Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim

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Noun1.Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim - English inventor (born in the United States) who invented the Maxim gun that was used in World War I (1840-1916)Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim - English inventor (born in the United States) who invented the Maxim gun that was used in World War I (1840-1916)
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Even more accurately, its inventor, Hiram Percy Maxim (son of Hiram Stevens Maxim, inventor of the Maxim machine gun) also called his invention a "silencer.
The ability to employ a cartridge's discharge energy to reload and recock a weapon in an "automatic" fashion was the brainchild of a Huguenot French-American, the legendary Hiram Stevens Maxim.