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Meet America’s First Assault Rifle, the Burton 1917 Light Machine Rifle

Back in 1917, there was a weapon that was above all others.

The M1917 Burton Light Machine Rifle was America’s first true assault rifle.

Sit back and let Ian from Forgotten Weapons tell you all about the M1917 Burton Light Machine Rifle.

The M1917 Burton Light Machine Rifle was born at a time when hydrogen balloons were a big danger. They needed to be shot down with one serious weapon. This weapon certainly was perfect for the job.

This weapon firing from two 20 round magazines actually had them mounted on top of the receiver. When one magazine runs dry just pull up the empty and snap the other full magazine down in position. That makes 40 rounds of ammunition ready for instant fully automatic fire. Incendiary cartridges out of this .345 caliber weapon would be quite devastating to any enemy zeppelin.

An interesting point is this was America’s first fully automatic magazine fed rifle. This man portable weapon falls into all the criteria of an “assault rifle” as Ian from Forgotten Weapons states due to its fully automatic fire. This is the only M1917 Burton Light Machine Rifle known to be in existence.

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Meet America’s First Assault Rifle, the Burton 1917 Light Machine Rifle