Browning Proudly Salutes America’s Veterans.
November 11th marks the day we observe Veterans Day. We think every day is appropriate for honoring our veterans. But this day is special. The holiday was originally called Armistice Day to commemorate the end of WWI, which was then known as the Great War. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the guns in Europe fell silent. Over time, in the United States, it officially became a day to honor all living veterans who have served honorably in the armed forces, In Canada, November 11 is called "Remembrance Day" and is celebrated similarly to the U.S.
It is a day to honor those who have served since the Great War, but also to ponder the dear price of freedom paid personally by so many valiant men and women since the founding of our great country. Those of us at Browning, in these modern times, are proud to be part of a company that has been an integral part of preserving the freedoms of Americans and many millions of freedom-loving people across the globe.
On this most important day, all of us at Browning wish to express our heartfelt thanks for the courage, dedication, and sacrifice of every member of the Armed Forces, past and present who have served the cause of Freedom.
“THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated” -- Thomas Paine
The founder of our company, John M. Browning, used his mechanical genius to design some of the most reliable, accurate and durable military firearms ever created to arm America’s servicemen and women. For almost 125 years Browning-designed firearms have served with distinction on the land, in the air and on the high seas, protecting the lives and liberty of Americans, both at home and abroad.
Some of Mr. Browning’s designs, like the Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) have long been retired from active military service. Others, like the Model 1911 .45 Automatic pistol and the .50 M2 Browning heavy machine gun still soldier on with front line and special operations units around the globe.