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Auto Ordnance WE-Tech M1A1 Thompson Gas Blowback Airsoft Rifle by Cybergun

ID: 78923 (GR-WE-M1A1)
430 500 / 430500
WE-TECH806481435009430 500 / 43050078923
2.8 stars, based on 4 reviews
Auto Ordnance WE-Tech M1A1 Thompson Gas Blowback Airsoft Rifle by Cybergun
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WE-TECHCybergun / Spartan Mil/LE



  • Fully licensed M1A1 Thompson submachine gun
  • Full metal receiver with realistic imitation wood furniture
  • Stamped Auto Ordnance trademarks and markings
  • Authentic fire controls
  • Correct side mounted charging handle location
  • 50 round stick magazine
  • Realistic blowback action
The Tommy Gun M1A1 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. The Thompson submachine gun was also known informally as the "Tommy Gun", "Annihilator", "Chicago Typewriter", "Chicago Piano", "Chicago Style", "Chicago Organ Grinder", "Trench Broom", "Trench Sweeper", "The Chopper", and simply "The Thompson". The Thompson was favored by soldiers, criminals, police, and civilians alike for its large .45 ACP cartridge, accuracy, and high volume of automatic fire. It has since gained popularity among civilian collectors for its historical significance. It has had, and continues to have, considerable significance in popular culture, especially in works about the U.S.'s Prohibition era and World War II, and hence is among the best-known firearms in recent history.

The WE-Tech M1A1 gas powered submachine gun is the most realistic Thompson on the market to date. From its metal receiver to heavy recoil, the WE-Tech M1A1 provides the player with the most realistic variant of the iconic SMG to sweep the field with.

Length: 31.2 inches
Weight: ~7.2 lbs / 3200g
Dimension: 31.69 inches.
Inner Barrel: ~315mm
Mode: Full Auto, Semi Auto and safety.
Gas: Green Gas
Hopup: Yes, Adjustable
Package Includes: Gun, Magazine, Manual

Manufacturer: WE-Tech / Licensed by Cybergun

FPS Range: 310-330


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About Cybergun / Spartan Mil/LE

Cybergun is the world leader in designing and distributing replica dummy weapons for video game aficionados, sport or outdoor shooting, and collectors.

4 Customer Reviews

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by Kevin S. on 12/19/2018
"This is my second M1A1 (replacement: see my other review) so I feel obligated to write another review. Note: I am a gunsmith, not an airsmith, so please forgive any errors in terminology. Received GBB in new condition. Same details as my first review. I had decided that regardless of what happened, I was keeping this one. The first thing I did was to apply Loctite 242 (Blue) to the screw that holds the front assembly to the receiver group. It has not come loose since. Second, I disassembled the receiver, wiped it down and applied white lithium grease to all moving parts. Out to test. Before firing, I gave a very quick shot of silicon spray directly into the chamber, as I remembered the first gun had an issue with the nozzle sticking. Fire several hundred rounds over 3 days. Same issue occurred as with the first gun; the nozzle failed. This happened because I forgot the shot of silicon at the start of my session, and the nozzle stuck in the chamber. The nozzle is a 2 piece part that is held together by a spring. The pin that attaches the spring to the front part of the nozzle is not a "through-pin", and bent causing failure. I removed it and replaced it with a SS sewing needle of roughly the same diameter, making sure it fit completely through both sides of the bolt.
End result: The GBB functioned excellent. I used it every day for 2 weeks, then 2-3 times per week after that. Once a week (about) I would field strip it, wipe it dry, and reapply the lithium grease. There was a little wear after 4k rounds but nothing as bad as my first GBB.
"All good things...." After 3 months and 4-5k rounds BOTH of my mags failed (bought a second at same time as GBB). Disassembled to find the o-rings had failed, due to poor quality of manufacture. After the holidays I will source replacements and fix the issue.
If you are a Thompson fan, and have the cash to spare, this is an OK purchase, provided you take care of the issues I pointed out. Keep that silicon handy. A quick spray should last a few hundred shots, or an hour or two, whichever comes first. Do NOT use WD40 or any other petroleum based lube. Silicon is non reactive and wont damage the unit. I do NOT recommend this as a "field use" GBB. The barrel assy is not attached to the receiver with any strength, and will easily break if rough handled (sorry reenactors). It is however a very fun GBB to shoot.
Good luck and safe shooting!
by Samuel O. on 10/31/2018
"A bit about me: Engineer, machinist, airsofter for 13 years.

I've had this rifle for a week and I have not played in a game with it. I bought this rifle for the sole purpose of fabricating my own clone out of milled steel and real wood.

Overall, this Thompson is not good. Now of course this is a $330.00 airsoft gun, not a real steel Thompson. So the materials that it's made of are understandable. But again, I bought it to clone it. For anyone planning to use it in a game, please continue reading.

