Thompson Submachine Gun

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The Thompson sub-machine gun, or "Tommy Gun", has appeared in the following films, television series, anime, and video games used by the following actors:

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Specifications

(1921 - Present)

Type: Sub-machine Gun

Caliber: .45 ACP

Capacity: 20, 30 round box magazine, 50, 100 round Drum magazine

Fire Modes: Semiautomatic/Full-Automatic (600-1200 RPM)


M1921 Thompson

Colt M1921A Thompson with 20-round magazine - .45 ACP

The M1921 is the original production version of the Thompson Submachine Gun, as manufactured by Colt Firearms in 1921. The M1921 is of the highest quality, fit, and along with a high polish blued finish, more like high grade sporting arm, than a military weapon. Standard features of the M1921 are the finned barrels, some sent with Cutts compensators, knurled lightweight bolt handles, Lyman Model 55B adjustable rear sights, push button detachable butt stocks, vertical fore grips and checkered fire control levers.

Film

Colt M1921A Thompson with 50-round drum magazine - .45 ACP
Colt M1921AC Thompson with 20-round magazine - .45 ACP.
Colt M1921AC Thompson with 50-round drum magazine - .45 ACP.
M1921AC Thompson with a horizontal fore grip and 30-round magazine - .45ACP
Title Actor Character Note Date
Gangster Squad Gangsters 2012
Inglourious Basterds American soldier 2009
Public Enemies Johnny Depp John Dillinger w/ 50-rd drum and 20-rd box magazines 2009
Watchmen Unknown Bank Robber M1921AC w/ 50-rd drum 2009
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Ray Winstone Mac w/ M1928 Forend 2008
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow Police Officers w/ 50-rd drum magazines 2004
Smart Philip Miroslav Táborský Adolfo 2003
Smart Philip Mobsters 2003
O Brother, Where Art Thou? Michael Badalucco Baby Face Nelson w/ 50-rd drum magazines 2000
Road to Perdition Tom Hanks Michael Sullivan, Sr. 2002
The Phantom Dane Farwell Breen 1996
The Phantom Jo Phillips Female pilot 1996
The Quest Riggi's mobsters 1996
Legends of the Fall Police officers 1994
Mobsters Nicholas Sadler Vincent "Mad Dog" Coll w/ 50-rd drum magazines 1991
Mobsters Christian Slater Lucky Luciano w/ 50-rd drum magazines 1991
Mobsters Richard Grieco Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel 1991
Dick Tracy Warren Beatty Dick Tracy 1990
Dick Tracy Seymour Cassel Sam Catchem 1990
Dick Tracy William Forsythe Flattop Jones 1990
Dick Tracy Ed O'Ross Itchy Oliver 1990
Dick Tracy Henry Silva Influence 1990
Dick Tracy R.G. Armstrong Pruneface 1990
Dick Tracy Colm Meaney Cop at Tess' 1990
Moonwalker Michael Jackson 1988
The Untouchables Sean Connery Jim Malone w/ 50-rd drum magazine 1987
The Untouchables Andy Garcia George Stone w/ 50-rd drum magazine 1987
The Untouchables Billy Drago Frank Nitti w/ 50-rd drum magazine 1987
The Untouchables Valentino Cimo Bodyguard w/ 50-rd drum magazine 1987
The Untouchables Joe Greco Bodyguard w/ 50-rd drum magazine 1987
Jungle Warriors Alex Cord Nick Spilotro 1984
Jungle Warriors Mastranga's men 1984
Romancing the Stone 1984
Dawn of the Dead Larry Vaira Biker w/ 50-rd drum and 30-rd box magazines 1978
Stuntwoman (L'animal) Raquel Welch Jane Gardner 1977
Big Bad Mama Tom Skerritt Fred Diller 1974
Savage Sisters Gloria Hendry Lynn Jackson 1974
Savage Sisters Sid Haig Malavael 1974
Savage Sisters Guerillas 1974
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia Gig Young Johnny Quill Minus rifle stock. 1974
Dillinger Harry Dean Stanton Homer Van Meter 1973
The Valachi Papers Mobsters 1972
Rum Runners (Boulevard du Rhum) Policemen 1971
You Can't Win 'Em All Leo Gordon Bolek 1970
The Sicilian Clan (Le clan des Siciliens) Mobsters 1969
Modesty Blaise Fothergill´s men 1966
OSS 117: Mission for a Killer (Furia à Bahia pour OSS 117) Frederick Stafford Hubert Bonnisseur 1965
OSS 117: Mission for a Killer (Furia à Bahia pour OSS 117) The Nazis and Indians 1965
The 10th Victim (La decima vittima) The man at shooting range 1965
OSS 117 (OSS 117 se déchaîne) Pierre Moncorbier The guardian of cave 1963
Inside the Mafia Mafia gunmen w/ box magazines, buttstocks removed 1959
The FBI Story w/ 50-rd drum and 30-rd box magazines 1959
The Desperate Hours Various Police 1955
Paratrooper British paratroopers 1953
Sahara Humphrey Bogart Sgt. Joe Gunn 1943
Sahara Rex Ingram Sgt. Major Tambul w/ 50-rd drum magazine 1943
Sahara Bruce Bennett Waco Hoyt 1943
The Story of G.I. Joe Freddie Steele Sgt. Steve Warnicki 1945
They Were Expendable With 1928 Forend 1945
Back to Bataan Anthony Quinn Captain Bonifacio 1945
Back to Bataan John Wayne Col. John Madden 1945
Bataan U.S. forces 1943
The Canterville Ghost (1943 Film) American Soldiers 1943
Went the Day Well? Frank Lawton Tom Sturry With 50-round drum magazine 1942
Went the Day Well? Norman Pierce Jim Sturry With 50-round drum magazine 1942
Went the Day Well? Johnnie Schofield Joe Garbett With 50-round drum magazine 1942
Went the Day Well? Elizabeth Allan Peggy With 50-round drum magazine 1942
Went the Day Well? German Paratroopers With 50-round drum magazine 1942
Somewhere in France Various characters With 50-round drum magazine & rare muzzle break 1942
Each Dawn I Die Prison Guard w/ 50-rd drum magazine 1939
Angels With Dirty Faces Police officers w/ 50-rd drum magazines 1938
San Quentin Prison Guard w/ 50-rd drum magazine 1937
Bullets or Ballots Police Officers w/ 50-rd drum magazines 1936
G Men James Cagney Brick Davis w/ 50-rd drum magazine 1935
G Men Robert Armstrong Jeff McCord w/ 50-rd drum magazine 1935
Scarface Police 1934
Scarface Gangsters 1934
Little Caesar w/ 50-rd drum magazines 1931

