Firepower or accuracy? I did a quick comparison between the Lanchester and the Thomson M1A1, and I can say that there is no real winner. The M1A1’s close-range firepower is dominant, but loses its advantage after 200m due to lower accuracy and nearly halved muzzle velocity compared to the Lanchester (not a big deal considering it’s a sub-machine gun, but still worth considering), furthermore the charging time is longer. In open environments such as Tunisia and the Pacific the Lanchester seems the best option, on the contrary in urban combat the M1A1 has a clear advantage. An option that can make the M1A1 more useful over long distances is the semi-automatic mode, not present in the Lanchester, but for practical reasons it is not always convenient to activate it.
Target: full auto, 50m, standing
Having said this, it seems to me to be a good choice to lower the M1A1 to Tier3, although there is a false myth that the Thomsons are an overkill, this model should fall into the same range as the Lanchester. Well done devs.
And for you which is the better of the two? In what context would you prefer one over the other?