The Volunteer Mini-Commando
was a pistol version of the commando , there was a Mark III , Mark 45 ,
and I'm told a Mark 9 version . They are identical to their larger
brothers , except no butt stock , front grip or finned barrel shroud ,
and they have a very short barrel .The Mini-Commando was also sold by a
company called Manchester Arms .
Mark III Mini-Commando
Thanks to Spitfiresubguns for the pictures , visit his spitfire website here
The Eagle Carbine was first made in the early to mid 60's.
Thanks to pws49 for the eagle ad .
The Spitfire came next and it was a 95% copy of the Eagle.
Changes were the extractor was a flat style as the
eagle has a crescent shape clip to attach it to the bolt .The ejector on
the Eagle it is an extension of the dis connector , on the Spitfire
there is a separate tang welded to the bottom of the receiver tube which
sticks up into the channel under the bolt. The front site is cast
aluminum and the end of the barrel is turned down to a smaller diameter,
where the Eagle has a machined front site and the barrel is untouched.
Lastly the vertical hand grip both are aluminum but the Spitfire has a
smoother finish and is slightly smaller,and a little more Thompson
looking. For more information on the spitfire and other similar carbines have a look at this great site Spitfire Carbine
The early Volunteer clones were 95% copies of the Spitfire . The safety was now a cross bolt design that didn't allow the sear to get jammed when firing. It was also the first clone to offer horizontal and vertical front grips in wood . previous models had an aluminum fore grip that gets hot after firing for a while .
Later Volunteer Enterprises redesigned the firearm into the Volunteer Commando Mark III which was based on the Apache.
From there it was redesigned into the Commando mark 45 and mark 9 . Its last manufacturer was Manchester Arms.
MTK 1942 prototype . I don't think this one ever made it out of prototype status , but it looks to me like an obvious mix of a Thompson , German MP40 , and Russian PPSH-41 .
A prototype of a Squire Bingham Model 20 Tommy Gun in .22lr , this one was never released but recently one did pop up on gun broker so there may be more out there
If anyone knows of any other Thompson clones please let me know , and I'm always down for more pictures if you have them .