Thompson Auto-Ordnance intros 9mm Tommy gun
By Chris Eger
“Fans of the Thompson product line have been asking about a 9mm for a number of years,” said Frank Harris, VP of sales and marketing. (Photo: Kahr)
For the first time in the nearly 100-year history of the Chicago Typewriter, it is being offered in a production model with a centerfire caliber smaller than .45ACP.
The Kahr Firearms Group, who own the Auto-Ordnance line, introduced the Thompson Model T5-9L20 carbine chambered in 9mm Parabellum this week, complete with a 20-round stick magazine.
“Fans of the Thompson product line have been asking about a 9mm for a number of years,” said Frank Harris, VP of sales and marketing, in a statement. “We really think that this 9mm Thompson is going to be a hit with shooting enthusiasts across the globe.”
Machined from a solid billet of aluminum with walnut furniture, the semi-auto Thompson needs no tax stamps due to its 16.5-inch finned barrel and 41-inch overall length.
Designed by Brig. Gen. John Taliaferro Thompson in conjunction with Navy Cmdr. John Blish during World War I to help clear the Trenches of the Western Front, the Auto-Ordnance Company began producing Thompsons in 1921 with an initial contract filled by Colt. The gun went on to be a