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Lewis Gun

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The Lewis Gun and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


(1913 - 1942)

  • Type: Machine Gun
  • Caliber: .303 British, .30-06 Springfield, 7.92x57mm Mauser
  • Feed System: 47- or 97-round pan magazine
  • Fire Modes: Full-Auto (500-600 RPM)


Lewis Gun - .303 British
Lewis Gun with cooling jacket removed and carry handle - .303 British
Lewis Gun with cooling jacket removed, Thompson handguard, and 97-round magazine - .303 British.

The Lewis Gun is a light machine gun initially designed by US Army Colonel Isaac Newton Lewis, but primarily produced in the United Kingdom. Colonel Lewis designed the machine gun in 1911, but it was not considered for use by the US military due to disagreements between Lewis and General William Crozier, Chief of Ordnance of the United States Army at the time. Lewis moved to Europe in 1913, determined to privately produce the guns, and in 1914 the Birmingham Small Arms Company began producing the Lewis Gun under license in Britain.

The Lewis Gun is gas-operated, with its most distinct features being its 47 or 97-round pan magazine, and large cooling jacket. The cooling jacket works by having the muzzle blast from firing a shot forced into the jacket to cool the barrel.

The Lewis Gun was used extensively by Britain throughout World War I, where it was valued for its lower weight and greater portability compared to other contemporary machine guns. While officially replaced by the Bren Gun and Vickers K by the time of World War II, the Lewis Gun was still used extensively, with large stocks in storage being reissued following the British Expeditionary Force leaving behind much of its equipment following the Dunkirk Evacuation. Large amounts were also issued to the Home Guard, where it was discovered that the gun works just fine without the heavy cooling jacket- much to the chagrin of World War I veterans who carried one during the war. The Lewis Gun was officially withdrawn from service in 1946, with over 152,000 produced in total.

Infantry Lewis Guns are fitted with wooden stocks. Most infantry Lewis Guns feature the original cooling jacket, but some lack the cooling jacket; these are most commonly associated with the British Home Guard, and are often aircraft Lewis Guns converted for ground usage.


