We pretty much all drooled over a Tommy Gun at somepoint or another, in real life or on the silver screen in the hands of the mobsters and heavies that used them to shoot up downtown New York, Chicago, Detroit and yeah, just about everywhere else.
But it was also a gun that has gone into action with the troops, the special forces, Law Enforcement Officers and the elite fighting forces around the world.
1.7 million Thompson Submachine Guns were produced for the Second World War alone by Auto Ordnance and Savage Arms.
It’s a gun that gave way to the likes of the HK MP5, but it achieved legend status long before it bowed out of military service.
The Thompson 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.
So here we have got a few ways for you to buy a Tommy Gun. We’ll give you the expensive guns, and then show you a way to own a semi-automatic Tommy Gun 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…
Is it Legal to Own a Thompson Machine Gun?
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 Submachine Gun.
Just a few Thompson machine guns are included the 175,0000+ machine guns registered in the United States.
So they’re not easy to find and, due to this gun’s Hall of Fame status, you won’t get them cheap.
Most of the fully automatic Thompson machine gun for sale ads tend to be pre-1986 recreations, rather than active service weapons, when you read the ad closely. They’re still seriously expensive.
You can expect to pay $30,000 and up for a fully automatic, proper Thompson replica, which kind of makes sense. For instance this full machine gun is listed on Euro Optics for $30K.
Where to Buy a Thompson Submachine Gun
1. Group Industries Thompson Machine Gun
- Price: $30,000
- Caliber: 45 ACP
- 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 machine gun experience.
It’s not an absolutely faithful recreation, but it is a a gun that has taken some of the best features of the other Thompsons and installed them in a 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.
You don’t want to spend $30,000 on an ornament, no matter how pretty it is.
Most machine 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.
If you can, you should own a machine gun at least once in your life. Especially if you have an outside range and a steady source of cheap 45 ACP ammunition.
This machine 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.
The Cheaper Options…
2. SilencerCo Tommy Gun Summit
- Price: $3,499
- 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.
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.
The Tommy Gun might just be the most famous machine gun of all time.
This one 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.
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.
And it does look cool, but I have to be honest I’d go for one of the ‘lesser’ guns in their Thompson Machine Gun 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.
So that takes us to what we think is the best Thompson machine gun replica for sale.
3. Auto Ordnance 1927-A1Deluxe Pistol
- Price: $1,139.99
- Caliber: 45 ACP
- Barrel Length: 10.5 inch
- Total Length: 23.3 inch
- Weight: 5lb
- Capacity: 50+1
Think the Tommy Gun couldn’t get more gangster? Well look again, this is the pistol version and it’s a beast. Seriously, it might be a tribute to days gone by, but this is also a really serious home defense gun.
This one costs $1152.99. That’s not cheap, but it’s a 50-round mag of 45ACP and it’s a seriously beefy gun that you should be able to use from the hip if you really want to.
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.
You can fit a simple wire pistol brace to this, or you might want to experiment with a PDW brace. You could turn this pistol into an absolute beast with a vintage feel.
Yeah, this is our favorite modern day Tommy Gun replica, there’s no getting round it.
4. Auto Ordnance Tommy Gun 19271A-1 Deluxe
- Price: $1,259.99
- Barrel Length: 16.5 inch
- Total Length: 41 inch
It’s a homage to the 1927A-1, it’s 45ACP and it’s a simple rifle rather than an SBR.
There is no tax stamp to worry about, or NFA waiting times. The price you pay is that it doesn’t look quite like the original anymore. It’s a rifle for sale, with a stock, and a proper long barrel.
You basically have to choose between a front end or a back end that looks like a real Thompson. The shorter barrel pistol is right at the front, this is right at the stock
The rifle or pistol options make the paperwork infinitely easier, though, and it means you can have either one of these guns on the range within days, as soon as you buy your guns online and it’s delivered, with no further headaches.
It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles. But here’s the really important part. It costs $1383.99. That’s still not cheap, but it’s a lot better than it could have been!
Want to buy a Tommy Gun replica in 45 ACP at a reasonable price? Buy your Thompson Sub-Machine Gun, sort of, here:
Auto Ordnance unveil a 9mm at SHOT
Yes, you can now go for a watered down version of the traditional 45ACP icon, for a much cheaper price.
But it’s still going to cost more than $1000 to get your own Tommy Gun and this is unlikely to be your first choice for home defense.
It’s a novelty, then, and I can’t help feeling that every time you picked up the 9mm then you’d silently curse yourself out for not getting the full-fat gun.
Still, 9mm Tommy Gun replicas are out there, just so you know…