By Martin Pegler
The Thompson submachine gun, or Tommy gun constructed a nearly iconic prestige throughout the twentieth century. It had an strange starting, for it was once constructed through the loss of life days of worldwide warfare I as a 'one-man, handheld desktop gun.' The battle ended earlier than those first prototypes can be shipped to Europe yet as soon as the M1921 Thompson officially entered creation it used to be utilized by the criminals operating in Chicago and long island in the course of the Nineteen Twenties. With the police more and more outgunned they too have been compelled to equip themselves with the Tommy gun. It speedy got here for use in Hollywood motion pictures, and by means of the top of the Nineteen Thirties it's going to have most likely pale from view had heritage now not intervened. With the access of the united states into global warfare II there has been an pressing have to equip and arm a strength of epic proportions; the Thompson submachine gun started a moment occupation as a part of the U.S. military. It additionally grew to become the weapon of selection for the small band of British commandos as they performed a couple of bold raids opposed to the guts of occupied Europe.
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Com traffic light junction of the busy town, sending pedestrians and drivers diving for cover. They fled, leaving behind one guard dead and three badly injured, as well as a Thompson. It was traced to a batch sold by a local dealer, but the names on the bill of sale were, inevitably, false. The gang escaped with $100,000 ($6,000,000 in current value). In late 1926, things began to get even more out of hand when a prominent gang leader, ‘Hymie’ Weiss, was shot dead with a Thompson in the street, an act that seemed to open the floodgates for Thompson use among gang members, particularly in Chicago.
Were well aware of the test reports from two decades earlier, in which Thompsons had been successfully fired without the lock in place, and they were sure that workable guns could be produced if it was eliminated. They set to work, and by the winter of 1941 had produced a test piece that they demonstrated to F. Hickey, president of Savage Arms. It was test fired for 10,000 rounds and performed excellently; indeed, so confident were Savage and Pearce that they submitted the ‘New Model’ to the US Army Ordnance Board for testing in March 1942.
After a coup d’état by Emil Chamorro, the American government sent a company of Marines equipped with 65 of the Postal Service Thompsons to fight a small war in a big jungle. What the soldiers discovered was that at closer range the heavy bullets of the M1921s would punch through the thick undergrowth, and flatten any living thing within range. The war, such as it was, was soon over, as the factions were quickly disarmed, but the positive outcome was that the Marines ordered 200 more Thompsons, on the basis of providing two guns per combat squad.
The Thompson Submachine Gun: From Prohibition Chicago to World War II (Weapon, Volume 1) by Martin Pegler