Title Actor Character Notation Date
Hearts of the World British soldiers 1918
The Heart of Humanity Robert Anderson Paul Patricia 1918
Shoulder Arms Charlie Chaplin Charlie Supposedly a mockup 1918
German soldiers
Arsenal Bolsheviks 1929
Journey's End British soldiers with 97-round magazines 1930
The Other Side British soldiers Savage M1917 1931
Shock Troop British soldiers 1934
Alamases's Gorge (Ushchelye Alamasov) Ir. Kan Enemy commander Savage M1917 1937
Enemy soldiers Standard British and Savage M1917
Shchors Evgeniy Samoylov Nikolay Shchors Savage M1917 1939
Red soldiers
Wake Island U.S. soldiers 1942
Immortal Sergeant Henry Fonda Cpl. Colin Spence 1943
Melville Cooper Pvt. Pilcher
Allyn Joslyn Pvt. Cassidy
British troops
For Whom the Bell Tolls Gary Cooper Robert Jordan 1943
Passage to Marseille Humphrey Bogart Jean Matrac 1944
The Fighting Seabees Japanese soldiers without the cooling shroud 1944
The Desert Rats Australian soldiers 1953
Paths of Glory French soldier 1957
Dunkirk British soldiers 1958
Operation Amsterdam Dutch soldiers 1959
Pork Chop Hill Chinese soldiers Mocked up as Degtyaryov DP-28 1959
Cruelty (Zhestokost) Vyacheslav Bogachyov Ugolovny Rozysk operative 1959
Virgin Soil Upturned (Podnyataya tselina) Pyotr Glebov Aleksandr Polovtsev 1960
Igor Dmitriev Vaclav Lyatyevski
633 Squadron RAF sentry On the dual AA mount 1964
The Professionals Lee Marvin Rico 1966
Mexican soldiers
The Sand Pebbles Gavin MacLeod Seaman Crosley 1966
Steve McQueen Jake Holmanr
Richard Crenna Capt. Collins
Joe Turkel Seaman Bronson
Sergey Lazo Imperial Japanese Army soldiers Savage M1917 1968
Two Comrades Were Serving (Sluzhili dva tovarishcha) Oleg Yankovskiy Andrei Nekrasov 1968
The Intervention (Interventsiya) Seen in French trenches 1969
White Sun of the Desert (Beloye solntse pustyni) Anatoly Kuznetsov Fyodor Sukhov 1970
You Can't Win 'Em All Tony Bonner Gunner Reese 1970
Dillinger U.S. Soldier 1973
And on the Pacific... (I na Tikhom Okeane...) Imperial Japanese Army Soldiers with the tripod of some other machine gun 1974
Peasant Son (Krestyanskiy syn) Georgiy Burkov Andrey Petrakov 1975
Sergey Kurakin Kostya Baykov
A bandit
Soldier of Orange Dual mounted on fast patrol boat 1977
March or Die Terence Hill Marco Segrain 1977
French Foreign Legionnaires
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope Imperial Sandtroopers As the "T-21 Blaster Rifle" 1977
The End of the Emperor of the Taiga (Konets imperatora taygi) German Kachin Pavel Nikitin 1978
Nartai Begalin Akhmai
The Sixth (Shestoy) Yevgeni Bakalov Arystarch 1981
Keep Your Eyes Open! (Smotri v oba!) Fyodor Sukhov Aleksey Komanov 1981
Do Not Set Traps for Leshiy... (Ne stavte Leshemu kapkany...) Sultan Dikambayev A shaggy bandit 1981
Biggles: Adventures in Time Alex Hyde-White Jim Ferguson 1986
The Lighthorsemen Australian soldier 1987
The Art of Living in Odessa (Iskusstvo zhit v Odesse) Seen in a crate 1989
Michael Collins Ian Hart Joe O'Reilly 1996
Black And Tans
Richard III Ian McKellen Richard of Gloucester 1996
Legionnaire Jean Claude Van Damme 1998
The Trench British soldiers 1999
The Wind That Shakes the Barley IRA soldiers 2006
Passchendaele Justin Michael Carriere Pte Godin 2009
Canadian soldiers
Kokoda Australian soldiers 2010
Sucker Punch Emily Browning Babydoll 2011
War Horse British troops 2011
Gangster Squad Cohen's men 2013
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Imperial Stormtroopers "T-21 Blaster Rifle" 2016
Wonder Woman Zack Snyder British soldier 2017
British Army
Journey's End Asa Butterfield Second Lieutenant Raleigh man-portable, trench mounted 2018
British soldiers
Deadpool 2 2018
A War Within Mounted on Mark IV tank Replica 2018
Tolkien British soldiers 2019
1917 British soldiers 2019
The King's Man Matthew Goode The Shepard 2021


Title Actor Character Note Air Date
Dad's Army John Laurie Private James Frazer 1968-1977
The Strogovs (Strogovy) Seen among Shtychkov's guns, Ep.7 1976
A White soldier Ep.7
Anzacs Australian troops 1985
Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Mysterious Affair at Styles Documentary footage; mounted on Mk V Female tank 1990
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Lynsey Baxter Margarete Trappe "Phantom Train of Doom" 1993
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Sean Patrick Flanery Indiana Jones Ep.: Phantom Train of Doom 1993
The Somme British soldier 2005
The Somme – From Defeat to Victory British soldier 2006
Lock 'n Load With R. Lee Ermey Shown in picture of soldiers in WWI Season 1, Ep.: Machine Guns 2009
Downton Abbey British soldier S2E05 2011
The White Guard (Belaya gvardiya) Seen in barraks 2012
Peaky Blinders Ian Peck Curly with stock and bipod removed 2013
Sam Neill Inspector Chester Campbell with stock and bipod removed
Iddo Goldberg Freddie
Samuel Edward-Cook Danny
The Son - Season 1 J. Quinton Johnson Neptune 2017
SAS Rogue Heroes British soldier Ep. 1 2022

