Straightening out the Maxims
By Dan Shea

At a trade show recently there was a discussion of the various Maxims and what they had done in relation to our community, and general legends. One person thought it was the same Maxim who designed the firearms sound suppressor as had designed the Maxim machine gun - not true. In the interest of providing a short guide, here are the attributes of the various members of the Maxim clan as they pertain to the firearms community. - Dan

Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim

Born 5 Feb. 1840, died 24 Nov. 1916

Hiram Percy Maxim, Sr.

Born 2 Sept 1869, died 17 Feb 1936

Hudson Maxim

Born 3 Feb. 1853, died 6 May 1927

Hiram Percy Maxim, Jr.

Born —, died Nov. 1992

This article first appeared in Small Arms Review V11N8 (May 2008)
and was posted online on September 14, 2012


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