The America Remembers John Dillinger “Public Enemy Number One” Thompson was made to honor the era of the gangsters and lawmen of the late 1920’s and early 1930’s. The firearm features John Dillinger and the lawmen of the era—an era when “Public Enemy Number One” was coined to identify the most wanted fugitives of the times. Each firearm in the edition is a working Thompson semi-automatic submachine gun in caliber .45 ACP with a round drum magazine. Craftsmen commissioned specifically for this project by America Remembers decorate each working Thompson in stunning 24-karat gold and nickel with a blackened patinaed background to highlight the details of the artwork.
The right side of this John Dillinger Tribute Thompson features officers escorting Dillinger from the plane to jail. Also featured is a depiction of a popular newspaper headline of the day, proclaiming, “John Dillinger, Public Enemy Number One!” Featured in the center is a detailed panorama of a typical Midwestern town where John Dillinger and his gang would rob banks. A gunman provides cover with his Thompson while his accomplice rushes to the getaway car. The final depiction on the right is a version of the well-known photograph of John Dillinger at his parents’ farm house, posing with his trusted Tommy Gun and the infamous wooden pistol he used in his escape from the Crown Point jail.
The left side features an illustration of two officers escorting John Dillinger to prison following his extradition flight from Tucson to Indiana. Also featured is the text from a poster that proclaimed: “Get Dillinger! $15,000 Reward.” The Justice Department offered the reward after declaring Dillinger “Public Enemy Number One.” Featured in the center is a scaled-down illustration of the Wanted poster showing that the infamous bank robber was wanted in five states. The final illustration on the left is a close-up of John Dillinger, the Gentleman Bandit.
This rifle is number 90 of 500 made. Its wood, metal, and bore are all in very good condition.