The Thompson Submachine Gun is such a classic firearm from World War II as well as the gangster era of prohibition where it was more commonly known as the “Tommy Gun.” Few firearms are this iconic.
The Thompson Submachine Gun is a chambered in a pistol caliber, the .45 ACP, and fires from an open bolt – something that is uncommon in modern firearms. It features a blowback action that had a fire rate of 600 rounds per minute (rpm) to 1500 rpm depending on the variant. First manufactured by the Auto-Ordinance Company, it was produced from 1921 to 1945 and approximately 2,000,000 were made, although replicas are still manufactured. Due to the limitations of being chambered in a pistol caliber, unlike most rifles, it only has an effective firing range of 150 meters. Despite its relatively short effective range, it has seen combat all over the world.