I recently joined this forum as my gaming group is about to start a 1920's campaign. I'll be running a Federal Agent, there will be a couple of players running Treasure Hunters and one running a Librarian plus one more player yet to create her character. I must say I'm looking forward to getting started.
I've read through a few threads and this looks to be a great community to get up to speed on the system.
I'm a bit of a firearms buff and I need to mention an inaccuracy I've seen posted. I forget the thread, but someone posted about the Thompson SMG. In this post, one of the things discussed was the difficulty of swapping drum magazines.
The information in that post was not applicable to the full auto SMG, the semi auto version does require the use of a "third hand" in order to lock the bolt back so that the drum may be removed. The full auto does not have this problem.
The original (full auto) fires from an open bolt. To prepare to fire, the bolt is retracted until it locks back then the safety is engaged (unless you plan to fire immediately).
The semi auto fires from a closed bolt. To prepare it to fire, the bolt is pulled back and allowed to slam forward and chamber the round then the safety is engaged.
I have one of the current production semi auto Thompsons, and the post I'm discussing would be accurate for this rifle. But the problems described in that post have little to do with the original full auto Thompson.