Posts Tagged ‘John Moses Browning’

Browning Israeli Hi-Power pistol right profile

Farewell To the Browning Hi-Power

Fabrique Nationale recently announced that the Browning Hi-Power pistol is being discontinued from manufacture. In the perfect handgunning world, all pistols would have the mix of history, performance, and collector interest of the FN Hi-Power. The Hi-Power is among the most recognizable handguns worldwide. If you scan the news, you may see a Hi-Power in the hands of Indian police or being waved by a woman during a street battle in Iraq.

The Might 50 BMG

Cartridge of the Week, the .50 BMG, 12.7×99mm NATO, .50 Browning Machine Gun, 50 Cal

You thought that last week’s cartridge was full-sized. Well welcome to the jungle folks—we got what it takes this week. Why wait until your enemy comes out from behind that concrete wall? Just shoot through it! Don’t let that armor plating get in the way of your job, just shoot through it! Have a big truck coming into the no bad-guy zone? Shut it down by obliterating the engine with one shot. Cars, trucks, boats, armored vehicles, planes, and buildings cannot stop this big bad boy, the famous .50 BMG!

M97 Trench gun with Bayonet

Firearm of the Week, Winchester Model of 1897 Shotgun, M97 Trench Gun, Trench Broom

Here is a firearm that when introduced to the battlefield, an outcry arose from the German high command. They claimed it was too dastardly for combat. This from the same country that chose to use lethal gas on its opponents and said, “It is especially forbidden to employ arms, projectiles, or materials calculated to cause unnecessary suffering.” While I disagree with the hypocrisy, I do agree that this gun will cause suffering. Say hello to the Winchester Model 1897 12-gauge shotgun, or simply the M97 Trench Gun.

45acp side view

Cartridge of the Week, the .45 ACP, .45 Auto

This week we look into the American classic cartridge, the .45 Automatic Colt Pistol. John Moses Browning, who some may consider the finest gun designer of all time, conceived the cartridge in 1905. It entered service as part of the most iconic pistol of the 20th and 21st centuries, the Colt 1911 and 1911A1. It is hard not to tell the story of this cartridge without some brief notes about the 1911 platform, as they are synonymous.