Television

Show Title Actor Character Notes / Episode Air Date
Guns 2008
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Todd Stashwick Myron Stark / T-888 2008 - 2009
The Untouchables 1993 - 1994
Dad's Army 1968 - 1977
Reilly: Ace of Spies Sam Neill Reilly 1983
Stawka wieksza niz zycie British and American soldiers 18/ "Poszukiwany gruppenfuhrer Wolf" 1966 - 1968
The Untouchables 1959 - 1963

Anime

Title Character Notes Date
Mystic Archives of Dantalian, The Suitor 2011

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Release Date
Bioshock Machine Gun With 40-round drum magazine 2007
Medal of Honor: Airborne "Upgrade" from M1928 Thompson, with 50-rd drum 2007
Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth . . 2005
Contract J.A.C.K. .45 SMG M1921AC 2003
No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy In H.A.R.M.'s Way M1921-A1 With 50-round drum magazine 2002
Company of Heroes Thompson SMG Upgrade 2008
Bioshock 2 Machine Gun fires .50 Cal rounds 2010


M1928/M1928A1 Thompson

The Model 1928 was more of an modified version rather than an upgrade. They are visually the same as the M1921 except they were outfitted with heavy actuators and smaller less powerful recoil springs to reduce the rate of fire. The earliest of these were converted M1921 Thompson receivers that were merely re-stamped with an "8" over the last "1" in the original markings (hence the terminology "overstamp"). The M1928A1 was the military contract version of this weapon in 1928. It had a more crude military grade blued finish, a heavier actuator and the vertical foregrip was replaced with a horizontal handguard. Military buttstocks often received a reinforcing bolt. The British often moved the sling swivel to the top of the stock.


