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Lewis M1915 Automatic Machine Gun- Savage Arms Co.- Manual

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Lewis M1915 Automatic Machine Gun- Savage Arms Co.- Manual

49 pages, about 11" x 8", glossy soft-cover in full color. New re-print restored and digitally enhanced from an OK photocopy. Printed on high quality 20# 97 bright acid free paper. Fully Illustrated.

The Lewis Gun was invented by US Army Colonel Isaac Newton Lewis in 1911, based on initial work by Samuel Maclean. Despite its origins, the Lewis Gun was not initially adopted by the American military—most likely because of political differences between Lewis and General William Crozier, the Chief of the Ordnance Department. Lewis became frustrated with trying to persuade the US Army to adopt his design and so ("slapped by rejections from ignorant hacks", as he said), retired from the army. He left the United States in 1913 and headed to Belgium (and shortly afterwards, the UK). He established the Armes Automatique Lewis company in Liege to facilitate commercial production of the gun. Lewis had been working closely with British arms manufacturer the Birmingham Small Arms company (BSA) in an effort to overcome some of the production difficulties of the weapon. The Belgians quickly adopted the design in 1913, using the .303 British round, and in 1914, BSA purchased a license to manufacture the Lewis Machine Gun in the UK, which resulted in Col. Lewis receiving significant royalty payments and becoming very wealthy.

The onset of World War I increased demand for the Lewis Gun, and BSA began production (under the designation Model 1914). The design was officially approved for service on 15 October 1915 under the designation "Gun, Lewis, .303-cal." No Lewis Guns were produced in Belgium during World War I; all manufacture was carried out by BSA in the UK and the Savage Arms Company in the US.

Contents - Index:

  • Pages: 49
  • Savage Lewis Auto Machine Gun Model 1915
  • Utica, New York
  • Action of the Gun
  • Air Cooled
  • Assembly and Stripping
  • Barrel Group
  • Cleaning
  • Cooling System
  • Distinguishing Features
  • Durability
  • Gas Operated
  • Loading
  • Moving Parts
  • Nomenclature
  • Parts
  • Put gun into Action
  • Single Shots
  • Velocity