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Several videos and articles have been published on the Chauchat or CSRG 1915's benefit of its economy. Still, I have not been able to find any specific mentions of cost to the French Army. Unfortunately, I cannot purchase the book Honour Bound at 375$. Does anyone know or have access to the unit cost of the 1915 or even the 30-06 1918 to either the French or Americans?
 

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I remember seeing this somewhere before in an older version of gunboards or a French language firearms group, I think Alamas or kelt will know this

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In Honor Bound pg 163 it says cost of CSRG was 660 to 880 Francs according to quantities, timing orders, and accessories.
Mle 1907 MAS machinegun 3274 francs with tripod
Mle 1914 Hotchkiss 5902 francs with tripod
Mle 86-93 Lebel MAT rifle 85 Francs.

For comparison 1912 Gladiator Grand Luxe bicycle 375 francs
Gladiator best optioned motorcycle 1350 francs
 

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Honour Bound" also indicates costs to US in August 10, 1917 was 704.75 francs or $91.25 per rifle, for a quantity of 29,000 automatic rifles. 25,000 of these were to be in .30-06 and 4,000 in 8mm. This included accessories. US had already ordered 1720 8mm Chauchats in July 1917.
 

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The CSRG 1915 was specifically designed to reduce costly machining, all the tooling industry was already engaged in providing needed armament.
The two companies Gladiator and Sidarme producing the CSRG were not yet involved in the war effort.
The barrels were supplied by MAC and MAS.
 

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The US was on the silver standard in 1917. At that time, $1 would be equal in price to 1 oz of silver. Today, silver is roughly $26/oz, so the CSRG Mle 1915 would cost about $2372.50 in today's dollars. For comparison, the M1918 BAR unit cost in 1918 was $319, or roughly $8294 in todays dollars.
 
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