1928 SMG 3D Printed Display Receiver


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Designed with the help of Philadelphia Ordnance and printed with PLA Pro +, for added strength from the Creatbot DX Plus to hold +/-.001” from the 3d model. These 1928 SMG 3D Printed Display Receiver, will accept the needed parts to build a dummy gun at a fraction of the price of ones made from steel. Please note these are made to order and will ship 1 week after your order date. No FFL needed.

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Thompson submachine gun – Wikipedia

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Brigadier General John T. Thompson, a U.S. Army Ordnance Department officer, developed the Thompson submachine gun as a replacement for bolt-action service rifles. He was inspired by the 1915 patent of American inventor John Bell Blish, who designed a recoil-free weapon based on inclined metal surfaces under pressure, known as the Blish Lock. To develop his “auto rifle,” Thompson founded the Auto-Ordnance Company in 1916, with financial backing from businessman Thomas F. Ryan.

The Thompson was designed primarily in Cleveland, Ohio by Theodore H. Eickhoff, Oscar V. Payne, and George E. Goll. By late 1917, the limitations of the Blish Lock were discovered, and the weapon was instead designed to function as a friction-delayed blowback action, firing the .45 ACP cartridge. The firearm, designed by Oscar V. Payne and named the “Annihilator I,” was intended to be a “one-man, hand-held machine gun” for trench warfare during World War I. However, the war ended before prototypes could be shipped to Europe.



Operating characteristics


The Thompson submachine gun had a high cyclic rate of fire in early versions, ranging from 800 to 1,200 rounds per minute. This, combined with a heavy trigger pull and a stock with excessive drop, caused the barrel to climb during automatic fire. In response, the U.S. Navy requested a lower rate of fire, which was achieved by replacing the actuator with a heavier one and using a stiffer recoil spring, resulting in a rate of 600 rpm.

The Thompson was a heavy weapon that required frequent cleaning, and the drum magazine was found to be too heavy and bulky for military use. The 20-round and later 30-round box magazines proved to be more practical, and the gun’s double-column, staggered-feed box magazine design contributed to its reliability in adverse conditions.

The selective-fire Thompson fires from the “open bolt” position, eliminating the risk of “cook-off” and making it a safer weapon.


Technical Information


In service 1938–1971 (U.S. military)
Used by See Users
Production history
Designer John T. Thompson
Designed 1917–1920
Manufacturer Auto-Ordnance Company (originally)
The Birmingham Small Arms Company Limited
Savage Arms
RPB Industries
Produced 1921–1945
No. built Approximately 1.75 million of all variants including:
562,511 M1928A1
285,480 M1
539,143 M1A1
Variants See Variants section
Mass 10.8 lb (4.9 kg) empty (Thompson M1928A1)
10 lb (4.5 kg) empty (Thompson M1A1)
Length 33.7 in (860 mm) (M1928A1 with compensator)
31.9 in (810 mm) (M1/M1A1)
Barrel length 10.52 in (267 mm)
12 in (300 mm) (with Cutts compensator)
Cartridge .45 ACP (11.43×23mm)
10mm Auto (Limited quantity of FBI conversions)
Action Blowback, Blish Lock
Rate of fire 700–800rpm (M1928)
600-700rpm (M1A1)
Muzzle velocity 935 ft/s (285 m/s)
Effective firing range 164 yds (150 m)
Feed system 20 or 30 round box magazine, 50 or 100 round drum magazine[15] (M1 and M1A1 models do not accept drum magazines)


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