How to Buy A Tommy Gun

How to buy a Tommy Gun - The legendary Thompson. Get your gun here.

We pretty much all drooled over a Thompson Submachine gun at somepoint or another, in real life or on the silver screen.

This is virtually a symbol of the prohibition era gangsters that used them to shoot up downtown New York, Chicago, Detroit and yeah, just about everywhere else. For close quarters combat, or even a bit of spray and pray, the fully automatic weapons were a gamechanger when it came to stopping power. They were a common sight.

It wasn’t just a gun for the gangsters of the 1920s. It was also a gun that has gone into action with the troops in a world war, the British army, as well as the US armed forces. Then there are the special forces, Law Enforcement Officers, the United States Marine Corps and elite fighting forces around the world.

For want of a better word, two of these guns starred in the St Valentine’s Day Massacre. Al Capone allegedly ordered the St Valentine’s Day massacre, when two of his men shot up 7 members of a rival gang in an underground garage.

How Many Are There?

1.7 million Thompson Submachine Guns were produced for the Second World War alone by the AutoOrdnance Corporation and Savage Arms for the United States and Allied forces. Of course, the rounds per minute on those guns were slightly higher.

It’s a gun that gave way to the likes of the HK MP5 and a variety of other 9mm SMGs that you can buy in semi-auto form,

Before then, it achieved legend status long before it bowed out of military service and into the hands of organized crime. You will still find old clones in active service in the Soviet Union, Africa and other regions. They believe in 45 ACP stopping power.

The Thompson M1 is a legend, an icon in its own right, That means they are thin on the ground and they tend to be expensive, before you get into the licensing issues and the Third Class license.

How Can You Buy a Thompson?

So here we have got a few ways for you to buy a Tommy Gun. We’ll give you the expensive guns, and also show you a way to own a semi-automatic for a fraction of the price. 

It won’t be the same, but it will be the difference between $1000 and $30,000. So, you know, there’s that…

A Thompson Sub Machine Gun is legal in some States, although it has to be pre-1986 to fit with the regulations.

So, yes, it is legal to own a Thompson Tommy Gun.

Just a few Thompson machine guns are included the 175,0000+ machine guns registered in the United States.

They Aren’t That Easy to Find

So they’re not easy to find and, due to this gun’s Hall of Fame status, you won’t get this world war winner cheap. All famous submachine guns come with a premium price tag, and well this is one of the Original Gangsters and armed forces favorites….

This gun is an American submachine gun legend. And yes it’s hard to find. In part, that’s thanks to the National Firearms Act.

Most of the fully automatic Thompson machine gun for sale ads tend to be pre-1986 National Firearms Act recreations, rather than active service weapons, when you read the ad closely. They’re still seriously expensive. 

So consider a box fresh, semi auto Tommy Gun replica, before you go too nuts with your money. It’s almost as good, better in some ways…

Basically these are all variations from Auto Ordnance, produced under license in one or two instances by the look of it. But basically, this is a fairly faithful semi-automatic recreation of the legendary SMG.

Where to Buy a Thompson Submachine Gun Replica

Auto Ordnance Thompson 1927A-1 Lightweight Deluxe Carbine rifle for sale. Perhaps the best modern Tommy gun rifle for sale.

1. Auto Ordnance 1927A-1 Lightweight Deluxe Carbine Rifle

  • Price: $1,900.00
  • Barrel Length: 16.5 inch
  • Total Length: 41 inch
  • Weight: 9.5lb

Most of the best Tommy Guns are actually semi auto rifles these days. So it is with this one, so replicas. This is the classic Tommy Gun replica and it’s a common sight.

It’s a classic example of the Chicago Typewriter, and it operates from the closed bolt position. That’s as close as you’re going to get to the full automatic weapons without a Class 3 firearms license.

Massive Drum Mags Give 100 Rounds

This gun takes the 100-round drum mags, too, as well as the classic 50–round drum mags and 20-round stick mags. The box magazines and Thompson combination do make for an exceptionally lightweight gun, too.

