First Look: Auto-Ordnance 9 mm Thompson Carbine

posted on August 27, 2017
Auto-Ordnance, a division of the Kahr Firearms Group, announced the launch of the company's new T5-9L20 Thompson carbine, which is chambered in the popular 9 mm cartridge. 

"Fans of the Thompson product line have been asking about a 9 mm for a number of years," stated Frank Harris, VP Sales and Marketing. "We took our time to make sure that we got it perfect before we introduced it to the market. We really think that this 9mm Thompson is going to be a hit with shooting enthusiasts across the globe."

The new 9 mm Thompson Carbine retains the look and feel of the classic Thompson submachine gun chambered in .45 ACP. The rifle features a frame and receiver constructed from a solid piece of billet aluminum, while the vertical fore grip, pistol grip and butt stock are all constructed from American walnut wood.

The carbine features a finned barrel that measures 16.5 inches long. The added Cutts-style compensator included with the gun increases the overall barrel length to 18 inches. The overall length of the gun measures 41 inches. The Thompson comes equipped with a blade front sight and an adjustable rear sight.

The Thompson submachine gun has been in existence for more than 100 years, and this new model marks the first time that a production model has been chambered in a caliber smaller than the classic .45 ACP.

Auto-Ordnance offers nearly 30 different semi-automatic models of the iconic Thompson submachine gun, including models that replicate the famous "Chicago Typewriter" used during the 1920s, as well as the Thompson M1 used widely by Allied troops during WWII. Short-barreled rifle variants are also available, as well as guns offered in gold- and silver-plated finishes.

John Taliaferro Thompson first introduced this iconic firearm back in 1915, and by 1921, production models were rolling off the assembly line. The Auto-Ordnance 9 mm Thompson carbine is the latest in more than a century of production, and the rifle retails at a suggested price of $1,364.


Vaultek D2Si
Vaultek D2Si

First Look: Vaultek DS2i Smart Station

A full-featured compact safe to securely store your valuables.

Does Birdshot Overpenetrate?

Home defenders sometimes opt for birdshot, thinking it won’t overpenetrate. We put this concept to the test.

First Look: Rival Arms X1 Red Dot Sight

A new optic from a company known for their pistol upgrades.

Review: Safariland GLS Pro-Fit IWB Holster

A new concealed carry holster with built-in Level 2 retention.

First Look: Shadow Systems CR920P Pistol

A subcompact 9mm pistol with a removable compensator, which doesn't have a threaded barrel.

I Carry Spotlight: New for 2023 CZ 75 A01 SD Optics Ready Pistol

In today's I Carry spotlight we take a look at the New-for-2023 CZ 75 A01 SD Optics Ready pistol.


Get the best of Shooting Illustrated delivered to your inbox.