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LEWIS LIGHT MACHINE GUN

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were employed in combat against Villa's forces. Unlike the
Benet-Mercie, the Lewis guns performed well. It is interesting to note that the guns used by the U.S. Army during
this period were chambered for the standard British .303
cartridge-not .30-'06 Sprg.
Despite its good performance in Mexico, the Lewis gun
was only grudgingly accepted by the U.S. Army, and it was
not until 1917 that any sizeable number of Lewis guns
chambered for the standard U.S. .30-'06 Sprg. cartridge were
made under government contract. These were largely relegated to state-side training roles and front-line American
combat troops were not equipped with Lewis machine guns
during World War I unless they were under British command.

Lessons Learned
Even though it ended in a less-than-satisfactory manner,
the Mexican Punitive Expedition proved to be of value, as
it enabled the Army to evaluate the various arms employed
under actual battle conditions and determine which ones
"made the grade" and which ones didn't. A couple of them,

the Model 1903 rifle and the Model 1911 pistol, remained in
active service with the U.S. military for a number of decades
after the Mexican campaign. The Lewis gun eventually saw
some service with the U.S. military between the wars and
as a supplemental arm during World War II on some Navy
landing craft and similar uses. The Model 1909 Benet-Mercie
Machine Rifle, on the other hand, received a failing grade
and was soon put out to pasture. It was better to have the
flaws of the various small arms exposed while dealing with
the bandits in Mexico than against the skilled, experienced
and determined Germans on the Western Front.
Like beauty, the outcome of the Mexican Expedition is
in the eye of the beholder. It can, with some justification,
be described as a blunder-filled fiasco. On the other hand,
it can be considered a tune up that paid dividends a short
time later when the Doughboys were called to arms in the
Great War. Whether the various arms employed by the U.S.
troops in Mexico proved to be a success or a failure, all are
nevertheless interesting and historic pieces that played a
unique role in the history of American military arms.

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Armscor USA .45 ACP

MagTech 9mm

FMJ , 230 Grain,
50 Rounds, Per Box
AMM-5110 ... $15.09

JHP, 147 Grain,
50 Rounds Per Box
AMM-4036-50 ... $16.09

Armscor USA .22LR

Prvi Partizan .223 Rem.

Hollow Point, 36 Grain,
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AMM-0551 ... $39.59

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AMM-2249 ... $8.09

Armscor USA .40S&W

Brown Bear 9mm

TulAmmo 9mm

Armscor USA .308 Win.

FMJ, 180 Grain,
50 Rounds Per Box
AMM-5410 ... $14.19

FMJ, 115 Grain,
50 Rounds Per Box
AMM-465 ... $9.29

FMJ, 115 Grain,
50 Rounds Per Box
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5.7x28mm

Silver State
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PMC X-TAC
.223/5.56 NATO

Colorado Buck
.223/5.56 NATO

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Nosler Bonded Core,
90 Grain, 20 Rounds Per Box
AMM-5880 ... $16.59

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20 Rounds Per Box
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AMM-2109 ... $10.39

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DoubleTap 9mm +P

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Prvi Partizan 9mm

FMJ, 230 Grain,
50 Rounds Per Box
AMM-519 ... $17.79

FMJ, 124 Grain,
50 Rounds Per Box
AMM-4123 ... $11.49

FMJ, 230 Grain,
50 Rounds Per Box
AMM-5290 ... $11.89

TulAmmo 7.62x39mm
FMJ, 124 Grain,
40 Rounds Per Box
AMM-6411-40 ... $9.19

JHP , 124 Grain,
20 Rounds, Per Box
AMM-4104 ... $16.79

HPR .308 Win.

Silver Bear .308. Win.

Prvi Partizan .300 Win Mag

HPBT Match, 168 Grain,
20 Rounds Per Box
AMM-7301 ... $23.09

Soft Point, 140 Grain,
20 Rounds Per Box
AMM-690 ... $9.29

SPBT, 165 Grain,
20 Rounds Per Box
AMM-9503 ... $17.19

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