The Thompson is a blend of art and machine. By today’s standards, it’s too heavy- too much steel and wood. But here at Gunsite, while firing the Thompson, one thought comes to mind for this Chicago boy: It’s perfect. 1919, as America reeled from the war to end all wars, John Tolliver, or in my neighborhood, Taliaferro Thompson- a career army officer, created the firearm that would make his name immortal. The Thompson sub-machine gun did indeed make the 20’s roar.