I always see threads about which gun or weapon is the best. I Thought it could be interesting to see what people say was the worst gun ever made.
My choice is the French made Chauchat
AKA Show-show , Chauchard.
8 x 50R Lebel later the .30-06 for US Service
Rate Of Fire:
Sadly this hunk of junk was the most manufactured automatic weapon of WWI,outnumbering every other machinegun made, by the Allies and the Central
Now what exactly makes this thing a hunk of junk IMHO
1. First and most obvious was the horrendous Magazine. The magazine was not solid and infact had large wholes cut into it (so soldiers could see the
rounds remaining) That might sound like a good idea until you try to use it real world, and in the trench warfare of WW1. Dirt and muck would easily
find its way into the exposed magazine making them useless
2. Parts were not interchangable from one gun to another. They were produced so poorly that parts from one gun could not be used on another. Not very
handy when your in the field.
3. The Chauchat is built of inferior metal, and thus the moving parts wore out very fast. It was also very prone to jamming made even worst by the
fact,When the gun did jam, tools were needed to take it apart. Very bad when your in the middle of a firefight
4.The bipod was 3-feet tall!, because the French believed the only accurate way to shoot the thing was on top of the standard 3-high sandbags.Also,
each leg moved independently, and was inherently instable and prone to bending.
5. When it was finally chambered for 30-06, the proper bullet dimensions were not incorporated by the French so some tended to explode on firing
I dont even want to think how many Allies lost their lives because of this hunk of junk. The worst part is the allied had better guns already like the
BAR they didnt because of political reasons.