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  Lewis Gun - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The gun weighed 12 kg (28 lb), only about half as much as a typical machine gun of the era such as the Vickers machine gun, and was primarily chosen because it could be carried and used by a single soldier.
A few Lewis guns were issued for anti-aircraft use with the 97 round drums by the British Army in 1916, but the big drum did not stand up well to the arduous conditions of trench warfare and the 47 round was used thereafter.
When the gun fired a round, the bolt recoiled and the cog was turned, tightening the spring until the resistance of the spring had reached the recoil force of the bolt.
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 Lewis Gun
The gun weighed only about half as much as the monumental Vickers machine gun[?] and was primarily chosen because it could be carried and used by a single soldier.
In WW2 it was replaced by the Bren gun for most infantry uses, but the Lewis saw continued service as a vehicle mounted weapon, primarily as a side gunner's weapon on aircraft.
After WWII the Lewis was officially discontinued and all existing models were retired in favor of the Bren and other models.
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 Western Front Association Contributed Articles   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The Lewis gun was also known as the Lewis light machine rifle — a certain misnomer as it weighed 28 pounds (12 kg), including the magazine — and by the Germans in 1914 as the ‘ Belgian Rattlesnake’, because of its Belgian manufacturing origins and its malignant efficiency in trench warfare.
Lewis arrived in Belgium in 1913, where he was asked to demonstrate the Lewis gun to the Belgian Army.
However, when the Lewis gun was used as a forward mounted gun on the aircraft engine, or the upper wings, it presented problems for the pilot in changing the magazine whilst flying his plane — he had to stand up in his cockpit to do so.
www.westernfront.co.uk /thegreatwar/articles/weapons/lewis2.htm   (1704 words)

 Lewis .303 Light Machine Gun
But again, as in the relationship between Maxim and Vickers, it was Lewis the soldier, who re-worked the gun designed by the Engineer McClean, producing the Lewis gun in a form which could be used tactically in the field, in the hands of soldiers who sought rugged reliability.
The gun was cocked by hand, and the first round produced gases which pushed a piston to the rear, thus re-cocking the gun.
The four guns at HQ were usually used in the Anti Aircraft role, but could be used to stiffen up fire to help the soldiers on to their objectives.
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 Lewis gun - Hutchinson encyclopedia article about Lewis gun   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
British light machine gun, it was gas-operated, air-cooled, and fed from a rotating drum of 47 or 97 rounds.
The gun was used by the British, Belgian, and Italian armies in great numbers, both as a ground weapon and as an aircraft gun.
The Lewis gun was initially designed by Samuel MacLean and was then developed and perfected by Col I N Lewis, US Army.
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 RepliGun.com - Handbook of Aircraft Armament
A portion of the gases issuing from the muzzle of the gun strikes the rear surface of the disk and is deflected back (as shown by the arrows in the cross section view).
The empty shells from the Lewis gun are caught in a shell deflector bag which is clamped to the receiver of the gun.
In order to prevent stoppages of the gun due to gummed oil caused by low temperatures when flying at high altitudes electric heaters are furnished for the Lewis aircraft machine gun, consisting of a resistance grid surrounded by insulating material.
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 RareGunCollection.com - the whole collection   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Lewis' story is known among his family and his few remaining former colleagues, but it is our desire that his rightful place in the history of firearms design be recognized and remembered.
Lewis designed the lever rifle known as the BLR while he was at Browning.
Lewis' gun was taken to Dallas, TX by Dan Wesson.
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 Stanford QB Lewis calls on own ability
Lewis said it was "painful" to watch the 34-27 loss on television, but he felt deprived of the opportunity to bond with his teammates on a long road trip even more.
Lewis seemed somewhat relieved now that his NCAA infraction -- a violation related to personal calls made with an athletic department access code in the summer of 2000 that resulted in a one-game penalty -- has been reported publicly.
Lewis spent his first two seasons at Stanford backing up Randy Fasani, who was injured for significant periods in both years.
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 Lewis Gun: Facts and details from Encyclopedia Topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The.303 british (7.7 x 56 mm r) is a rifle and machine gun cartridge first developed in britain in the 1880s as a flpowder round, later adapted...
The vickers machine gun or vickers gun is a name primarily used to refer to the water-cooled.303 inch (7.7 mm) machine gun produced by the vickers...
(Six Lewis guns could be produced in the same time as a Vickers gun.) The lightness of the Lewis gun made it popular as an aircraft mounted weapon especially since the cooling effect of the high speed air over the gun meant that the radiator and cooling fins could be removed, EHandler: no quick summary.
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 The WWII Fighter Gun Debate: Upward firing guns
Before the introduction of gun synchronisation mechanisms some single-seat biplanes had been equipped with a fixed machinegun, usually a Lewis, on the center section of the upper wing, so that it could shoot over the propellor.
The second prototype of the Bittern had vertically swivelling Lewis guns machineguns on the side of its nose, so that they could be set at an angle between 0 and 45 degrees.
This angle was determined by practical considerations: Three of the guns were behind the cockpit, in the space originally allocated for a gun turret.
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 Lewis (disambiguation) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Lewis is the name of several places (many named after people surnamed Lewis), including:
Lewis (Lifting appliance), used to lift stones during the installation of stonemasonry work
Lewis (cat), a cat who garned national media attention after being placed under house arrest
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 Sideshow Collectibles.com - - Manufacturer of movie, film, television and proprietary collectibles, figures and toys.
Lewis' main goal was that soldiers on the move would use his weapon as a light support gun and not as an aircraft weapon.
The Lewis gun was widely adopted by the British Empire and its forces from 1915 onwards.
These gun mounts would be responsible for 20% of all German combat aircrafts shot down over Great Britain during this time and getting its last kill as a ground gun against a German V-1 buzz bomb in 1944.
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 Long Iron
By April 1803 Lewis informed Jefferson, "My Rifles, Tomahawks and knives are prepared at Harper's [sic] Ferry, and are already in a state of forwardness that leaves me little doubt of their being in readiness in due time." Of particular note were the rifles, a new breed of weapon for the American professional soldier.
Berkeley Lewis and G. Swenson asserted that the rifle was an "imitation" of the old German jager rifle, with a short barrel, large caliber, and using a large powder charge.
Lewis was shot after the corps separated to explore the Marias and Yellowstone rivers, and it follows that the armament was also divided, leaving Clark in possession of the other pistol.
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 First World War.com - Encyclopedia - Lewis Gun
As a light automatic machine gun it was considered the best and most reliable available at the time and was soon adapted for use both at sea by the Royal Navy, and for use in the air by aircraft observers (with the Vickers Gun used for forward firing through the aircraft's propeller blades).
The Lewis Gun was belatedly adopted by the U.S. Army in 1917, manufactured in New York using 0.30 inch calibre ammunition.
Although a popular choice the gun was nonetheless expensive to manufacture, for all that six could be produced in the time it took to manufacture a single Vickers Gun.
www.firstworldwar.com /atoz/mgun_lewis.htm   (457 words)

