This iconic weapon was designed by John Thompson in 1918 as a robust and hard hitting .45 calibre submachine gun with a high rate of fire. Initially it has a very high mag capacity with the 50 or 100 round drum mags, but in WW2 later 20 – 30 round stick mags were afr more common for wartime use as an infantry small arm.

Known in popular culture as the ‘Tommy Gun’ it proved popular in its early life in the 1920’s with both Gangsters and Law Enforcers alike.

In military service it was supplied in large numbers to allied forces, including Great Britain / Commonwealth Forces including the Australia Army. Once the US entered the war in 1941 it took its place as a popular infantry small arm with Officers, NCO’s and paratroopers.

The Thompson saw wide combat usage in virtually all theatres that US and Commonwealth Forces deployed including North Africa, Western Europe and The Pacific.


Designed: 1917 - 1920

Produced: 1921 - 1945

Cartridge: .45 ACP

Action: Blowback

Rate of Fire: 700 - 800 rounds per minute

Muzzle Velocity: 285 m/s

Effective Firing Range: 150 m

Feed System: 20 round stick mag, 30 round stick mag, 50 /100 round drum mag

Weight: 4.9 kg

Length: 860 mm

Barrel Length: 267 mm

The Denix replica Thompson submachine gun is a faithful reproduction of this historic weapon, ideal for the collector or enthusiast.

Watch this space, and we are confident that we will be able to happily supply enthusiasts with the full range of quality Denix replica submachine guns and machine guns in early 2021.

Happy Collecting!