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Chauchat IRL

Chauchat machine guns in reality

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.[1]

Battlefield 1Edit

This item has a Codex entry: Chauchat
"A French machine rifle using detachable magazines and a very uncommon long recoil operation."

— In-game description

The Chauchat is a weapon introduced in Battlefield 1: They Shall Not Pass expansion for the Support class. Two variants are featured in the game.

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.

Low WeightEdit

"Equipped with a bipod, this basic LMG pattern will quickly regain accuracy due to lower weight."

— In-game Description

The Chauchat Low Weight is the default variant of the Chauchat. It is unlocked upon obtaining 50 kills with the Lewis Gun Suppressive and performing 75 resupplies.


"Equipped with a bipod and telescopic sight, this LMG pattern offers improved accuracy over long distance."

— In-game Descrition

The Chauchat Telescopic variant is unlocked upon obtaining 15 kills in round with the M1909 Benét–Mercié Telescopic as well as performing 10 kills with the Mortar.

Weapon SkinsEdit


Battlefield VEdit

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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 is a light machine gun set to be added to multiplayer for the Support kit. It is planned to be introduced in a future chapter following Defying The Odds.

Combined ArmsEdit

The Chauchat also makes an appearance in Combined Arms where it can be found in the level Harbor Headquarters in a Supply Station in the Ruins.



Battlefield 1Edit

  • Open slots in the Chauchat's magazine shows how many rounds are remaining, continuing the precedent set by the M1909 Benét-Mercié.


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