Our friend Joe had the opportunity not too long ago to take out a French Mle 1924/29 Chatellerault light machine gun for test firing. The 24/29 is a quite nice LMG that is definitely under-appreciated. As with several other very good guns, it gets an automatic poor reputation simply for being French. In truth, the French led small arms development for a long time, and produced many excellent designs.
In addition to the brief video clip, we also have a number of detailed photos of the gun. Thanks, Joe!
Chatellerault FM Mle 1924/29 (download whole gallery in high res):
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