Film

M1928 "Tommy Gun" or "Chicago typewriter" with 50-round drum magazine - .45 ACP, made famous through countless classic gangster movies.
M1928A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine and early 'simplified' rear sight that would be adopted for the M1 Thompson - .45 ACP
M1928A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine - .45 ACP. This specimen has the sling swivel relocated to the top of the stock, a modification often made to Thompsons in British service.
M1928A1 Thompson with 50-round drum magazine - .45 ACP
Title Actor Character Note Date
FDR: American Badass Barry Bostwick Franklin Delano Roosevelt with 50 round drum 2012
The Bullet Vanishes Liu Kai-Chi Boss Ding without Cutts compensators and with smooth barrels 2012
The Bullet Vanishes Boss Ding's mobs without Cutts compensators and with smooth barrels 2012
Gangster Squad Sean Penn Mickey Cohen 2012
Gangster Squad Troy Garity Wrevock 2012
Captain America: The First Avenger Derek Luke Gabe Jones 2011
My Way US soldiers 2011
Kokoda Australian Soldiers 2010
Elephant White Kevin Bacon Jimmy M1928 2010
Nude Nuns with Big Guns Asun Ortega Sister Sarah M1928 2010
Red and White (Merah Putih) Lukman Sardi Amir M1928A1 2009
Black Dynamite Henchmen 2009
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Mobsters 2009
Public Enemies M1928A1 2009
The Bridge M1928A1 2008
Guerrilla Santiago Cabrera Camilo Cienfuegos 2008
Max Manus: Man of War Knut Joner Gunnar Sønsteby 2008
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Soviet soldiers M1928A1 2008
Miracle at St. Anna Derek Luke Staff Sgt. Aubrey Stamps M1928A1 2008
Miracle at St. Anna Michael Ealy Sgt. Bishop Cummings M1928A1 2008
Miracle at St. Anna Laz Alonso Cpl. Hector Negron M1928A1 2008
Miracle at St. Anna US Army soldiers M1928A1 2008
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Brendan Fraser Rick O'Connell w/ 20-rd box and 50-rd drum magazines 2008
Intimate Enemies Marc Barbé Cpt. Berthaut w/ 30-rd box magazines 2007
Intimate Enemies Lounès Tazairt Said w/ 30-rd box magazines 2007
Days of Glory Samy Naceri Yassir 2006
Kokoda Luke Ford Burke w/ 20-rd box magazines 2006
Assault on Precinct 13 w/ 50-rd drum magazine 2005
The Lost City Cuban rebels and troops 2005
King Kong S.S. Venture crew w/ 50-rd drum magazines 2005
King Kong Jack Black Carl Denham w/ 50-rd drum magazine 2005
King Kong Kyle Chandler Bruce Baxter w/ 50-rd drum magazine 2005
King Kong Thomas Kretschmann Captain Englehorn w/ 50-rd drum magazine 2005
King Kong Evan Parke Ben Hayes w/ 50-rd drum magazine 2005
Kung Fu Hustle Various Axe Gang members w/ 50-rd drum magazine 2004
Hellboy Various U.S. soldiers 2004
The Matrix Reloaded Henchman w/ 50-rd drum magazine 2003
Road to Perdition Tom Hanks Michael Sullivan 2002
Road to Perdition Mobsters 2002
El Alamein - The Line of Fire British soldiers 2002
The Mummy Returns Oded Fehr Ardeth Bay w/ 50-rd drum magazine 2001
Pearl Harbor U.S. military personnel w/ 50-rd drum and 30-rd box magazines 2001
The Thin Red Line Sean Penn 1Sgt. Welsh 1998
The Thin Red Line John C. Reilly Sgt. Storm 1998
The Thin Red Line Arie Verveen Pvt. Dale 1998
The Avengers Eileen Atkins Alice 1998
Half a Chance Alain Delon Julien 1998
Mulholland Falls U.S. Army soldiers 1996
Last Man Standing Christopher Walken Hickey 1996
Star Trek: First Contact Patrick Stewart Captain Jean-Luc Picard w/ 50-rd drum magazine 1996
Forrest Gump Gary Sinise One of Lt. Dan Taylor's ancestors M1928A1 w/ 30-rd box magazine and without Cutts compensator 1994
Blown Away IRA terrorists M1928A1 1994
The Shadow Tim Curry Farley Claymore M1928A1 1994
Rapid Fire Carl Ciarfalio Mobster M1928A1 1992
The Rocketeer FBI Special Agents 1991
The Rocketeer Gangsters 1991
Home Alone Ralph Foody Johnny w/ 50-rd drum magazine 1990
Miller's Crossing w/ 50-rd drum magazines 1990
Deja Vu Vladimir Golovin Mikita Nechyporuk (Mik Nich) 1988
Deja Vu Nikolai Karachentsov Mishka Yaponchik 1988
Deja Vu Jerzy Stuhr Johnny Pollack 1988
The Red Spectacles noodle-stand guard 1987
The Untouchables Mobsters 1987
The Untouchables Police 1987
The Untouchables Federal Agents 1987
Big Trouble in Little China Wing Kong member w/ 50-rd drum magazine 1986
Secrets of Madame Wong (Tayny madam Vong) Serik Kanakbayev Bulat 1986
Secrets of Madame Wong (Tayny madam Vong) Gangsters 1986
The Stuff Various Militia 1985
Commando Leopard Rebels With box magazine 1985
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Ric Young Kao Kan w/ 50-rd drum magazine 1984
Copper Angel (Medny angel) Gangsters 1984
Teheran 43 Armen Dzhigarkhanyan Max Richard 1981
Teheran 43 German agents (1943), hijackers (1980) 1981
Choice of Arms M1928A1; Seen in Jean's armoury 1981
The Big Red One M1928A1 1980
The Outsider IRA Gunmen 1980
Airplane! 50-round drum magazine 1980
The Hijacking of Savoy (Pokhishchenie Savoi) Various characters M1928A1 1979
Midnight Express . Turkish soldiers . 1978
Good Guys Wear Black The Black Tigers 1978
