Maxim gun

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Max·im gun

An early, water-cooled, automatic machine gun having a single barrel.

[After Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim (1840-1916), American-born British inventor who developed it.]
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Maxim gun

(Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) an obsolete water-cooled machine gun having a single barrel and utilizing the recoil force of each shot to maintain automatic fire
[C19: named after Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim (1840–1916), its US-born British inventor]
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With backing from the Prince of Wales, Maxim's gun bought him financial success and his company, the Maxim Gun Company, was eventually absorbed into Vickers.
The Machine Gun and Skye's Band of Brothers As part of the BBC's WWI Centenary season, Neil Oliver, left, describes the dreadful human cost of a weapon that could fire a devilish 666 rounds per minute - the Maxim Gun.
It is an unnecessary indulgence--a brief synopsis a few pages long on what is essentially background would suffice for the general reader and anyone with an interest in the history of firearms will already be familiar with the importance of the Maxim Gun and similar early weapons.
It reminds me of Hilaire Belloc's comment on imperialism: "Whatever happens, we have got The Maxim gun, and they have not."
KURT Kurt felt the trigger on his Maxim gun "Got mitt uns" on his belt lay writ Where is Tommy?
As Joseph Pierre Belloc, the Anglo-French writer, asserted a century ago, "whatever happens, we have the Maxim gun and they have not." Because they have stockpiled their big guns and have used bully tactics to stop others from having their own stockpiles, they are so puffed up with the idea of "might is power" that they think they can do whatever they want, by misusing a UN Security Council that they control, via Resolutions that they write and cajole supine "temporary" (as against "permanent") members of the Council to vote for.
On trying out the Maxim gun, which fired 600 rounds a minute, Stanley said it would be "of valuable service in helping civilisation to overcome barbarism".
The Maxim gun, the first true automatic weapon, which used recoil force to cycle the gun, was developed in 1884, and could fire roughly 600 rounds per minute.
But Hiram's international fame would come from his invention in 1883 of the Maxim gun, which completely altered warfare at the end of the 19th century and into World War I.
At 2 AM the next morning (28 February) the Germans began flinging "hand bombs," and filling the air with flares, mortar rounds, rifle, and Maxim gun fire.
After attending a demonstration of the Maxim gun in the 1890s, Kaiser Wilhelm II had expressed his enthusiasm with Teutonic directness, stating, "That is the gun; there is no other." Germans soon were using Maxim guns to mow down rebellious tribesmen in African colonies.