It was love at first sight. How could it not be? Beautiful walnut, deep blued steel...and it's a Thompson! How could life be better? Wait, I know...chamber it for the 9mm cartridge, so you can shoot it without breaking the bank.
I can't remember any gun creating so much excitement at the FFL dealer that I use for receipt of firearms, as this one. Everyone, employees and customers, wanted to take a look at the "9mm Tommy Gun". Most of the employees are active or retired law enforcement officers as well as military veterans and many had fired .45 caliber Thompsons. We all wanted to see how this Tommy Gun measured up to the original.
Is there really another gun that is so recognizably American or one that jogs so many memories? Maybe it's an actor, good guy or bad guy, with a Tommy Gun or a Marine leading his men in a charge with a Tommy Gun raised above his head as he signals his men to move forward. I have to tell you, just holding this gun in my hands brought back all of those and more memories.
The 9mm Tommy Gun has an aluminum receiver and that does make it lighter but it's also a rock-solid gun with beautiful walnut and steel, the way guns used to be. I spent a good bit of time just becoming familiar with its operation. I watched a 1943 U.S. Army training film showing the operation of an M1928A1 Thompson Sub Machine Gun to compare controls and operation with the current model. Setting aside the "full auto" feature of the M1928A1, controls, operation and appearance were to my observation, the same. This is after all, the original manufacturing company.
I don't know that I can convey in words just how much fun this gun is to shoot but I just can't stop smiling every time I shoot it.
"History was made in 1915 when John T. Thompson introduced the first portable hand-held automatic weapon commonly referred to as the “Tommy Gun”, also coined the “Chicago Typewriter”. It has always been manufactured in .45 ACP, and now, Kahr Firearms Group is proud to introduce the Deluxe model Thompson in 9mm. This is the first time in over 100 years that the Thompson has been manufactured in the smaller caliber
The Thompson 9mm model T5-9L20 features all the classic details that John Thompson so meticulously put into the original. The frame and receiver are machined from a solid billet of aluminum and the buttstock, grip and vertical fore grip are all made from American Walnut. The 9mm is offered with one 20-round stick magazine. The finned barrel measures 16.5 inches and 18 inches with the compensator. Overall length is 41 inches. It features a front blade sight and an open rear adjustable sight. The MSRP is $1,364."
One 20-round 9mm stick magazine is provided but even in the semi-auto mode, as this gun is, you'll go through it pretty quickly. I'd recommend ordering an additional magazine, or two, when you order your gun.
Several cases are available, my favorite is the classic violin case.
It may be that nothing better symbolizes America than the Tommy Gun. It has had some very famous fans over the years.
If you'd like to own a piece of American history and a gun that can put a smile on your face, I'd really recommend that you consider the Kahr® - Thompson® 9mm.
You can see the Kahr® - Thompson® 9mm and other Kahr products at https://www.kahr.com/