A while back I was at my local range shooting my 1928A1C Thompson and as I finished, I noticed the owner talking to a young woman outside the protective viewing glass of the range. She was a local reporter that was there to do an article on the local business man. She had never shot a gun so he was going to treat her to a few free rounds with a Glock pistol. When I exited the range I talked to her, showed her my TSMG, and asked her if she would like to try it? She was already nervous about just shooting a gun for the first time, and now we had talked her into shooting a Submachine gun. I went through the operation and got her ready. I had intended for her to start on single (semi-auto, ed.), but was standing on the opposite side from the selector helping her support the gun.
When she pulled the trigger and 4 or 5 rounds fired in quick succession, all you could see were giant eyes and a pale look! It took about 30 seconds for her to stop vibrating! To her credit, she finished off her 20 round clip. She could not wait to get home and tell her son, who had declined to come with her, what she got to shoot at the range! (How often do you hear of a media member becoming a covert to the "dark side"? ed.)
Back about the 1970s, some friends of mine in Manitoba, Canada, had several licenced submachine guns and they decided to take them out to shoot at an abandoned quarry in the countryside. They did not bother obtaining the extra permits required to move them.
While they were shooting, a Royal Canadian Mounted Police car pulled up behind them, and the officer, wearing just a revolver, carefully got out of his patrol car on the far side. He looked at them closely, and asked if the guns were registered. He was told that yes they were.
Then he asked "Is that a REAL Tommy Gun?" My friend said "Yes it is. Would you like to shoot it?" "Oh yes!" said the officer. Suffice to say, that my friends let him shoot as much as he liked and he never asked if they had the permits to convey the guns to the quarry.
A TSMG'er friend related this story to me. A friend of his knowing he was a machinegun fancier called him over. My friend had to take an oath not to reveal what he was about to see. He was ushered up stairs to the closet in the master bedroom. His friend told him he got a hot deal on this gun but it might not be completely legal. His friend then proudly pulled a pristine TSMG out of the closet. My friend was stunned momentarily, then burst out laughing. His friend asked what was so funny and he then showed him where it said "made in Japan" and told him he had an excellent and very nonfunctional fake TSMG which does not need to be hidden!
Recently, I offered to take a friend of of my son to shoot a Thompson. Andy readily agreed and asked what kind of ammunition he should bring. Of course, I told him .45 ACP. He went to our nearby Wal-Mart to get the ammunition. The clerk gave him three boxes and asked him what type of gun in which he intended use it. Andy was well over twenty-one, so I have no idea why he was asked. However, Andy was undeterred, he smiled and proudly stated the ammunition would be used in a "Thompson Submachine Gun". The clerk just nodded, and Andy walked off with the ammo.
I had bought my Thompson from a friend awhile back.So one day when I was a work when I said to a co-worker that I had one,he asked "what type of ammo does that shoot?"I told him it shot a 45 ACP. He looked at me funny and said "I always thought they shot 30-06 ammo."
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