The “Tommy Gun” became famous for its popularity among gangsters and police in the 1920s and ‘30s. Colonel John T. Thompson began producing these submachine guns — so-called because they fired pistol ammunition — in 1919, and it was the first successful American design of these types of firearms. This particular Colt Model 1921 was donated by George Whitehead, a 25-year law enforcement veteran, and can be seen at the NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Virginia.
This particular Colt Model 1921 was donated by George Whitehead, a 25-year law enforcement veteran.
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May 16th, 2011Colt Single-Action Army Revolver
Known as the "peacemaker" for its widespread use among soldiers, settlers, gunslingers and peace officers.
Union veterans Col. William C. Church and Gen. George Wingate formed the NRA in 1871.
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