John Moses Browning and his impact on gun design
While most gun owners are familiar with the iconic browning Easily recognizable deer-headed Buck Mark brand and logo with antlers, few realize how much of an impact the handwork of John Moses Browning has had on shooting sports and the guns they own and shoot .
While Browning is well known as the inventor of the much-loved M1911 pistol along with the Browning Hi Power pistol, he also designed and put into production many other popular firearms. These include some of the earliest versions of pocket pistols in the 1890s, many models of shotguns such as the 1897 and the famous A5 semi-automatic shotgun, and he is credited with creating the shotgun. present day superimposed which was originally made in Belgium as the Superimposed series.
Then there were many military rifles and several water-cooled machine guns. Most of the guns we own, cherish, and use today began as a thought in Browning’s mind. Manufacturers of firearms such as Winchester, Foal, Remington and others have all produced many guns designed by Browning. Some of these manufacturers simply bought the rights to manufacture firearms on which Browning held patents.
Browning began working in his father’s armory at a young age, then designed his first firearm at age 23, the 1878 single-shot rifle. It was the only Browning rifle manufactured. personally, and Winchester soon learned of the rifle’s existence, sent a representative to Utah to purchase the manufacturing rights, then built the rifle and sold it as the 1885 High Wall.
Many other patented firearm designs followed from Browning, including the Colt 1911 pistol, the 1886 Winchester lever action rifle, and the A5 semi-automatic shotgun which was manufactured by National Factory of Herstal in Belgium. Browning’s relationship with the Belgian manufacturer began after he had a troubling disagreement with Winchester over the A5 shotgun.
John M. Browning was a prolific inventor and designer of firearms and received over 120 patents related to firearm designs. Notable Browning designs include the slide found on almost all semi-automatic pistols today and the gas semi-automatic firearm action (Model 1903) still used in many firearms today. . In addition to firearms, Browning has developed ammunition including the .50 BMG, .45 ACP, .380 ACP, and .25 ACP.
Many of these cartridges were designed to improve the functioning of the pistol or rifle designed by Browning. Browning’s designs and patents also include the famous Colt Woodsman semi-automatic pistol in .22 LR and the world famous (Ma Deuce) M2 .50 caliber machine gun. Many versions of the Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) were also brought into combat by US forces.
Several gun manufacturers have used Browning models in the production of their popular firearms. For example, the Remington Model 11 and Savage 720 shotguns are based on Browning’s A5 design. Browning was always thinking of new things and designs and reportedly worked on a gun design, thought of another completely different design at the time, and leaned over the wall and wrote some notes and made sketches so that he could come back to that idea later. Browning also designed many lever action rifles and pump shotguns and rifles. Almost all guns designed by Browning continue to be produced today in some form or another.
Often times, the US military approached Browning and discussed specific gun issues or needs – and Browning would soon be up to the task. A water-cooled fully automatic machine gun design left military critics almost speechless when Browning introduced the tripod mounted gun, then sat down and began firing. The shooting lasted a long time and far exceeded what the military had asked for or hoped for.
Many soldiers of World War I had superior firepower on the battlefield because they carried guns designed by Browning. Browning’s machine guns were primarily mass-produced for the military by Colt under another partnership with Browning. Browning also designed and tested several guns for military use.
Browning died in 1926 at the Fabrique Nationale de Belgique while working on the manufacturing process for the superimposed shotgun. The Browning brand has since been applied to knives, clothing, camping gear, fishing tackle, fly rods, tennis rackets, shoes, golf clubs and other outdoor gear. John Moses Browning was also inducted into the National Inventor Hall of Fame. You can find out more details via the Browning Gun Museum in Ogden, UT. The Browning Firearms Museum is located in Union Station on the corner of 25e Street and Wall Avenue in Ogden.