You know the saying that
“everything is bigger in Texas.”
You’ve heard it a million times, but
while it’s true that Texas acreage, boots, and hats are larger than most,
the biggest thing in the state has to be Texas pride. Just ask a Texan what
makes their home state special and they’ll tell you. It has everything to do
with the history, the heroes, and the passion of the people. They’ll tell
you that life in Texas is something you have to experience for yourself. You
either “get” Texas... or you don’t. For those who do, there is no place like
it on earth.
America Remembers is proud to introduce
The Texas Home State™ Tribute Thompson, a spectacular, handsomely
decorated, limited-edition firearm designed to honor the oversized spirit of
the Lone Star State. The powerful Thompson semi-automatic submachine gun is
a true American icon and an impressive canvas for custom artwork celebrating
the history, symbols, and slogans of the great state of Texas.
Craftsmen commissioned specifically for this
project by America Remembers decorate each working Thompson in sparkling
24-karat gold and nickel. In magnificent detail, this handsome Tribute
captures the love of liberty, independence, and individuality that makes
Texas a shining example of the American ideal. The Texas Home State™
Tribute Thompson is available only from America Remembers and this
exclusive Fifty States edition is strictly limited to 250 firearms. Since
more than 25 million people call Texas home, you’ll want to act quickly to
reserve your own unique piece of Lone Star history.
Any Tribute to Texas demands a canvas worthy
of its size and character. That’s exactly why we chose the Thompson. In the
ranks of American firearm history, few weapons can compete with the Thompson
submachine gun. It’s an American legend! The Thompson became famous during
the most thrilling showdowns of the 20th century. Bootleggers and big city
gangsters were quick to adopt the “Tommy Gun” as their weapon of choice, but
the good guys answered back by putting Thompsons in the hands of lawmen, FBI
G-Men, and the fabled Texas Rangers.
As the brutal fighting of World War I raged,
retired Army General John T. Thompson began to research a weapon that would
put more firepower in the hands of Allied men. In his own words, he
envisioned a lightweight, fully automatic firearm as “a one-man, hand held
machine gun. A trench broom!” Although General Thompson did not finish
creating the Thompson until after the war had ended, it was an ideal weapon
for the protection of large estates, ranches, and plantations. The Thompson
was described as, “The most effective portable firearm in existence.” The
promises of the Thompson being “simple, safe, sturdy, and sure in action”
proved to be true.
In World War II, the Thompson was finally
able to fulfill its original mission as a fierce, yet lightweight, automatic
firearm for the infantry. The United States military went on to use the
Thompson in the Korean War as well as in Vietnam. The FBI kept Tommy Guns in
their arsenal up until 1976. To this day, the Thompson remains one of the
most widely recognized and respected American firearms in the world.
Every Texas Home State™ Tribute Thompson is
made in the U.S.A. by the Auto-Ordnance Corporation. Every Thompson’s main
components are precision-machined and fabricated from solid steel. The
entire firearm is hand-assembled and finished using only the highest-quality
materials, keeping the integrity of General Thompson’s legacy intact.
The Texas Home State™ Thompson is a fully
functional, working semi-automatic Thompson in .45 caliber with the round
drum magazine. In every phase of its conception, design and execution, and
in every detail of its finish, we have held fast to the goal of creating a
handsome and powerful Tribute to unshakable Texas pride. If you are among
those lucky enough to call Texas home, you know exactly what makes it
special. You know it is a place of thrilling history and tales of the old
frontier. You know it’s the home of cowboys on the range and the legendary
Texas Ranger. You know it’s bigger than almost every other place in every
respect, from the personalities of its people, to the vastness of its land.
The Tribute’s 24-karat gold-decorated
receiver provides an ideal canvas for the highly-detailed artwork. You’ll
also find an abundance of additional 24-karat gold decoration including the
butt plate, compensator, bolt handle, rear sight, swivels, and trigger.
Complementing the extensive gold work are the high-gloss finished grips and
Cowboys led massive longhorn herds on the Chisholm Trail, and many
believe that these dangerous Longhorn drives through rough country helped
grow the legend of the Texas cowboy and establish the ranchers as rugged
folk heroes. A meticulously-detailed rendering of the Alamo perfectly
captures the historic spot where a contingent of Texas freedom fighters
faced down an invading army of thousands.
It doesn’t get any more uniquely Texas than the nine-banded armadillo.
The only species of armadillo that exists in North America, this
unusual-looking creature has become a sort of secondary mascot (after the
longhorn, of course) for the Lone Star State. Armadillos are incredibly
adaptable animals that are experts at surviving harsh conditions, so it’s
only appropriate that such tough characters call Texas home. The single lone
star has been associated with Texas from its earliest days as a struggling
Republic. Back then it was used to symbolize Texans’ solidarity in declaring
independence from Mexico. Today, the star represents all of Texas and stands
for “unity as one for God, State, and Country.” The “Lone Star” remains a
defining symbol of Texas’ independent spirit.
Only 250 Available
The Texas Home State™ Tribute Thompson is an expertly-crafted
celebration of a state where fighting for freedom began with legends like
Sam Houston and Stephen Austin and continues to this day. All Americans
recognize the Alamo as a landmark which symbolizes the fight for freedom.
The deepest held beliefs of liberty and freedom are not up for debate.
Reservations will be accepted in the order they are received. We will
arrange delivery of your working firearm through a licensed firearms dealer
of your choice. If you are not completely satisfied, you may return your
Tribute to us in original, unfired condition for a complete and courteous
refund. Your Thompson will be individually numbered, from 001 to 250,
confirming your place among the elite ranks of collectors. A numbered
Certificate of Authenticity also accompanies your Tribute.
Secure a piece of Texas history and become the owner of a classic
American firearm today. Ensure that future generations will never forget the
passion for freedom that beats “deep in the heart of Texas.” There is only
one Texas, and if you are looking for a spectacular way to show off your
personal pride in your home state, there is only one Texas Home State™
Tribute Thompson from America Remembers. Texas well represents the quote on
this Tribute that reads, “LAND OF THE FREE. HOME OF THE BRAVE.” We can never
be reminded enough of the importance of unity within the states because,
“UNITED WE STAND. DIVIDED WE FALL.”