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M1907/12 Schwarzlose HMG at James D Julia

The M1907/12 heavy machine gun was the standard mounted MG of the Austro-Hungarian Empire during the First World War, and saw sporadic use clear through the end of WWII. The design is unusual among heavy machine guns because it is actually an unlocked, delayed blowback system. A combination of a heavy recoil spring and significant [...]

Vickers Semiauto Conversion at RIA (Video)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcVhQY6kdm4

The Vickers machine gun was an evolution of the Maxim, the world’s first successful machine gun. The Vickers was adopted by the British armed forces shortly before World War I and remained in active service until 1968. It is renowned as one of the most durable and reliable machine guns ever made, with one [...]

Vintage Saturday: Mitrailleuses

Trigger discipline in WWI wasn’t the treated the way it is today.

From left to right, a 1914 Hotchkiss, a captured German MG08, and a 1907 St. Etienne.

Vintage Saturday: Legs and Wheels

Looking sharp for the photographer!

Imperial Russian gun crew with a 1905 Maxim on an early Sokolov tripod mount.

Vintage Saturday: Crew-Served

Once the photo session is over, someone’s going to have to go find a booster for the gun (photo from Drake Goodman – click to enlarge)

German WWI Landwehr unit posing with an MG08.

Vintage Saturday: Assorted Machine Guns

Variety is the spice of life.

An assortment of machine guns from the Russian civil war. Pretty much one of everything in there – a Russian 1905 Maxim, German MG08, Austrian Schwarzlose 07/12, Colt 1895 “Potato Digger”, M1915 Chauchat, Madsen LMG, and a Lewis gun way in the back. Thanks to Paul Scarlata for [...]

Vintage Saturday: Mounts

German troops posing with a sampling of Maxim machine guns (photo courtesy Beryl Barnett)

From left to right, an MG08 on its sled mount, a captured Russian 1910 on a Vickers J tripod modified with wheels (and an MG08 blank adapter), a dummy MG08, and a blank-adapter MG08 on a German MG01 sled mount.

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Enfield 1899 Maxim Photos

Here’s another set of Maxim photos, this time of an 1899 pattern gun made at Enfield. Photos courtesy of the UK MoD.

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Maxim Automatic Machine Gun

I don’t have my copy of The Devil’s Paintbrush handy and don’t recall the year of this early Maxim model, but I will update the post when I have a chance to check (I’m on the road right now) or when one of our knowledgeable commenters mentions it. What I do have, though, is a [...]

Chain Mail for Machine Gunners

Chain mail appeared in a couple different forms during World War I – the most well-known is probably the mail facemasks developed for tank crews. These were intended to protect crew members from steel shards that would fragment off the interior of the tank’s armor plate when taking machine gun fire. There were also metal-lined [...]