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For the submachine-gun in Battlefield Heroes, see Submachine gun (Battlefield Heroes)
800px-Submachine gun M1928 Thompson

A real Thompson submachine gun (M1928 variant)

The Thompson is a series of American submachine guns designed by John T. Thompson in 1919. The Thompson became infamous during the 1920s-30s. It had a long list of variants, most notably the M1928, M1 and M1A1 variants which were adopted by the United States military in 1938. It was also widely used by British and Canadian units in Europe during World War II.

The Thompson fired the .45 ACP cartridge placed in typically 20- to 30-round stick magazines. The M1928 onwards models had a rate of fire of around 600-700 rounds per minute, with an effective range of 50 meters.

Battlefield 1942Edit

Thompson
Damage 5-2.5
Damage multipliers *3x Head
  • 1.8x Body
Magazine size 30 rounds
Starting ammunition 5 magazines
Maximum ammunition 5 magazines
Reload time 4.8 seconds
Rate of fire 600 rpm
Range Damage drops after 50 meters until 100 meters
Recoil Low
Firemodes Automatic
Faction BritainFlag British Army (BF1942 only)
Flag of the United States US Army, USMC
800px-Flag of Canada 1921.svg Canadian Army
Kit Medic.BF1942.Icon Medic
Source of statistics [1][2]
Inventory slot Primary Weapon

The Thompson is a weapon featured in Battlefield 1942 and is issued to the United States Army, United States Marine Corps, British Army and Canadian Army Medic kit. It has a high rate of fire, low damage, medium recoil and low accuracy. Although it has low recoil per shot, its high rate of fire, one of the highest in the game, can create overwhelming recoil. This, along with its relatively low accuracy, makes the Thompson a horrible choice for long range engagements. However, the previously stated factors are ideal for close quarters, and even medium range if fired in bursts.

The Battlefield 1942: The Road to Rome expansion replaces the British Army's Thompson with the Sten.

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Battlefield VietnamEdit

World War II ModEdit

The Thompson is a weapon featured in the official World War II mod of Battlefield Vietnam. Unlike many of its counterparts, the Thompson is completely redesigned from the original Battlefield 1942 version, albeit with the same stats.

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Battlefield 1943Edit

Thompson
Thompson BF1943
Damage ~7-10 shots to kill
Magazine size 30 rounds
Rate of fire ~600 rpm
Faction USMC logo USMC
Kit Infantry

The Thompson is a weapon featured in Battlefield 1943 and is issued to the USMC in the Infantry Kit. It has low power, low accuracy, a high rate of fire and 30 round magazine. It can kill in around 7 to 10 or so rounds, though its mediocre accuracy will require a few more shots to finally kill an enemy. It is essentially a close quarters weapon. Since the iron sights on the Thompson cannot be used, aiming simply closes up and increases accuracy, so it's efficiency deteriorates at longer ranges.

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Battlefield: Bad Company 2Edit

WWII M1A1 Thompson
Wwiim1a1thompson
Unlocked at Rank 10
Damage 16.7-12.5
Damage multipliers 2.1x Head
Magazine size 30 rounds
Maximum ammunition 90 + 30 (without Ammo Upgrade)
180 + 30 (with Ammo Upgrade)
Reload time 3.7 seconds
Rate of fire 600 rpm
Recoil Medium
Firemodes Automatic
Kit All
Source of statistics [3]
Sound(s) Firing sound
Inventory slot Primary Weapon
Battlefield Bad Company 2 - Thompson00:11

Battlefield Bad Company 2 - Thompson

"The new installment of the "Tommy Gun". This 30 round fully automatic submachine gun was adopted by the US Army and the Allies in WWII. Possessing .45 caliber stopping power complimented by firing 600 rounds per minute."
— In-game description

The Thompson is a weapon featured in Battlefield: Bad Company 2.

SingleplayerEdit

The weapon is seen during the beginning of the Operation Aurora. Thomas Wyatt is seen holding it in the boat but is forced to drop it in the water when discovered by the Japanese. Throughout rest of the level, Wyatt's squad-mates are seen using the weapon, but it cannot be used by the player.

MultiplayerEdit

The WWII M1A1 Thompson is a submachine gun available to all kits. It is unlocked by reaching rank 10 or by owning either the Limited or Ultimate editions of the game. It uses the same weapon model from Battlefield 1943, though it appears to be rusted in areas due to its age and wear.

It has relatively low damage, and only beats the Type 88 LMG, M60 and F2000 in terms of damage per second. It has a moderate recoil, but is not hard to keep on target at close to medium range.

