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WWII Thompson Machine Gun


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The M1928A1 was the military version of the ''Tommy Gun'' also known as ''Chopper'' ''Chicago Typewriter'' and ''Chicago Piano''. General John. T. Thompson designed the first model in 1916 and started with the help of a financier, formed the 'Auto Ordinance Company', where the phrase ''Sub Machine Gun'' was first used. The first weapon he produced was called ''The Annihilator'', too late for the First World War, the gun was renamed the ''Thomson Machine Gun'' and subsequently went into production in 1921. In the days of the American ''Prohibition'' it became popular with gangsters and grew to fame in the Hollywood movies. In 1938 the pattern was adopted by the U.S. Army with the M1928A1 entering into production just before the attack on Pearl Harbour. It was well known that it was Winston Churchills favorite gun. It Has a 50 round magazine, although this had a rattle and the 20 or 30 round magazine was preferred. Early models tended to rise on firing so the 'Cutts'' compensator was fitted to the barrel to compensate for this. It fires .45inch ACP (Automatic Colt Pistol) rounds at a rate of fire of 800rpm.

11th Mar 2009

Design and Technology, History, Science

Key Stages:
Foundation, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 4+

WWII, Machine Gun, Winston Churchill, American

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