Go Tell the Spartans Joe Unger 2LT Raymond Hamilton 1978
Go Tell the Spartans South Vietnamese troops 1978
The Inglorious Bastards Bo Svenson Lt. Robert Yeager 1978
Fred Williamson Private Fred Canfield
Peter Hooten Tony
Michael Pergolani Nick
Jackie Basehart Berle
Raimund Harmstorf Adolf
Joshua Sinclair The Sergeant
. American troops
Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze Paul Wexler Captain Seas 1975
Seas' henchmen
Breakout Mexican prison guards Early M1928A1 1975
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia Gig Young Johnny Quill rifle stock removed 1974
Melvin Purvis G-MAN Dale Robertson Melvin Purvis both nickel-plated and blued finishes 1974
Melvin Purvis G-MAN Steve Kanaly Sam Cowley 1974
Melvin Purvis G-MAN Harris Yulin Machine Gun Kelly 1974
Melvin Purvis G-MAN Margaret Blye Kate Kelly 1974
Melvin Purvis G-MAN Dick Sargent Thatcher Covington 1974
Melvin Purvis G-MAN John Karlen Tony Redecci 1974
Melvin Purvis G-MAN FBI agents 1974
Only the Wind Knows the Answer (Die Antwort kennt nur der Wind) Assassin 1974
Borsalino and Co. Alain Delon Roch Siffredi M1928 w/ 50-rd drum magazine 1974
Borsalino and Co. Lionel Vitrant Fernand M1928A1 w/ 50-rd drum magazine 1974
Borsalino and Co. Siffredi henchmen M1928 and M1928A1 1974
The Laughing Policeman . S.F.P.D. SWAT 1973
Battle for the Planet of the Apes Claude Akins Aldo 1973
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean Texas lawmen 1972
The Godfather Barzini hitmen w/ 50-rd drum magazines 1972
Shaft (1971) Christopher St. John Ben Buford 1971
Shaft (1971) Extras 1971
The Burglars (Le casse) Athenian policemen 1971
Cotton Comes to Harlem Henchman 1970
Too Late the Hero Michael Caine Pvt. Tosh Hearne M1928A1 1970
Too Late the Hero Ian Bannen Pvt. Jock Thornton M1928A1 1970
Patton . U.S. Army soldiers M1928A1 1970
Borsalino Jean-Paul Belmondo François Capella 1970
Borsalino Alain Delon Roch Siffredi 1970
Borsalino Lionel Vitrant Fernand 1970
Borsalino Pierre Koulak Spada 1970
Borsalino Various criminals 1970
Bloody Mama Shelley Winters Kate "Ma" Barker 1970
Bloody Mama Don Stroud Herman Barker 1970
Bloody Mama FBI Agents 1970
The Olsen Gang in a Fix Mozerella's trenchcoat thugs 1969
The Bridge at Remagen M1928A1 1969
The Devil's Brigade William Holden Col. Robert T. Frederick M1928A1 1968
The Devil's Brigade Jack Watson Cpl. Peacock 1928A1 1968
The Devil's Brigade Cliff Robertson Major Alan Crown M1928A1 1968
The Devil's Brigade U.S. Army soldiers M1928A1 1968
Diabolik Various Police officers 1968
Bonnie and Clyde Warren Beatty Clyde Barrow w/ 50-rd drum magazine 1967
Bonnie and Clyde Faye Dunaway Bonnie Parker w/ 50-rd drum magazine 1967
Cast a Giant Shadow Kirk Douglas "Mickey" Marcus 1966
The Heroes of Telemark Richard Harris Knut Straud 1965
Merrill's Marauders Claude Akins Plt. Sgt. Kolowicz 1962
Everybody Go Home! (Tutti a casa) Fascist militia M1928A1 Thompson 1960
Yesterday's Enemy British officers and sergeants w/ 20-rd magazines. some w/ vertical foregrips 1959
Never So Few Frank Sinatra Cpt. Tom Reynolds M1928A1 Thompson 1959
Never So Few Steve McQueen Bill Ringa M1928A1 Thompson 1959
Never So Few Charles Bronson Sgt. John Danforth M1928A1 Thompson 1959
Never So Few Philip Ahn Nautaung M1928A1 Thompson 1959
Never So Few U. S. troops M1928A1 Thompson 1959
Darby's Rangers Peter Brown Cpl. Rollo Burns 1958
When Hell Broke Loose US Army soldier 1958
Machine-Gun Kelly Charles Bronson George "Machine Gun" Kelly M1928 1958
Machine-Gun Kelly Susan Cabot Florence "Flo" Becker M1928 1958
Jet Pilot U.S. Air Force personnel M1928A1 1957
Bridge on the River Kwai, The Japanese guards M1928A1 1957
To Hell and Back Audie Murphy Himself M1928A1 1955
Suddenly State Police M1928A1 1954
Them! Police 1954
Them! Soldiers 1954
Paratrooper British paratroopers M1928A1 1953
Desert Rats, The Australian commandos smooth barreled version 1953
Desert Rats, The Richard Burton Capt. 'Tammy' MacRoberts smooth barreled version 1953
Desert Rats, The German Troops smooth barreled version 1953
The Steel Helmet Gene Evans Sgt. Zack 1951
The Enforcer 1951
Gun Crazy Police Officers M1928A1 1950
Tokyo Joe US Army soldiers M1928A1 1949
White Heat L.A.P.D. M1928A1 1949
Battleground James Whitmore Sgt Kinnie M1928A1 1949
A Walk In The Sun Soldiers M1A1 / M1928A1 1948
Out of the Past Police Officer M1928A1 1947
The Story of G.I. Joe Robert Mitchum Lt. Bill Walker M1928A1 1945
The Story of G.I. Joe Freddie Steele Sgt. Steve Warniki M1928A1 1945
The Fighting Seabees Japanese soldiers M1928A1 1944
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp British Infantrymen M1928A1 1943
Went the Day Well? German Paratroopers M1928A1 1943
Guadalcanal Diary Marines and Japanese M1928A1 1943
Guadalcanal Diary Richard Conte Captain Davis M1928A1 1943
Gung Ho! Marine Raiders M1928A1 1943
Sundown Bruce Cabot William Crawford M1928 1941
Sundown Carl Esmond Jan Kuypens M1928 1941
Sundown Tribal fighter M1928 1941

