Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming: Wow! What a Ride!
Manufactured by Auto Ordinance Corp c.1974-99 - serial number
25167. .45ACP 50-round drum or 20-round stick removable box magazine, blowback closed bolt semi-automatic, extended barrel, front pistol grip, gold-plated. A modern production of the Thompson, with a few internal differences to legally make it a rifle. The violin case is mandatory.
The American airborne landings in Normandy were the first United States combat operations during Operation Overlord, the invasion of Normandy by the Western Allies on June 6, 1944. Around 13,100 American paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne and 101st Airborne Divisions made night parachute drops early on D-Day.
Manufactured by Auto-Ordnance Corp. c.WW2 for the US Army - serial number 432620. .45ACP 20-round detachable stick magazine, blowback fully automatic, parkerized finish. The M1 series of Tommy guns, made for the US military, differ from the previous 1921 and 1928 ‘overstamped’ models by having an horizontal front grip - a feature shared by the earlier military M1928A1 - a rougher finish, a non-finned barrel and more importantly a bolt actuator situated on the right of the receiver, no longer on top of it. They also couldn’t accept the 50 and 100 round drum magazines that make the Thompson submachine gun iconic to this day.
A Thompson M1921 with a 100-round drum magazine. Note the blued finish - earlier models were much fancier than military one.
These front pistol grips make me fucking cringe everytime I lay eyes on them.
If you’ve ever taken a road trip through the Pacific Northwest, you’ve probably seen a bumper sticker for a place called Gravity Falls. It’s not on any maps, and most people have never heard of it. Some people think it’s a myth. But if you’re curious, don’t wait. Take a trip. Find it. It’s out there somewhere in the woods, waiting.
Portraits of members of the 1886 Detroit Wolverines around diagram of baseball diamond. Printed on image front: “The Detroit League base ball club, 1886. Chew Lorillard’s splendid plug tobacco. Copyrighted 1886 by J.H. Bufford Sons. [Hardy] Richardson, 2nd B.; Manning, L.F.; [Samuel Luther] Thompson, R.F.; Hall, C. [Charles B. ‘Lady’] Baldwin, P.; [Ned] Hanlon, C.F.; [Jack] Rowe, C. & S.S.; [Charles Wesley] Bennett, C.; [Larry] Twitchell, P.; [Dan] Brouthers, 1st B.; [James Laurie 'Deacon’] White, 3rd B. Tomlinson, photo.”
Courtesy of the Ernie Harwell Sports Collection, Detroit Public Library