M-1928 Thompson Sub Machine Gun
The Thompson submachine gun is one of the most famous, most recognized guns in the world. First designed and made in an era when cheap labor enabled lavish expenditures of time and materials, the Thompson was an over-engineered, bulky, heavy gun. The Thompson answered a question that had not been asked yet: What kind of gun is needed for mobile troops on a rapidly changing battlefield? For mounted troops?For urban warfare? For paratroops?
When World War II came along and “asked” these questions the Thompson was the only answer. Auto-Ordnance had still not sold all of the original production run of 1921. It was a beautiful gun. It was reliable.It did not wear out. And it fired the biggest pistol cartridge anyone had – the .45 CAP. But the realities of war overcame this wonderful gun. The Thompson took too long to make, and was too expensive to make.
Production was simplified, and finally in mid-war the production of the Thompson ceased in favor of the M3 Grease gun. To say that the pendulum swung the other way would be an understatement. Later advancements in gun and ammunition design eliminated the need for a submachine gun. The Thompson remains one of the unique American icons.
In its glory days of W.W.II it provided un-equaled close range firepower to American and Allied troops. It served on through Korea and Vietnam. Nobody is sorry they carried one. This gun is hugely popular due to its use in Korea and Vietnam, frequent use in gangster and war movies, and due to the “revival” of interest in World War II.