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 John Moses Browning

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John Moses Browning

  • Birth 23 Jan 1855 Ogden, Weber County, Utah, USA
  • Death 26 Nov 1926 Liège, Arrondissement de Liège, Liège, Belgium
  • Burial Ogden, Weber County, Utah, USA
  • Memorial ID 1679

Inventor. Born in Ogden, Utah, he was renowned gunsmith making his first gun from scrap metal when he was thirteen. He patented his first weapon a breech-loading single-shot rifle in 1879 and began work on an automatic machine gun in the 1890s. In 1895, his invention of the Browning machine-gun was purchased by the US Navy. The first automatic pistol designed by Browning was the .32 caliber Model 1900, followed by his most noted design the .45 ACP M1911 Government Model and Browning High-Power Model P-35 in 9mm Parabellum. In 1910, he produced a new 0.30-inch water cooled machine-gun and in 1917, 57,000 of these guns were produced for soldiers fighting on the Western Front during World War I. He also produced the Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) which fired a 20 round magazine. Over 52,000 of these guns were purchased by the US Army as a support weapon for the light machine-gun which were used during World War II, Korean War and in the Vietnam War. He died of heart failure in Liege, Belgium.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith

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  • Added: 31 Dec 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 1679
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Moses Browning (23 Jan 1855–26 Nov 1926), Find A Grave Memorial no. 1679, citing Ogden City Cemetery, Ogden, Weber County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .