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Lewis Light Machine Gun

The Lewis gun was designed by an American, Colonel Isaac Newton Lewis. It was one of the first successful air-cooled light machine gun designs, and used an aluminum radiator to pull heat off the barrel. The gun was used extensively in both World Wars.

Videos

Manuals

English (click to download in PDF format)

Lewis Machine Gun (Airplane Type) Lewis Automatic Machine Gun Handbook of the Lewis Machine Gun Handbook for the .303 Lewis Machine Gun Lewis Machine Gun Hand-BookLewis Gun Mechanism Made EasyThe Complete Lewis Gunner

Russian (click to download in PDF format)

Russian Lewis gun manual Russian Lewis gun manual, 1918

Russian Lewis gun manual, 1919Russian Lewis gun manual, 1924

 

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Resources

Want more information on the Lewis? The definitive resource is William Easterly’s The Belgian Rattlesnake:

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