Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation
May 21, 2014
1889 John Browning makes the first successful gas-powered machine gun. Browning previously worked with both Colt and Winchester, but the Hartford gun company manufactured the M1895 Colt-Browning model that was the first to enter service.
CAPTION: Men of the USS Michigan Battalion on the outskirts of Vera Cruz, circa late April 1914, armed with a Colt M1895 machine gun and M1903 rifles.