New Semiauto .22 LR Tommy Gun

I recently posed the question, would you buy a firearm chambered in a rimfire caliber given the ongoing shortages of rimfire ammo?

Not surprisingly, the opinions expressed in the comments were all over the map proving, if nothing else, that everyone who reads this blog is a certified gun nut.

Suspend, for a moment, your monetary concerns and let me ask this: Would you like to own this rifle?

I have a huge soft spot for Tommy Guns. I grew up in a gangster town just outside of New Haven, Connecticut and my first paying job was working for a mobster. I started as a gardener and moved up to being a driver at 15. The fact that I didn’t have a driver’s license didn’t seem to bother my boss, Tony Papa, and who was I to say no? But I digress.

By that time I had also been a World War II buff for several years. Starting around the age of 10 I ordered the Time Life series of books on World War II that I paid for out of my meager allowance. The first book that was delivered to my door was Island Fighting and that's when I learned about the U.S. Marine Corps.

I devoured that book, going through it again and again during the long month it took the second volume to arrive. Among the photos in the book were several of Marines wielding Tommy Guns as they fought to dislodge the Japanese from their island fortifications.

So when I see this rifle, it has the same pull on me as a box of free puppies.

This rifle has a scaled down frame that is machined out of aluminum and based on the images, looks as though it has been built with great love and skill. It's being made by Standard Manufacturing Company.

It comes with a 10-round stick magazine and weighs 4 lb. 10 oz., according to the specs. It is built with a 16.4-inch barrel and has an overall length of 34.5 inches.

It isn’t cheap. At $1,299 it represents a serious investment. But I’m sure these rifles will be snapped up in short order. I know I’m not the only one who is smitten by this rifle.