“John Moses Browning was an American firearms designer who developed many varieties of military and civilian firearms, cartridges, and gun mechanisms, many of which are still in use around the world. He is arguably the most important figure in the development of modern automatic and semi-automatic firearms and is credited with 128 gun patents. He made his first firearm at age 13 in his father’s gun shop, and was awarded his first patent on October 7, 1879 at the age of 24.” [Wikipedia]
That’s from the Wikipedia website. That one paragraph makes one go “Wow!” Mr. Browning was, simply put – a genius. In a time before computers and CNC machines, he filed and machined his own prototypes from designs that were floating around in his head and scratched onto various pieces of paper and wood he had lying around.
At one time Henry Ford tried hiring Mr. Browning to work for him and help design and perfect the newly-invented automobile. Mr. Browning politely told Henry Ford to go pound sand. He had an unmistakable love for guns and no amount of money or fame was going to take him from the field he loved so much. But can you imagine the advancement of automobiles and how much further Browning would have taken the Ford Motor Co. back then?
January 23 is Mr. John Moses Browning’s birthday. Happy birthday, Mr. Browning, from Legally Armed America. Without you, my gun collection would suck! (I’m not anti-Glock, but remember, Glock guys – there would most likely be no Glock without Mr. Browning inventing the semi-automatic handgun – the 1911.
Take a look at the video below and imagine that the man came up with this complete design in his head! Remember, this is not a redesign of an existing weapon. There was no such thing as a semi-automatic pistol at that time. This was the first. Revolvers were all that existed!