Sunday, April 13, 2008

Guess Who's Coming To Dinner?

Guess Who's Coming To Dinner?

The only friend that I have who has a history degree brought his full auto Tommie gun over for dinner this evening. Contrary to the bad reputation that they have for being uncontrollable, it was actually quite pleasant. Firing three to four shot bursts was very easy, and easy to keep on target. Recoil was very pleasant. Even holding the trigger back with the 30 round stick magazines was not a problem--very controllable. Only when firing long bursts with the 50 round drum magazine did I find it starting to climb. I can see (along with the reliability issues) why World War II soldiers preferred the stick magazines over the drums.

My other submachine gun experiences have been an M-11 (an evil, hard to control little beast), an Uzi (maybe comparable to the Thompson, or a little easier to control), and an H&K MP5 (which was definitely easier to control than the Thompson--although not by as much as I expected).

Considering the Thompson is firing a somewhat more powerful cartridge and a heavier bullet--and it is far older design--it is surprisingly effective.

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