I mean this is still almost 13lb, so it’s no plastic AR-15, but then you do get a real wood vertical foregrip, a proper wood buttstock and a 16.5 inch barrel with the period detailing.

A lightweight aluminum receiver helps trim the fat, though, and there really isn’t much excess here. There’s a purity of purpose that we love, even though we know a 45 ACP rifle is a niche thing for fun at the range and maybe pest control.

Thompson Sub Machine Gun, the short barrel pistol, without the stock

2. Auto Ordnance 1927A-1 Lightweight Pistol

  • Price: $1,900.00
  • Caliber: 45 ACP
  • Barrel Length: 10.5 inch
  • Weight: 12.9lb



Think the Thompson couldn’t get more gangster? Well look again, this is the pistol version that drops the stock completely. For close quarters combat, it’s an intriguing proposition.

Seriously, it might be a tribute to days gone by, but this is also a really serious home defense gun. Especially if all the custom AR-15s, AR pistols and 300 Blackout pistols are sold out…

This one is not cheap, but it’s a seriously beefy gun.

There are plenty of other options, but this does have a certain perverse appeal and we could imagine the home invader’s face when they’re staring down the barrel of this monster.

In the absence of actual automatic weapons, this will do you proud at close quarters…

The Donald Trump Edition Kahr Arms Thompson 1927a-1 Rifle - A special edition rifle you have to see with your own eyes. Buy yours here.

2. Kahr Arms 1927a-1 Thompson Rifle Trump Edition

  • Price: $1,789.99
  • Barrel Length: 16.5 inch
  • Total Length: 39 inch
  • Weight: 12.5lb

This is literally a pretty faithful Thompson 1927-A1 replica with Donald Trump’s face on it. I mean why wouldn’t you want that?

Well possibly a few reasons, but I can’t think of any right now. This gun is awesome. This is Leftist baiting small arms fetish gunporn. That’s good enough reason for us to look at the Kahr Firearms Group and smile.

Boys, you did us proud… Forget World War II, this could possibly start World War III.

And for other people it seems, as this gun is permanently sold out. Some places are taking Kahr firearms backorders. But maybe just get in touch with Kahr Arms direct and see what they can do for you in the World War II small arms department.

For pure comedic factor alone, we love this simple blowback semi-auto rifle. Kahr Firearms Group have never looked so good…

This Kahr Arms Thompson gets a stick magazine, which some of you are just going to prefer. The Donald’s stick holds a solid 20 rounds in that box magazine, too, so Stormy Daniels was clearly wrong.

Auto Ordnance Tommy Gun for sale. Buy a semi auto Thompson submachine gun right now.

3. SilencerCo Tommy Summit Suppressor and Violin Case kit

  • Price: $3,299
  • Caliber: 45 ACP
  • Barrel length: 11.5 inch
  • Total Length: 32 inch
  • Capacity: 50+1 rounds
  • Weight: 12.5lb

Auto Ordnance is the company that started the Thompson Submachine Gun thing all the way back in 1916.

Then, General John T Thompson started the company as he searched for the perfect military firearm that had no recoil or gas-operated mechanism  in the wake of World War I. The Annihilator 1 wa, with a friction delayed blowback action, in 1918.

In 1919 the Thompson Submachine Gun was officially ready for launch and General Thompson was soon to have a massive impact on the Second World War, even though he didn’t quite make it for the first World War. 

Modern Company is a Cover Band

The new Auto Ordnance isn’t really the same sort of company. It does produce a series of weapons, including 1911s, but the modern Auto Ordnance is a nostalgic look back on the weapons that changed the world. 

This might just be the most famous gun of all time and the simple blowback Thompson comes with the classic 50-round drum magazine.

One of the finer semi-auto 1927-a1 long guns is branded as a SilencerCo sale, but Auto Ordnance produced everything bar the can here.

Unsurprisingly we guess, the Auto Ordnance Summit is the peak of their craft.

