Weapon 25: The Vickers-Maxim Machine Gun by: Martin Pegler

Weapon 25: The Vickers-Maxim Machine Gun by: Martin Pegler

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Weapon 25: The Vickers-Maxim Machine Gun by: Martin Pegler

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The world's first self-powered machine gun, the Maxim gun became a potent symbol of Victorian colonialism in the closing years of the 19th century. It was the brainchild of Sir Hiram Maxim, the American-born firearms inventor who founded the company bearing his name with financing from Albert Vickers, who became the company's chairman; Maxim's company was absorbed by Vickers, Sons and Company in 1897. Subsequent variants in British, German and Russian service -- the .303in Vickers (1912), 7.92mm MG 08 (1908) and 7.62mm PM M1910, respectively -- dominated both the Eastern and Western Fronts during World War I and soldiered on into World War II, while the Vickers remained in front-line British service essentially unchanged until 1968. Featuring specially commissioned full-colour artwork and written by a noted authority, this is the engaging story of the Maxim and its descendants, the innovative rapid-fire weapons that saw combat with British, German, Russian and other forces in the late Victorian era and throughout the world wars.

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Item Details:

  • Reference #
  • 11072
  • Quantity
  • 2
  • Category
  • Firearms & Accessories
  • Department
  • Antiques
  • Year
  • 2013
  • Dimensions
  • Width: 7.25 inches
  • Height: 9.75 inches
  • Depth: 0 inch
  • Weight: 0.81 pound
  • Condition
  • New

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