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Battlefield: Bad Company 2: VietnamEdit

WWII M1A1 Thompson
BFBC2V wwiim1a1thompson ICON
Unlocked at Rank 10
Damage 20-15
Damage multipliers 2.1x Head
Magazine size 30 rounds
Reload time 3.7 seconds
Rate of fire 600 rpm
Velocity 600 m/s
Range ThompsonRangeBC2V
Recoil Medium
Kit All
Source of statistics [3]
Sound(s)
Battlefield Bad Company 2 Vietnam - Thompson00:12

Battlefield Bad Company 2 Vietnam - Thompson

"The new installment of the "Tommy Gun". This 30 round fully automatic submachine gun was adopted by the US Army and the Allies in WWII. Possessing .45 caliber stopping power complimented by firing 600 rounds per minute."
— In-game description

The WWII M1A1 Thompson is a weapon featured in Battlefield: Bad Company 2: Vietnam. Like the base game, it is an all kits weapon and is unlocked in conjunction with Battlefield: Bad Company 2's multiplayer. It has mostly the same stats as in the base game, though it does have increased damage and a modified range of 18m rather than 16m.

Its appearance has changed slightly, with a darker steel finish and notably more rust and wear, as well as khaki-colored cloth wrapped around its handguard and magazines, similar to many other weapons in the expansion.

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Battlefield HardlineEdit

M1A1
BFHL M1A1
Damage 15 - 25
Magazine size 30
50 (Extended Magazine)
Ammunition .45 ACP (11.43×23mm)
Reload time 3.73s (Empty)
2.25s (Left)
Rate of fire 725 RPM
Velocity 320 m/s
Range M1A1 Range
Faction Law Enforcement Law Enforcement
Criminals Criminals
Kit All
Unlocks Extended Magazine
Stubby Grip

The M1A1 is an all-kit submachine gun introduced in patch 1.04 that was released alongside the Battlefield Hardline: Criminal Activity expansion.[4] Since the weapon was released in a patch alongside the expansion, it is thereby available to all players for free and does not require ownership of the Criminal Activity expansion. Unlike other weapons, the Thompson only features a custom modeled Stubby Grip and Extended Magazine as available attachments, and bronze, silver, and gold as available paints.[5]

The Thompson's slow rate of fire and light recoil makes it easy to control and keep rounds on target, and it has very tight hipfire spread, allowing it to work well in close to medium ranges. While the M1A1 has little recoil, its spread increases very quickly while firing; firing in short bursts is useful for medium ranges. However, the Thompson suffers from a short damage falloff distance, a low minimum damage of 15, and a slow bullet velocity of 320 m/s (slightly slower than the 92FS), causing it struggle significantly at long ranges. Along with this, the Thompson's reload time is somewhat long compared to other submachine guns, so its recommended to find a safe place out of direct combat to reload to avoid being caught off guard.

Most of the M1A1's weaknesses, however, can be remedied with its two available attachments. The Stubby grip will reduce the Thompson's spread increase with each shot, so it will remain much more accurate and be able to preform better at range. Extended Magazines will increase the Thompson's magazine capacity to 50 from 30, so the longer reload will not be too much of an issue as the player will be able to fire longer. However, the M1A1 will only have 3 extra magazines in reserve instead of 5 when using Extended Magazines, so players will either need to conserve ammo carefully or work with a friendly Enforcer to stay supplied. The Thompson's iron sights, however, can be problematic as a player must be either motionless or moving forward in order to use them effectually, otherwise the rear sight will obstructed by the front sight from both sides, depending on whether the player is moving right or left, resulting in diminished accuarcy.

Overall, the M1A1 is a accurate and controlable close quarters weapon for all-kits, but it mostly benefits Enforcers and Professionals, as Operators and Mechanics already have access to better close quarter SMGs and rifles.

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TriviaEdit

  • In Battlefield 1943, the Thompson is a direct equivalent in stats to the IJN Type 100.
  • Early on the Thompson appeared to be a Limited Edition-exclusive weapon for Battlefield: Bad Company 2. However, the weapon is available to all players upon being promoted to Rank 10, something disappointing for many players who purchased the Limited Edition for it.
  • In Battlefield: Bad Company 2, the Thompson used to be glitched and kills made with the it wouldn't be tracked. Rather, kills with the M1 Garand would count towards the Thompson's kill count. This has since then been patched.
  • In Battlefield: Bad Company 2, when the Thompson is reloaded, the user can see the bullet in the chamber is actually ejected, but nothing happens to the ammo count.
  • While reloading in Battlefield 1943 and Battlefield: Bad Company 2, the player first tries to put in the new mag in at an off angle, and has to rotate it and try again.
  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2 marks the first time in the Battlefield series that the Thompson has usable iron sights.
  • In Battlefield Hardline, the M1A1 Thompson is the only all-kit primary weapon featured in the game.
  • In reality, the real M1A1 thompson does not accept drum magazines, only the early M1928 thompson does

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