John Moses Browning had a key role in designing guns that are still in use today. His Browning machine guns that could fire more than 600 rounds a minute are famous, and he also designed the well-known shotguns for Remington and Winchester.
On this day the famous weapons designer John Moses Browning was born. He is famous for having a key role in designing guns, many of which are in use today. In fact, his original pistol designs are still used in most parts of the world (the M1911 pistol or the Browning Hi Power pistol, for example). Interestingly, the firearms that were designed more than 100 years ago are currently produced worldwide and are still used, officially and privately.
John Moses Browning was a Mormon, i.e. a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was the son of Jonathan Browning, who also manufactured weapons, but in small quantities. His father converted to the Mormon faith and then, with other Mormons, immigrated to the area of present-day U.S. state of Utah. That state today has a Mormon majority and the world headquarters of the Mormon Church is located in Salt Lake City, Utah’s state capital. Like most of the Mormons at that time, Browning’s father was polygamist, more precisely, he had three wives. John Moses Browning was one of his 19 children. Most Mormons today no longer practice polygamy.
Besides constructing modern pistols, John Moses Browning designed and many other types of weapons. His Browning machine guns that could fire more than 600 rounds a minute are famous. They were produced in millions and have probably killed hundreds of thousands of people in the 20th century. He also designed the well-known shotguns for Remington and Winchester and is a developer of numerous cartridges, including the famous .45 ACP caliber (Automatic Colt Pistol) and .50 heavy caliber BMG (Browning Machine Gun).