M1A1 Submachine gun
famous for its use by gangsters in the nineteen twenties, the Thompson
sub machine gun was originally created in 1919.
Although it wasn't ready for use in World War I the "Tommy" was coldly envisioned
to be a “Trench Broom”. Several enhancements were made over the
years. The more utilitarian
version M1A1 (below) was generally used by NCO’s and officers in WWII,
both in Europe and the Pacific theatre.
The older airsoft
versions of this weapon are very impressive and make a great
addition to a reactor's paratrooper impression. The real wood stock
and handgrips pictured here are an aftermarket addition. Since the gun I acquired
had a nicely worn patina from service in the field, I decided to
rough up the wood before refinishing it to look evenly battle worn.
This baby is upgraded and ready
for combat. Even roughed up she could be a beautiful wall-hanger; but I plan on
putting her to the test in airsoft combat again and again. Currahee!