John Moses Browning - The Gun Man

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  1. On An Island

    On An Island Moderator Moderator Initial Supporter

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    Mooseberry's thread about the Browning Hi-power, got me to thinking about John Browning and his accomplishments with firearms. Can you think of anyone that has had more influence in the design of functional modern firearms? Just some of his designs included:

    Winchester 1894 lever-action rifle
    Browning A5 shotgun
    M1911 pistol
    Browning High-Power pistol
    BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle)
    M2 .50 cal machine gun

    The 1894 Winchester has had more than 7 MILLION copies made! The 1911 is up to 3 million or so, I think (maybe a lot more). The M2 is over one hundred years old and at 3 million and counting. The BAR was issued to every squad in the US Army in WWII. The Hi-Power is over a million copies. The A5, still one of the most desired semi-auto shotguns, was made continuously for almost 100 years (counting the licensed copies).

    Wouldn't it have been a pleasure to just sit with him and talk guns?
     

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  2. On An Island

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    Courtesy of Wikipedia, here are the various designs attributed to John Browning:
    Damn. I mean. . . damn. :eek:
     
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  3. olbriar

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    That's crazy amazing!
     
  4. Sayrah

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    Indeed an impressive list.
     
  5. cswpsi

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    A true legend.
     
  6. On An Island

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    Jeez, I didn't realize that another design of his was the Colt Woodsman pistol. One more classic.
     
  7. martimus

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    John Moses Browning was an exceptional gun designer. His designs will likely still be around long after all of us are gone!
     
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    Then there is also firearms inspired by his designs.
     
  9. On An Island

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    I was surfing the GunsAmerica site and found an offer for a very clean 1963 Belgian A5 with two barrels and original case for $1,299 US. That surprised me as I thought they would be more. Two things stopped me from considering this - neither being a quality issue. The handgrip is the rounded-bottom which I don't like and the long barrel isn't ribbed.
     

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