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Available for sale is one of the most complete ensembles of a
Vickers in the USA. Let us review a bit of the history and use
of the Vickers.
A fellow named Maxim, based in London, was working on fully
automatic weapons from the 1880’s. His first guns were
chambered for the .577/.450 Martini Henry cartridge. Though
he made them work, reliability was an issue due to the black
powder “propellant” and the relatively poor state of cartridge
case engineering. During this start up, Maxim was bankrolled
by the Vickers Company.
That all changed in 1888 when modern deflagrant so called
“smokeless” propellants were perfected. With good
ammunition, the Maxim came into its own. These guns
became key in the European powers’ colonization of Africa.
Among its first use in combat was in the Matabele War of 1893
in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe); wherein Forbes, outnumbered
over 10 to 1 by the Nbele army, credited his salvation to the
Maxim machine gun.
Maxim was probably not the greatest of businessmen and he
was bought out by Vickers. They did a number of reliability
improvements to the design and finally sold it to the British in
1912. The Vickers was in service from then, through both
World Wars, on up to 1968 in British service and into the
1980’s in former British protectorates and colonies.
The Vickers ensemble being offered includes:
One Vickers Water Cooled Machine Gun
Note: complete with the gun control mechanism which
we call a T&E (traversing and elevating) today.
One Anti-aircraft Mount
One spare barrel
One spare feed block and bolt mechanism
Eight cloth belts
Three cans of .303 British ammunition
Note: each can holds 250 rounds of ammunition, in cloth
belts, manufactured for Jordan in the 1980’s and vacuum
One conversion kit
Note: this is a Vickers made feed block and bolt
mechanism to convert the Vickers to 7.62x54mm Russian
One extra barrel chambered for 7.62x54mm RR.
Six ammunition cans for 7.62x54mm RR
Note: each can has one 250 round, non-disintegrating
Transport and training is available (additional fee).