The Tommy Gun earned its reputation during the prohibition. It was widely used by the FBI and private sector gangsters such as Al Capone. The Thompson is also an Iconic machine gun that you probably recognize from various World War Two and Gangster movies. Now you can shoot a Tommy Gun in Jackson Hole Wyoming!
Since it was invented by John T. Thompson in 1918, It has been called by various names given to it by government revenuers and private gangsters alike. Some of its names include “Tommy Gun”, “Annihilator”, “Chicago Typewriter”, “Chicago Piano”, “Chicago Style”, “Chicago Organ Grinder”, “Trench Broom”, “Trench Sweeper”, “The Chopper”, and simply “The Thompson”.
The Thompson has seen battle in World War Two, The Banana Wars, The Korean War, and the Vietnam War.
The Thompson looks amazing, and maybe even intimidating with the larger drum magazine, but it is not quite as reliable as the box magazine. We do have a drum magazine for pictures, but you will use a box magazine in order to have a more enjoyable experience with us here at the Jackson Hole Shooting Experience. As of this writing, our Tommy Gun is out for servicing, as is often the case. When she DOES run though, her cyclic rate is very fast!
The Thompson fires a .45 Caliber cartridge and is fully automatic. The Thompson is just one of four fully automatic guns we have at the range available for your use and enjoyment.
Currently Tommy guns are collected and widely sought after by collectors who put them in display cases or tuck them away in gun safes. The opportunity to fire one of these iconic firearms is increasingly rare. Come to Jackson and shoot at the range to try out the Thompson and all the other ninety-some firearms with the Jackson Hole Shooting Experience.
The Thompson is not a marksman’s firearm, rather it is intended for close range but is a pure joy to shoot. Short bursts or long bursts, from the hip or shoulder, come experience a piece of history.
by Stuart Allan