1/2 Size .22LR Tommy Gun

I was walking around the SHOT Show floor when something caught my eye, it was what looked to be a Chicago typewriter, a.k.a. a Tommy Gun. It was at the same booth as the company behind the DP-12 Double Barreled Pump Shotgun. There was something different about this Tommy Gun though, it was tiny. It was actually 1/2 the size of a real Thompson submachine gun and weighted in at 5.5 pounds (supposedly) with a 16.4″ barrel. That weight figure was from the flyer they had at the show, their website states 7.5 lbs however. It comes with a 10 round stick magazine but they also have an optional aluminum drum magazine available. They retail at a pricey $1,299.00, check out Standardmfgllc.com for more info on their version of the Tommy Gun. I’d love a full-size .22lr replica of an M1 Thompson one day, kind of like what ATI/GSG did with the .22LR MP40.

Standard Manufacturing Company has teamed up with Thompson and designed a Tommy Gun that looks similar to the original. The walnut stock and grip are exquisitely finished, 16.4″ barrel with an over all length of 34.5″. Machined from aircraft grade aluminum to 1/2 size frame allows for hours of fun.

Manufacturer: Standard Manufacturing Company
Model: Thompson 1922
Manufacturer Number: STDMFG
Caliber: .22 LR
Barrel Length: 16.4″
Magazine: One 10 Round Stick Mag
Semi Automatic
Firearms only ship to licensed FFL holders

High velocity .22LR ammunition is recommended with this Tommy Gun. The break in period of this Tommy Gun is 100 rounds.




Ray I.

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  • Guest

    Is it open bolt like the original or closed bolt?

    • BryanS

      Open bolt would be a huge no-no. Either that or this would only be available to SOT holders.

  • BryanS

    I want to like guns like these. Really do. But after shooting how many semi-auto 22s, I don’t get the factor of shrinking it to a 22, other than for low cost practice on the same platform.

    With a federally mandated ban on new standard military arms (automatic), semi-auto pea shooters just aren’t interesting.

    • Nicholas Chen

      It would look good with the high priced Browning mini 1911

  • YS

    Huh? The MSRP on this toy is way too high. I just looked up the price of “real deal” on A-O’s web site, and T1 can be had with a 30-rd stick for $1,461 MSRP. I think I’d rather spend the extra $150 and buy the .45 version.

    Now, if the price was in the three figure range, south of $500 mark, I may consider it as a plinker.

    • Rob

      Agreed. $1,500 is far too much for a sub-sized replica, although I still them them marks for making something interesting and desirable. I hope that they’d offer a non-vertical fore end–I was always partial to the WWII configuration.

  • Harrison Jones

    If I had a kid or nephew(the nephew just get to shoot it) I’d buy him one of these and the browning compact 22 1911. Then watch WW2 movies with him buy a auto ordinance or real deal tommy gun and take him shooting.

    Perfect for those dads or granddads that want to spoil kids!

  • David Lowrey

    Way to much for a half size 22 replica. I got my ww2 repo auto ordonance 45 for less.

  • Steve Hunter

    Why couldn’t they get the angle on the rear grip correct? Any tommygun purist will be put off by that. Seems quite stupid.

    • Frank L

      Any Tommygun purist would also note the wrong shape of the receiver and the stock, which appear to be modeled after the M1.

  • Blake

    Nice idea, but the MSRP of a real one is only $26 more

    Perhaps the licensing fees killed it?

    Either way, if I’m going to spend that kind of money on a carbine I think it’ll be something black & roller locked

    • nobody

      I’m sorry, but could someone please explain to me why the hell that company’s MP5 pistols cost $250-$300 more than their rifle version?

      • BryanS

        Different regulations and taxes on pistols? Dont forget that the BATFE add a hefty cost of doing business onto any firearms venture.

  • Hikerguy

    It is cute despite the price tag. With the drum magazine you could load up and shoot it all week. It would take you all day Sunday to load it,however. It would make a great plinker.

  • Jeff

    If it ain’t a .45 it ain’t a Thompson.

  • echelon

    I just don’t see the attraction to 22LR replica guns. Especially at ridiculous prices.

    Heck, even if I wanted it I couldn’t find enough ammo for it now to adequately feed it. If I had one of those I’d want to shoot at least 500rds at a time for it to be smile inducing…and in this market I couldn’t justify that type of ammo squandering.

    At this point a 9mm version would be more fitting IMO.

    • Vitsaus

      Old guys. Thats it. A few older shooters (elderly) I know pretty much admit that they shoot .223 or .22LR because its painful to shoot .308, .30-06, etc…

      • echelon

        Still doesn’t make sense in this situation. A “real” tommy gun is 45ACP, which, out of a carbine it’s not going to be punishing at all. Again, I could see a 9mm version before a 22LR any day.

  • Ratcraft

    Why not make it 9mm and use Suomi drums? Why .22? No kick, no ammo to even shoot it.

  • efred1

    I had an original Thompson M1927A3, in .22 cal., back in the early 80’s; unfortunately, it had serious quality control problems – they had to replace the gun 5-times, after near-catastrophic failures, all attributed to quality control, before I threw in the towel. Other than that, it was a beautiful, well-balanced rifle that could be fitted with authentic hardware from the .45 cal. In fact, mine had a M1A2 forearm and buttstock. They even offered a 50 rd. drum magazine (which I had as well, but had its own problems).

  • dan citizen

    Does this thompson make my hands look big?

  • El Duderino

    Good luck to them, but a $1200 .22 replica Thompson seems about double the price of what the market will bear.

    For those saying, “why not just get the real thing” have you ever held and shouldered a non-NFA Thompson with a full stick mag or heaven forbid a full drum? It is not comfortable at all, the balance is all wrong with a 16″+ barrel, super heavy, it all around stinks to me. It’s the firearm equivalent to an original Corvette Sting Ray — you look awesome driving it, but it’s just not comfortable to drive compared with a new sports car.

    • Phil Elliott

      Well I don’t think so, My Dept had two Navy A1’s in the 70’s. With a Drum Mag and the stock tucked under my elbow, they would just chuckle along. At a firepower demonstration 2 of us destroyed a concrete block wall that a full squad of guys with M-16’s had been working on. When we were done and walked back by the Lt. in charge he muttered “S.O.B.’s”

      • El Duderino

        Those military Thompsons had shorter barrels too. Armpit/elbow shooting a 13lb semi auto rifle is not very interesting to me. I’m a USMC infantry vet, done my fair share of full auto — shoulder, hip, bipod, tripod, you name it.

        Semi auto is all about aimed fire and a 16″ Thompson just doesn’t do it for me. Just like a semi auto M1919 won’t either.

        • Phil Elliott

          At about 15 yds it didn’t really have to be “aimed fire”. At no time can I remember them being issued for anything other than Demo’s.

  • Mystick


    Furthermore… WHY?