Friday, February 27, 2009

Louie, Napoli Gang

Louie from the Napoli Gang by Twilight Magic Works, Yamato Co., Ltd, 2000. Louie is part of the pair released by Yamato Co., Ltd, the other being Chicago gangster John (see previous post on the Prohibition Era)

He wears Navy Blue pin-striped suit with vest, shirt and tie plus hat.

He is armed with the Thompson submachine gun with a 20-round, 30-round and 50-round drum magazine. The Thompson was also known as: the "Tommy Gun", the "Trench Broom", the "Chicago Piano", the "Chicago Typewriter" and the "Chopper". The Thompson first entered production as the M1921. The Thompson achieved most of its early notoriety in the hands of Prohibition and Depression-era gangsters and in Hollywood films, most notably in the St Valentine's Day Massacre. It was often referred to as the "gun that made the twenties roar."

In 1938, the Thompson submachine gun was adopted by the US military, serving during World War II in the hands of the marines, as well as Army and later into the Korean War, as well as early stages of the Vietnam War.

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