Thompson M1921 (working Tommy Gun) . a working M1921 Tommy gun, with both types of fore-grip (Navy and pistol) and both types of magazine (drum and box) . well, after a break of a few days (and the start of school again), i decided it was time for a new gun. this time i went for the famous Tommy Gun! i looked up the different models and decided that the M1921 was my best bet, as it had the cocking handle on the top, so i could have a symmetrical mech inside the gun, which was going to be crucial as it was going to be a tight fit inside the very slim body.
i started off using my normal odd-m system, but soon realised that a 3m for the pistol grip, trigger and mag release was going to be impossible, so i switched to an even-m system, but made sure i kept my side-split field strip system.
-working bolt action
-box and drum magazines
-'Navy' and pistol fore-grips (interchangeable)
the gun uses my new open bolt mech (like the G36K etc), which is good as the Thompson fires from the open bolt and there is no way that id have been able to fit my closed bolt mech in the gun, with its free floating, exposed barrel, and tiny reciever. it was hard enough fitting the open bolt mech in as it was!
i think the whole thing turned out great in the end, but if i got anything wrong, i know that JJ wont hesitate to correct me - looking forward to your view on this, Tom!
the gun, box magazine, pistol fore-grip, right side
same, left side
with 'Navy' fore-grip
'Navy' fore-grip, no stock
gun with all accessories (removed): 'Navy' and pistol fore-grips, stock, box magazine and drum magazine (both contain 11 bricks)
the two fore-grips
both grips have a pin that locks them into the barrel, the pin can be stored on/in the grip when the other grip is in use
the two magazines - box and drum. both hold 11 rounds, i built the different types so i could have the full range
the magazine feed system - as with all my open bolt designs, there needs to be a place for the bolt to slide past, but in this case, as the bolt is a proper bolt, and comes forward at the same level as the brick, the gap is so that the mag can be removed while the bolt is forward.
pin-type fore sight
the M1921 style rear sight (whoops, you cant see it!)
aiming - through the rear sight, through the hole in the cocking handle, and lined up with the fore sight
the mag release - the most difficult bit to get right, as i had so little space to attach it. i eventually got it right, though the trigger guards rounded inside corners were a casualty.
the mag release button is that little round bit in the corner
my usual field strip
mech, bolt forward
bolt retracted, ready to fire
and one last pic of the Thompson
thats it - tell me what you think!