Skip to comments.What’s so special about John Moses Browning?
Posted on 10/17/2013 1:05:37 PM PDT by virgil283
"Browning was not a degreed engineer, but he is, to date, the greatest firearms designer who has ever lived. Consider this: had Browning done nothing but the 1911, hed have a place in the top rank of gun designers, ever. But thats not all he did, by any means. If he had done nothing but the M1917 and M1919 machine guns, hed have a place in the top ranks of designers. If hed done nothing but the M2HB, a gun which will still be in widespread infantry service a century after its introduction, and its .50 siblings, hed be hailed as a genius. One runs out of superlatives describing Brownings career, with at least 80 firearms designed, almost 150 patents granted, and literally three-quarters of US sporting arms production in the year 1900 being Browning designs before his successes with automatic guns.......[ read it all - its very well writen]
(Excerpt) Read more at weaponsman.com ...
.....Jonathan Browning Cylinder Repeater. Image from a great article on Jonathan Browning by William C. Montgomery;
John Moses Browning - the patron saint of freedom, and self defense. Many great miracles have been worked in his name.
If traveling in the Salt Lake, Utah area take the time to drive north to Ogden, UT. The awesome Railroad and Browning Museum is located in the downtown area at the Railroad Station. The items in this outstanding museum are a sight to see.
Big deal...Thomas Edison was almost completely self-educated.
Browning was not a degreed engineer
Big deal...Thomas Edison was almost completely
The big deal is Browning did his own design work and was famous for coming up with and improving his own ideas.
Winchester and Colt manufactured Browning's designs. Browning established a strong working relationship with Fabrique Nationale in Herstal, Belgium. Browning designs were marketed in Europe, Asia, and South America under the FN logo and in North America under the Browning logo. Browning passes away in Herstal, Belgium, in 1926 while working on his last great pistol — the P35 Hi-Power.
That was his daddy’s rifle design. John Moses was good, but making that rifle at 3 years old might have been out of even his reach.
I went to the museum in Ogden once. There were some very old museum volunteer ladies watching the place. Way in the back was a WWI display with a 1917 and other goodies and a velvet rope in front of it. Shortly after I was there, someone walked in, leaned over, and plucked that fully operational belt fed machine gun off the display and walked out. I hope they upped their security after that.
Materials science had to be fairly rudimentary back then as well, but Browning designs are not known for blowing up.
I am proud to own three of his designs, two of them antiques by now.
Great short article on the genius!
I read a biography of him once. My favorite story was when he was a Mormon missionary in Georgia, I think. Back then they lived off the charity of others and sometimes there wasn’t much charity so he and his partner were looking pretty shabby. In a store window they saw a new Winchester that he had designed and sold before he went on his mission. He hadn’t seen the finished product so he asked the store owner if he could look at it. No. Get out of here, you bums.
Not meaning to insult Browning but did mean to point out the silly notion that a degree should be important to an inventor.
On that we can agree, many great inventors did not have degrees, just look at Tesla. No degrees and arguably one of the greatest inventors ever.
Obama's socialist enablers will invent a reason to denigrate his record of accomplishments.
The socialist agenda calls for discrediting America's founders and the founding documents, the founders religious, Americas leaders, Americas statesmen, and most of all, the Republican form of government guaranteed by the Constitution.
A Democracy is Obamas objective because laws can be ignored when the majority rules. In a Democracy, the majority also has the power to enforce laws than dont exist.
The Gospel According to John Moses Browming
Y’all best just bend one knee, and thank your lucky stars, when you mention THE NAME THAT SHOULD BE NAMED MUCH!
Aside from machine guns, heavy autonmatic rifles, and shotguns, where y’all think that most American icon, the G.I. 1911 .45ACP semiautomatic pistol, came from?
Where do you think the ‘other most used military semiautomatic pistol’, the Browning/FN Hi-Power (P35), got it’s start?
Through the writings of the late and great Stephen A. Camp, BHP guru, I own two of these beauties.
I used to shoot Junior NRA on Cape Cod/Otis AFB, in the 1960’s, shooting the 1911. Now, the recoil is just that, too much, so I dialed down to 9mm Parabellum, and the Browning Hi Power.
Browning was indeed a genius.
I'm sure that there are many, many more.
One not mentioned is one of my antiques: the Baby Browning. A nasty little thing in .25 ACP. I do not like shooting the thing, but it was a gift to my wife from her father and she cannot shoot it.
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