Posted March 20, 2018 12:00 pm by Comments

By Ben Philippi

Machine gunner Mark Dinsmore shows off the three rare vintage machine guns he was lucky enough to inherit from his father.
Dinsmore attended his second Big Sandy machine gun shoot near Wikieup, Arizona in October. He said he was hooked after his first time attending. The event affords him a chance to talk shop with fellow machine gunners on top of shooting guns in unison with dozens of other shooters.
Owning and operating machine guns, especially those that are a century old, is no easy task. It takes a great deal of research and dedication to keep them working. The internet has made things easier, but events like Big Sandy bring like-minded people together to share their knowledge.
Dinsmore inherited all of his machine guns from his late father. He’s glad his father was into machine guns and not football, because he doesn’t give a damn about football. He loves machine guns though.
Mark Dinsmore’s Maxim machine gun. (Photo: Ben Philippi/
The first gun Dinsmore was running at Big Sandy was his 1918 water cooled Maxim machine gun. It was a World War I trench machine gun. “Maxim kind of set the standard as far as machine guns are concerned. This is basically what replaced


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