Where did John Moses Browning get his inspiration for what would eventually became one of the most significant developments in firearms history?
Most of you reading this post are very familiar with the Browning brand, and many of you know that the company was originally founded in 1878 by the legendary firearm designer John M. Browning. If you’ve served in the U.S. military at any time over, say, the last century, you’ve also heard fellow servicemen (and servicewomen) refer to small arms like the .50 caliber M2 Browning Machine Gun or Browning Automatic Rifle, the famous “BAR.”
John M. Browning was the foremost pioneer of automatic firearms.
So just how did all these military guns get tagged with the Browning name? Quite simply because John M. Browning was the foremost pioneer of automatic firearms, and because he designed most of the automatic firearms that were used by the U.S. and her Allies from the Spanish American War in 1898 right on through WW I, WW II, Korea and Vietnam. In fact, several of his classic designs, like the robust Model 1911 .45 ACP pistol and the impressive M2 .50 caliber Browning machine gun are still in active service today.
What you may not know is how John M. Browning got the idea for harnessing the energy released when a cartridge is fired to cycle the action, eject the fired case and load a fresh round from the firearm’s magazine. That’s one of the great stories of American gun lore.