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  • #16
    If you're into nostalgia get the Thompson. If you want the most modern, efficient, duty or defense semi-auto go with the Sig. The Thompson is extremely heavy and cumbersome considering it's shooting a pistol caliber cartridge. For serious defense, I'd go with a modern .223 like the Sig. Magazines are more available and less expensive, plus loading a 50 round drum is very time consuming and those magazines are complicated and more prone to breakage.
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    • #17
      Just buy them both. Last time I was at Wolly World 45acp was cheaper. Then you could donate it to a VERY poor deputy (ME!!!). Honestly, if you already have an AR I would opt for the Tommy. Either way you are in a win-win situation. Lets us know which way you went and hopefully show us some good pics of the tommy.

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      • #18
        I would love to own a Tommygun. I am good to go in the AR/M4 types, so my choice would probably be the Tommygun, money etc not being an issue. But then if money wasn't an issue, I would get one of each.
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        • #19
          I had aTommy Gun for a while...fun but expensive to shoot!
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          • #20
            That Thompson (Auto-Ordnance) weighs in at 13lbs.

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            You can also get the same thing with an aluminum receiver (1927A-1 T5), which only weighs 9lbs, and costs about $250 less. Still, it will weigh more than the Sig 556 (7.8lbs).

            If you just really gotta have a Thompson for your own happiness, go for it. I like to buy based on perceived needs, except for when it comes to historic US Military weapons. Since the Thompson WAS a military arm as well as an icon of the American Roaring 20's, it fits the bill.

            [I'd probably just get the Sig, as utility will win out over a collector's-piece nearly every time.]
            Last edited by jwise; 11-30-2008, 05:44 PM.
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            • #21
              Thompson! Hands down...make sure you get a nice hat & trench coat to go with it.
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              • #22
                Well, I made my decision.

                During my deliberations, I inspected my current firearms collection. I have a decent collection of pistols used either on duty or as backups/off-dutys. I have my Mossy 500A that I bought as a "door greeter" for home defense. I have a heavy barrel Marlin bolt action .22 for pests on mom's farm. And I have my decked-out AR that I use as a duty rifle. I enjoy shooting all of them, but every single one was bought with a legitimate purpose in mind. In other words, I have never bought a firearm just because I wanted it and without a specific job in mind.

                So, I decided that I was going to buy my first full-fledged "toy" and went with the Thompson (the fact that I already have an AR also had alot to do with it...I've always put need over want when it comes to firearms). I went with a 1927 A1 with the steel receiver and found a pretty decent price on Gunbroker. With this purchase, I've officially fulfilled a dream that I've had since I was probably about 8 years old...I've got a Tommy Gun!

                I'll post pics when I have it in-hand. And my first accessory will be the violin case.
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                • #23
                  Atta boy! Congratulations on your new toy. Hope you see a picture in a fedora and pin-striped suit sometime.

                  I bet a 50-round drum costs a pretty penny....
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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Sgt. Slaughter View Post
                    Atta boy! Congratulations on your new toy. Hope you see a picture in a fedora and pin-striped suit sometime.

                    I bet a 50-round drum costs a pretty penny....
                    Yea, about the cheapest I've found a 50 round drum is in the area of $200. That might be a later accessory.
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                    • #25
                      What price did you pay for the gun? What price have you found for the violin case, so far?
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                      • #26
                        Got the Thompson for $915 with two 30 round stick mags. Cheaperthandirt has the best price so far for the violin case at $132...Most other sites seem to be $150+.
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                        • #27
                          Bear in mind that you can't use the 50 round drum in Ohio. It would make your semi auto gun an unregistered machinegun under 2923. It would become a dangerous ordinance. You can own it, but you can't put it into the rifle as you would then have a center fire rifle with a greater than 30 round mag.

                          The only way around this is to get the gun registered on the NFA and pay the $200 tax stamp and I think you would need to make it a short barreled rifle as the registry is no longer open to new machine guns since 1986 except for departmentally owned guns.

                          Hate to throw a damper on things, but you can still use the 30 round stick mags.

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                          • #28
                            Oh, I'd only load 31 rounds in the 50 round drum mag as per Ohio law.
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                            • #29
                              I have a couple of friends that had tommy guns and they ended up getting rid of them. They jammed alot and became a burden to keep functioning. Just a thought. I personally would definitely go with the sig if it was me.

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                              • #30
                                I used to have a Auto Ordnance M1928A1 semi version. The only thing I hated about it was the 10 to 12lb. trigger pull. It made any type of rapid fire a pain in the finger. I hope they lessened the pull weight or your gonna get sick of it real quick and thats the main reason I sold mine. By the way, no one is going to pay $3,800 for a OOW BAR. You'll have to wait almost 18 months for a new one if your on the waiting list or be prepared to pay almost 5k for a used one.

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