How old is the Thompson gun?

How old is the Thompson gun?

Thompson submachine gun, byname Tommy gun, submachine gun patented in 1920 by its American designer, John T. Thompson. It weighed almost 10 pounds (4.5 kg) empty and fired . 45-calibre ammunition.

Are Thompson submachine guns illegal?

A Thompson Sub Machine Gun is legal in some States, although it has to be pre-1986 to fit with the regulations. So, yes, it is legal to own a Thompson Tommy Gun. Just a few Thompson machine guns are included the 175,0000+ machine guns registered in the United States.

What is a West Hurley Thompson?

The West Hurley Thompson Submachine Guns were newly manufactured machine guns capable of automatic or semi-automatic fire. They feature new production receivers and trigger frames that may have some WWII era surplus parts. The receiver is notched to accept 50 or 100 round drum magazines.

When was the Thompson gun made?

Thompson submachine gun

Thompson Submachine Gun, Caliber .45
Designed 1917–1920
Manufacturer Auto-Ordnance Company (originally) The Birmingham Small Arms Company Limited Colt Savage Arms RPB Industries
Produced 1921–1945
No. built Approximately 1.75 million of all variants, including: 562,511 M1928A1 285,480 M1 539,143 M1A1

Why did gangsters use Tommy Guns?

The Thompson’s high rate of fire and large magazine capacity saw it catapulted to infamy as the weapon of choice for lawmen and gangsters during the 1920s and 30s. Thompsons quickly entered the vernacular of popular culture as Tommy Guns or Chicago Typewriters. Two were used during the infamous St.

When did it become illegal to own a machine gun?

The Firearm Owners’ Protection Act of 1986. On May 19, 1986, as part of the Firearm Owners’ Protection Act (FOPA), Congress banned the transfer and possession of machine guns with two exceptions, described below.

Is a Tommy Gun accurate?

Despite the poor ergos, the gun is amazingly accurate. In semi-auto mode, from 50 yards away, I was consistently nailing a B/C zone steel USPSA target, which is roughly the shape of the vital organs in a human.