Monday, February 05, 2007

An important birthday 167 years ago

Feb 5 is the birthday of Hiram Maxim, inventor of the first true machine gun, as opposed to multi-barreled guns such as the Gatling gun. John Moses Browning would go on to improve the machine gun with the M2 and the BAR, but Maxim was the one who started it all. As a side note, he was also the inventor of the spring-loaded mousetrap that most of us have used at one time or another.

6 comments:

AlanDP said...

His son invented the Maxim silencer, founded the ARRL, and was the very first pipesmoker of the week on my blog.

BobG said...

Inventiveness seemed to run in the family.

Kirsten N. Namskau said...

Machine guns are at least well used.

The Cynical Libertarian said...

I guess he made the moustrap pretty redundant when he invented the machinegun :D

BobG said...

"I guess he made the moustrap pretty redundant when he invented the machinegun :D"

The machinegun is for two-legged rats...

Fodder said...

A machinegun works well on deer, too. Didn't know that about mousetraps or the silencer.