The Chicago typewriter, chambered in .45 ACP, with a vertical grip and a drum magazine, is a great addition to any heister's arsenal. Level locked to 14, it's an efficient SMG secondary that, despite its age, can be fitted with a few mods to suit most playstyles (if those playstyles involve extremely high fire rates and lots of holes, of course).
The Typewriter reloads very slowly, having the SMG Specialist skill mitigates this problem. Acing the skill also benefits the SMG somewhat, though unnecessary since the Typewriter fires relatively quickly by default.
The poor accuracy of the Typewriter can hamper mid-range shooting. Switching to semi-auto can remedy this.
Although the main flashlight has a toggle switch, the laser sight component of the LED Combo is pressure-activated, meaning the laser will stay on as long as the pressure switch is depressed. This switch is not placed where it should be, however (on foregrips, magazine wells, etc...) and is instead ziptied to the main taclight, leaving no plausible mean for the user to toggle it without awkwardly moving their off hand off the weapon and gripping the attachment itself.
Upon release, the default reticle of this sight was a chevron instead of the retail version's red dot. After the release of the Gage Mod Courier DLC, it was reverted to the regular sight's red dot.
It is functionally the same as the standard Military Red Dot Sight, but the sight's casing is tan instead of black with the line "A-10" scrawled on near the adjustment knob. The sticker on the lens cap's interior also says "I <3 Payday" instead of having a picture of an American flag.
This sight was based on the Aimpoint CompM2 optic. While it is portrayed as a high-zoom scope in-game, the CompM2 is actually a reflex sight, meaning it offers no magnification in reality.
Tabula Rasa In the Hoxton Breakout job, complete the heist on OVERKILL difficulty or above with each crew member using no skills, wearing suits, wielding Golden AK.762 rifles and Chicago Typewriter submachine guns. Unlocks a new skill slot.
The Chicago Typewriter is reloaded without pulling back the charging handle. On the drum-compatible models of the Thompson, the bolt acts as a rudimentary "drum lock", and will prevent the magazine from being removed as long as it is not locked back.
The in-game name is one of many nicknames for the Thompson, specifically playing off of both its reputation as one of the favored weapons of the Chicago-area mob in the 1920s and 1930s as well as the sound the weapon makes when firing.
The Typewriter actually has an angled foregrip, not a vertical grip like mentioned on its announcement minisite.
The Typewriter is semi-unique in that it is one of the few weapons that, when previewed in the inventory screen, have its bolt locked back, showing an open chamber with ammo from the magazine waiting to be loaded. The only other weapons to share this trait are the Patchett L2A1 and Lion's Roar, despite the latter being a closed-bolt rifle.
The Chicago Typewriter is one of the only three non-LMG fully automatic weapon to lack a Custom selective fire function, alongside the STRYK 18c and the Swedish K. The Typewriter and STRYK 18c, however, do have an in-built selector switch which the Swedish K lacks.
The various "Discrete" modifications are misspelled, as they should use the homonym "discreet" instead.