When the US military released a request for what would become the M1 Carbine in 1940, the Auto-Ordnance Corporation offered up a Thompson submachine gun simply rechambered for the new .30 Carbine cartridge. This entailed a new magazine, a receiver modified for the longer magazine, and a new barrel and bolt face - but the other Thompson parts could remain unchanged form the standard .45 ACP models. This made the submission a pretty cheap and easy effort for Auto-Ordnance...which is a good thing, considering that it was almost assured to be rejected.
The stipulations for the new carbine included a weigh requirement of 5 pounds, and the Thompson weighed more than double that (in both .45ACP and .30 Carbine forms). Only a few were made, and the one submitted for military testing was rejected outright on the basis of weight. This example is serial number 1, and resides at the Cody Firearms Museum.
Thompson T2 Prototype SMG: https://www.full30.com/video/948e9826d9a6905722fa5a2ce31bc391
Bendix-Hyde 2nd Model Prototype Carbine: https://www.full30.com/video/765661b1d4618e1c895273dbce947e00
Czech ZK-383 SMG: https://www.full30.com/video/3b61bf45ae0bf80ac32aa33267bfc180
Reising M55 SMG: https://www.full30.com/video/4a9f3b7d7b6d231e57c86298ce6da384
Category: Firearm Reviews Uploaded: 10/15/2016