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Browning Law Enforcement: Firearms Designed for the Military

By    |   Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 04:51 PM

Browning has a longstanding tradition of designing and producing firearms for the military and law enforcement. The prized Model 1911 pistol, now made by several companies, was first designed by John Moses Browning. Indeed, the pistol itself owes its name to the year that it was adopted by the United States Army, according to the company.

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The Hi Power Standard is a well known firearm that has seen extensive uses by the military. As their 2015 catalog indicates, the pistol has been used by members of law enforcement and members of the military for generations. Browning gives much of the credit to the simple, but effective design of the weapon. Specifically, because the frame and slide are made from solid steel, reducing recoil and improving accuracy, even when used at a rapid rate of discharge.

Chris Kyle, the former U.S. Navy Seal known as being the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history, gives Browning a lot of credit for the weapons that he designed and produced, as mentioned on the Browning website. Among the weapons that Browning produced for the military besides the M1911, there is the Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) and the .50 caliper M2 machine gun.

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The M1918 BAR has a reputation for performance by members of the military going back as far as World War I. However, it wasn't until World War II that the weapon fulfilled its destiny, according to the Military Factory. Initially, the weapon was designed with a selective firing system that allowed the user to choose from a single shot to full automatic firing. Eventually, the single-fire mode was eliminated via a conversion that allowed the user to fire at up to 550 rounds per minute.

One weapon that may not quickly come to mind when it comes to being used by the military is the shotgun. However, there too, Browning came through. John Browning designed the first pump action shotgun. Prior to founding his own company, Browning worked for Remington and designed the first pump-action shotgun, according to the blog Firearms History.

This eventually led to the creation of the Browning Auto-5 Shotgun, which was first produced in 1902. The Military Factory referred to it as "the world's first truly successful semi-automatic shotgun …" For the U.S. military, the shotgun saw its last fighting days during the Vietnam War.

Production of the "Auto-5" ceased in 2000. In 2012, a newer version of the weapon was introduced. There are significant differences between the two versions so that the parts are not interchangeable.

This article does not constitute legal advice. Check the current gun laws before purchasing or traveling with a firearm.

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