Tuesday, October 5, 2010
John M Browning- American Gun Maker
Browning got his start by working in his fathers gunsmith shop as a young boy. He would take orders for his father and by the time he was 8 years old he could repair most guns that were brought into the shop. He loved his tools and to work with his hands but often found himself wondering if he could make a better gun than those he was repairing. Indeed he could! As a young man he designed a single shot rifle that was very simple in its design yet very handsome and rugged. He opened a gun shop with his brothers and starting manufacturing the rifle. It wasn't long before Winchester got hold of the rifle and came calling on its inventor. To make a long story short, John Browning starting designing guns for Winchester and did so for years. Every gun sold by Winchester in the late 1800's was a John Browning design.
Now that John did not have to manufacture guns (or worry about money any more), he could work on inventing them. Boy did he do that! John Browning has invented a book full of guns including the first repeating rifle, the first repeating shotgun, the first machine gun, the first airplane cannon, the Colt automatic pistol, and the first over and under shotgun just to name a few. He sold his designs to companies such as Winchester, Colt, and Remington. These same companies still manufacture guns to this day using designs sold to them by John Browning who died in 1926.
Why do I shoot a Browning? Mainly because my Daddy does, but if you read this book, you just might give Browning another look. I just consider it going to the source. If he designed all of the guns that we are still using today, then why wouldn't I want to shoot the gun with his name on it?