Taranaki military historian and collector Andrew Edgcombe with the captured World War One Maxim MG08 machine gunWhen military collector Andrew Edgcombe holds his prized Maxim machine gun there is a feeling of excitement of owning a rare World War I weapon. ANDY JACKSON/Fairfax NZ The Maxim MG08 machine gun was a killing machine, collector Andrerw Edgcombe saidWith a burst from its 7.92 calibre barrel the deadly weapon, which could fire 500-600 rounds a minute, would wipe out hundreds of troops emerging from the trenches. Until the Allies were able to build up their own machine gun artillery, from Vickers, and Brownings, the German forces, using the American invented Maxim, dominated, he said. It was not how inventor, Hiram Maxim, envisaged the world's first fully automatic and portable machine gun, Edgcombe said. "They were originally designed as a deterrent to warfare but soon became an absolute killing machine."
Source: Stuff November 09, 2018 01:30 UTC