Actually the US Army had the Hotchkiss light machine gun in .30-06 but not many. In fact they had very little of anything when the war started. The Hotchkiss was widely used during that period and was undoubtedly superior to the Chauchat, which has a very home-made look. At least one claim suggested the Chauchat was unreliable mainly because they wore out quickly.
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