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November 19, 2003

New! Improved! Max the Maxim Gun Porn! What's not to like?

Alrighty, get ready for an orgiastic celebration of gun ownership. No humans were filmed nude for this feature.

Those of you, like Gunner and Ghost of a Flea, who have been following me since Beth and I first got started on Blogspot, will vaguely remember having met Max the Maxim before, when I blogged about helping all my lethal implements accessorize.

Well, via that post, you know Max's history. Let's lift the curtain on the newest Chippendale Dancer! A well-traveled M1910 Maxim Machine Gun...

Here he is, peeking from out behind the curtain...

Now shoo away the faint of heart and come behind the curtain for the rest of the show!

Here's Max fully on stage now, wearing this nice little cotton duck number - it keeps his niblets from getting all grungy in that battlefield environment.

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Max is fully accessorized, from his gunner's cute little Budyanka to his spare barrels (don't we wish we all had spare barrels!) he's fully equipped to service his target! He's even got a shield for Safe Penetration of the Enemy's Lines!

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Here he is, in a full monty! Slinky hose, booster cup, water jacket to keep that barrel from overheating, shield, and all on a nice, three way adjustable, battlefield mobility enhancer. Max needs those wheels. He's a hefty feller!

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Shake yer booty Max! Show 'em that empennage... the charging handle, the feed tray, the grips, so your gunner can control you. That erect sight, to help him get his rounds on target!

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Ah, let's show them where it goes in! Whether it's a belt of bullets in the feed trayon the left, or water into the water jacket through that fitting where the chain is - here is where the action is!

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Okay - as we covered your history in the first post back on blogspot - let's show them the evidence. The "Korj, 1944" means Max got rebuilt in 1944. The mark below that is the state arsenal mark - the people who did the rebuild. The SA in a square stands for Suuomen Armee, or Finnish Army. Remember, Max defected during the Winter War! He was born an Imperial Russian in 1917.

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Here is Max's working end, as opposed to his business end! Rear sight, trigger, grips, charging handle. The item that looks like a holster, kind of is - it holds Max's spare firing lock. These guns didn't use a bolt like we think of them, they used a 'lock'. More of that fiddly-bit later.

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Here is where the gunner caressed Max (not that Max is gay, really, but, well, it's complicated.) The grips are wood, checkered for gripping. The tops of the grips unscrew, and there are oil brushes inside. In sustained fire mode, Max needs oil as his mechanism gets very hot and expands. In the middle, the horizontal rectangular plate is the trigger. Above it, the much smaller squarish gizmo is the safety. You have to push that in with one thumb before you could depress the trigger with your other. Here's an example. My thumb is on the trigger. Jus a little above and to the right is the safety.

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Here is a shot of Max's guts. On top, in green, is the fusee spring cover. This covers the spring that returns the gun to battery after recoil resets the action. It's adjustable, so as the spring starts to wear out, you can up the tension in combat until you have a break and can replace the spring.

In the middle is the main part of the action. The knowledgeable among you will immediately detect that Max is a dummy. His sideplates are too thick and he's missing his recoil plates, the transfer the energy of the recoiling barrel to the lock and locking arm. On the right, is the lock. Behind is the rod with a knee joint in it, kind of like the Luger pistol and it serves the same purpose - to rigidly hold the lock in place until pressure has dropped sufficiently for it to be safe to open the lock.

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Speaking of the lock - here is Max's spare lock, free from the carrier on the mount. Odd looking, ain't it. As Robin Williams might say, "What a ridiculous piece of flesh!"

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So, how does that lock thingy work, anyway? To cock any Maxim style machine gun from a 'cold start' you have to work the mechanism twice. On the first throw, you are pulling the lock back and sending it forward. When you do that, it looks like this.

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At this point, all you've done is caught the first round from the belt. So, you pull back the charging handle again, and it looks like this.

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Now, you have one round (the lower one) in the chamber, and one round ready to be stripped from the belt.

The lock is vewy vewy dangewous now - so be caweful!

Why? Because the lock is not only the bolt - it also contains the firing pin, firing pin spring AND SEAR. One of the dangers of a Maxim-style gun is that you can fire the round at the firing pin without the lock being seated against the barrel! This lock has been demilled to make it safe in that regard. The grooves which would hold the round over the firing pin hole have been ground away (the finns did that, this was an instructional bolt) and the firing pin tip has been ground away as well. Which is fine with me. The 7.62x54MM cartridge is a damn powerful one to have go off in your hand. The rounds you see are purpose-built Soviet dummy rounds, used for armorer testing and instruction.

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To finish the cycle, you pull the trigger, the round fires, the action cycles, and the round that was on top is in the middle, the one in the middle is heading down the discharge tube after being fired, and a new round has been gripped, ready to be stripped from the belt. What's the whole process, you ask?

Simple, like all Maxim-style guns including the Vickers, at the muzzle end you have a 'booster' of some sort -which is really just a surface for the gasses to work against to generate pressure to start the BARREL into recoil. The US M1919-series guns work that way, as do the German MG34 and 42. This is Max's booster.

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The holes let excess gas bleed out after having done its job. The barrel recoils back and two 'recoil plates' attached to the trunnions on the barrel (more on that in Part Two, Accessorizing the Maxim) act against the rod carrying the lock, causing it to start back and and then starts working against the fusee spring, which is in the fusee spring housing, outside the receiver on Max's left side.

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Why is that outside? Seems, well, like risky? It's outside because you need to be able to adjust the spring (the sliding scale thing up front), replace the spring, or replace the fusee link - that bit at the back end of the spring that actually works on the rod).

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This is also where Max's 'birthmark is", showing his Tsarist beginnings.

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Okay, that does it for today - tomorrow (or maybe later, these things take time to do, fellas): Accessories!

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