NOW SOLD A Simply Fabulous Original 1928A1 'Tommy Gun' .45 ACP Sub Machine Gun With Two Round Drum Magazines & Stick Magazine
NOW AVAILABLE FOR SALE & DELIVERY WITHIN THE UK WITH ITS NEW CERTIFICATION. Probably the very best example of its type, complete with rare accessories, for sale anywhere. No licence or restrictions to own or display. Incredibly this iconic arm, the Thompson ‘Tommy Gun’ Sub-machine gun, is 100 years old this year, and this fabulous example is over an amazing 80 years old. Probably the best example available on the de-act market today with its extra, original accessories. It has two drum mags, a finned barrel, with top cocking, a single stick mag and finest quality patinated wooden stock parts, including the highly desirable ‘pistol’ fore grip, The best 50 round drum magazine of the two is superb, with perfect Tommy Gun logo and maker stamps, and in great working order, the other, secondary, drum magazine is adapted in order to fit into the machine gun to comply with deactivation rules. Excellent condition with all Thompson patent dates, maker marks and the rare US Army issue grenade mark. The early WW2 US government Inspector stamp of RLB representing, The Army Inspector of Ordnance for the Rochester District, Lt. Colonel Ray L. Bowlin from 1940, until 1942. Plus GFG The marking is likely A slightly miss-struck GEG, for the venerable George E. Goll part of the early Thompson team. This is the early pattern WW2 US military issue submachine gun and probably the most famous machine gun in the world. In the early part of America's entry into WW2, in 1941, the US Government bought the highly expensive and high specification 'Tommy Gun' that was made famous around the world thanks to the infamous Chicago gangsters.They chose the military stick magazine, not the drum, and the straight fore-end mount as opposed to the pistol grip. However it's cost was so great at around $250 each that they had designed a cheaper and more basic military Tommy Gun, the M1 model, at around $200 each. To get an idea of how expensive the 1928A1 was at $250, it represented more than a years pay for a British soldier.The Thompson was most popular among specialised troops such as Rangers, Marine Raiders, armored and parachute units. It became somewhat of a status symbol and was eagerly sought after. Even today many veterans consider it the best weapon of WWII. Deactivated and not suitable to export.. Stunning 1928A1 model with scarce finned barrel, front pistol grip, cutts compensator and static rear Lyman site. with 50 round drum magazine, and 20 round stick magazine. With official US Army Grenade Inspection stamp. The Thompson submachine gun is an American submachine gun first invented by John T. Thompson in 1918 during World War I that became infamous during the Prohibition era, being a signature weapon of various organised crime syndicates in the United States. It was a common sight in the media of the time, being used by both law enforcement officers and criminals. The Thompson submachine gun was also known informally as the "Tommy Gun", "Street Sweeper", "Annihilator", "Chicago Typewriter", "Trench Broom", "Chicago Submachine", "Chicago Piano", "Chicago Style", "Chicago Organ Grinder", "Drum Gun", "the Chopper", "the Tommy Boy" or simply "the Thompson".
The Thompson was favoured by soldiers, criminals, police, the FBI, and civilians alike for its fully automatic fire, while still being relatively lightweight, portable and easy to use. It has since gained popularity among civilian collectors for its historical significance. It has considerable significance in popular culture, especially in works about the Prohibition era and World War II, and is one of the most well known and recognised firearms in history. In the USA untouched examples of a good 1921 Tommy gun, with a drum magazine and stick magazine, can fetch up to $50,000 plus. A later 1928A1 can be around $35,000. Unfortunately it is impossible to import Former US Army Tommy guns into the United States any longer. We show an example, also inspected by Col. Ray L Bowlin, in an auction advert that was sold in 2012 In America, in auction, for $48,875. Not available for export.