About the Thompson Submachine Gun



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From Wikipedia

The Thompson submachine gun (nicknamed the Thompson) is an American submachine gun, invented by John T. Thompson in 1918, that became infamous during the Prohibition era. It was a common sight in the media of the time, being used by both law enforcement officers and criminals.[7] The Thompson was also known informally as: the “Tommy Gun“, “Trench Broom“, “Trench Sweeper“, “Chicago Typewriter“, “Chicago Piano“, “Chicago Style“, “Chicago Organ Grinder“, and “The Chopper“.[8][9][10][11][12]

The Thompson was favored by soldiers, criminals, police and civilians alike for its large .45 ACPcartridge, accuracy, and high volume of automatic fire. It has since gained popularity among civilian collectors for its historical significance.

Manual for the TommyGun

NUDE BEACH frontThe Thompson Submachine Gun is the weapon used in a brutal murder of 33 people on the clothing-optional Blacks Beach in San Diego in the opening chapter of The Nude Beach Homicides by William Barrons


About William Barrons

Born 1926, in Cadillac, Michigan, the oldest boy of fourteen kids. Survived the Great Depression and joined the Marines the day after I turned 17. Could hardly wait to go fight those nasty Nazis and Japanese. Served 2½ war years in the Marines. Got married, went to college, had kids, re-joined the Marines in 1949 - in time for the Korean War. Became a Marine Second Lieutenant but was a Platoon Commander only for a short while as my sick wife nearly died and I had to resign to care for my family. Became a Telephone equipment engineer with AT&T in Chicago. Then was a kitchen and home remodeling designer for 22 years. Retired at age 69 and began to research and write novels. At age 89, I’m still at it!