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#1 DougStump

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Posted 22 March 2019 - 10:22 AM

I just found this article from back in January.  A-619 is alive and well and living in Louisiana!  

 

https://www.american...-united-states/

 

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#2 m3bobby

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Posted 23 March 2019 - 03:48 AM

Very informative article, I can add that the Irish army received there first Brens in 1937/8 with another batch from British stocks in 39/40. These were replaced in 1957 ish by Enfield made Mk3 guns.
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#3 DINK

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Posted 23 March 2019 - 07:04 AM

Well, this explains a few things, but still leaves more questions.  My Lewis has a Savage-made receiver (with Canadian proof mark) combined with a Brit parts set bearing replacement serial number A-22.  It's a live gun registered under the original SN on the receiver, which is not lined out.

 

I have never done a FOIA request to NFA Branch, but I think I will on this Lewis.


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#4 AlanDavid

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Posted 24 March 2019 - 04:33 AM

DINK

 

Does your Savage made Canadian issue reciver have a small crown with the number 24 stampted into the metal? This is a Canadian inspection mark.

 

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#5 DINK

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Posted 24 March 2019 - 08:16 AM

Yes it does.  It also has a "broad arrow" surrounded by a "C".


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Posted 27 March 2019 - 06:45 PM

Thats unbelievable! Mine is A-55. It has some history!
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Posted 22 April 2019 - 05:52 PM

Always good to get more "good" info.  I have A95. I have had several of them over the years, will have to go research the other SNs. Just had  it out the other day and ran 3 drums through it.  Fun old gun  to shoot. Would love to find a Vickers tripod adapter.....


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#8 DougStump

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Posted 23 April 2019 - 08:14 AM

Here's something I came up with that really changes shooting the Lewis.  Removing the rear sight assembly from the Body Cover reveals a male dovetail, so I milled an aluminum block to fit and mounted an AR-15 rail on top.  Note that there is no alteration to ANY original parts, would I do such a silly thing?  I have since acquired a NOS Body Cover so I can just swap them out.  It’s insane how fast she gets on target and how accurate.  Der Kaiser has filed a complaint with the Hague Convention! 

 

If necessary, I can also mount the starlight or thermal sight, but I’ll have to take them off the rail to change pans.  Now that would make sausage out of some feral hogs.

 

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Posted 24 April 2019 - 05:19 AM

Geez, Doug- I was thinking of doing that, but never got around to it.  That looks amazing and I can only imagine how well it shoots.  Nice job.


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#10 DougStump

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Posted 24 April 2019 - 08:38 AM

Dink,

 

If this video works, I start out targeting & obliterating clay pigeons at 125 yards with short bursts.  Note how close together the bursts are, that’s how fast she was on the next target.  Then I walked fire down the 2-liter water bottles that were trying to attack our position. 

 

2-liter-water-bottle-lives-don’t-matter!

 

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Posted 24 April 2019 - 11:12 AM

Nice!


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Posted 27 April 2019 - 10:02 AM

Hmm.  I guess that's one advantage the Brit version has over the US m1917.  My rear sight mount is on the receiver, not the cover plate.


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Posted 30 May 2019 - 12:07 PM

I assume all the Irish Lewis guns are C&R classified since they are the original receivers. I know my BATF paperwork lists both the importer (International Armament Corp) as well as Birmingham Small Arms but nothing specifically that states C&R but there is no box for that either.  The current BATF C&R list as of 2018 has both British and American made Lewis Guns as C&R approved.

 

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#14 1gewehr

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Posted 02 June 2019 - 04:35 PM

Since I do not know of any Lewis guns that were manufactured after 1969, all of them should be C&R as they are over 50 Years old.  It's possible that someone re-welded or scratch-made a receiver between 1969 and 1986.  But I have not heard of one.


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