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A Lewis Gun (Bottom)

The Lewis Gun is a gas operated, light machine gun that saw use up to the end of the Korean War. It can hold either a 47 round or 97 round pan magazine and one of its distinctive features was its wide barrel, even though the Lewis Gun was air-cooled.

It had a pan-shaped magazine on top and was designed by Samuel McClean and US Army Colonel Issac Newton Lewis. Although it was far superior than any machine gun of its time the United States Military did not adopt it initially, they later used it during World War II. The Lewis Gun had a rate of fire of 550 rounds per minute and it took either the .303 Cartridge, the .30-06 Cartridge and several other cartridges depending on where it was manufactured. The weight of the Lewis Gun was about 12 kg and the length was about 128.3 cm. The single iron sight was placed right in front of the buttstock and it was prearranged for 400 yards (365.7 metres).


The Lewis Gun was used throughout WWI by Great Britain and other Commonweath Forces, then later the United States. Due to its small size (compared to other maching guns of the time), the Lewis gun was highly mobile and could be set up rather quickly.