Browning is a name synonymous with American firearms. If you’re involved with firearms in any capacity, you’ve definitely been a part of the browning empire.
It all started with John Moses Browning who entered the firearm scene at the ripe age of 13 building weapons in his father's gun shop. It was here that he got his first taste of gunpowder and steel, and applied it to the manufacturing of modern weapons for the American man.
At the age of 24, he received his first patent which launched his pioneering designs for repeating, semi-automatic, and fully automatic firearms from the late 19th century through the early 20th century.
Browning had a hand in nearly every category of firearm design you can think of. From pump-action rifles to single-shot rifles and everything in between. He was a man obsessed with perfecting the firearm.
Browning’s most successful invention is considered the telescoping bolt design which is now found in nearly every automatic weapon in production. From this design, he was able to develop the M1911 pistol, the water-cooled M1917, and the heavy M2 machine gun. All of which was leagues above the average pistol being designed at the time.
The Browning Arms Company is the product of this man's hard work and determination and is one of the largest firearms and fishing companies in the world. It was originally founded in the small town of Ogden, Utah where John Moses Browning and his brother Matthew Sandefur decided to make their mark on the world.
The Browning brothers have some serious manufacturing credit to their name. John Moses himself is credited with 128 gun patents and it’s said that over 50 million weapons were manufactured from his patents while he was an active inventor of firearms.
What’s not so known about the Browning brothers is the fact that they provided patents to nearly all the other firearm manufacturing companies in America. For example, many people don’t know that in the 19th century, Browning produced the Browning single-shot rifle, but couldn’t keep the production alive so they turned the patent over to the Winchester Arms Company to keep up with manufacturing. This made the brothers very wealthy and taught them that they could contract out the arms manufacturing to other producers and just claim the royalties from the designs.
Currently, Browning is considered one of the top players in the firearm space with revenues in excess of $100M per year. They’ve gone through a number of company acquisitions and transfers in the late 20th century which began with the Fabrique Nationale of Belgium purchasing Browning. While they’ve been purchased by a foreign entity, they still maintain a headquarters in America in Mountain Green, Utah which is located fairly close to the original site of Ogden, Utah. They currently employ about 200 plus people in their headquarters for research and manufacturing operations.
They’re involved in a wide variety of categories like rifles, shotguns, pistols, fishing, outdoor, and clothing.