Here we see the introduction of the popular grip safety that has found its way into many pistol designs since 1897. John Browning utilized the .38 ACP caliber round again for this semi-auto pistol. Another feature that was introduced with this patent was a locking recoil system. A quick glance at the patent drawing and you will notice this design stands out compared to his other designs. Colt purchased this design and tested it, but never moved forward on production. The design earned John Moses Browning US Patent 580925 on April 20th, 1897. He had applied for this patent on October 31st, 1896.
This design became the Colt M1900 or Model 1900 and later with very minor modifications the Model 1902. It was the first self loading semi-auto pistol manufactured by Colt and would become the foundation for most of the Colt auto loading pistols. It was actually the second semi-automatic pistol designed by Browning and purchased by Colt, but the previous patent never hit production. The Colt M1900 also marked the introduction of the .38 ACP (Automatic Colt Pistol) caliber round. In addition to the introduction of the .38 ACP, this design stood out because it was the first with a full length slide.
All of these features are seen in the Patent Drawings. This US Patent was granted to John Browning on April 20th, 1897 under the Patent Number 580924. John Browning had applied for this patent on October 31st, 1896.
This was the first semi-automatic pistol that John Browning designed. It used a .38 caliber round with a single stack magazine. That remained the standard magazine design until the John Browning Designed Hi-Power (Patent 1618510), which used a double stack magazine. He was granted US Patent 580923 for this design on April 20th, 1897. Browning had applied for this Patent almost two years earlier, on September 14th, 1895. Patent 580923 was sold to Colt, but Colt never manufactured this particular design.
Again like the two previous John Browning Patents, this one involved a pump action 12 gauge shotgun design. Winchester owned the rights to this design, but never manufactured it. John Moses Browning was granted US Patent 577281 for this design on February 16th, 1897. It had been applied for on March 16th, 1896.
Even though there is not a lot of information available on this patent, it appears from reading the patent description that it provided a safety design preventing the premature opening of the bolt between the time the trigger is engaged and the time the round is expelled.
Like the previous Patent, this was a pump action 12 gauge shotgun design. Another shared feature between this patent and the previous is that they were purchased by Winchester, but never reached production. This design of John Moses Browning’s was granted US Patent 552864 on January 7th, 1896. It was applied for just over a year prior, on November 19th, 1894.
This patent was for a 12 gauge pump shotgun design. John Moses Browning was granted US Patent 550778 for this design on December 3rd, 1895. This pump shotgun design was submitted to the US Patent Office on April 29th, 1895. This design was never produced.
This patent would become the Winchester Model 1895.
The Model 1895 was another one of John Moses Browning’s lever action repeating rifle designs. This particular one had a non detachable box magazine.
This design is absolutely beautiful and was offered in numerous calibers, including:
– .30-40 Krag (30 Army / 30 U.S.)
– .38-72 & .40-72 & .35 & .405 W.C.F.
– .303 British
– 7.62 Russian
– .30-03 & .30-06 Springfield
The Model 1895 is one of my favorite lever action designs.
It would also be the final John Browning design that Winchester produced.
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