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'Winston Churchill fires a Thompson submachine gun alongside the Allied Supreme Commander, General Dwight D Eisenhower, during an inspection of US invasion forces', March 1944

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THOMPSON SUBMACHINE GUN/CALIBER 45 M1/A1/NO. 432620. AUTO ORDNANCE CORPORATION/BRIDGEPORT CONNECTICUT U.S.A.

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M3 Grease Gun

Submachine Gun, Cal.45, M3 "Grease Gun", Ugly, inexpensive, durable. Used from WWII through Vietnam

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10 Of The Coolest Weapons Used By The Mafia

Thompson Sub-machine gun 'Tommy Gun', invented in 1919. The Thompson was favored by soldiers, criminals, police and civilians alike for its ergonomics, compactness, large .45 ACP cartridge, reliability, and high volume of automatic fire.

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George "Machine Gun" Kelly is probably considered one of the most famous "gangsters" from the prohibition era. "Machine Gun" was born George Kelly Barnes on July 18, 1895, to a wealthy family living in Memphis, Tennessee. His nickname came from his favorite weapon, a Thompson submachine gun. Kelly’s most famous crime was the kidnapping of oil tycoon & businessman Charles Urschel in July 1933 for which he, and his gang, earned 200,000 dollars ransom.

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M3 Grease gun..and my "love affair" with WWII era sub machine guns continues.

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The cover of The Saturday Evening Post, by Mead Schaeffer (November 6, 1943). Note the M1A1 Thompson submachine gun.

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