Tommy Gun

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The Tommy Gun (Thompson) is a submachine gun type weapon in BATTLEGROUNDS.

This weapon was introduced in the Alpha 2 Test of 2016. As of the September Update of 2017 the weapon was removed from air drops, it now spawns as loot on the island.


Nicknamed "The Chicago Typewriter," The Thompson submachine gun is an American submachine gun, invented by John T. Thompson in 1918, that became infamous during the prohibition era. It was a common sight in the media of the time, being used by both law enforcement officers and criminals. Once in extensive use among US troops during WWII, as well as British forces supplied by the US Army,[1] this weapon now sees use for mowing down other players unfortunate enough to be caught in its line of fire.

Firing the slow but hard-hitting .45 ACP cartridge, this vintage submachine gun deals the most damage out of all the SMGs, however the inability of this gun to attach sights, coupled with its relatively strong recoil makes it a challenge to use, even in close quarters combat. Extended magazines are highly recommended as the reload time remains unchanged, while magazine capacity is almost doubled.

Infinite ammo with trench coat on.
~ In-game description

Update history

Update #59 (Season 15 - Update 15.1)
  • Increased Head Damage multiplier from 1.8 to 2.1

Update #39 (Season 6 - Update 6.3) - vN/A Stronger and more versatile. You can now also attach Red Dots and Holos to your Tommy. The M249 and Tommy Gun models and firing sounds have been also been updated.

  • Weapon Balance Changes.
    • Added upper rail to attach Red Dot and Holo Sights.
    • Increased rate of fire from 700 to 750.
    • Increased firing accuracy.
      • We've reduced the bullet deviation penalty when firing for an extended duration.
    • Increased moving accuracy.
    • Decreased recoil when firing for an extended duration.
      • This is due to the increased rate of fire.

Update #31 (Season 4 - Update 4.1)

  • Increased effective damage over distance for all SMGs.
  • Slightly increased damage multipliers for SMGs:
    • Torso 1.05 (previously 1.0), Limb 1.3 (previously 1.25).

Update #12 - v3.8.21.9

  • Adjusted to be more effective in short range combat.
    • Increased limb shots modifier.
    • Decreased vertical recoil.
    • Decreased recoil and scope sway when moving in ADS.
    • Increased ADS transition speed.

Early Access (September Update) - v2.6.23.3

  • Tommy gun has been removed from Care Packages and become a world spawn. It now supports attachments such as the Silencer, Vertical Foregrip and Magazines.

Alpha 2 (October Update)

  • Added a new SMG, the Tommy Gun.
    • Care package only weapon.
    • There is a high probability that a 100 round drum mag is also spawned and also drum mags for the Tommy.


The following are attachable to this firearm:


  • The Thompson featured in this game is the M1928A1 model by default. Attaching a foregrip turns it into the earlier M1928 model.
  • In game the Tommy Gun is incorrectly depicted as having a closed bolt.
  • Prior to it being removed from air drops, the Tommy Gun could be found in them with a foregrip and a 100 round drum magazine attached by default, as well as its inventory model featuring a raised Lyman rear sight. While 100 round C-type drum magazines for the Thompson do exist, PUBG used the model of the 50 round L-type drum magazine before the patch that removed this weapon from air drops also altered its extended capacity to 50 rounds.
  • The weapon's description is a reference to movies involving Mafia-style gangsters, with this gun featured in them whose wielders never seemed to have to reload.

Weapon audio

Audio Type Firing Mode Track preview
Normal Tommy Gun single fire
Normal Tommy Gun full-auto
Suppressed Tommy Gun single fire
Suppressed Tommy Gun full-auto