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  • A very serious firearms question...

    Greetings, folks. Long time no see, I know, but I have returned with a very serious firearms question for my old comprades around here. I trust that you guys will be able to help me work through it.

    I am in a moral quandry and need assistance....I'm torn between two rifles.

    The first rifle I'm considering is the Sig 556. I've found a decent price on them and have been drooling over them since they were announced.

    The other is an Auto Ordinance Thompson 1927 semiauto. Yea, I'm talking about a Tommy Gun.

    I could use the Sig as a duty rifle, though I already have an AR15 decked out (EOTech, tac light, rails, sling, etc) that I carry. The Tommy, on the other hand, is one of my short-list dream guns...one of those toys I've always wanted (not to mention the pure coolness factor of going to the range and pulling out a Tommy Gun with a 50 round drum magazine).

    I can only realistically afford one or the other and either one would bring me joy on the range. So, I need opinions. Whatta ya think?
    "He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you."
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    Had you not said you had an AR all decked out for duty, I would have said SIG hands down. Which one has more of a Shi+s and giggles factor to you? That would be your deciding factor. Otherwise, the SIG using the same ammo might be a nice thing. The Tommy is a neat novelty, but is not as easy to shoot. Although the Tommy is a form of Americana in itself... However, buying the Tommy requires buying an appropriate fedora hat to go with it.

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    • #3
      Get a second mortgage and buy both.
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      • #4
        As long as you are buying the hat and suit with a rose in the outside pocket Id say the tommy. But if that is alittle too far then Id say the sig. I however would do anything in my power to get both.
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        • #5
          If it were me, I'd go with the sig.. but honestly you should sleep it off and see what you really want. Go to a gun store and touch and feel both and see which one gets you more excited?

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          • #6
            For my money since I assume neither you or I can afford the $17,000 for a machinegun, I would go with the factory model Short Barreled Rifle with the detatchable stock. Nothing ballistically is gained by going with a too long barrel in 45ACPhttp://www.auto-ordnance.com/PA-1TH_tsb.html

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            • #7
              Originally posted by occ View Post
              Go to a gun store and touch and feel both and see which one gets you more excited?
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              • #8
                The Tommy Gun of course.

                The Sig, while a fine fighting gun by all accounts, does not have the soul of the Tommy Gun. Since you already have a duty rifle (and I feel that a top-level AR is a better choice than the SIG) I say go with the Thompson. They will still be making Sig's for awhile. You don't get a lot of chances to buy an original Thompson.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Long Gun View Post
                  Had you not said you had an AR all decked out for duty, I would have said SIG hands down. Which one has more of a Shi+s and giggles factor to you? That would be your deciding factor. Otherwise, the SIG using the same ammo might be a nice thing. The Tommy is a neat novelty, but is not as easy to shoot. Although the Tommy is a form of Americana in itself... However, buying the Tommy requires buying an appropriate fedora hat to go with it.
                  Don't forget the violin case!! I had a chance to shoot a full auto Tommy gun a few years back. Awesome experience!! Once was enough!

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                  • #10
                    Live your dream....
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by phillyrube View Post
                      Don't forget the violin case!! I had a chance to shoot a full auto Tommy gun a few years back. Awesome experience!! Once was enough!
                      Funny you should mention the violin case. There was a violin case specifically designed for a tommy gun on gunbroker and I was thinking that it would be a required accessory.

                      I'm now leaning heavily toward the Thompson. I think that, assuming I can find one for the right price, that I might be buying myself a Christmas present this year.
                      "He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you."
                      -Friedrich Nietzsche

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                      • #12
                        The best defense is a good offense so instead of getting the defense rifle... get the Thompson!

                        And here is a case at http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/41641-1.html
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                        • #13
                          I suppose I could also consider a BAR but I'm not able to find $3800 in change between the cushions of my couch...

                          http://www.ohioordnanceworks.com/sem.../SLR-semi.html
                          "He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you."
                          -Friedrich Nietzsche

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                          • #14
                            Reason for Editing.
                            Last edited by lazycop; 02-23-2010, 02:18 PM.
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                            • #15
                              follow your dream, get the tommy........
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