Television

Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
The Spoils of Babylon Tobey Maguire Devon Morehouse "The War Within" (E2) 2014
The Spoils of Babylon Bobby Nish Japanese Soldier #1 "The War Within" (E2) 2014
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles . Rumrunners . 1992-1993
Charmed 1930's Gangsters w/ 50-rd drum magazines/ Charmed Noir 1998 - 2004
Star Trek: Voyager Tim Russ Tuvok M1928A1 / The Killing Game 1995 - 2001
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Gangsters w/ 50-rd drum magazine / That Old Gang of Mine 1993 - 1997
Rafferty Armen Dzhigarkhanyan Tommy Farrichetty 1980
State Border: Film 8, The U.S. commandos M1928 and M1928A1 1988
Star Trek: The Next Generation Holographic gangster Manhunt 1987 - 1994
Star Trek William Shatner Captain James T. Kirk w/ 50-rd drum magazines / A Piece of the Action 1966 - 1969
Star Trek Leonard Nimoy Lt. Cmdr Spock w/ 50-rd drum magazines/ A Piece of the Action 1966 - 1969
Star Trek DeForest Kelley Dr. Leonard H. McCoy w/ 50-rd drum magazines/ A Piece of the Action 1966 - 1969
Star Trek Sigma Iotia II natives w/ 50-rd drum magazines/ A Piece of the Action 1966 - 1969
Mission: Impossible Guards "Pilot" (S01E01) 1966
Mission: Impossible Guards "Memory" (S01E02) 1966
Mission: Impossible Peter Lupus Willy Armitage slung, "The Trial" (S01E18) 1967
Combat! U.S. Army soldiers M1928A1 1962 - 1967
Sahara (1995) James Belushi Master Sgt. Joe Gunn 1995
Sahara (1995) Alan David Lee Bates 1995
Foyle's War - Season 2 Home Guard soldiers "Fifty Ships" (S2E1) 2003
Foyle's War - Season 3 Murray McArthur Home Guard soldier "The French Drop" (S3E1) 2004
The Pacific Henry Nixon Lt. Hugh Corrigan 2010
The Pacific Jon Bernthal Sgt. Manuel 'Manny' Rodriguez 2010
Boardwalk Empire Steve Buscemi Thompson . 2010-Present
The Promise Irgun fighters M1928, with L-shaped sights and stick magazines 2011
Sanctuary Peter Wingfield James Watson M1928A1 w/ 30-rd magazine / Normandy 2011
Sanctuary US Soldiers M1928A1 w/ 30-rd magazine / Normandy 2011
Dad's Army Arthur Lowe Captain George Mainwaring M1928A1 w/ 30-rd and 50-rd magazine 1968-1977
Dad's Army John Le Mesurier Sergeant Arthur Wilson M1928A1 w/ 30-rd and 50-rd magazine 1968-1977
Dad's Army Ian Lavender Private Frank Pike M1928A1 w/ 30-rd and 50-rd magazine 1968-1977
Foyle's War - Season 8 US MPs "The Eternity Ring" (S8E1) 2013
Bonnie and Clyde (2013) Holliday Grainger Bonnie Parker 2013
Bonnie and Clyde (2013) Emile Hirsch Clyde Barrow 2013
Bonnie and Clyde (2013) Lane Garrison Marvin "Buck" Barrow 2013

