John Moses Browning: Famous firearms designer

John Moses Browning was a famous American gun maker who inspired the formation of Browning Arms Company. He was born in Ogden, Utah on January 23, 1855.

John Browning
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At the age of seven, John Browning started to learn the rudiments of engineering and manufacturing firearms from his skilled gunsmith father. By the time he was 14, he was able to design his own gun with triggers. In 1879, at age 24, he obtained his first patent for a self-cocking single-shot rifle with the help of his brother. Later, the brothers sold the patent to the American West-Winchester for $8,000.

In the early 1890s, John Browning received the patent for the first automatic rifle. In the following years, he developed new and improved guns such as pistols, shotguns, rifles, and even machine guns. He became famous for his designs such that other companies like Remington and Colt bought the right to manufacture and distribute them.

During World War I, the United States Army used many of the firearms designed by John browning. In 1918, it also adopted the Model 1918 .30 calibre Remington automatic rifle which was primarily invented by him. During his lifetime, John received more than 120 firearms-related patents, many of which are still being in use today.

John Browning died of heart failure in 1926 at the age of 71. He had one son with his wife Rachel. To secure the rights to his inventions, the Browning Arms Company was established a year after his death. At present, the company is owned by FN Herstal of Belgium.

References
https://www.britannica.com/biography/John-Moses-Browning
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/gun-designer-john-browning-is-born
http://www.browning.com/products/shooting-accessories/miscellaneous-accessories/john-m-browning-american-gunmaker-biography.html

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