As WeaponsMan says in this blog post, John Moses Browning was the greatest weapons designer ever. ┬áBut he doesn’t go far enough. ┬áBecause many of Browning’s designs are still not only in modern service, but still being built by the thousands with only superficial changes over 100 years after they debuted, he is also one of the greatest machine designers in the history of the world.

Here are my two favorites of his countless designs:

The M2 Browning .50 caliber machine gun

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The M1911 .45 ACP semi-automatic pistol

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