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Browning's Most Popular Firearms

By    |   Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 01:44 PM

John Moses Browning is considered the most prolific and arguably most influential firearms designer of all time. This is thanks in part to Browning’s most popular firearms such as the Model 1911 pistol, Model 94 rifle, and M2 machine gun.

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According to American-Inventor.com, Browning “is one of America’s most accomplished weapons inventors…with over 30 million firearms based on his designs.” He was a true inventor at heart, usually selling off his designs to manufacturers such as Winchester, Colt, and Remington. Browning’s legacy impacted World War I and World War II, and his out-of-production models are still highly sought after by collectors and hunting sportsmen worldwide. Here are Browning’s top five most popular firearms.

Model 1911 Pistol
Touted as the world’s most popular handgun, the 1911 pistol Browning designed is called the Model 1911 Colt. At the time, Browning was working for the manufacturer, and they bought the rights to his design. According to The Shooter’s Log, the pistol has been used in nearly every war since 1911, and the U.S. military is still utilizing it to this day. This firearm remains a top choice for many in fields that require handheld guns such as police officers and bodyguards.

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Browning Hi-Power
Retailing at over $1,000, the Browning Hi-Power Standard is a 9mm pistol and has been a weapon of choice for many soldiers and leaders throughout time. The gun has been involved in nearly every conflict since the 1940s. According to Medium’s “War Is Boring” column, the gun’s “magazine capacity, ergonomics, ease of maintenance, reliance on a commonly produced ammunition and solid construction virtually guarantee it will stay in use throughout the 21st Century.”

M2 Browning
Browning’s prolific designing career didn’t focus on just one style of weaponry. This .50 caliber machine gun is another example of Browning’s impact on military operations, as it appeared in WWII, the Korean War, and the War in Afghanistan. The latter use is even depicted in a recent Oscar-nominated film, “American Sniper.” According to Outdoor Hub, “Various machine guns, such as the M240 and Browning M2HB, can be seen mounted on Humvees and M1A1 Abrams tanks in the films.” It’s not bad for a gun that was first put to service in 1933.

Model 94
While the M2 might have Hollywood fame, the Model 94’s claim to fame is as “the most famous sporting rifle ever produced” according to The Union Station Foundation. This foundation is responsible for the John M. Browning Firearms Museum, which has the 94 along with many other famous Browning pieces on display.

Browning Auto 5 Shotgun
Deemed one of “The 10 Greatest Shotguns Ever Made in America” by Outdoor Life, the Browning Automatic-5 became famous with the tagline, “Five shots under your finger.” Despite being designed and first manufactured over 100 years ago, this shotgun has stood the test of time with very few changes made throughout its production run of over two million.

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

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