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Genuinely curious: How good a shot was John M. Browning?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by BHPshooter, Mar 28, 2005.

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  1. BHPshooter

    BHPshooter Member

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    Naturally, it would stand to reason that the grand master -- John Moses Browning -- was a pretty good shot... but is there any documented material telling what kind of shot JMB was? I'm intensely curious.

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    I know he did a lot of shooting with shotguns. In John Ross' novel Unintended Consequences, JMB refers to himself as a 95% trap shooter while watching Ad Topperwein doing some incredible shooting with a BAR. May not be true but sounds real good.
     
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    I don't know if I'd make that assumption. Lots of guys like to tinker with things but that doesn't necessarily mean they are good at using them.
     
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    According to "Browning: American Gunmaker," he and his brothers were very active trap shooters. I got the impression that they were pretty good.
     
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    I know Browning and his brother routinely won shooting competitions. I believe they were rifle competitions.
     
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    I recall reading, perhaps in John Browning's biography, that he often carried in his pocket the 32-caliber Colt Model 1903 pistol that he invented.
    I seem to recall that he was a good shot, hitting small rocks with it as he went for a walk in the Wasatch Mountains behind his Ogden, Utah home.
    It's been years since I've read his biography but I was given the impression that he was a good shot with all he invented. His prowess with shotguns is perhaps best documented.
     
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    Browning accuracy

    I believe he grew up in a period when if you shot and missed you may go hungry so he learned to shoot accurately.
     
  8. BHPshooter

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    Thanks for the info. :)

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    "Sack the rifles boys, I've got an idea." John Moses Browning.

    According to the movie American Gunmaker JMB and his brothers were out practicing with their rifles when he noticed the muzzle blast moving grass in front of their rifles muzzles and figured the gas could be used to cycle a rifle's action.

    He and his kin practiced, so should have been good shots.
     
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    ....an implication could be made that he wasn't proficient, explaining why he designed so many autoloaders and machine guns....(needed more than one shot) :) .....just kidding
     
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    Never seen that movie, but IIRC, it was actually he noticed that muzzle blasts could kick up dust clouds when firing prone. From that he made a modified lever-action rifle with a steel "sail" next to the muzzle which would pivot and work the action when the blast pushed on it (I assume he reversed the direction in which the lever had to move?). Then he got the idea to drill a hole in the barrel to vent off gas instead, but still kept the sail-and-rod-and-lever mechanism, resulting in the Model 1895 "potato digger." Then on noticing that all the moving doo-dads under the rifle made it hard to shoot prone, he hit on the idea of a piston and cylinder gas operated system, which is still being used in a ton of rifles.
     
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    Unless you are in deep Kunai grass, if there's grass in front of the muzzle you are generally shooting from prone.
     
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    There are a couple of passages in John M. Browning: American Gunmaker that give one an idea of his shooting skills:
     
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    Thanks, Matt-man, that's some informative stuff!

    I gotta get that book...
    Wes
     
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    That does sound like a fascinating book. I am going to check Ebay now.
     
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