Category: machine guns

Maxim transitional machine gun 1885 animation …

Maxim transitional machine gun 1885 animation

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Chauchat Automatic Rifle 1915 from vbbsmyt

Chauchat Automatic Rifle 1915

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Montigny Mitrailleuse 1863 animation from vbb…

Montigny Mitrailleuse 1863 animation

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Sir Hiram Maxim and Sigmond Loewe demonstrate …

Sir Hiram Maxim and Sigmond Loewe demonstrate the effectiveness of the Maxim machine gun to a Chinese minister by shooting down a tree, 1896.

Browning Model 1895 “Potato Digger&rdquo…

Browning Model 1895 “Potato Digger” machine gun
animation.

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Siamese Navy contract Madsen light machine gun…

Siamese Navy contract Madsen light machine gun.

from The Royal Armouries Collection

Gatling 1874 animation from vbbsmyt

Gatling 1874 animation

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DWM MG 08 machine gun, World War I.

DWM MG 08 machine gun, World War I.

from Rock Island Auction Co.

German MG-34 machine gun, World War II.

German MG-34 machine gun, World War II.

from Rock Island Auction Co.

The Soviet 4M GAZ-AAA  In the late 1920’s the…

The Soviet 4M GAZ-AAA 

In the late 1920’s the Soviet Union adopted the GAZ-AAA truck, a six wheeled, 50 horsepower vehicle which was an improved copy of the Ford AAA. The truck served a variety of roles including supply transport, troop transport, gun carrier, and fuel tanker. One of it’s more unique roles was that of mobile anti-aircraft platform. In 1931 the 4M GAZ-AAA was created after being mounted with four Maxim Model 1910/30 machine guns on a 360 degree traversable mount. The M1910/30 was chambered in 7.62x54R and had a firing rate of 600 rounds per minute while being fed from a 250 round belt.

When the 4M GAZ AAA was introduced in 1931 it was certainly sufficient for it’s anti-aircraft role. It’s four machine guns produced more than enough firepower to flick any airplane out of the sky, this being at a time when most military aircraft were comparatively slow and unarmored biplanes. However with World War II came a wide variety of fast and heavily armored aircraft. The 7.62x54R cartridge lacked the range to hit enemy aircraft and the penetrating power to do much damage. It did see use in 1941, often being utilized against enemy infantry. However without any armor it was very vulnerable in combat. The GAZ would later be outfitted with 25mm and 37mm autocannon making it more effective in it’s anti-aircraft role