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5 Different Men Who Invented Machine Gun, Hand Grenade, Pump Action, And Two Other Deadly Weapons

Guns and bombs are important weapons used by the military for operations. In today's article, we'll be looking at five different men who invented some popular weapons on earth.

1. Man who invented the first machine gun.

This gun was invented by Hiram Stevens Maxim, an American-British man. He was born on 5th February 1840, and he invented the first Machine Gun in 1884.

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Stevens Maxim built the Machine Gun to be self-powered, and it worked by relying on the energy released in the firing cartridge which discharged multiple bullets with the pull of a trigger.

Being the first Machine Gun, this gun had a water cooler that stopped it from overheating, and it was capable of firing up to 600 rounds per minute.Credit: Britannica

It was known as the Maxim Gun, and it had a great impact on World War I which was fought from 1914 to 1918. The machine Gun weighed a whopping 136.5 pounds. However, its size did not stop it from getting the job done.

2. Man who invented the first Pump Action

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This gun was invented by an American known as Christopher Miner Spencer. In 1882, he started working on the Spenser Pump-Action Shotgun, he worked on this gun between 1882 and 1889.

Spensor Pump-Action. Credit: GunAuction

This gun was the first repeating Pump-action, It used black powder cartridges, and was available only in 10 or 12 gauge.

3. Man who invented a proper hand grenade

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This weapon was invented by William Mills, an English engineer born on 24th April 1856. There were other types of grenades (bombs) that were being used before William Mills invented the hand grenades in use today. The previously used grenades proved to be deadly to the thrower as to the intended target.

However, William Mills, through his Mills Munitions Factory in Birmingham was able to make a proper grenade which had a timer of four seconds, allowing the thrower to take cover before it explodes, and his grenade was with a lock.

His hand grenades were successfully used by the British and other Allies throughout World War I. 

4. Man who invented AK-47

The AK-47 was invented by a Russian man known as Mikhail Kalashnikov. He was a tank mechanic in the Soviet military during World War II.

During the German invasion of the USSR in 1941, Mikhail Kalashnikov sustained an injury. He noticed that the Germans used superior firearms for the invasion so he started working towards inventing a gun that could match their weapons.

In 1947, Mikhail Kalashnikov successfully invented a gun which was named AK-47. In 1949, this gun became the official assault rifle of the Soviet Army after they saw the damages it could cause.

5. Man who invented the first submachine gun.

A former United States officer known as John Taliaferro Thompson invented the first submachine gun in 1919, and it was called the Tommy Gun.

This gun is neither a pistol nor a complete machine gun, it was built to be very light, and also have a high firing capacity. It weighs 4.69 kg and can fire 1000 rounds per minute, it has an effective range of 100-150m.

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