Hotchkiss Model 1922 LMG found in Afghanistan

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

CombatDriver writes at HighRoad.us

I discovered this light machine gun last month at a SF team house here in Afghanistan. Its an old post WWI French Mdle 1922 light machine gun in 7.92mm Mauser. There were two models one that fed from a box magazine on top and this one that used stripper fed clips (15,24 &30 rd cap). The French made them is several calibers, including 6.5mm Mannlicher-Schoenauer (Greek), 7×57 Mauser (Spain), 7.7x56R (.303, UK) and 7.92×57 Mauser (Czechosolvakia). This one is missing the charging hande, bipod and muzzle brake.

Cleaning rod has been jammed into the bolt carrier and used as improvised charging handle.
Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!

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  • Charles Thatcher Charles Thatcher on Dec 14, 2011

    Hi from South Africa.

    I recently aquired this LMG (decactivated - no fully auto weapons allowed to the public here). It Has BREVET and a number on the side. All the rest of the engraving is Arabic! It's in great shape.

    I'll post a few pictures of it at the weekend.

    Charles Thatcher

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