They really did make riot bullets for the Tommy Gun.
These supposed “less than lethal” bullets are fired from the Thompson submachine gun.
Ian from Forgotten Weapons tries out a stand in for this rare cartridge in this video and examines the real deal in detail.
The Peters Cartridge Company actually made riot cartridges for the Thompson Submachine Gun. These highly collectible cartridges seem quite harsh in this day of political correctness. The cartridges are paper wrapped and full of birdshot. This in turn turns the Thompson Submachine Gun into a miniature shotgun.
Quite painful and possibly deadly right? The idea was to shoot the pellets into the concrete and ricochet the shot into an angry mob.