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Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim died in New York on this day in 1916, at the age of 76.

Young Hiram wasn't the only bright bulb on the Maxim family tree — his brother Hudson was also a military inventor, specializing in explosives (you can thank him for the smokeless powder we all have so much fun with) and his son, Hiram Percy, became well known for his early amateur radio experiments, for founding the American Radio Relay League and for developing the Maxim Silencer (too late, unfortunately, to save his dad's hearing).

It was Hiram the elder, though, who would be forever remembered for inventing the Maxim Gun in 1884 — the world's first portable, fully automatic machine gun, which paved the way for all the rest that followed.

If that doesn't impress you enough, he also invented the mousetrap. Really; we're not making that up.
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A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.
- George Washington
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Action shooting is a term that encompasses target shooting events where the shooter's score is based on both the accuracy and elapsed time. Disciplines covered by the term include:

Scoring mechanisms differ. In some, reactive targets are used (targets that fall when hit) and the goal is to knock over all the targets with the minimum elapsed time. In others, paper targets are used, and the score is based on a mathematical formula. One commonly used formula, called Comstock Scoring by the IPSC is (total points scored) / (elapsed time). With the given formula, the goal would be to maximize the points per second scored. Penalties may also be assessed for procedural errors, such as:

  • not engaging all targets
  • engaging targets in the wrong order
  • firing more than the allowed number of shots

Action shooting using reactive targets requires shooters use ammunition with enough momentum to knock over the targets reliably; the tradeoff is that the higher momentum ammunition also results in higher recoil, which makes rapid and accurate shooting difficult. In disciplines that use paper targets, there is often a minimum required power, and use of rounds with less power may be penalized or forbidden.

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  • 30 second video introduction to action pistol shooting, produced by the National Shooting Sports Foundation

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