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The title of the book we read was The Social History of the Machine Gun This publication basically outlined the progression of machine guns starting with the 14th centurys organ gun and ending around 1940 This advancement through technological eras showed mans relationship with this technology and how well we dealt with the responsibility of the awesome power of the automatic weapon First mention in 1339 No metals that could with stand the pressures of regular mass or sustain fire Technology was not good enough to make detailed accurate small pieces necessary for machine guns Americans found themselves as one of the front runners of the industrialized world This was always associated closely with small arms The main reasons that the machine gun appeared when it did The Civil War The first modern war in which the effect of technology truly made themselvesapparent Organ Gun was the first intro of a machine gun to the world It was first employed into combat in 1382 in the battle of Ghent and changed very little until about 250 years later The organ gun by todays standards is not a machine gun but is capable of multiple shots at once It was a moveable platform consisting of approximately 50 barrels aligned in a circle Even assuming that all the barrels fired it was still took a great deal of time to load the gun and the initial shock of the blast was soon gone and the shock of the weapon soon dissipated With the added weight of the weapons 50 barrels it made it very heavy and cumbersome to move around Making it very hard to position effectively on the battlefield The type of ignition in place in the gun was flint and roughened steel which produced a spark and ignited the gunpowder The weapon proved to be highly unreliable In the mid-17th century a member of the Royal Society named Palmer redesigned the organ gun
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