Friday, January 23, 2015

Happy Birthday John Browning

John Moses Browning was born on January 23, 1855 in Ogden, Utah. When he was 24 on
Oct 7, 1879 the U.S. government granted the first patent to John for a rifle. Two years after that invention is marketed as Winchester Single shot rifle of 1885, Browning becomes a full-time missionary. He served faithfully and honorably then returned home to invent. Among later inventions of this "father of modern firearms," are Winchester Repeating Rifle of 1886, Winchester Leer Action Shotgun Model of 1887, Winchester Pump-action Shotgun of 1890, Winchester .22-caliber Single Shot Rifle of 1900, Cold .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol (standard U.S. military sidearm since 1911), .30-caliber machine gun used in World War I and his Browning automatic rifle (BAR) is later used in World War II.
None of Browning’s success is due to chance—like all of the American pioneers, he turned luck to his advantage only through an enormous amount of hard work. His strength of character and the steadfastness of his principles were out of the ordinary. Thus it was that, toward the end of his life, when offered an honorary title by a university, he refused it for the simple reason that “he had made it a rule never to accept anything that he had not gained as a result of his own work.”
John Moses Browning was always an active member of the LDS Church, including serving a mission to Georgia beginning March 28th 1887. John was baptized into the Church 18 September 1867. He died November 25th 1926 Li├Ęge, Belgium. He is remembered for his work in inventing weapons, but was a family man, a honest businessman, and a man of God.

I hope we can remember the wonderful accomplishments of this great brother every time we admire a 1911, or shoot a pump action shotgun.

Semper Paratus
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