Monday, January 23, 2023

Happy Birthday, JMB!

Your friendly annual reminder that the next time someone makes the claim that striker-fired pistols are somehow inherently more "modern" than hammer-fired ones, you can inform them that John Moses Browning's first commercially successful self-loading pistol design was the FN Model 1899. It was striker-fired. It was copied all over the world and such a runaway commercial success that "Browning" becamse the slang term for pistol in several languages.

Also, not counting the grip panels and grip screws, it only had twenty-six parts. It's such a simple design that the recoil spring also functions as the striker spring. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Gaston.