If you’re looking for a perfect Tommy Gun replica, you don’t want the hassle of a full machine gun and the FBI background check that goes with it, then this could be the one for you.

Note, could be… There are a couple of other complications, like the SBR set-up and the silencer. That’s NFA territory…

It comes with the same 45 ACP caliber and it’s a faithful reconstruction of the 1928 model Thompson. You also get the suppressor, which is cool and yet really does turn this into a painfully expensive package.

It’s heavy, just like the original, it takes common or garden ammunition and it’s pretty much the best way to shoot a Thompson. The vertical foregrip is detachable and you can pretty much set up your weapon as you want.

Auto Ordnance Tommy Gun

Why Is The Tommy Gun So Expensive?

This is the special edition, which comes in the violin case. The suppressor is also part of the package and they ain’t cheap, especially as this is one of the smallest and lowest profile silencers in the class.

You also get a violin case, which I believe are available on eBay for not that much…

And it does look cool, but I have to be honest I’d go for one of the ‘lesser’ 1927-a1 long guns in their Thompson replica range. The silencer just means an NFA tax stamp, it’s not really an integral part of the experience and this route was meant to be about avoiding hassle

Group Industries Thompson Sub Machine Gun Replica with full auto fire. It was $30,000, and now you can't get them at all.

4. Group Industries Thompson Machine Gun

  • Price: $30,000
  • Caliber: 45 ACP
  • Barrel: 10 inch
  • Total Length: 34 inch
  • Weight: 11lb
  • Capacity: 50+1 rounds (Drum mag not supplied)

The Group Industries homage is a great gun and it will give you the complete, fully automatic Thompson Tommy Gun experience.

It’s not an absolutely faithful recreation, but it is a gun that has taken some of the best features of the other Thompsons and installed them in a simple blowback gun that is largely based on the WWII machine guns for sale.

Now make sure you can get the paperwork for this gun and talk to your local Law Enforcement Officers if you’re new to this and you live in a State with heavy gun control laws. 

Get Your Papers in Order

You don’t want to spend $30,000 on an ornament, no matter how pretty it is. 

Most submachine gun owners have done the dance before, though, and have several in their collection.

They know that the legal paperwork is worth the effort and you get a truly unique firearm that will light up your face and the sky every time you pull the trigger. Rate of fire is an actual thing in their lives.

If you can, you should own a submachine gun at least once in your life. Especially if you have an outside range and a steady source of cheap 45 ACP ammunition.

This gun fires from the open bolt position and like the M1928A1 Thompson Machine Gun, it has a two-position safety. You can opt for semi-automatic mode, or fully automatic, and you will get to live out your gangster or special forces fantasy. 

Is that worth this much money? Well that’s for you to decide. 

Nicknames for the Thompson Submachine Gun

Criminal types and cops all like a snazzy name for their latest toys. The Tommy Gun is one of many nicknames. Others include the Chicago Typewriter, and the Trench Broom, because, well, it could sweep trenches…

It was also called the Street Sweeper, Annihilator, Chicago Organ Grinder, Chicago Piano, the Chopper and Chicago Style. As the sharp eyed reader will have noticed, Chicago crops up once or twice.

How to spend even more…

Famous Tommy guns with a rich history of violence and prohibition era criminality in the hands of a famous mobster inevitably turn up from time to time.

Check the likes of Sotheby’s if you’re into high-end vintage firearms. The auction houses can part you with some serious money for famous automatic weapons or other firearms all days long.

What About a Modern AR Pistol

If you want a pistol caliber carbine, and lots of people do, you have plenty of options these days. You can get a 9mm, 10mm or 45 ACP AR pistol, and you can also opt for a 300 Blackout pistol.

Blackout pistols are a particularly intriguing option. Fit a suppressor and load up with subsonic ammo and the ballistics largely mimic the 45 ACP.

Load supersonic ammo and you’ve got AR-15 range and a 250-yard kill shot in an AR pistol. That’s better than a Tommy Gun. We’re not going to lie.

Have a look at these posts if you fancy something a little more modern.


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