Colt also produced the Models 1902 Military, 1903 Pocket Hammer,
1903 Pocket Hammerless, 1905, 1908 Pocket Hammerless, 1908 Vest
Pocket, 1911, and .22 Automatic Target Pistol (Woodsman). I
displayed his pistols at the exhibition show for two years and
then decided I had to have his rifles.
From 1885 until Browning’s split with
Winchester in 1902, every rifle and shotgun brought out by
Winchester was Browning’s. Considering the popularity of the
previous Winchester rifles, that was quite a feat. Browning gave
Winchester the prototype for the Auto 5 or Remington Model 11 to
you Remington fans, in 1900. They refused to give Browning a
royalty deal to acquire the model, so Browning picked up his
gun, took it across the ocean to FN, and the rest is history.
Winchester never bought another Browning design. My guess is
that Winchester is still kicking itself over that decision!
rifles include the Winchester Models 1885, 1886, 1890, 1892,
1894, 1895 and 1900 as well as the Remington Models 8 and 24 and
the FN Patent 1900 (same as the Remington Model 8), FN .22
Caliber Automatic Rifle (same as the Remington Model 24), and
the FN Pump Action .22 Caliber Repeating Rifle (Trombone Model).
I displayed his pistols and rifles for two years and then had to
get his shotguns also.
This year I added his shotguns to my display. These include the
Winchester Models 1887, 1893, and 1897; the Remington Models 11
and 17; the Stevens Model 520; and FN Auto 5 and Superposed. The
Superposed shotgun was Browning’s last gun design. He was
working on getting it into production when he died at FN in
to the guns in my display, Browning also designed five full auto
machine guns. These are the Colt Model 1895 Machine Gun, the
Model 1917 .30 Caliber Machine Gun, the Browning Automatic Rifle
(BAR), the Browning .50 Caliber Machine Gun, and the 37 mm
Aircraft Cannon. After all these years, the Browning .50 Caliber
Machine Gun is still widely used by our military. These guns
plus the Colt 1911 made a clean sweep for Browning. Every gun
submitted to US Military trials won out over all competition and
was accepted for military use.
L. Baird of Ohio has been a member since 1994 and has been kind
enough to set up his ever-evolving and expanding display at
recent display shows. Knowing he could not be with us this May,
Richard volunteered to do a Featured Display at the March
For more information on doing a display at an upcoming meeting,
contact Laura Knotts, Business Manager or any officer, director
or past president.