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Old 02-04-2020, 10:14 PM
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"Thompson had a long career as a U.S. military officer and arms designer, having been instrumental in overseeing the development of the Springfield M1903 rifle and the adoption of the .45 ACP Colt 1911 pistol as the standard issue military sidearm. With few military contracts in the offing after The Great War, further development of the Thompson design led to the first civilian model in 1921, which were built under contract by the Colt’s Patent Firearms Mfg. Co. These are different from the later military Model M1A1, but are the “classic Tommy Gun” of the 1920s, with the finned barrel and forward pistol grip. Thompson promoted it for lawmen and bank guards, among others in law enforcement, as the “anti-bandit gun.” Of course, it turned out that the bandits made better use of it, including gangsters Al Capone, John Dillinger, Machine Gun Kelly (no further explanation needed), Baby Face Nelson, Pretty Boy Floyd, Bonny and Clyde among other well financed outlaws of the era."

"The next big customer was the FBI in 1933 (which continued to use Thompsons of various models, including the later M1A1, up until 1970). The U.S. military adopted the M1928A1 model in 1938 (which still had a muzzle break and cooling fins on the barrel), and during WWII the more affordably built M1A1 version, which at the height of the war in 1944, the U.S. was purchasing from Auto Ordnance for only $45 apiece."

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