The Model of 1919 Thompson submachine guns were the first of their breed, but they were more of an evolutionary series than a “model.” With names like “Persuader” and “Annihilator,” these prototypes were the foundation of an American legend.
The fight that developed in the streets of in 1968 would give the Marine Corps one of its most memorable victories—in a battle style for which the Marines had not been trained. The guns used during the conflict ranged from brand-new M16A1s and M40 sniper rifles to World War II leftovers.
Most who are familiar of the U.S. Model 1917 have heard the story of how it was used as a substitute for the Model 1903 during World War I, but few have heard of the efforts of John T. Thompson and his band of rifle demonstrators that evaluated, taught and trained American soldiers on the new rifle for U.S. Ordnance.
Follow Jeremiah Knupp as he sets up two rifles, a budget friendly bolt action and a 7.62x39 mm AR-15, to see the strengths and weaknesses of each as a beginner's deer rifle.
American G.I.s thwarted Hitler’s last-ditch offensive, even though Hitler threw the best men and weapons that he had available against America's troops in the Ardennes. Here the author looks at the small arms used by our troops to stop the Nazi war machine dead in its tracks.
James F. "Mace" Thompson, founder of Lyman Products, passed away on April 3 after a long battle with cancer.
Watch our NRA gun of the Week video examination of a second-generation bolt-action hunting rifle from Thompson/Center.
From Pearl Harbor until the Japanese surrender, the AN/M2 .50-cal. Browning machine gun served in the air, on land and at sea, and was a part of every major American battle in every theater of operations around the world. It was the unsung hero of American firepower during World War II.