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Fallout Tactics "Lewis MKII" 2001
Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault Dual-mounted 2004
Forgotten Hope 2 Portable, mounted on Chevy 30WCT jeep and LCA (Landing Craft, Assault) 2005
Cross Fire "Lewis Gun" 2007
Battlefield Heroes 2009
The Great War 1918 2013
Far East War "Lewis Light Machine Gun" 2013
World of Guns: Gun Disassembly Lewis Machine Gun Light Ground Mount support 2014
Battlefield Hardline "Syndicate Gun" Russian PK-A sight and AN/PEQ-15 IR Designator Betrayal DLC 2015
Battle of Empires: 1914-1918 "Lewis" 2015
Verdun "Machine Gun Model 1914 Lewis" 2015
Star Wars Battlefront "T-21", "T-21B" Based on prop weapon from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope; also features a new custom variant 2015
Day of Infamy Lewis Gun 2016
Battlefield 1 Lewis Gun Has 3 Variants 2016
Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Lewis Gun 2016
Call of Duty: WWII Lewis Aircraft model converted for ground usage 2017
Screaming Steel: 1914-1918 Lewis Gun 2018
Squad 44: Letters From The Front Introduced in 2022 Mercury update 2018
Battlefield V Lewis Gun Homeguard configuration by default 2018
Enlisted "Lewis gun" 2021
Beyond The Wire Lewis Gun 2022
The Finals Lewis Gun replacement rear sight 2023


Title Characters Notation Date
Porco Rosso A pirate 1992
Girls und Panzer Shark Team Mounted on British Mark IV tank 2012
Girls und Panzer das Finale: Part 1 Shark Team Mounted on British Mark IV tank 2017
Girls und Panzer das Finale: Part 2 Shark Team Mounted on British Mark IV tank 2019


Title Characters Notation Date
Atlantis, The Lost Empire Rourke 2001

Aircraft Mounted

Aircraft mounted Lewis Gun with 47-round magazine - .303 British

The Lewis Gun also also extensively used on British and French aircraft during World War I, favored due to its lower weight than other machine guns, air cooling, and self-contained magazines as opposed to belts. An infantry Lewis Gun was also the first machine gun fired from an airplane, with Captain Charles Chandler of the US Army firing one while aboard a Wright Flyer in 1912.


Title Actor Character Notation Date
Wings WWI American Cadet Airmen 1927
Hell's Angels Mounted on the plane 1930
King Kong US pilots 1933
The Lost Patrol Victor McLaglen The Sergeant 1934
Wallace Ford Morelli
Alamases's Gorge (Ushchelye Alamasov) Twin Lewis Model 1924, mounted on soviet R-5 combat plane 1937
Fighting Film Collection No. 4 (Boyevoy kinosbornik No. 4) Royal Navy personnel Converted for AA serivce; documentary footage 1941
For Whom the Bell Tolls acting as coaxial machine gun 1943
Guadalcanal Diary Japanese soldiers 1944
The Fighting Seabees US Navy mounted on the Higgins boat 1944
Earth vs. the Flying Saucers mounted on Air Force plane 1956
The Blue Max British pilots 1966
Aces High Malcolm McDowell Maj. John Gresham 1976
The People That Time Forgot Shane Rimmer Hogan 1977
The Ace of Aces (L'As des as) Jean-Paul Belmondo Jo Cavalier Mounted on S.E.5, with 97-round drum, visually modified as Vickers 1982
Frank Hoffmann Gunther von Beckman Mounted on Fokker Dr.I, with 97-round drum, visually modified as Parabellum MG14
High Road To China Tom Selleck Patrick O'Malley 1983
Jack Weston Struts
Sahara Ronald Lacey Beg 1983
Sky Bandits Nicholas Lyndhurst Chalky 1986
Biggles: Adventures in Time Alex Hyde-White Jim Ferguson 1986
The Mummy Brendan Fraser Rick O'Connell 1999
Oded Fehr Ardeth Bey
The Aviator 2004
King Kong U.S. Army biplane crews 2005
Flyboys Martin Henderson Reed Cassidy 2006
British pilots
The 39 Steps mounted on Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5 2008
The Red Baron Matthias Schweighöfer Manfred von Richthofen 2008
British pilots


