Extremely Rare .303 BSA Mk I “stripped” Aircraft Model Lewis Guns
The world’s first aircraft machine gun fire was demonstrated in the USA in June 1912 using a Lewis Gun. It was followed by a similar demonstration in Belgium in September 1912 and culminated in England in November 1913 with the launch of the BSA Lewis Gun at Bisley. Various experiments were undertaken using the standard Infantry Lewis both with and without the butt stock but the weapon was deemed too heavy for the early flimsy bi-planes.
The first dedicated aerial model was the Mark I “stripped” Aircraft Lewis Gun. This then developed into the Mark II Aerial Lewis with slender barrel jacket and further developed into the Mark III Aerial Lewis without barrel jacket.
Our examples are BSA Model 1914 Mark I guns stripped for aerial use; the barrels are fitted with cone-shaped muzzle brakes, post foresights, elevating rearsights and spade handles. They are complete with 47-round dish magazines.
They are in Superb Condition with most original blue finish
DEACTIVATED to EU/UK Specification with fixed bolt and some moving parts, removable magazine.
Legal EU/UK Proof House Certificate. OA 105cm, Brl 74cm
We only have a very small quantity of these extremely desirable Collector's Items. The last one sold at Bosleys Auction Lot 982 on March 2nd 2011 for a total price in excess of £10500.00 premium inclusive.
£4750 + £25 P&P
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