John Moses Browning, did you know he also did bolt-action rifles? That part of his oeuvre managed to remain below my radar for some reason. I mean, I guess I was aware that he had done some, at least in some dark recess of my memory, but if you'd pop-quizzed me, I couldn't have named one to save my life.
The previous weekend I got to fire the Winchester 1903 autoloader (a T.C. Johnson design) that had belonged to the Data Viking's granddad. This past Sunday I got to run a few rounds through the single-shot bolt-action JMB-designed Winchester 1904 that Shootin' Buddy's grandpa bought back in 1921 at the ripe old age of 10.
That's right, back in 1921 a ten-year-old child could walk into a Terre Haute hardware store and reach up and slide his hoarded egg money across the counter and get his very own .22 rifle. I am given to understand that a pistol would have required a note from his parents by way of a background check, however.
You remember all the mass shootings they were having back then, right?