 A Curious Piece of Workmanship   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
He shewed us the mode of charging her and then loaded with 12 balls which he intended to fire one at a time; but she by some means lost the whole charge of air at the first fire.
Rodney's account that Lewis was still imperfectly acquainted with the operation of his exotic weapon, which might have been a contributing factor toward the accident on Brunot's Island.
A jolt, or an accidental touch on the trigger, might then have caused the gun to fire when the muzzle was pointed haphazardly--toward an innocent bystander--and Lewis had left a ball in the chamber.
www.lewis-clark.org /content/content-article.asp?ArticleID=1827   (832 words)

 Dad's Old Gun
Lewis, like all the old-time gun makers, had a surprisingly small number of machines in his shop as the major part of the work in making a gun or rifle was done by hand.
Lewis was very particular in the rifling and accurately fitting the bullet to the bore of his rifles, and never let a rifle go out of his shop until he, himself, had developed an accurate load for it by range tests.
Lewis, like all the old-time gun makers, has a surprisingly small number of machines in his shop as the major part of the work in making a gun or rifle was done by hand.
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 Western Front Association Contributed Articles   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Whilst this gun effectively dominated no-mans land, its weight made it a cumbersome weapon, especially in the attack.
When the gun was fired, the propellant gases emerging from the muzzle caused a draught of cool air to be drawn through the casing from the rear.
To give an indication of the growing importance of the Lewis gun, its original issue in 1915 was on a scale of four per battalion.
www.westernfront.co.uk /thegreatwar/articles/weapons/lewis1.htm   (637 words)

