Lewis Gun at the Range

We’re back at the range again today, this time with a 1914 Lewis Gun. The Lewis is a fairly distinctive gun, with a its large radiator shroud for air cooling. These guns were used primarily by the US and British forces in .303 British and .30-06 calibers (some were also sold to Russia in 7.62×54, and other countries copied the gun as well).

Despite some shortcomings (to be expected, for such an early design), the Lewis was an effective and successful gun. And very enjoyable to shoot (if not to strip and reassemble).

We do also have a 1918 Lewis manual available, and I will have more Lewis documentation in our next post.


  1. Thanks for this video! It was nice!
    You put many of our (readers’) suggestions in that video…that’s great !
    It would be good if you make hi-res pics 🙂

  2. These videos are GREAT! I love seeing and hearing these old guns in action. You guys are finding your stride with what to video when presenting a given piece! Some slow motion would be nice so that you can actually see the motions of the exterior parts.

    How about a Hotchkiss Portative for an upcoming video…When I fired one I was caught off guard when that feed strip launched itself once empty and it’s that kind of detail that your videos will bring to interested students of these old guns.

    A comment to the man behind the curtain…please save the Maxim for when I head out there.


  3. That’s great to be able to see a Lewis gun, both the field stripping, and the firing and results. The display shows it to be as reliable as its reputation has put it, very impressive. Kind of makes me want to have one.

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