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Maxim gun,

An automatic gun, the invention of Hiram S. Maxim. It consists of a single barrel mounted on a tripod and fires but a single shot at a time, but with such rapidity that the United States ordnance department, on a test experiment in rapidity, fired 2,004 shots in [146] one minute forty-five seconds. At the same time, in a test for accuracy, out of 334 shots fired at a target 12 × 26 feet at a distance of 300 yards, 268 hits were made. The gun works itself after the first shot is fired until the cartridges in the belt or magazine are exhausted. See explosives.

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