Machine Guns


Lewis Mk 1


ManufacturerB.S.A. Company
Calibre.303in
Weight25.25Ib (with 47 round Magazine)
Rate of Fire550 rds/min
Active ServiceFitted on planes between 1915 - 1916.
NotesAt the beginning of the war, most Vickers Machine Guns had been employed by the Army. The RFC and RNAS had to come up with an alternative supply. Fortunately, BSA had just moved its manufacturing base from Liege in Belgium to Birmingham. Here, they set about producing the Lewis Gun for the use of the Allies. The standard Mk1 had a shoulder stock, pistol grip and a 47 round magazine. The gun was often stripped of non-essential components in order to make it lighter. All the officically frowned upon this became standard practice for most pilots.


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by Stephen Luscombe