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The Tommy Gun was one of the VERY late guns in the series. This is a Thompson Machine Gun replica. This is a small gun for very young "gangsters" or "military men." (We're not politically correct on THIS website!!!) Nichols made 2 Thompson 45 Machine guns, this one and the Fury 500 electric Thompson 45 Machine Gun.

I handmake glassware which is perfect for gifts.
Like these inexpensive Angel Christmas Tree Ornaments!

(Thank you for some of you have contributed generously and have helped us stay alive!)
Normally I don't grovel and beg for money, but I am past that stage. Originally we had quite a few who helped us each month by contributing a little to our cause of maintaining this website. Not so much anymore. It's a trickle now.


See how many people have helped us one way or the other over 12+ years at:

Hundreds of wonderful people for over 12 years!

Also...The Internet wants a "mobile-friendly" website and we don't know how to convert a 7,000+ page custom website over to a format where you can always read it on a smartphone or tablet. Even Google said that this is the largest "Static" website on the entire internet. But it's only a matter of time before we lose it all to "progress." I'm old, have only Windows 7 and my software won't load on a higher operating system, and I don't know how to keep up with these changes and am worried about losing it all. If you're an expert, please help by suggesting a sensible technological upgrade! No two pages are completely alike on this website. If I could redo 10 pages a day, it would take about 2 years!

I would ask those who are enjoying this site to PLEASE contribute at least a little to helping us keep it going. Believe me, even small contributions help! This is the only site where you are likely to find most of the Cap Guns ever made. The site will always be free to use, but it's not free for me.

(Contritubutions start at only $10, but you can make it more if you can afford it.)
(And we refuse to put you on a mailing list or sell your e-mail address.)
Thank you "History Buffs & Collectors"—Mike Nichols, Texas

As I said, the Tommy gun is small. It measures 20" long and 5-1/8" tall.

Nichols Stallion Caps and Roll Caps

Since the Tommy Gun is one of those guns that uses roll caps, this is probably as good a place as any to tell a little about the caps used in Nichols Industries Cap Guns. (the following basic story is by Robert Nichols)
I am not sure who came up with the 50 roll cap first, but I don't think it was Nichols Industries. This is a part of the history I don't know, but I'm sure Jim Sheyler would know (See: Backyard Buckaroos his famous AUTHORITATIVE book on Cap Guns). Our Dad's (Lewis and Talley), after introducing the single shot Silver Pony, shortly afterward came out with the Silver Mustang. It was a 50 roll cap repeater as you know. At this point however, I don't think they introduced the first 50-count cap roll. We never heard any stories about them creating the idea of roll caps; it was already out there and still is the standard of the industry. In trying to develop a truly realistic gun they did a leap frog past the roll caps to the round cap (with the introduction of the Stallion 45) and had patents on it which they defended in court and won. This is about the time they developed a relationship with Al Cohen of fireworks fame to produce the caps.

The Nichols Industries tool shop had to produce and engineer the equipment for Al, but Al produced the caps. Because of the patents, no one else outside their control was allowed to produce them. They began producing a progressing variety of round cap guns with occasionally 50 roll caps models. This era included the pellet firing series. As the industry began to decline, they created the larger count rolls. —RN

This is the trigger/magazine assembly—extended up. The barrel is pointed down. This gun has never been fired.

This is the trigger/magazine assembly—extended up. The barrel is pointed left.

If you will notice the left photo above, there is a cylinder that, when the trigger assembly is lowered, is sitting flush on the top of the Tommy Gun. (You can see it on the top, in the middle, on the photo that shows the entire gun.) This "cylinder" is how you pull out the mechanism. The caps go on that little peg that is about 2" below the "cylinder." The caps go up through the pusher mechanism and exit through the top.

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