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Thompson Submachine Gun by ancestorsrelic Thompson Submachine Gun by ancestorsrelic
"At the National Rifle Matches at Camp Perry, Ohio, back in August, 1920, there appeared a strange looking weapon. It was neither rifle nor shotgun; pistol nor revolver. It had two odd-looking pistol grips with finger grooves in the forward surfaces. It had no buttstock. The user held the weapon on his hip by firmly grasping the two grips and squeezed the trigger.
Then things began to happen. From the muzzle burst a sheet of flame containing a string of copper-jacketed pellets; from the breech erupted a shower of shiny brass cases. Crowds gathered. Here was a deadly arm, capable of spraying the landscape with sudden death in the form of 230 grain .45 Colt Automatic pistol bullets..." (Philip B. Sharpe)


The Thompson Submachine Gun (TSMG), aka "Tommy Gun", "Chicago Typewriter", "Chicago Piano", "Ukulele Music", "Satans Paintbrush" etc. was the (in)famous icon of the "Roaring 1920s", widely used by gangsters and outlaws like Al Capone or John Dillinger at this time. It is probably the most famous -and surely one of the most beautiful- gun in the world.
It is by it's devastating firepower and its remarkable, unique design the King Cobra of all submachine guns, even if a modern UZI or "Scorpion" smaller and more dangerous today... the Tommy Gun is the hallmark of the Submachine Guns until today and original guns are high rated collector items... It's the Beauty and the Beast - all in one!

This is my first stamp for all fans of this unique icon... especially for those, who are lucky enough to own one.
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TheWildWestPyro Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Student Writer
BEST SUBMACHINE GUN EVER.
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vonmeer Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
Nice way for us Thompson owners to announce our very cool stuff. It always gets attention at the range.

Mines semi-auto too, but the foregrip allows it to be bumpfired full auto once you learn the technique.
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ancestorsrelic Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, this was my first semi-auto gun i have bought. All my other guns are some single-shot, a double-barreled shotgun, a lever-action (Win. 94), a Revolver, a bolt-action rifle or black-powder guns (single-shot and revolver). And so i made some mistakes too on my first day on the range with it and squeezed the trigger too softly like you do when you aim accurately with a single shot-rifle... And ratatatatatat...! and 5 or 6 rounds came with the typical full-auto sound out of the barrel :eyepopping:
As full-auto is striktly prohibited in germany i attracted the attention of all the other people on the range with this... gulp!
But it wasn't real full-auto. Only my wrong handling, that let the gun "bump" into my hands due the recoil and so it let bump my finger on the trigger too ;-)
After i explained my "semi auto-beginner error", some other shooters tried it too wih my gun and with their own modern semi-auto guns (AR-15, H&K SL8 etc.) too and got the same effect when squeezing the trigger too sofltly.
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vonmeer Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Heh, it appears gun ranges all over don't like folks bump firing. It just draws the police, even though full auto is legal in Montana.

In the US, we call the local sheriffs department if bumpfiring outside the city as a courtesy to police, so they know folks are just having fun.

When I bump the Thompson, I push the forestock forwards, while keeping my finger unmoving, locking my hand until the magazine clears.

I'm guessing yours in Germany is an open bolt system, and those are not allowed to us in the US.

Making modern Thompsons now almost cut our hands cocking the gun since they are so much stiffer to cock. Plus the cocking handles machined with a sharp ended groove.

I wish I had an original.
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ancestorsrelic Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, it's the open bolt-action system. My TSMG is build in 1942 by Savage and imported from Russia about 5 or 6 years ago. "LuxDefTec" in Luxembourg altered it to semi-auto only and the german importer "Waffen Schumacher" imported about 100 of them.
IMHO the most bizarre about these guns is that they are shipped in WW-II to Russia to fight against Nazi-Germany (Lend-Lease act) and more than 60 years later they are bought be german dealers for selling them in germany :crazy:
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vonmeer Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
That is kinda funny, oddly ironic.
I'm a tad jealous of your tommy.

That gun you have, even in semi-auto being a sbr (short barrel rifle) would be illegal in the US. It's kinda weird, that Germans can own a WWII gun, that Americans can't. :)

An original 1942 Savage, open bolt....very sweet. That would be so expensive here, that had to be expensive right?
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ancestorsrelic Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's the one in this pic: [link] As you can see, where once the Full Auto-Lever was is now a steel-plug welded in. Some other minor changes was made by LuxDefTec too to prevent that a full auto reciever can be used, but this changes are only visible when you strip the gun. The L-Drum is a Seymour-Drum, the vertical foregrip is a rebuild.
I paid about €1000 for the gun with the normal foregrip and one 20-round magazine. The drum was about €200 and the new made vertical foregrip about €30.
I have a second L-drum (not in the picture) too, it is a new made replica of the Crosby-Drum from China that cost me about €140. (I am still looking for a C-Drum, but they are way to expensive, even as modern made replicas).
The complete set on Wikipedia: [link] with the Crosby-Drum replica.
Field stripped: [link] Here you can see the changes to semi auto only better and the added LDT (LexDefTec) marking below the Serial number.
The violin case i have sold a vew years ago, but i plan to build a better one.
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Cooldude104 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Student General Artist
I don't own one due to laws in canada. but I like it.
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ancestorsrelic Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, due the german laws my own Tommy Gun is set to semi-auto fire only. Full-auto is permantly removed. But this is the only change that was made to it.
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Cooldude104 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Student General Artist
I also like the M16.
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