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POST #1911

I have been waiting for this post #1911 (or post #11101110111 for you tango) for some time now!

I donate the essence of this post as a tribute to a true visionary, inventor and damn fine gunsmith!

Mr. John Moses Browning:



The 1911


The 1911A1

Colt 1911A1 .45.jpg

My 1911s


From L to R: Dad's 1911A1, my XSE (donor gun for FENRIR), and Canebrake my Defender.

World of Invention on John Browning

Summary of the book;

Born in Ogden, Utah, John Browning spent most of his formative years in his father's gunsmith shop, where he made his first rifle out of scrap iron at the age of thirteen.

In 1879, Browning received his first patent for a single-shot rifle that was loaded from the rear rather than from the muzzle. The Winchester Repeating Arms Company was so impressed with this weapon that they paid Browning large royalties to produce it.

He then invented a lever-action repeating rifle and shotgun for Winchester, introduced in 1884. In 1888, Browning designed a pump-action shotgun that was more advantageous for the hunter.

Browning soon turned his attention to automatic weapons. The Gatling machine gun (patented in 1862 by Richard Jordan Gatling), was the dominant automatic weapon of the era; it was a rapid-fire gun powered by a hand-operated crank.

Browning attempted to find a way of using expanding gases and recoil from exploding ammunition to eject, reload, and fire weapons automatically. From 1889 to 1892, he experimented on the machine gun, finally creating a crude weapon that captured the gases at the muzzle. In 1895, Browning improved the gun by diverting the gases from a hole drilled in the back of the barrel. The resulting weapon was used in the Spanish-American War as well as in the Boxer Rebellion in China.

Browning was also able to employ the same principle for a semi-automatic pistol that became the standard military sidearm for the United States in 1911.

A later variation of a heavy machine gun designed by Browning was used aboard United States military aircraft, having the ability of firing at the rate of 1,200 shots per minute. In 1918, Browning's machine gun was pronounced the finest in the world: it was water-cooled, mounted on a tripod, and weighed thirty-six pounds. During one test, this weapon was fired continuously for forty-eight minutes.

Browning's success with automatic weapons carried over to the sporting arms industry. For example, he developed an automatic shotgun and rifle, as well as a double-barreled shotgun with the two barrels arranged vertically.

No design of Browning's had ever proved to be a failure. He invented more successful firearms than any other American: today, there are over thirty million modern weapons which are based on his designs.

One measure of Browning's phenomenal success is the fact that no fundamental changes have appeared in the firearms industry since his death in 1926.

Several of his designs are still in production today. Some of his most notable designs include:

• M1895 Colt-Browning machine gun
• FN Browning M1899/M1900
• Colt Model 1900
• Colt Model 1902
• Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammer (.38 ACP)
• Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless (.32 ACP)
• Colt Model 1905, the first .45 ACP
• Remington Model 8 (1906), a long recoil semi-automatic rifle
• Colt Model 1908 Vest Pocket (.25 ACP)
• Colt Model 1908 Pocket Hammerless (.380 ACP)
• FN Model 1910
• U.S. Model 1911 pistol
• Winchester Model 1885 falling block single shot rifle
• Winchester Model 1886 lever-action repeating rifle
• Winchester Model 1887 lever-action repeating shotgun
• Winchester Model 1890 slide-action repeating rifle (.22)
• Winchester Model 1892 lever-action repeating rifle
• Winchester Model 1894 lever-action repeating rifle
• Winchester Model 1895 lever-action repeating rifle
• Winchester Model 1897 pump-action repeating shotgun
• Browning Auto-5 long recoil semi-automatic shotgun
• U.S. Model 1917 water-cooled machine gun
• Model 1919 air-cooled machine gun
• Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) of 1917
• Browning M2 .50-caliber heavy machine gun of 1921
• Remington Model 24 semi-auto rifle (.22) Also produced by Browning Firearms and several others
• The Browning Hi-Power, the last pistol that John Browning developed
• The Browning Superposed over/under shotgun was designed by John Browning in 1922 and entered production in 1931​


The cartridges he developed are still some of the most popular in the world.

They include:
• .25 ACP
• .32 ACP
• .38 ACP
• 9mm Browning Long
• .380 ACP
• .45 ACP
• .50 BMG​

And the storied 1911 manufacture:


The Colt Armory Dome, Hartford, CT


23,968 Posts
Ha aha ha - an Epic post and an epic number!

Congrats Cane!!

John Browning, The Man, The Myth, The Legend!!

Godfather of all modern semi auto handguns....

And, even though your pistol will be finishing dead last in our little build off, at least it's a 1911 :D


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1911, 1911, 1911, That's all I hear.

Old outdated things, should have been trashed at the start. Colt, Kimber, Springfield, RIA, AMT, and on. NOW BEFORE CANE, JD, AND A HUNDRED OTHERS BURN MY HOUSE DOWN. Just kidding, I love it to.:p
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