 LewisGun   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The Lewis gun was a British light machine gun that was gas-operated, air-cooled, and fed by a rotating drum containing either 47 or 97 rounds.
The Lewis gun was initially designed by Samuel MacLean but was developed and perfected by I.N. Lewis of the US army.
The gun was subsequently used by the British, Belgian and Italien armies in great numbers, both as a ground weapon and as a aircraft gun.
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 LRDG Weapons
The machine gun was designed to fire hydraulically as a wing mounted gun but was also adopted as hand fired mount for use in bombers and reconnaissance aircraft.
If this was the case, the machine gun would have been modified with the addition of pistol grips or a metal tube that was welded to a small metal plate, which acted as butt-stock and trigger at the same time.
The machine gun became the standard wing armament for most U.S. fighter planes and was also used in American bombers for their numerous gun stations.
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 Guns Magazine: The Lewis Gun - Product Information
War I. This was the gun -- an American invention at first rudely spurned by its home country, but enthusiastically embraced by the Belgians and the British.
Colonel Lewis wisely retained McLean's basic operating system, consisting of a gas piston that acted on a camming slot in the bolt to rotate it into locking and unlocking.
On June 7th, 1912, with a prototype Lewis gun resting on the foot bar of his Wright Type B "aeroplane," Captain Charles DeForest Chandler, commander of the U.S. Army airfield at College Park.
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 Axis History Forum :: View topic - Lewis Gun
Although several automatic rifles or light machine guns had been fielded in the period leading up to the outbreak of war in 1914, only one was to prove itself entirely satisfactory in the shell-blasted mud of World.
According to David Truby in his excellent book The Lewis Gun, the colonel denounced his fellow officers of the Ordnance establishment as "ignorant hacks." Then, rather than continue an exercise in futility against hidebound prejudice, Colonel Lewis turned in his retirement papers and steamed for Belgium in January, 1913.
I read that the Lewis Gun (nicknamed the "Belgian Rattlesnake" by the Germans who encountered it in 1914) was finally accepted by the U.S. Army in 1917 after their bad experience with the French Chauchat.
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 Lewis Machine Gun   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The Lewis machine gun was designed at the turn of the century by a American named Samuel Maclean but it was developed by another American, Col. Lewis, hence the name.
The Lewis was first produced by Belgium and the UK but upon the inset of WWI production began in the US.
Although this gun was designed as both a infantry weapon and for use on aircraft, it also was used on naval vessels.
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 CD Baby: SHARON LEWIS & UNDER THE GUN: Everything's Gonna Be Alright - from blueicewater
Sharon Lewis has become a favorite on the local blues circuit, but her voice always sounds like it would be more at home in a church than in smoky nightclubs.
SHARON LEWIS is an engaging performer, and unlike most of the women singers in town, she doesn’t follow the “big mama” school, or try to do a rote copy of Koko Taylor.
The CD opens with the deceptively subdued sound of Lewis’ version of “Hush,” which she performs along with the Blind Jubilee Gregorian Tabernacle Choir, followed by Lewis’ song, “Mama’s Children." However, the project jumps to major life with the third song (the title cut), written by guitarist Steve Bramer.
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 Better Than Good - A Tribute to Joseph H. Lewis
Lewis' nickname was "Wagon Wheel Joe", a name he received early in his career when he was shooting B westerns for Universal.
It is with Joseph H. Lewis that the principle of mise-en-scène dear to André Bazin, founded on the shot-sequence and depth of field, finds its most perfect application while affirming a style proper to B cinema.
Lewis goes artsty-fartsy in Boys of the City, too: shooting from inside the fireplace, dollying his camera "through" walls, giving far more attention to the composition of shots and the arrangement of people and props than any of the hack Monogram directors.
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 Lewis gun - Search Results - MSN Encarta
The invention of the machine gun was one of the most important advances in military technology.
Lewis, Alun : quotations: World War II: I have begun to die And the guns' implacable…
Lewis, Isaac Newton (1858-1931), American soldier and inventor, best known for his invention of the Lewis machine gun, a weapon used during...
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 Nieuport Project Page 12   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
A section of.080 7075 aluminum 8.5" long x 1.125" was carefully bent as a support and wraps around from point H to just past point M. Half of it (sideways) was slipped into this half of the shell (after removing some foam material with an X-Acto knife).
The shroud is fastened with four tiny screws to the ABS receiver but that isn't really necessary since the cooling fins inside the shroud are what hold the shroud in place.
The control section of the gun -- made to fit in the wing so that the cables won't be in the way.
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 Deactivated Lewis Gun
WWI Lewis Gun, It, was developed in the United States in 1911.
In 1915 the British Army decided to purchase the gun for use on the Western Front.
Another advantage of the Lewis is that six of these guns could be made in the time taken to produce one Vickers gun.
www.deactivated-guns.co.uk /detail/lewis_gun.htm   (152 words)

The Lewis was pulled from the "V" clip (far left) and pulled back on the railing.
Early Lewis Gun mounting on a French Nieuport 11 "Bebe." Reloading or clearing a jam on the Lewis Gun with this mounting was difficult and dangerous.
It was a dangerous procedure, and being thrown from the plane to their death was not uncommon.
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