John Browning

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John M Browning and a Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR).

John Moses Browning (1855-1926) was an American gunsmith and inventor.[1][2] He invented many weapons that influenced the design of other weapons, or that remain in use today.

Browning was the principal designer for Winchester Repeating Arms Company from 1883 to 1902.[2]

Browning designed the M1911 pistol, a earlier automatic pistol design that has influenced the design of many automated pistols that followed it.[3]

The M2 machine gun, a heavy machine gun, firing half inch bullets, remains widely used.[2]


  1. Stacy Glaus. A legacy of innovation, United States Air Force, 2011-01-27. Retrieved on 2011-05-28. mirror
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Richard L. Baird. The Guns of John M. Browning. Retrieved on 2011-05-28. mirror
  3. The History of the 1911 Pistol: A detailed look into the history of John M. Browning's classic design. Retrieved on 2011-05-28. mirror