Title Actor Character Note Air Date
Father Brown Seen on a WWI photo of Sopwith Camel 2F.1 fighter plane; "The Arrow of Heaven" (Ep.12) 1974
Wings BBC TV Series Tim Woodward 2nd Lt. Alan Farmer S02E08 "Officers and gentlemen" S02E01 "Forward Action" S01E08 "The Hunters" Mounted on plane 1977-1978
Wings BBC TV Series Nicholas Jones Capt. Owen Triggers S02E11 "Mutiny" Mounted on plane 1977-1978
Wings BBC TV Series Michael Cochrane Lt. Charles Gaylion Mounted on plane 1977-1978
Wings BBC TV Series British WW1 RFC fighter pilots Mounted on planes 1977-1978
Mail Call U.S. WWI soldiers Mounted on planes 2002-2009


Title Characters Notation Date
Porco Rosso Mounted on a pirate plane 1992
Cowboy Bebop the Movie: Knockin' on Heaven's Door Mounted on a Fairey Swordfish aircraft 2001
Mayoi Neko Overrun! 2010
The Mystic Archives of Dantalian Pilot Mounted on aircraft 2011
Saga of Tanya the Evil Alliance airmen mounted on Blériot 127 bombers 2017

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Forgotten Hope 2003
Enlisted Mounted on S.M.79 series 1 aircraft 2021

Type 92 light machine gun

Type 92 with 97-round magazine - 7.7x56mmR
Type 92 with forced-air cooling jacket - 7.7x56mmR

The Type 92 is a Japanese derivative of the Lewis Gun and was equipped as a defensive weapon on Imperial Japanese Navy planes during the early parts of World War II. In combat however, the Type 92 was considered inadequate compared to the Type 1 and Type 2 machine guns and the Type 99 cannon. As with the Navy's Type 97 machine gun and the previously mentioned Type 1, the Type 92 remained chambered for (Japanese-produced varieties of) .303 British (7.7x56mmR). The most distinctive visual difference compared to the original Lewis Gun is the enlarged trigger guard.


Title Actor Character Notation Date
Pearl Harbor Japanese Pilots mounted on D3A "Val" dive bombers and B5N "Kate" torpedo bombers 2001

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Notation Release Date
Medal of Honor: Rising Sun "Type 92 7.7mm Machine Gun" mounted on elephant's saddle and Aichi D3A "Val" dive bombers 2003
Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault "Type 92 portable machinegun" with forced-air cooling jacket 2004
Call of Duty: WWII "Chatter Box" cosmetic weapon variant of the Lewis Gun 2017
World of Warships: Legends Added in February 2021 update 2019
Enlisted "7.7 mm Type 92 machine gun" Mounted on some Japanese aircraft 2021


Title Character Note Air Date
Momotaro: Sacred Sailors Imperial Japanese army soldier 1945
Strike Witches Mounted on Akagi-class carrier 2008
Strike Witches 2 Mounted on F1M floatplane and Akagi-class carrier 2010
Strike Witches: The Movie Mounted on F1M floatplane and Akagi-class carrier 2012
The Wind Rises mounted on Mitsubishi G3M bombers 2013
Drifters mounted on Hiryu-based fighter/bomber aircraft 2016
Sirius the Jaeger Ep. 07; mounted in armoured car 2018
The Magnificent Kotobuki Torihei mounted on "D4Y2 Suisei", "Rahama's Longest Day" (E03) 2019
Kate mounted on "D4Y2 Suisei", "Blood for a Nazarin Pound" (E07)
Allen mounted on "Type 95", "The Vagabond Leader" (E09)
Anesan mounted on "D4Y2 Suisei", "Duel in Ikesuka" (E11)
Strike Witches: Road to Berlin Mounted on Akagi-class carrier 2020

Lewis Assault Phase Rifle

Lewis Assault Phase Rifle Mk 2 - .30-06 Springfield
Lewis Assault Phase Rifle Mk 3 - .30-06 Springfield

The Lewis Assault Phase Rifle was an extremely rare prototype based on the Lewis Gun action, but modified to be more portable and able to be fired from the shoulder. This rifle was a competitor of the M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle that never went into production.

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Notation Release Date
Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades "Lewis Assault Phase Rifle" MK2 and MK3 variants 2016

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