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Who was the greatest gun desinger?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Michigander, Mar 25, 2004.

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  1. Michigander

    Michigander Member

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    I found this poll here , thought you all might find it interesting.

    BTW, I voted for Browning.
     
  2. ducktapehero

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    My vote is for Browning as well. The others on the list were all great but none of them can even come close to the vast number of successful designs that Browning designed. A great number are still the 1st choice of many experienced gun owners to this day. My only John Browning designed gun right now is an Ithaca 37. But there will be more.
     
  3. rich2u

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    No brainer here, Browning by a loooooonnnnnggg shot:D
     
  4. Autolite

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    John Moses gets my vote ...

    but I'm thinkin' that Mr Gatling should get honourable mention for the 'cool' factor of his design ... :D
     
  5. DorGunR

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    John Moses Browning
     
  6. RED-DOG 40

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    BROWNING!!!!! :cool:
     
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    A poll for greatest gun designer where Browning is a candidate is not even a contest.
     
  8. entropy

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    Does this question even need to be asked? :rolleyes:
    John Moses Browning, of course!;)
     
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    Agreed.
     
  10. Michigander

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    OK. If Browning was not in the list, then who would you vote for?
     
  11. cool45auto

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    If those are the only choices then I'd vote for Browning.
     
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    Okay... how about greatest gun designer THATS still alive? ;)
     
  13. Jim K

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    Browning wins on both the number and variety of his designs, and the number of guns made from them.

    On total number of a design actually made, Kalashnikov wins hands down.

    I note the poll never mentions two top designers, John Pedersen, who did most of the Remington designs that Browning didn't, and Thomas Johnson, who did most of the non-Browning Winchester designs.

    Jim
     
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    Samuel Colt.
     
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    John Browning is without a doubt the greatest gun designer of all time with no one else even in the same ballpark.
    As was mentioned, he not only designed guns that were the state of the art nearly 100 years ago, but his designs are still considered the best available today. The M2 is still on active duty and by all accounts is as good today as it was back in the day. The 1911 handgun is the handgun that all others are compared to. Look at the threads on this board. No matter what other handgun is being discussed, it is compared with the 1911. The author might consider his handgun to be better, but he is comparing it to the 1911.

    "On total number of a design actually made, Kalashnikov wins hands down."
    I am not doubting this, but I would like to see the numbers. It doesn't seem to me to be a hands down winner although it might be the winner. There have been a lot of 1911s manufactured over the years; including this year.
     
  16. Chuck Jennings

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    JMJ is da man!!

    :D
     
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    Jim Keenan , I must agree with you on all counts . (Now your choice of black socks with tennis shoes , well hell man........ that's just wrong .:rolleyes: )

    The return of SxS ;)
     
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    My choice wasn't an option...Mikail Kalishnikov.
     
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    It might be if they included the guy who I believe has the record for "most prolific firearms designer of all time", based on the number of finished designs and working prototypes. Not as many of his designs are still produced in the same form as Browning's, but a lot of his design features have been used by others. Rotary magazines, en-bloc clips, I think he was the first to use a rotary bolt head for straight pull bolt actions and automatic rifles in the 1880s.

    His name was Ferdinand von Mannlicher. For some reason most Americans seem to associate his name only with a certain type of wooden furniture.
     
  20. Range Ninja

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    They forgot Gaston Glock.
     
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    No they didn't. :eek:
     
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    IIRC....Gaston Glock....no they didnt forget him...he didnt design anything...he got several engineers to take an H&K design and make something of it...

    My vote for top 4 would be:

    J.M.B
    Wilhelm and Paul Mauser
    Hiram Maxim
    Whoever designed the STG 44/ or Kalasknikov
     
  23. 444

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    Glock designed a great handgun. I own one and like it. However comparing Gaston Glock to John Browning would be like comparing DiVinci's work to a black light velvet picture just because they both portray the last supper.
     
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    Another for JM Browning.
     
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    My vote: John Moses Browning.

    Who should be the RICHEST$$$ gun designer in history?
    Mikial Kalashnikov: Think of the royalties that man should have received.
     
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