Anime

Title Character Note Date
Batman: Gotham Knight Maroni's thugs 2008
Baccano! 2007
Mad Bull 34 Maury Edward's henchmen 1990

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Release Date
Call of Duty: World at War M1928A1, box art only 2008
Forgotten Hope 2003
Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven With 50-round drum magazine
Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault With 30-round box and 50-round drum magazine 2004
Medal of Honor: Vanguard 2007
Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie With 50-round drum magazine 2005
Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb 2003
Fallout 2 Tommy Gun 1998
Fallout Tactics Tommy Gun 2001
Forgotten Hope 2 M1928 w/ 30 or 50-round magazines 2005
Turning Point: Fall of Liberty M1928A1 2008
Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway 2008
Call of Duty: United Offensive M1928A1, box art only 2004
Blood 1997
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater Tommy gun With 50-round drum and apparently formed out of bees 2004
Serious Sam video game series M1-A2 With drum magazine, No reloading required 2001
The Royal Marines Commando Thompson With drum magazine 2008
7.62 High Calibre 2008
Counter-Strike Online Thompson Chaiago Gold finish 2010
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker 2010
Mafia II With 50-round drum 2010
World War II Online: Battleground Europe With 30-round stick mag 2010
Serious Sam Double D Tommy Gun With 50-round drum, no butt-stock 2011
7554 Thompson M1928 With 30-round magazine 2011
Hitman: Absolution 2012
Project Reality: Normandy As the "Thompson" M1928A1, with Cutts compensator removed 2013
Deadfall Adventures Thompson M1928, with 50-round drum 2013

Animation

Film/TV Show Actor Character Note Date
Who Framed Roger Rabbit June Foray Wheezy 1988


M1 Thompson

M1 Thompson with 20-round magazine - .45 ACP

The M1/M1A1 were versions of the M1928A1 Thompson that were streamlined and simplified for manufacture during World War 2. Features include a non-finned barrel, simple fixed "L" style sights, no Cutts Compensators, and elimination of the knurling on actuators and fire select levers in later models. The bolt and receiver were simplified to eliminate the Blish lock "H" piece. The bolt actuator was also moved from the top to the right side of the receiver on most production, with a few having the actuator on the left. Also there are examples that were parkerized rather than blued that ended up in the hands of U.S. Soldiers.

The older style M1 Thompson had a more complex bolt design with a separate firing pin later simplified in the M1A1 Thompson which had the firing pin machined into the face of the bolt. The early M1 model rear "L type" sight was prone to bend if the weapon was dropped or dig into the Soldier when in cramped conditions, so later models added triangular "ears" to protect it. The M1/M1A1 Thompson's could not accept the 50/100 round drum magazines used on the M1921/M1928A1 models so were limited to 20-round and 30-round box magazines.

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Assassination Games on rack 2011
Djinns (Stranded) Cyril Raffaelli Pvt. Louvier 2010
Djinns (Stranded) Matthias Van Khache Pvt. Malovitch 2010
Oba: The Last Samurai US Marine 2010
Hot Fuzz Seen in evidence room 2007
Days of Glory Samy Naceri Yassir 2006
Reign of Fire British Refugee 2002
Jungle Warriors Dominic Barto Thomas Tucci 1984
Jungle Warriors Angela Robinson-Witherspoon Monique Rogers 1984
Jungle Warriors Paramilitary men 1984
Uncommon Valor Reb Brown Blaster 1983
Magnum Force Thug 1973
Kelly's Heroes Clint Eastwood Pvt. Kelly 1970
Kelly's Heroes Telly Savalas Master Sgt. Big Joe 1970
Kelly's Heroes Don Rickles Staff Sgt. Crapgame 1970
Pierrot Goes Wild (Pierrot le Fou) OAS members 1965
The Longest Day Allied soldiers 1963

