Heavy MGs

The World Standard Maxim Gun

January 20, 2016 Ian McCollum 13

From 1887 onward, the gun Hiram Maxim was producing was what he called the World Standard. He had finally perfected the machine gun design to his satisfaction in 1887 and with this design in hand […]

Heavy MGs

Extra-Light Maxim (1895)

January 15, 2016 Ian McCollum 25

One of the relatively few successful competitors to the Maxim in the early days of the heavy machine gun was the Col Model 1895 (aka, the Potato Digger). When it was adopted by the US […]

Heavy MGs

“Transitional” Maxim

January 8, 2016 Ian McCollum 15

When we last left Hiram Maxim, he had perfected his very first machine gun – the world’s first practical machine gun, really. However, while his gun worked well, it was not yet a design which […]

Maxim "Prototype" at the Royal Armouries in Leeds. Note the absence of the rate-of-fire control arm in this version...
Heavy MGs

The First Maxim Machine Gun

December 30, 2015 Ian McCollum 28

I am going to start an intermittent series of posts on the various different types of Maxim machine guns over the next few months – there are a whole slew of them, and I have […]

Heavy MGs

Salvator-Dormus 1893 Machine Gun

October 13, 2015 Ian McCollum 33

One of the early potential competitors to the Maxim gun was the Austro-Hungarian Salvator-Dormus machine gun. Designed by Austrians Grand Duke Karl Salvator and Colonel von Dormus, is was first patented in 1888, although it […]

German Maxim in antiaircraft mounting
Heavy MGs

Papasan Chair as Antiaircraft Mount

July 11, 2015 Ian McCollum 18

German MG08 Maxim in antiaircraft mounting, at some point during WWI. Note the spider sights mounted halfway down the jacket, and the belt reel. Those reels allowed the guns to reliably feed at all manner […]