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These demonstration photos show firing the Thompson off-hand at Fort
Benning in 1942. On full-automatic, most of the burst would go high and
to the right based on the recoil and pull of the gun. Set on semi-automatic,
the Thompson delivers good accuracy beyond 50 yds.

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carried it. My father, who carried a Thompson in Europe during World
War II, once told me: "When the Krauts heard the blast of a Thompson,
they either gave up or went away and bothered somebody else!"
As a submachine gun, it excelled at close range. In the Pacific, it
blasted Japanese through the thick jungle underbrush. In Europe, it
pounded Germans in hedgerows and in house-to-house actions. It was
heavy, but it was robust and reliable. It was expensive to produce, but the
G.I.'s confidence in the gun justified the investment.
Through the years, I have heard and read many stories and myths
about the Thompson. One Thompson accessory quickly dismissed as "too
heavy," "too complicated" or "too noisy" is the 50-round drum magazine.
The drum was thought to have been quickly phased out early in World
War II. But my photographic research doesn't support that notion. You
will see numerous photos of Marines using 50-round drum magazines
throughout the war (including on Okinawa, the last major island battle).
Obviously, some Marines valued the extra firepower inherent in the drum,
and it is proven through the photos.
The Thompson has a classic, distinctive appearance. It is a legend
among firearms, and photos of the gun speak for themselves, much like
the "Tommy Gun" itself did, in its own unmistakable way.

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his article and the accompanying photos are
excerpted from author Tom Laemlein's The
Thompson Submachine Gun, which is part of
Armor Plate Press' "American Firepower" series.
The softbound 11"x8½", 180-pp. book features more
than 200 well-reproduced archival images of the
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Marines in the "Banana Wars" through all theatres
of World War II and into the Korean War. The cost
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