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Lewis 303 Machine Gun

Lewis 303 Machine Gun

Although the guns look quite different the main workings are the same. The aircraft version is minus the cooling system as the airplane movement took care of the airflow. The Scarff ring allowed the gun to be rotated and tilted as required. The ground use version required the cooling jacket and aluminum fins to draw the heat away from the barrel. Actually it was quite efficient as the Vickers gun of the time needed an additional container of water, hoses and a cooling jacket - rather cumbersome to carry around. The video link below gives an interesting animation of the workings of the gun. #Lewis_Machine_Gun #machine_gun #Scarff_Ring
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