Browning’s 1st Patent (1879)

John Browning patented his first firearm, a single-shot falling-block rifle.
He was 24 years old in 1879

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Patent Filed on Browning Automatic Rifle B.A.R. (1917)

Aug. 1, 1917
Application for patent filed on the Browning Automatic Rifle. The B.A.R. first saw combat in 1918.


Baby Browning (1909)

June 21, 1909
The application for a patent on a 25 caliber semi-automatic pistol was filed.
It has been manufactured and sold by both FN and Colt.
It was part of the Browning Arms Company line from 1955 to 1969.

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John Moses Browning (71) Born

John Moses Browning

Jan. 23, 1855 – Nov. 26, 1926


the most successful firearms designer of the 20th century
made his first firearm at age 13
awarded his first patent (1879) at the age of 24

Browning’s successful designs include: M1911 pistol, the Browning Hi Power pistol, the M1917 .30 caliber water-cooled Machine Gun the M1919 .30 caliber air-cooled machine gun, the M2 .50 caliber machine gun (Ma Deuce), the .30-06 Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR), and the Browning Auto-5 semi-automatic 12 gauge shotgun.