Thursday, October 9, 2014

Lewis Gun

Who invented the Lewis Gun?  I'm gonna guess it was John Moses Browing (pbuh).

What?  You say sumdood name Isaac Newton Lewis.  Naw, that's a made up name.  You can tell.  Next you will give me some quote of Lincoln's about the internet. 

So I guess the inventor's name is lost in the mists of time, never to be known...

What I do know is that I don't like the Chief of the Ordnance Department.  When?  Well, EVER.  But in this case it's General William Crozier.  Ass.  Hate that guy.  Bureacratic busy body.  And ordnance guy that collect crystal and fine china tableware?  Whoever heard of such a thing?  Anyway, he didn't like the Lewis gun. 

Woulda been nice to have some sort of 20th Century machine gun before we fell into World War One, wouldn't it?  Naw. 

Have you notices machine guns like to be in the 20-30 pound range.  Well, man portable jobs like this.  Ones that don't require a tripod necessarily.  The BAR was 20, the M60 was around 24, the MG42 was in that weight class, and the M240 and M249 we use today is, too.


Daniel Watters said...

It strikes me that Lewis hated Crozier, more than Crozier hated Lewis. For fairness, read Crozier's book where he contrasts Lewis' correspondence with the government versus the claims Lewis made to the press. Lewis comes off looking like a self-promoting crank and pathological liar. If I remember correctly, Lewis also made disparaging remarks about JMB's designs.

Daniel Watters said...

This link will take you to a copy of Crozier's book "Ordnance and the World War - A Contribution to the History of American Preparedness."