Thompson Sub-machine gun 'Tommy Gun', invented in 1919. The Thompson was favored by soldiers, criminals, police and civilians alike for its ergonomics, compactness, large .45 ACP cartridge, reliability, and high volume of automatic fire.

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Thompson Sub-machine gun 'Tommy Gun', invented in 1919. The Thompson was favored by soldiers, criminals, police and civilians alike for its ergonomics, compactness, large .45 ACP cartridge, reliability, and high volume of automatic fire.

At an Auto-Ordnance board meeting in 1919 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."

At an Auto-Ordnance board meeting in 1919 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."

thompson submachine gun ww2 | American soldier fires Thompson submachine gun (WW2).

thompson submachine gun ww2 | American soldier fires Thompson submachine gun (WW2).

A U.S. Marine fires his M1 Thompson submachine gun at Japanese positions on the island of Peleliu. - P.T.O - September 1944.

A U.S. Marine fires his M1 Thompson submachine gun at Japanese positions on the island of Peleliu. - P.T.O - September 1944.

The United States Thompson submachine gun (Tommy Gun) was one of the most used guns by the US during World War II, used by many nations like Britain and Canada much like most American guns. In this picture you have two different mags, the most common on the left and the barrel one on the right which contains more ammo.

The United States Thompson submachine gun (Tommy Gun) was one of the most used guns by the US during World War II, used by many nations like Britain and Canada much like most American guns. In this picture you have two different mags, the most common on the left and the barrel one on the right which contains more ammo.

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.:

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A U.S. Marine on Okinawa fires his Thompson submachine gun. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

A U.S. Marine on Okinawa fires his Thompson submachine gun. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

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