M1928 Thompson submachine gun, many of which were supplied to England under the Lend-Lease program. Note the unusual hybrid forestock with both descending pistol and horizontal hand grips ~

The Thompson achieved most of its early notoriety in the hands of Prohibition and Depression-era gangsters, motorized bandits and the lawmen who pursued them, and in Hollywood films about their exploits, most notably in the St Valentine's Day Massacre. It has been referred to by one researcher as the "gun that made the twenties roar."

The Thompson achieved most of its early notoriety in the hands of Prohibition and Depression-era gangsters, motorized bandits and the lawmen who pursued them, and in Hollywood films about their exploits, most notably in the St Valentine's Day Massacre. It has been referred to by one researcher as the "gun that made the twenties roar."

Auto-Ordinance Thompson Submachine Gun

Auto-Ordinance Thompson Submachine Gun

Thompson submachine gun - Wikipedia

Thompson submachine gun - Wikipedia

Two German soldiers with captured American M1 Garands and Thompson submachine guns, 1944.

Two German soldiers with captured American M1 Garands and Thompson submachine guns, 1944.

American vehicles were totally destroyed and lying on a sidewalk in the Grande Rue de Mortain.  A returned Half-track M3 and a Jeep that looks calcined armed GI of a Thompson submachine gun M1A1.

American vehicles were totally destroyed and lying on a sidewalk in the Grande Rue de Mortain. A returned Half-track M3 and a Jeep that looks calcined armed GI of a Thompson submachine gun M1A1.

Tommy Gun 1922 Patent Print Thompson Submachine Gun Wall Art

Tommy Gun 1922 Patent Print Thompson Submachine Gun Wall Art

Thompson submachine gun - Wikipedia

Thompson submachine gun - Wikipedia

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