i read somewhere that when the US army was looking for a new service pistol, Browning took up the role of designer and ended up creating the 1911 even though he advised the military to consider the Browining Hi-Power which in his opinion was a better pistol. i cant for the love of me find the source but i'll keep looking. i have to admit that the 1911 has nice power but it just doesnt have the mag capacity to truly be a 1st choice sidearm. one should consider a "Wonder 9" handgun. 9x19mm, double stack magazine, and double action trigger. one of these seems a lot more desireable to me than a 1911. the Hi-Power might not have the DA trigger but it still has more bullets.
The 1911 was developed by Browning after the US Army had problems stopping Moro Guerilla Tribesmen in Philippine-American War. The US Officers and some NCOs were issued the Colt 38. The Moros would use a local narcotic to fire themselves up. The narcotic was also effective in pain relief. Soldiers would unload all 6 shots in to one drugged up Moro and barely drop him. Many of the soldiers went back to carrying the Single Action Army in 45 colt.
The Army announced a contract for a service pistol of not less then 45 ACP caliber. They received 6 submissions. One of the 3 dropped out. That was DWM later to develop the German Luger. Savage was the other competition. The Colt 1911 won out after the Savage and Colt had 6000 rounds each shot through them. When they heated up they were dropped in a bucket of water. The 1911 had 0 malfunctions. The Savage had 37.
The Hi-Power wasn't released until 1935. Browning died in 1926 while in his shop working on the design. The design was finished by an FN engineer in 1935.
ah. well i'll look up that article and we'll compare notes but until then it seems you have bested me Mr. Prime.
Browning developed plenty of firearms.
Google Colt Model 1908 Vest Pocket and the FN Model 1905. Both are Browning designs pre-1911.They were chambered for .25acp.
I'd bet that the US Army wanted some kind of integral grip safety. Otherwise the Hi Power may have been a 45 ACP. So you are probably right.
I'd prefer to give a shotgun to one of the less accurate members of my group. If they can't hit em with a rifle or a pistol, maybe a shotgun is what they need to survive and be useful.
Also I love the dual loads of that shotgun. Interesting to see, just curious of how reliable it is.
A machette? Really? There are a lot of you guys out there who have watched far too many zombie flicks.