COB6 writes to remind us that today is the birthday of the fellow he calls “the most deadly American in history” John Moses Browning. He was born on this day in 1855 in Ogden, Utah and went on to design some of the most dependable weapons in our inventory. The son of a gunsmith, he patented his first breech-loading rifle in 1875.
Ultimately, John Moses Browning’s inventions helped revolutionize the firearms industry in America with some of the country’s most commercially successful guns – including the lever-action repeating rifle, semi-automatic shotgun, .22 caliber rifle, the Browning 1919 .30 caliber and M2 .50 caliber machine guns (MGs), and the Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR).
He also designed the M1911 .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol which remains in service today in some sectors – I don’t know any gun owners who don’t have a 1911. I have two. The Marines just bought 12,000 more for their special operations troops.
Browning died in 1926, but lives on in our gun cases.