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The Hotchkiss Mle 1914

During World War I the Hotchkiss Mle 1914 was the primary heavy machine gun of the French Army, and had many unique features which made it stand out from other heavy machine guns typical of the era. Chambered in 8mm Lebel, the Mle 1914 utilized a gas operated mechanism, whereas as most heavy machine guns of the war used recoil operated systems, such as the Maxim, Vickers, and similar copies. Gas from each round discharged would be siphoned from the barrel, which would actuate a piston located below the barrel, thus working the action. The weapon fired from an open bolt, which forced air into the action and chamber thus increasing reliability. Cooling was also assisted by five large annular rings which lined the barrel. Instead of firing from traditional belts, the Mle 1914 used sticks containing 30 rounds of ammunition, the same mechanism which was used by the earlier Hotchkiss Mle 1909.

 Later, models were produced which used regular belt ammunition for use on airplanes and tanks. Overall, the weapon’s tripod and the gun weighed around 110lbs, and was typically operated by a crew of three.

During World War I the Mle 1914 would replace older French heavy machine guns which were less reliable and utilized flawed designs, such as the St. Etienne Model 1907. Because of the Mle 1914′s reliability, the weapon became popular not only with France, but with various other nations as well. During World War I, the American Expeditionary Force purchased 7,000 for use. Spain produced their own models, which were used up to and during the Spanish Civil War. Latin American nations such as Mexico, Chile, and Brazil also purchased the weapons chambered for 7X57mm Mauser. During the 1920′s in warlord era China, many Chinese factions produced their own copies in 8X57mm Mauser. In addition, Poland purchased a number of the guns in 1919 during the Polish Bolshevik War, and purchased a number more in the 1920′s. Overall 100,000 would be produced, half for domestic French use, the rest being exports.

One of the most enthusiastic users of the Mle 1914 were the Japanese, who purchased several thousand guns during World War I in 8mm Lebel. After the war, the Japanese would manufacture their own modified models under license, called the Type 3 Heavy Machine gun in 6.5mm Arisaka and the Type 92 Heavy machine gun in 7.7 Arisaka, the later of which would serve as the primary heavy machine of Japanese forces during World War II.

Studio portrait of  Ba-keitz-ogie (Yellow Coyote), U.S. Army Scout 

a Native American (Chiricahua Apache) man. He holds a rifle and wears moccasin boots, a breechcloth, ammunition belt, and a kerchief on his head. Title and “one of the most notorious of the Chiricahuas; accused of numerous murders of white people. Negative made 1884-1885” hand-written on back of print.

Day 335: Write for Me

I’ve been hitting some writer’s block as of late. This fic… This fic just jumped out onto the page. 

It was a nice feeling.


“Doktor, you will read this, yes?”

Medic looked up from his desk to see Heavy standing before him with a pad of paper in his hand and an expectant look on his face. He spared a quick look for the invoicing form that lay in front of him and held back a sigh. Yes, the work needed to be done, but at the same time he found himself increasingly unable to say no in any of the languages he knew to Heavy.

Everything had started so normally. Open heart surgery to replace a healthy human heart with an ÜberCharge-compliant mega-baboon’s. After himself, Heavy had been the logical next recipient. He was large, easy to follow around in battle, provided ample cover, and was willing to charge headlong into practically any situation so long as he had a full belt of ammunition for his mini-gun. He’d kept Heavy around more after that surgery, ostensibly for additional testing since the giant seemed to be the only one willing to let him root around in his chest cavity more than once. But then, to Medic’s surprise as much as anyone’s, he’d found himself growing fond of the man.

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A SEAL with a Stoner 63A in the Rung Sat Special Zone (RSSZ) below Saigon.
This gun has the 150-round snail drum magazine. Left hand feed guns ejected spent brass to the left and links to the right. Sometimes the spent brass would bounce off the feed chute of the snail drum and lodge in the ejection port to jam the gun. The right hand feed cover was developed to fix this problem. After the 150-rounds in the drum were expended, the gunner detached the drum and used the belted ammunition draped across his shoulders.

Tracers streak from one of an AC-47′s three miniguns during a rare daylight fire mission. Typically every fifth round in the ammunition belts was a tracer. At night the streams of tracers resembled tongues of fire licking at the earth, leading to the AC-47′s nickname “dragon” or “dragon ship”. Undated photograph 

Gunman shot dead after taking hostages at cinema complex in Germany

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Gunman shot dead after taking hostages at cinema complex in Germany

A gunman has been killed after storming a cinema complex in Germany. The armed man, who barricaded himself inside the Kinopolis cinema in the town of Viernheim, was shot dead by special forces. Officers stormed the building after reports that the man, who was wearing a mask and carrying a Rambo-style ammunition belt, had opened fire in the building. Reports suggested that up to 50 people had been injured - some from the use of tear gas -.but police insisted there were no casualties.

The police thought that the gunman was holding hostages and because of that he was shot dead

State interior minister Peter Beuth

The man entered the Kinopolis complex at about 3pm and was reported to have fired into the air as he walked in. Peter Beuth, the interior minister of the state of Hesse in the south-west of the country, confirmed at about 5pm that the man had been subdued by police and was dead. He said the man was probably disturbed rather than a terrorist. Police spokeswoman Christiane Kompus said officers “successively entered the cinema and were able to locate the man and the people he was holding”. She added: “There was a threat situation and the man was then shot dead by a colleague.”