Must admit that this one has me stumped, photo is of Border Regt. TA, about 1914, any idea what the weapon is?
What about the lewis gun? Wasnt that pre BAR?The French offered the Hotchkiss in all manner of configurations: indeed, if you look closely, the strip clip is apparent to the right of the gun breech on the weapon in the foreground.
The Hotchkiss was originally designed for use with a tripod-an SF gun, in today's nomenclature. But the armies of the major powers were anxious to have some form of automatic weapon that could move with assaulting troops. And what you have in the photo is an attempt to reconcile that with the technology of the day.
None were very successful, particularly the French Chauchat http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chauchat or 'Shosho', as the Americans called it.
The whole concept never really went anywhere until the US introduced the Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR).
What about the lewis gun? Wasnt that pre BAR?
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Don't forget that up until 1922 any civilian could buy a machine gun and ammo so local dignitaries raising a Bn of troops could buy it enough weapons to train with until the war office took responsibility for the troops. This has been documented before and in a Rifleman went to War Herbert MacBride records being given 2 colt potato diggers for his CEF Bn before finishing training in Canada!