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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Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Charles Kettles was awarded the Medal of Honor July 18, 2016, for his actions while serving as a Flight Commander assigned to the 176th Aviation Company (Airmobile) (Light), 14th Combat Aviation Battalion, Americal Division. Then-Maj. Kettles distinguished himself in combat operations near Duc Pho, Republic of Vietnam, on May 15, 1967. (U.S. Army/Spc. Tammy Nooner)
by Martin Slagter, The Ann Arbor News, Mich.
YPSILANTI, MI - When a brigade of U.S. troops was ambushed by the North Vietnamese Army in the Song Tra Cau riverbed on the morning of May 15, 1967, Lt. Charles Kettles volunteered to lead the rescue, and he refused, again and again, to back down when faced with a barrage of gunfire.
His aircraft badly damaged, left spilling fuel, and his gunner was severely injured during the treacherous operation.
But he helicoptered in and out of the battlefield four times, saving the lives of 44 soldiers in a death-defying emergency operation that would become a legendary tale of bravery in the Vietnam War.
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"We're five-plus weeks into the anxiety and stress of this government lapse and your non-pay," Adm. Karl Schultz said in a video message to service members. "You, as members of the armed forces, should not be expected to shoulder this burden."