By Lars Dalseide | February 13 2013 12:32

Maxim 1908 light machine gun first to take flight on Military Channel's "Triggers: Weapons that changed the World"

Right side view of the Maxim 1908 beltfed light machine gun at the NRA Museum

Fairfax, Virginia - Tonight marks the return of "Triggers: Weapons that changed the World" to the Military Channel. If you're not familiar with the show, it's a one hour look at a significant, battle-tested firearm by host Wil Willis and a cadre of experts.

For tonight's premier episode, airing at 10:00pm in most locations, we have two NRA celebrities making their Triggers debut as well ... National Firearms Museum Senior Curator Philip Schreier and the Maxim 1908 beltfed light machine gun. We call this one Gertrude.

NRA Senior Curator Phil Schreier and Triggers host Wil Willis look over a maxim 1908 beltfed light machine gun at the NRA Museum

Willis was a great choice for host. With a background in both the Army (as a Ranger) and the Air Force (as a Pararescueman), his familiarity with a variety of firearms is extensive. And if he doesn't know the particular gun in question, well, he's got people like Phil to fill in the gaps.

"He's an impressive young man," said Schreier. "He really knows his stuff and adapted well to paces we put him through."

Left side view of the Maxim 1908 beltfed light machine gun at the NRA Museum

What paces? The paces we put him through down on the NRA Headquarters Range. You didn't think we we just going to let him look at the guns, right? No, no no. In the second season of Triggers, we load them up and allow Willis to give them a test run.

After some heavy negotiations with NRA Range Manager Michael Johns, producers were allowed to put a variety of targets out of the range for Gertrude to pummel. Everything from the standard sporting clays to the classic jugs of water.

Triggers host Wil Willis examines a 1908 Maxim light machine gun at the NRA Museum

Should that pique your interest, check out the behind the scenes video (provided by the Military Channel) below.


In February of 2014, the Military Channel relaunched on the Discovery networks as the American Heroes Channel. Though we are keeping the original name in the original posts, all links have been changed to reflect the new brand.

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