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Old April 21, 2012, 05:12 PM   #7
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Actually, the Lewis gun was available, and was much better. American troops had originally been armed with the Lewis gun, but they had been withdrawn in a political move and replaced with the ChautChaut.
I agree, the Lewis gun was much better, but it was more of a medium machine gun, where the Chauhat was more like an automatic assualt rifle (for lack of a better term). The (later) 1919 BAR was more in the class of the Chauhat.
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