Television

Show Title / Episode Actor Character Note Air Date
Sanctuary / Normandy Amanda Tapping Dr. Helen Magnus w/ 30-rd magazine 2011
Sanctuary / Normandy Peter Wingfield James Watson w/ 30-rd magazine 2011
Sanctuary / Normandy Erin Lacourciere Jeanette Anaise w/ 30-rd magazine 2011
Sanctuary / Normandy Robin Dunne Captain Jack Zimmerman w/ 30-rd magazine 2011
Sanctuary / Normandy US Soldiers w/ 30-rd magazine 2011

Anime

Title Character Note Date
Mad Bull 34 Don Enrico's thugs, N.Y.P.D. S.W.A.T. officers 1990

Video Games

Game Title Mods Passwords Release Date
WWII G.I. With 20-round magazine 1999


M1A1 Thompson

Basically the same as the M1 but with a few more improvements such as the noted rear sight guard.

M1A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine - .45 ACP

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
A Walk in the Sun . U.S. Army soldiers 1945
The Young Lions U.S. Army soldiers 1958
Pretty Boy Floyd w/ vertical foregrips & fake Cutts comps 1960
Everybody Go Home! (Tutti a casa) German soldiers 1960
Lonely Are the Brave Police Officers 1962
008: Operation Exterminate Thugs 1965
Poppies Are Also Flowers Colonel Salem's men 1966
The Last Adventure Mercenaries 1967
Mr. Freedom John Abbey Mr. Freedom 1969
Five for Hell Gianni Garko Lt. Hoffmann 1969
Kill Rommel! Anton Diffring Capt. Richard Howell 1969
Kill Rommel! Carl Parker Lt. George Morris 1969
Kelly's Heroes Clint Eastwood Pvt. Kelly 1970
Kelly's Heroes Telly Savalas Master Sgt. Big Joe 1970
Kelly's Heroes Don Rickles Staff Sgt. Crapgame 1970
Diamonds Are Forever CIA Agents 1971
The Omega Man Paul Koslo Dutch 1971
The Big Racket Fabio Testi Inspector Nico Palmieri 1976
The Big Racket Ruggero Diella Piccio 1976
The Big Racket Romano Puppo Doringo 1976
The Big Racket Rudy's henchmen 1976
Code Name: Wild Geese Lewis Collins Captain Robin Wesley 1984
Code Name: Wild Geese Bruce Baron Kowalski 1984
Code Name: Wild Geese Frank Glaubrecht Stone With additional front grip 1984
Code Name: Wild Geese Rene Abadeza Kim 1984
Code Name: Wild Geese Lee Van Cleef Archie "China" Travers With additional front grip 1984
Code Name: Wild Geese Mimsy Farmer Kathy 1984
Aliens Mocked up as M41A Pulse Rifle 1986
Alien³ Mocked up as M41A Pulse Rifle 1992
Saving Private Ryan Tom Hanks Captain John H. Miller 1998
Saving Private Ryan Ted Danson Captain Fred Hamill 1998
When Trumpets Fade Ron Eldard Pvt.Manning 1998
Black Book Thom Hoffman Hans Akkermans 2006
Days of Glory Samy Naceri Yassir 2006
Days of Glory Assaad Bouab Larbi 2006
The Second Wind (Le Deuxième Souffle) Jean-Paul Bonnaire Théo 2007
Blood Brothers gangsters 2007
Red and White (Merah Putih) Lukman Sardi Amir 2009
Red and White (Merah Putih) Indonesian recruits 2009
Kokoda Australian soldiers 2010
New Kids Turbo Ruud Matthijssen Henk Snackbar 2010
Oba: The Last Samurai Toshiaki Karasawa Horiuchi 2010
Oba: The Last Samurai Mao Inoue Chieko Aono 2010
Oba: The Last Samurai Japanese guerrillas 2010
Oba: The Last Samurai Harlan Glenn Sergeant Munroe 2010
Oba: The Last Samurai US Marines 2010
Outside the Law FLN Guerrillas 2010
Miracle at St. Anna US Army soldiers 2011
There Be Dragons Rodrigo Santoro Oriol 2011
A Gang Story (Les Lyonnais) Gangsters 2011
Memorial Day John Cromwell Lt. Bud Vogel . 2011
My Way US soldiers 2011
Gangster Squad Anthony Mackie Det. Coleman Harris 2012
Saints and Soldiers: Airborne Creed US soldiers 2012
Cockneys vs. Zombies 2012
Fury (2014) U.S. Soldiers 2014

