"Designated Fusil Mitrailleuse Mle 1915 CSRG, the Chauchat machine rifle was one of the first light, automatic rifle caliber weapons designed to be carried and fired by a single operator. Furthermore, it could be routinely fired from the hip and while walking." -Official Verdun Weapon Guide
Quick overview EditThe Chauchat was a light machine gun used by the French during World War 1. It was designed to be operated by a single operator and an assistant, without a heavy tripod or a team of gunners. The weapon was fed by a 20 round detachable magazine. However the chauchat's open-sided magazine was far from practical in the trenches. dirt can easily enter the weapon. thanks to that the weapons jams a lot. this major design failure (and some others) made this weapon over time considered as the "worst machine gun ever fielded in warfare". Besides these failures the weapon was fairly light compared to other machine guns (only 9kg / 20 pounds) and it was possible to shoot the gun while marching, which was revolutionary for its time.
The Chauchat is used by the Polius mitrailleur (lvl 2). The weapon can be deployed with a bipod, but can also be used to fire from the hip (unlike most German MG's). It has a reasonable accuracy while deployed and a 1-3 shot kill. The chauchat has the slowest fire rate of all Machine guns ingame. This together makes the weapon very ineffective. at the other side, the chauchat reloads fairly quickly for a machine gun, and deploys faster than any other machine gun. the iron sight is not obstructive and is easy to aim with. It is advised to shoot semi-automatic with the weapon and aim every shot. the spread increases with every shot if the user shoot full-auto. But it is far more effective to discard this weapon and unlock lvl3 of the mitrailleur. This will equip the soldier with an Mle. 1917 "RSC" which is more accurate, semi-automatic and only needs 1 hit to kill an enemy.
U.S. CSRG .30-06 M1918 "Chauchat" Edit
"An adapted version of the original 1915 version. It fires more powerful cartridges and features a closed ,but flimsy, magazine. It had many defects and it was not uncommon for units to ditch the weapon in favor for a rifle. "-Official Verdun Weapon Guide
Quick overview Edit
The US version of the Chauchat. it is fed with a .30-06 bullet (the standard US rifle round at the time) and has a different magazine.
The US variant is used by the doughboys "Gunner" lvl 2 and the marines "Base of Fire" lvl 3. it shares about the same stats as the French version.