Article on the Chauchat - With Quotes from Gus

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Article on the Chauchat - With Quotes from Gus

Post by Peter_Suciu » Mon Jun 20, 2016 12:42 pm

I wrote a piece on the Chauchat for the firearms magazine "Recoil," and Gus was kind of enough to offer some thoughts:
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Post by aicusv » Mon Jun 20, 2016 5:05 pm

Very nice piece. At one time I owed one of these, I found it easier to carry and use than the BAR. But in combat, with my life depending it I would go wth the Browning. The Chauchat would jam even on the range and with everything being clean. I don't remember ever firing a full mag with out it jamming. The weapon (in my option) was not field serviceable, too easy to foul and damage.
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Re: Article on the Chauchat - With Quotes from Gus

Post by Gustaf » Mon Jun 20, 2016 10:19 pm

Oddly enough, the Chauchat action was also a Browning design. The biggest problem with the Chauchat was that it took a skill gunner to function well. The long recoil system required that the gunner keep the weapon stationary. If the weapon was allowed to transfer recoil to the gunner, the long recoil action would not always have enough inertia to make up any slop in the use of the rifle. The French gunners had very good luck with these weapons, and so did the American gunners who were properly trained.
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Re: Article on the Chauchat - With Quotes from Gus

Post by Westfront » Tue Jun 21, 2016 5:19 am

Interesting article :thumb up:

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Re: Article on the Chauchat - With Quotes from Gus

Post by Peter_Suciu » Tue Jun 21, 2016 11:13 am

aicusv wrote:Very nice piece. At one time I owed one of these, I found it easier to carry and use than the BAR. But in combat, with my life depending it I would go wth the Browning. The Chauchat would jam even on the range and with everything being clean. I don't remember ever firing a full mag with out it jamming. The weapon (in my option) was not field serviceable, too easy to foul and damage.
I'm wrapping up my piece on the BAR, which will be posted next week!

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Re: Article on the Chauchat - With Quotes from Gus

Post by Gustaf » Fri Jun 24, 2016 12:34 pm

This article motivated me to acquire an example (demilled) for my collection. These are hard to find in any condition as they were worthless in 1968, and no one wanted to pay $200 for registration of a gun that was worth much less.
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