- Not too bad aesthetically
- Trademarks/logos
- Pretty good recoil
- Blowback sound is decent
- Super easy disassembly
- Surprisingly easy to load magazine
- Included speed loader is a t-rex head!
- Uses VSR-10 hop up buckings I believe (BEST ONES IMO)
- Very comfortable ADS, nice quickdraw
- Very clean castings honestly

Cons (Just about everything else unfortunately)
- With Matrix green gas, I can't get more than 15 rounds out of one charge
- Thin, eroded o-rings on magazine (On mine at least)
- Disassembly of the magazine is a NIGHTMARE
- Entire rifle is cast aluminum/zinc, Only 100 shots fired and already wear and tear on sears
- Rifle came zip tied in the box, no cardboard or styrofoam
- Barrel wobble (fixed by tightening screw)
- Fake wood looks terrible
- Small dents and blemishes on the bolt
- Near impossible to insert and eject magazine, super stiff, tight fit
- Horrid looking orange tip (required but goodness it's ugly, loose as well)
- Expensive magazines
- Sling mounts are aluminum, not sure I'd trust them, they may bend

Included in the box
- Gun
- Manual
- Magazine
- Speed loader

Here are some things I noticed while playing around with this gun. Do not, I repeat, Do NOT disassemble the magazine unless you really have to. There are so many little parts that can get lost, the two o-rings are thin, and the spring is difficult to tame. I reassembled my magazine and it leaks now. Took it apart, found an eroded spot on the o-ring. But no big deal because I'm making my own! I'm using Matrix green gas, which is just your standard gas and it's pathetic. No more than 15 rounds are fired before the gas is out. The external finish is thin and scratches easily. For me personally, the fake wood looks awful. Fully disassembling the rifle including sears, fire selector, safety and trigger isn't too bad. Just make sure you know how it goes back together. Orange tip is the front sight and it's very loose. ADS doesn't matter in airsoft that much but still. Charging knob is pretty loose. Someday I'd like to make a video on this rifle and give updates on the Thompson project I've got going. Stay tuned.

I hope this review gives you some insight to the WE-Tech/Cybergun Thompson.
by Kevin S. on 07/02/2018
"The first thing I noticed upon opening the box, was the hideous plastic front sight. Yes, I know, 15 USC, but nowhere does it say the orange has to be a plastic part. Of course these manufacturers will gladly sell you a metal sight/muzzle at extra cost!! Sorry; rant out of the way. On to the review.
In the box is the gun, and 1 mag. Also included comes a rather, um...phallic...looking mag loader. Despite it's looks it is one of the best loaders I have used. The feed nozzle is fitted for the M1 mags. (Update: tried loader on my WE G36 mags and it worked well, so it might be fitted for WE stuff) There are no real instructions/paperwork included, but I've gotten used to this in the airsoft world
This gun is a little more than half the weight of it's real world counterpart (which is understandable) but still felt good to hold. All of the "wood" is plastic, although looking at it from only a few feet away you would never know. The rear grip feels quit real despite being plastic. The foregrip and stock do feel plastic-y.
Fit and finish: Finish is awesome. A nice uniform matte grey overall. The lettering is deeply stamped into the metal, and is clean and legible. The stock and grips mesh well with the metal. Very nice looking. Sling swivels are metal and accept the original style web slings with no problem.
Fit is fair at best. The fit between the receiver and frame is quite loose, and a gap is noticeable between the 2 parts. The barrel assy is connected to the receiver by a single screw just forward of the mag well (this would be the grip mount on the real one). This single screw vibrates loose after firing a few mags. When this screw loosens, it causes the barrel to wobble, causing feed issues as well as causing the nozzle to not smoothly disengage on blowback. The rear sight is fixed and not adjustable, just like the real one. Remember, this was built as a "trench broom". No aiming required!
On to firing: .25Bio BBs and standard green gas. The initial firing went very well. A nice crisp blow-back with noticeable recoil. NICE! The plastic buttstock is hollow and causes a plastic sounding echo to the recoil. I can live with that for now. Semi and auto modes operated well initially. Hop up was non-existent. I adjusted it up and down, but it made no change in the BBs flight path. Despite this, the gun was fairly accurate to about 50 ft. Grouping is like a real SMG; all land in the same area. Magazines are VERY difficult to insert and eject. Don't panic! They do loosen after a few dozen times of inserting and ejecting. A quick recommendation: cock the bolt back before inserting your mag until you break it in.
After about 200 rounds I had double fires in semi mode. This is when I discovered the barrel screw issue. Field stripped and inspected the gun. Right away I noticed a notable amount of aluminium flecks inside the receiver. I discovered gouging on the bottom surface of the bolt caused by it's travel over the fire control group. I would expect this kind of damage after a few thousand rounds, not a few hundred. Cleaned it up, lubed it up and went back to testing. A few more mags no problem. Then jamming began. Barrel screw loosened and this time trapped the front part of the nozzle in the chamber. This cause the front part of the nozzle to separate from the rear. Disassembly time. More metal shavings in the receiver well. Excessive wear to the top of the "sear" (not sure what it's called in airsoft speak). Gouging on the bottom of the bolt. Disassembled nozzle to find the pin that holds the nozzle spring inside the nozzle had ripped out of it's hole, causing damage to the rear section of the nozzle (wish I could post a pic for this one). Also need to mention the safety started braking stones at this point. It would not rotate to safe, with the pin getting caught on the bolt. I needed to pull the bolt back slightly to allow the safety to rotate into place.Test over.
Had this for a week. Less than 750 rounds. Now it's a very nice looking paper weight. I have had great luck with WE stuff in the past, so maybe I got a lemon.
Rating: 1 This is a very nice looking piece and I'd love to give it a 5 on that alone. When it worked, it was a LOT of fun! However, a gun that doesn't fire is like a car that doesn't start. If you are buying this to shoot, then I can not recommend it. If you are a Thompson fanatic like me, then yeah, you need this. I wish you better luck. Safe shooting!

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