Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Way of the Gun.

Happy birthday to the Mozart of the Machinegun, the Rembrandt of the Rifle, the Picasso of the Pistol, the Chopin of the Shotgun, John Moses Browning. With 128 firearms patents to his name and having single-handedly invented half of everything to do with modern firearms, we'll never see his like again.

Were he alive today, he'd be 153. And we'd have frickin' death rays.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

"And we'd have frickin' death rays."

Thanks, I needed that.

DJ said...

Got a little bit of beverage up my nose when I read that, myself. =)

I happily join the salute to the man who gave us the .25 ACP and .32 ACP cartridges!

Keith said...

Happy Birthday Tam

Keith

Anonymous said...

Because you never know when you will need to dissolve 7/9ths of an African Elephant in 10 seconds.

Dr. StrangeGun said...

"And we'd have frickin' death rays."

With sharks on their heads.

staghounds said...

'd?

And you so close to ORNL...

Anonymous said...

... he truly was a genius...

Eric

Nate said...

Well I missed making the pilgrimage, (across town) to the JMB museum for his b-day, darn. When I tried to explain to the spousal unit his significance, her response was how many people did his inventions kill?

I reminded her that John's inventions had been used to end two World Wars, not start them.

Tam said...

"her response was how many people did his inventions kill?"

The answer is "Not nearly enough."

mustanger98 on thr said...

"I happily join the salute to the man who gave us the .25 ACP and .32 ACP cartridges!"

To which I add my favorite, the .45ACP... JMB invented it too. And he may not have invented the 12guage, but he certainly changed the way we look at it with the FN Browning Auto-5 and Remington Model 11.

TheSev said...

Death Rays with a Real Walnut Stock too.

Dr. Jeff said...

Hey now, don't leave out the 50 Cal BMG. Both the Beloved Ma Deuce and it's cartridge!

phlegmfatale said...

Lots of cool kids were born that day. Happy belated one, Tam, and many, many more!