Thompson Sub Machine Gun

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Allied Weapon
Thompson SMG
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Weapon stats:
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Maximum damage; the minimum is always 1 Effective firing range, in pixels (for reference, the game field is 400px wide by 600px tall) Maximum rounds fired at a single target Ammunition capacity Reload time, in ticks (20 ticks = 1 second); the less, the better; the unit's exp is deducted from this value, getting faster as it ranks up
100 200 1-5 30 150
CQC (close quarters combat) bonus multiplier; the unit's rifle skill is multiplied by this value when firing at a distance of 100px or less Range malus; the unit's rifle skill is divided by this penalty when firing beyond the weapon's effective range AP (anti-personnel) explosion radius; area of the blast that damages all units, but deals reduced damage to vehicles AT (anti-tank) explosion radius; area of the blast that deals fatal damage to mechanical units Gib explosion radius; area of the blast that blows all organic units caught in it to pieces
2 3 N/A N/A N/A
Strengths:
High damage and fire rate, large clip.
Weaknesses:
Short effective range, high range malus.
Description:
Compact, ergonomic, and has a high rate of fire. Also known as the "Trench Sweeper".

The Thompson Submachine Gun, or the "Tommy Gun," is the only submachine gun that can be bought. Like all submachine guns, the Tommy Gun has a short effective range and low accuracy, but it makes up for this with quick bursts, which are often shorter then those of other automatic weapons. This allows the Thompson to kill more enemies with a single clip, and, along with the high damage, makes it quite useful in the hands of a veteran. It is often compared with the Grease Gun.

Tommy Gun compared to the M3 Grease Gun

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Pictured above from left to right: Thompson , M3 Grease Gun.

Advantages of Tommy Gun against the M3 Grease Gun

  • Better damage
  • Better range
  • Can be bought
  • Smaller bursts (more ammo conserving)

Disadvantages of Tommy Gun against the M3 Grease Gun

  • Worse CQC
  • Worse range malus
  • Smaller bursts (lower chance of killing enemy)

Unlike its equivalent, the M3 Grease Gun, the Tommy Gun has pretty good damage, matching that of the M1 Carbine and the Browning .30 Machinegun, allowing it to kill in a few direct hits. The Tommy gun also has 50 px more range than the M3 Grease Gun (200), but because of the Tommy Gun's high Range malus (3), it has greatly reduced accuracy against targets beyond its 200px range while still remaining somewhat reliable. Overall, the Tommy gun is superior to the M3 Grease Gun while within its effective range, but it becomes less reliable beyond it.

Real Life

The M1 Thompson SMG was designed to, well, sweep a trench. It became quite popular with gangsters, who often used 50 round drums instead of 30 round magazines. In WW2, a new model was developed, called the M1A1, which was easier to produce. The Tommy Gun was effective and provided large amounts of firepower, but was heavy and expensive to produce. It soon became phased out in favor of the M3 Grease Gun, which obviously didn't look as nice, but was much cheaper. The Thompson appeared in the Korean and Vietnam war. The Thompson didn't get it's nickname, the "Tommy Gun," until post-war from gangsters. As the springs in stick magazines tended to be weak and unreliable, soldiers sometimes loaded less bullets than the magazine could hold to prevent the chance of the jamming.

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