Machine guns changed the battlefield during the Great War, driving soldiers below ground into the trenches to escape enemy fire. But here is a century-old solution, found by contributor Tom Laemlein, to firing a Lewis light machine without exposing the gunner to the enemy. And it is one we have never seen before—or since.
In this American Rifleman TV segment of "I Have This Old Gun," we take a look at the features and history of the American version of the Lewis Light Machine Gun in U.S. service from World War I to World War II.
Watch this American Rifleman Television video segment "Over There! Part 7: No Finer Troops" to learn about U.S. soldiers of the 27th and 30th Infantry Divisions who fought on the Western Front under British command using British arms.
Here are a few of the machine guns in use by the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) in France.
On this week's episode of American Rifleman TV, we continue with the top ten machine guns of all time, with the Colt "Potato Digger" and Lewis Gun. We'll also take a look at the McMillan Z-1 stock along with the Gewehr 88 Commission Rifle.
Col. Isaac Newton Lewis capitalized on the experimental drum-fed, air-cooled, McLean machine gun, developing a light machine gun that he hoped to sell to the U.S. government.
A century ago, Americans of the American Expeditionary Force arrived in France and began filtering into the death and stalemate of the trenches. Machine guns transformed the battlefield of the Western Front, and here is a look at guns nicknamed the “Grim reapers” or the "Devil’s Paintbrush.”