¿¡¡a General John Talliaferro Thompson was already one of the most respected names in US ordnance before his company Auto Ordnance Inc. designed the Thompson sub-machine gun (commonly also called the «Tommy-gun»). He conceived the gun during WWI, but did not have a practical working model until after the war; it was first available for commercial sale in 1921 as the M1921. The Thompson had only very limited military use before WWII; the US Marines and Navy used a few in Central America and China and several countries (including Germany) tested them. But they were very widely used in less formal conflicts (mostly the M1928 version with foregrip). The gangsters of prohibition-ridden USA and the terrorists/patriots of the IRA were the first to use them widely; they were followed by police, prison guards and prohibition agents. The FBI adopted the Tommy-gun as soon as they were officially allowed to carry guns, in 1932. Well over a million Thompsons were made, possibly twice that many. They were copied without license all over Asia. In the 1970s, with the supply of Thompsons badly depleted, semiautomatic-only copies were manufactured in the United States. They sold for 400 € and were real Thompsons; the manufacturer purchased the patents. The Thompson can use both box and drum magazines. The box magazines, normal for the military gun (late-model military Thompsons will use only the box magazine) are 20-and 30-shot; the drums come in 50- and i00round versions. The 50-round drum weighs 2.2 kg loaded; the 100- round weighs almost 3.8 kg loaded (this nearly doubles the weight of the gun; with a 100- round drum it weighs as much as a BAR). Drum magazines take the same time to change as other magazines, but they take a lot longer to reload (three seconds to prepare the drum and one second per round to put in the ammunition). Drums are noisy to carry (-2 to Stealth) and prone to jam unless they are in perfect condition and very carefully loaded (Malf 15, at the GM's discretion, for abused or damaged drums). Most Thompsons were the military version, the Mi (or even more simplified, the M1A1), which was first issued in 1943 as a simplified for war-time production variant of M1928 with select-fire control and a simple blowback mechanism, issued with 20-round «stick» magazines and replacing the front pistol grip with a flat foregrip. The charging handle is located at the right side of the receiver. The stats on the table are for that model. The commercial Thompsons were good-looking guns, blued-steel with polished walnut stocks. They had very precise adjustable sights (in semi-auto use as rifle with Acc 8). Cutts compensator and vertical foregrip helped in control (Rcl -2). A Thompson with the vertical front-grip and compensator is Rcl -3 with the butt-stock removed; with no stock and foregrip or compensator missing, it is -4; without stock, foregrip and compensator, it is -6. Holdout is -4 with the stock removed.

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