Shooting MP5 & Thompson at the FBI Academy

So yesterday afternoon was my talk to the FBI National Academy, ““Falsified Use-of-Force Narratives As Drivers of Civil Unrest and Hostility to Law Enforcement.” Maybe more on that later.

Thanks to Special Agent Neil Rogers of the FBI Firearms Training Unit in the morning I got to spend some time on the FBI ranges shooting some fun guns

This is a full-auto, integrally suppressed MP5 (9mm, natch). With a little practice it’s not at all heard to do a full-mag ammo dump into the down-zero area of an IDPA-style target.

Some video clips of me shooting the MP5:

Here is a prohibition-era Thompson, also full-auto. In single-shot mode it’s amazingly soft to shoot–perhaps not surprising given that it weighs something like 15 pounds. On full auto (yep, more ammo dumps) it CLIMBS up and right, HARD. Very difficult to control. Also, the rear site is pretty much vestigial. I will say that the 20 round stick magazines go empty FAST on full-auto.

Some video clips of me shooting the Thompson:

Finally, I also got to shoot the Bureau’s new handgun, the Glock 19M, but forgot to take pictures–sorry. Also, there are some internal technical details I don’t believe I’m permitted to share, but I can’t remember which ones, so I’m going to skip those entirely.

I will say that it is a FANTASTIC shooter. The trigger is fantastic. Under 5 pounds and a very clean break–none of that spongey-spongey-spongey take-up of the typical Glock trigger. Much shorter travel. The gun also feels much different in the hand than have other Glocks I’ve shot. It feels much like when I switched from the medium grip module to the small grip module on my 320. Also, the stippling is outstanding, without being too aggressive. The gun just locks into the hand. Shooting both practice and duty ammo (Gold Dot G2 147g) the gun (the 19-sized Glock as mentioned) was a very soft shooter. Really, the whole package is a delight. I’m told it may be a couple of years before they’re available on the civilian market, but when they are I certainly plan to pick one up.

About the Author

Andrew Branca
Andrew F. Branca, Esq. is currently in his third decade of practicing law, and is an internationally-recognized expert on the law of self-defense of the United States. Andrew is a Guest Lecturer at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy, a former Guest Instructor at the Sig Sauer Academy, an NRA Life-Benefactor Member, and an NRA Certified Instructor. He also teaches lawyers how to argue self-defense cases as a certified instructor with the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) system in numerous states around the country. Andrew is also a host on the Outdoor Channel’s TV show “The Best Defense” and contributor to the National Review Online. Andrew has been quoted as a SME (subject-matter expert) on use-of-force law by the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, and many other mainstream media, including nationally syndicated broadcast media. Recently, Andrew won the UC Berkeley Law School debate on “Stand-Your-Ground,” and spoke at the NRA Annual Meeting Law Symposium on self-defense law. He is also a founding member of USCCA’s Legal Advisory Board. In addition to being a lawyer, Andrew is also a competitive handgun shooter, an IDPA Charter/Life member (IDPA #13), and a Master-class competitor in multiple IDPA divisions.

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