Two Marines from the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment during fighting at Wana Ridge during the Battle of Okinawa, May 1945. On the left, Davis Hargraves (1925-) provides covering fire with his M1 Thompson submachinegun as Gabriel Chavarria (on the right; 1926-), with a Browning Automatic Rifle, prepares to break cover to move to a different position.
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The company behind the venerable Thompson submachine gun, a favorite of both gangsters and GIs, is releasing a deluxe (semi-auto) version of the Tommy gun chambered in 9mm for public consumption.
Auto-Ordnance, the American weapons maker founded by former U.S. Army Ordnance Department chief Col. John T. Thompson just over a century ago, is offering up a Thompson 1927A-1 Lightweight "Deluxe Semi-Auto" chambered in 9mm, rather than the traditional .45 ACP for which the Tommy gun is better-known.
The Thompson T5-9L20 submachine gun from Auto Ordnance
According to Guns.com, the deluxe interpretation of the Tommy gun is based on the Kahr Firearms Group's reimagining of the classic design in the T5-9L20 Thompson, with a frame and receiver engineered from solid aluminum and buttstock and grips cut from solid American walnut. At 16.5 inches in the barrel and 41 inches overall, it's a slick-looking piece of American engineering.
The 9mm design is "an original design by Thompson Auto-Ordnance in-house engineers, using the original Thompson platform,” the company announced. And for the low, low (lol) MRSP of $1,364, you can rock this deluxe Tommy gun with a 20-round stick magazine.
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