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Old 05-23-2010, 12:53 PM   #1
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Hiram Maxim, He started it all.

I'm sure most of the folks here know this already but I just realized it. I've known the name Hiram Maxim and his Machinegun for longer than I remember. What I didn't know was that he was the First person to utilized the Recoil Energy and Gasses to operate the stripping of a round, the cocking of a bolt, the loading of a fresh round and so on. I thought JMB did that.



So with all due respect to JMB I now add Hiram Maxim to my list of great invetors in the Firearms Industry. JMB still holds the Number One spot because of all the designs he produced and the fact that most every modern firearm uses some part he designed.
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Hiram Maxim, He started it all.

Yep :)



More importantly, he invented the circle swing ride!



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Old 06-06-2010, 08:52 AM   #3
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Hiram Maxim, He started it all.

Yes. It was a crazy contraption: a highly modified lever-action rifle where an op-rod pulled the bolt down and operated the action to extract the fired case, cock the hammer, and chamber a new round....



Check out the Danish rifle design for the "Bang rifle" [!] for an interesting semi-auto design!

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/theymadeamer.../maxim_hi.html

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