The latest addition to my collection is this rather nice Hotchkiss Model 1922, one of the so-called 'Turkish Contract' guns. Most of the one's which have been on offer in the past have been absolute dogs, very few seemed to be available in anything even approaching what you could reasonably call good condition. But I chanced upon this one the other day. Although there is some scattered pitting, it is in quite good condition for a now scarce model of a light machine gun. feed for this particular model was supplied by metal strips as in the Model 1914 and the British portative model. There appeared to be three different types of barrel, the first having shallow cooling rings, the second as in this example, and the third with a much heavier sustained fire barrel.
There were also other variations which were magazine fed from the top as in the Bren. These models had a different top cover plate. System operation closely followed that of the Lewis gun and other gas operated light machine guns where the bolt slotted on top of the piston. In the case of the Hotchkiss it was held captive by a pin. The Hotchkiss Model 1922 was widely exported, one customer being Czechoslovakia. The possibility is that this gun just might have influenced their system of operation in the ZB 26 - the forerunner of the Bren.