The Machine Rifle Model 1915 CSRG (French: Fusil Mitrailleur Modele 1915 CSRG), more commonly known as the Chauchat was the standard light machine gun for the French Army during World War I. It was one of the first light, automatic rifle-caliber weapons designed to be carried and fired by a single operator and an assistant, without a heavy tripod or a team of gunners, setting a precedent for several subsequent 20th-century firearm projects, being a portable, yet full-power automatic weapon built inexpensively and in very large numbers. It is infamous for being prone to jamming and its heavy recoil. Despite this, records show the weapon was instrumental to modern tactics later in the war, especially for clearing machine gun nests and providing suppressive fire.
The Chauchat combined a pistol grip, an in-line stock, a detachable magazine, and a selective fire capability in a compact package of manageable weight for a single soldier. Furthermore, it could be routinely fired from the hip and while walking. However, its many design flaws resulted in its replacement in both US and later French service by the BAR M1918 and Mle 1924, respectively.
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The Chauchat has higher damage but slower fire rate. Though offering a three-shot kill at close range, it is outperformed by many other light machine guns at longer ranges.
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"In World War 1, The standard French light machine gun was called the Chauchat. It could be handled by a crew of just two, Which was rare the time. It had many features seen on later LMGs."
The Chauchat is a weapon featured in Battlefield V.
The Chauchat is a weapon featured in the Tirailleur singleplayer war story. It is the starting weapon in the chapter, Liberte. Friendly NPCs can also be seen holding the Chauchat though this is uncommon.
The Chauchat makes its 2nd appearance in Combined Arms where it can be found on supply drops. It is Found in the Co-op level, Harbor Headquarters where it is found on a supply drop next to the Panzerfaust.
- The cover art of Battlefield 1: They Shall Not Pass features the weapon being carried by a French soldier.
- Open slots in the Chauchat's magazine shows how many rounds are remaining, continuing the precedent set by the M1909 Benét-Mercié.