If I had to chose between the two I would chose the AK-47. Wait I meant to say the Thompson ;-) I love milled weapons. Which one would you chose and why?
You can't beat the old warhorse, especially for CQB duty, that 230gr ball is a great close range stopper. I am happy to own a 1928 West Hurley and a M1 SBR.I can file parts for the Thompson if need be, it's extremely robust and reliable.
I prefer metal, it's easier to fix, outlasts plastic and shares ammo with my 1911's.
I'll take the Thompson.
And having used the real ones before, I have definitely gained my respect for what the weapon will do in real life.
Well, technically it's just a pistol-caliber carbine, since it's semi-auto. I would think the M-16 is undoubtedly the superior weapon. .45 has good "stopping power," I guess-within 50 meters. I don't know the actual numbers for the ballistics of .45 ACP versus 5.56x45mm, but I would guess 5.56 does better at any range. It's also lighter (both the round and the weapon) and has more range. I'm not sure why this is even a question...It is interesting to see proponents on both sides of the fence on this one. It's really an apples to oranges comparison tho: one is a rifle and one is a SMG. One cannot effectively replace the other's role.