Today this completely original M1 Thompson is worth approximately $25,000.
With a fully loaded 30-round magazine, the M1 Thompson weighs a little over 12 pounds.
The rate of fire of 800 rounds per minute for the M1 Thompson is rather fast as World War II submachine guns go.
My M1 Thompson certainly isn't my favorite of the subguns I've bought.
Infantry Weapons Of World War II, only 285,480 M1 Thompsons were made before the M1A1 upgrade was adopted.
Upon taking possession of my M1 Thompson, I was a babe in the woods in regards to submachine gun knowledge.
In fact, all the markings and inspector's stamps on my M1 Thompson are correct for a very early-made Savage according to the information in Iannamico's wonderfully informative book.
My impression upon first hefting this M1 Thompson, and in fact the first impression any uninitiated person has, is that the darn thing is heavy.
All in all, the M1 Thompson
proved much more tractable than the legends suggest.
When I examined and disassembled both Model 1927A1 and M1 Thompsons
, not one internal part was found with a burr or file mark.