Eugene Burkins was born in St. Louis, Missouri. Apart from learning how to read and write, Burkins had no formal education. He started out from humble beginnings, working as a shoe shiner in Chicago.
He had no prior experience making or using guns. He had never seen the field of battle or donned a military uniform. And yet, he was able to learn rather quickly how to develop an improved form of military hardware that would be considered the zenith of war technology. It was enough to rival the workmanship of the most seasoned craftsmen in all the world.
So how did he do it? And how was Burkin's weapon used?
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