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  •  interesting piece of history, thanks for making me (5+ / 0-)

    look it up.

    It appears to me that it would be an NFA firearm as the crank only loads the magazine and fires the first round, from there the gun keeps firing until it runs out of belt or you shut it down

    On introducing a belt of cartridges into the gun, and turning the crank handle, the cartridges are drawn in one by one, until the magazine is full, that is, until it is filled round half its circumference up to the barrel, and empty round the other half; and the empty part of the belt hangs out from the opposite side of the gun. Seven turns will draw seven cartridges out of the belt, and there will then be six cartridges in the magazine of the gun, and one in the barrel. On pulling the trigger by hand, the first one of these cartridges is fired; and the gun will then supply itself from the belt and continue firing automatically as long as there are any cartridges in the belt. The firing can be stopped after only a single cartridge has been fired, or after two, three, or any other number up to a whole volley has been fired; and the gun can be made to fire either slow or with great rapidity. It is the first shot alone that requires to be fired by hand, after which the firing goes on automatically until stopped.
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    the Maxim appears to be the first true automatic weapon....That one pounder I ran across reading looks like a monster.  Interesting how He used the cooling water as a hydraulic fluid to help control the cyclic rate....Here is the parent site with a good write up on the Maxim  I am off to finish it then crash....

    Vaya con Dios Don Alejo
    I want to die a slave to principles. Not to men.
    Emiliano Zapata

    by buddabelly on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 09:30:20 PM PST

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