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This book G-Man by Stephen Hunter was so interesting, so detailed about guns I had to do this report.

G-Man, about killing the 1934 bank robbery gangsters, resurrected my kid memories of the 1930s, the love/hate the public had for famous outlaws who out-gunned the law & gave the Depression its just deserts. Centers around a fictional Arkansas Sheriff Swagger, one of the experienced gunmen the FBI recruited to give serious sting in FBI's infancy, populated primarily with law-school graduates.

Heavy on gun types, descriptions, shootings by the Dillinger gang & exploration of their personalities & behaviors. A lot of text is given "full automatic", the Thompson .45ACP, Baby Face Nelson's full-auto 1911 & Lebman, its creator --



The .30-06 Colt Monitor, a modified version of the military BAR but shorter, 6 pounds lighter, with pistol grip & compensator. Made for the .30-06 penetration of car bodies which often deflected the .45ACP of the Thompson.



Fiction, the book is interwoven seamlessly with actual events & individuals; easy to suspect that it may be un-recorded history. It's kind of two stories in one, the Dillinger era & the Sheriff's grandson's seeking details of his ancestor's FBI life & his disppearance. Reading it, chapters switch time & place from 1934 sites of activity to the present search using past evidence from early on. Interest builds & after the final shoot out switches to the Sheriff's exit from the FBI.
 

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That Monitor looks like a beast, can't imagine seeing that spitting fire at close range

Interesting in that when criminals back then needed weaponry they raided the local police station

It was recently discovered that the FBI museum in VA has had one of Dillingers stolen Tommy guns used at Little Bohemia for 50+ yrs in their inventory. It was recovered from Lake Michigan after his death and taken into inventory, the connection was only recently discovered by a guy writing a book on Thompsons.
 

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The Monitor 's muzzle probably lit up the scene at night. It was known for the cloud of unburned powder from the compensator & its good control in shooting & its lack of rise . The Monitor info I have is that the FBI ordered 70 of them & some were sold to prisons, also foreign orders. Seems strange that it is never heard of in FBI news reports, maybe due little use due being over-gunned in most operatons or being confused with the Thompson by observers---->
 
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