Television

Title Actor Character Note Date
Mail Call Re-enactor
Band of Brothers . U.S. Army soldiers . 2001
My Name is Earl John Amos Joe 2008
The Pacific Joseph Mazzello Eugene Sledge . 2010
The Pacific James Badge Dale Robert Leckie . 2010
The Pacific Gary Sweet Gunnery Sgt. Elmo Haney . 2010
The Pacific Toby Leonard Moore Sgt. Stone . 2010
The Pacific Rami Malek PFC Merriell 'Snafu' Shelton . 2010
The Pacific Brendan Fletcher Bill Leyden . 2010
Foyle's War - Season 7 US Army soldiers "Killing Time" (S7E2) 2010
Sanctuary / Normandy Robin Dunne Captain Jack Zimmerman w/ 30-rd magazine 2011
Foyle's War - Season 8 US Army soldiers "Sunflower" (S8E3) 2013

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notes Release Date
Return to Castle Wolfenstein 2001
Commandos 3: Destination Berlin seen on cover 2003
Forgotten Hope 2003
Mafia II With 20-round box magazine 2010
Alliance of Valiant Arms 2007
Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway 2008
Call of Duty: World at War Aperture Sight, Suppressor, 40-round Drum Magazine 2008
Call of Duty 3 2006
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2010
Medal of Honor: Heroes 2006
Commandos: Strike Force 2006
Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 2005, 2008
Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood 2005
Call of Duty 2 2005
Call of Duty 2: Big Red One 2005
Forgotten Hope 2 w/o 20 or 30-round magazines 2005
Resident Evil 4 Chicago Typewriter w/ 50-rd drum magazine Mafia costume required 2005
Darkest Hour: Europe '44-'45 with 20-round magazine 2006
Call of Duty: United Offensive 2004
Call of Duty 2003
Hour of Victory With 30-round magazine 2007
Medal of Honor: Rising Sun 2003
Medal of Honor: Infiltrator 2003
Battlefield: 1942 2002
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault 2002
Medal of Honor: Frontline 2002
Vietcong 2003
World War II Online: Battleground Europe Released with 1.34 update 2011
Battlefield Heroes M1/Chicago Typewriter 2009
The Saboteur Tommy-MG incorrectly shown with drum magazine 2009
7554 Thompson M1A1 2011
7.62 High Calibre w/ various attachments 2008
Vietcong 2 2005
Hidden & Dangerous 2 2003
Karma Online 2003
Jagged Alliance: Back in Action Johnson M1A1 2011
Heroes & Generals Thompson M1A1 2012
Sniper Elite V2 2012
Enemy Front THOMPSON M1 2014
Sniper Elite III 2014

Anime

Title Character Note Date
Stella Women's Academy, High School Division Class C³ Tournament Competitor Airsoft 2013


Auto Ordnance M1927 Thompson

M1927 Thompson Auto-Ordnance with 50-round drum magazine - .45 ACP

The modern 1927 model was introduced by Auto Ordnance in the 1970s, capitalizing on the popularity of the sub-machine gun and satisfying the desire for a legal version by implementing a semi-automatic version with a longer barrel but the general appearance of the full-automatic versions. (Not to be confused with the original Model 1927 Thompsons which were made from Model 1921 with the selector disabled.)

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Leonard Part 6 . Gangster henchmen . 1987

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Notes Release Date
Batman: Arkham Asylum not usable 2009


Lookalikes

Due to the popularity and iconic nature of the Thompson, there were a large number of "lookalike" weapons made by various companies. These have the general outline of a Thompson, but are completely different weapons usually of inferior quality and intended for civilian sale. They are normally chambered in .45 ACP to emulate the original, but some models can be found chambered in 9x19mm.

  • The Ingram Model 6 was a low cost alternative of the Thompson intended for law enforcement use. It can most easily be distinguished from the the Thompson by the design of the trigger group and the design of the wooden stock.
    Ingram Model 6 SMG - .45 ACP
  • The Spitfire Carbine is a civilian semi-automatic carbine which emulates the look of the Thompson and is one in a line of very similar weapons made by different manufacturers all based on one another. Although it has a 16" barrel as standard it can be found with a shortened barrel and converted to full-automatic. Note the tubular receiver and the fact that the "cooling fins" on the barrel are purely cosmetic and are part of the forward grip rather than the barrel itself.
    Spitfire Carbine - .45 ACP
  • The original Volunteer Carbine was essentially a clone of the Spitfire but fitted with a straight wood handguard rather than a vertical grip. However, Volunteer Enterprises soon produced a version known as the Commando Mark III was a much closer match for the Thompson in that it had a more correct square receiver. The most obvious distinguishing features of the Commando Mark II from a genuine Thompson are the magazine well, the fact that the charging handle is on the left side of the gun, and the shape of the rear sight wings. It can be found with both a straight wood handguard or a vertical grip.
    Volunteer Enterprises Commando Mark III - .45 ACP

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