The Chopper Edit
You forgot one name. It is "The Chopper". Seen the weapon on the History Channel regarding ganster weapons. 18.104.22.168 02:48, 5 October 2007 (UTC)
- If it was never called that in Star Trek, it isn't relevant to this article. -- OuroborosCobra talk 02:51, 5 October 2007 (UTC)
I have removed all of the background information, with the exception of setting out which variants actually appeared. We do not need details of the ammunition and magazine designs, its rate of fire, or its production history. There is a reason we link to Wikipedia for this sort of stuff - it has no relevance to the Tommy Gun as it appears in Star Trek. -- Michael Warren | Talk 16:05, November 12, 2015 (UTC)
- Despite its reputation in American folklore – becoming a quintessential American fire arm and having been featured in countless Hollywood productions – , the Tommy Gun was a commercial failure in the 1920s due to its intricate smithmanship, which made the gun too expensive for the times. Intended for the US military, solely the US Navy showed any interest but only bought few units for its United States Marine Corps, and only after the gun was redesigned from the M1921 version into the M1928, doing away with the distinctive pistol grip in favor of the simplified barrel grip and lowering the rate of fire from 1000rpm to 800rpm. Of the approximate 15,000 units produced between 1921 and 1935, 4,500 were still unsold when World War II broke out in Europe in 1939, and the company, having suspended production in the early 1930s (partially and ironically because of its "gangster" reputation), was on its way to bankruptcy.
- However, the war saved the company, as it found itself suddenly swamped with orders from Great Britain and France and the unsold stock was rushed to Europe, as production could only be restarted in 1940. For that occasion the gun was slightly redesigned as the M1928A[rmy], able to both hold the distinctive drum magazine as well as the more practical box magazine. Both magazine types – the guns also coming in both the pistol grip as well as the simplified barrel grip variants – were in use in the early years of the war until the drum magazine was abandoned, as it was found too cumbersome under combat conditions. In 1942 the gun was redesigned for cheaper, simplified manufacture, only able to hold the box magazine as the M[ilitary]1 with barrel grip only, shortly thereafter followed by the slightly further refined M1A1. The rate of fire was further lowered to 700rpm, which meant that the distinctive cooling fins at the back of the barrel could be done away with, allowing for even more simplified manufacture. Though the gun remained quite expensive to produced, 1.7 million units were produced in the war years before production ceased in 1944, with enough spare parts produced to construct a further quarter of a million units.