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Old 05-30-2018, 05:59 PM   #1
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Default The Hotchkiss Model Of 1914 Heavy Machine Gun

The most commonly issued machine gun to the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) was the gas-operated French Model of 1914 Hotchkiss in 8x50 mm R Lebel. The height of the “Omnibus” tripod (above) was one of the Doughboys’ few complaints. The other was weight—111 lbs.


A century ago, American troops faced Germans in the trenches and fields of France. The United States had entered the war a year before, in April 1917, as a fresh-faced member of the Allied cause—full of energy but lacking many of the essential tools of war. Later in 1917, elements of the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) arrived in France, but they did so without machine guns.

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Old 05-30-2018, 07:02 PM   #2
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It was heavy but reliable, unlike many other firearms the froggies fielded during the Great War.

The Japs basically copied the French design of the Hotchkiss for their Nambu series of MGs deployed during WWII, with great success.
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Never seen one that wasn't behind glass! I guess the guys that own them are up there in age & seldom shoot them. Parts might be a huge bitch.
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It doesn't look that heavy - unless that's the weight with the tripod attached?

Just a little sidetrack - I dreamed last night that I had to reassemble a Ma Deuce and couldn't find the recoil spring anywhere! I still remembered how to do it, though.
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Just a little sidetrack - I dreamed last night that I had to reassemble a Ma Deuce and couldn't find the recoil spring anywhere! I still remembered how to do it, though.
I had a dream two nights ago about a raven-haired X-Ray Technician.
Trust me, my dream beats yours, and I still know how to do it.
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I've always wanted a Chauchat light machine gun. I know that they are considered by many to be the worst machine gun ever. But I'd like one for my collection.

Most of the working ones I've seen sold for $5,000 to $7,000. No way am I paying that for one.

I remember when I was young and didn't have much money they were selling in Shotgun News for $50.00. Oh, to have the foresight back then.
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It doesn't look that heavy - unless that's the weight with the tripod attached?
Machine gun - 53 lbs. Tripod mount - 58 lbs.

Fabricate a lighter tripod and it wouldn't be all that bad.
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I've always wanted a Chauchat light machine gun. I know that they are considered by many to be the worst machine gun ever. But I'd like one for my collection.

Most of the working ones I've seen sold for $5,000 to $7,000. No way am I paying that for one.

I remember when I was young and didn't have much money they were selling in Shotgun News for $50.00. Oh, to have the foresight back then.
Ever look for a dewat? It should drop the price down a few grand.
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Ever look for a dewat? It should drop the price down a few grand.
Full auto 50 cal Ma Deuce waiting for you at Ocala Armory gun shop I think it is boon? This if it is not sold? $50,000 chump change for you. LOL.
Never ever shot one but been shot at with one and it was not fun.
Holy sheeeet like trees were coming apart. I told my two buddies with me prepare to die.
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Full auto 50 cal Ma Deuce waiting for you at Ocala Armory gun shop I think it is boon? This if it is not sold? $50,000 chump change for you. LOL.
Never ever shot one but been shot at with one and it was not fun.
Holy sheeeet like trees were coming apart. I told my two buddies with me prepare to die.
I don't want a crew served weapon! My buddy with his M60 has to drags so much more shit then I do.

We were talking about Ma Deuces on the way home from a shoot. Lots of shit to contend with with a Ma Duce. Head spacing the barrels, mounts, feeding it then the fact they can shoot so fucking far. Hell my gun club won't let me shoot my Mc Bros .50 bmg rifle for liability reasons. Same thing with a Barrett finding a place to shoot them around here is a chore.
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Hell my gun club won't let me shoot my Mc Bros .50 bmg rifle for liability reasons. Same thing with a Barrett finding a place to shoot them around here is a chore.
A few years ago a .50 BMG bullet went through the roof of a camper at a NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway and hit a woman in the arm. It came from a guy doing some target shooting 5 miles away. I can understand why some ranges might not want the liability.
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A few years ago a .50 BMG bullet went through the roof of a camper at a NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway and hit a woman in the arm. It came from a guy doing some target shooting 5 miles away. I can understand why some ranges might not want the liability.
Oh I get totally understand the capabilities of the .50 bmg. Old ma deuce is not without her problems. And as fatal as she is @ distances, she can be even a bigger bitch is she were to a have a catastrophic failure to the operator.
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had a chance to get a 1914 and a chauchat about the same time 7 years ago .


Would have been nice BUT .. Dinosaurs on life support.


I hate lugging a ton of shit to the range anymore. 2-3 guns max.


Typically. a pistol or two and my bar or other rifle. The days of taking a gun, belts, tripod, cans, tools and all other associated are over for me.
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