2016-11-13 10:49:37 UTC
about the cartridges that the early Maxim Guns used. I assume that they were
full metal jacket bullets, but since FMJs were invented only in 1882, and
the Maxim Gun was patented in 1883 and not demonstrated in public until 1884,
it's hard to see how it could have used FMJs. According to Wikipedia, FMJs
didn't become standard military rounds until 1886.
From what I have read about lead bullets, it doesn't seem possible that the
since it would foul badly after only a few shots, or so it seems. Which leads
me to assume that enough FMJs were available to Hiram Maxim to enable his
invention to work. I would appreciate any information or leads about this topic.