Originally Posted by texaswoodworker
Is that probably how John Browning created his first gun?
More interested in the late 1870s-1900. In other words, I want to know how JMB took is designs and made them a reality.
like any other invention LOTS of manual labor designing each part. but he didnt do it in a vacuum he had other samples of previous guns to work from. if you look at the entirity of gun design its always been a marriage of machine tools and what came before.
once the prototype was created (the hard part) specific machine tools and processes to mass create that gun were able to be made.
the readon there were stretches of long periods of time between big leaps in gun design werent because the people that invented muskets werent smart or didnt have ideas to make wondrous firearms it was that the metal working technology and available machine tools and metallurgy and alloys didnt exist. when your limited by how much stress a piece of iron or later steel could take and there wasnt a good understanding of heat treating and hardness factors a lot of gun design was hampered to stay on the safe side.
its hard to create a semi auto or full auto in 1802 when the ability to make consistant sized parts on any scale didnt exist. when the industrial age hit a gunsmith didnt need to be a master artisan with had tools while having a genius for design ideas and we started to see MANY more gun designs when things like lathes drill press and mills removed the need to also be highly skilled in carving metal and casting metal.
if jmb had been born 50 years earlier he would never have been a gun maker of any repute. he might have made a few hundred guns by hand you would only see in the back of a book on famous or desirous muskets.