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6.5s4ever 01-18-2017 09:59 AM

1927 a-1 Thompson machine gun
Am looking to buy a Kahr Arms 1927 A1 Tommy Gun, Not sure if I want the pistol grip forend configuration or the M1 style block forend one. I know the M1 style will not take drum mags. Anyone own one of these and what is your experience and opinions other than its a Boat Anchor Heavy! :):D

Adam Helmer 01-19-2017 08:45 AM


Yes the guns are heavy. I think the gun looks out of sorts due to the NFA required 16-inch barrel where the original barrel was shorter. The guns shoot ok, but remember the .45 ACP round has a "RAINBOW TRAJECTORY", so shoot close.


6.5s4ever 01-19-2017 01:58 PM

HI Adam how are you?
Been looking at these Chicago Typewriters for some time now and decided to order one with a 50 round barrel mag and a 30 round stick mag! Going to have some fun since I reload lots of 45's for my 1911's It will be an Ammo eater I am sure! :)

6.5s4ever 02-03-2017 07:32 AM

Tommy Gun with drum

Joe Boleo 04-04-2017 06:16 PM

I have the Model 1927-A1 and the World War II Model M1 Thompson semi-auto rifles. They shoot well with 230 grain lead RN bullets propelled with a moderate charge of Unique. My local gunsmith had to do a bit of tuning to get my Thompsons to shoot well. I would suggest keeping them clean and well lubed. I use the 30-round magazines. The drums are interesting, but they tend to be expensive and make a heavy gun very heavy. Have fun. Take care.

6.5s4ever 01-06-2018 08:01 PM

Thanks Joe! Was out shooting this Thompson last weekend and loaded up the 50 round drum for the first time! Yes it was heavy to hold and think I will shoot this from the bench and use my stick mags for offhand LOL. It shoots quite accurate though really surprised me how tight of a group I got! :)

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