Thompson submachine gun

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Thompson submachine gun

A .45-caliber submachine gun having a wooden stock and a box or drum magazine.

[After John Taliaferro Thompson (1860-1940), American army officer.]
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Thomp′son submachine′ gun`

a.45-caliber automatic weapon designed to be fired from the shoulder or hip.
Also called Tommy gun.
[1920–25; after John T. Thompson (1860–1940), American army officer who aided in its invention]
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Noun1.Thompson submachine gun - a .45-caliber submachine gunThompson submachine gun - a .45-caliber submachine gun  
submachine gun - machine gun that is a portable automatic firearm
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One might reflect here on the photographs of Hemingway gripping an Italian carbine, or un-jamming a rifle for a soldier in Spain, or aiming his Thompson submachine gun off Bimini.
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When it became clear that Ed was not going to invite me to shoot the Gatling, or anything else for that matter, I returned to the lower range in search of a Thompson submachine gun.
This crudely-made device looks--at least to my eyes--as if some guy simply welded a grip and a stock from a Thompson submachine gun to a 5-foot length of steel pipe that was lying in a yard somewhere, and figured out a way to fire it.
(unloaded) (unloaded): Magazine: 32-round detachable box Sights: Front: Blade Rear: Aperture fixed for 100 yards Rate of fire: 550 rpm Bayonet: None THOMPSON SUBMACHINE GUN Ml928 Caliber: .45 ACP Overall length: 33.75 in.
He nodded grimly to his fellow paratrooper and slowly raised his Thompson submachine gun.