John Browning

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John M Browning and a Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR).

John Moses Browning (1855-1926) was an American gunsmith and inventor.[1][2] He invented many weapons that influenced the design of other weapons, or that remain in use today.

Browning was the principal designer for Winchester Repeating Arms Company from 1883 to 1902.[2]

Browning designed the M1911 pistol, a earlier automatic pistol design that has influenced the design of many automated pistols that followed it.[3]

The M2 machine gun, a heavy machine gun, firing half inch bullets, remains widely used.[2]


John Browning's name is the inspiration for the Transformers character Browning and the Mastershooter Collectables toy Brown-King. Both of these fictional characters are robots who turn into guns.


  1. Stacy Glaus (2011-01-27). "A legacy of innovation". United States Air Force. Retrieved 2011-05-28.  mirror
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Richard L. Baird. "The Guns of John M. Browning". Retrieved 2011-05-28.  mirror
  3. "The History of the 1911 Pistol: A detailed look into the history of John M. Browning's classic design". Retrieved 2011-05-28.  mirror