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John Browning
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    (January 21, 1855-November 26, 1926)
    Learned gun making in his father's shop
    Designed his first gun at fourteen
    Opened the Browning Arms Company with his brother (1879)
    Received his first patent and married Rachel Teresa Child that year
    Built firearms for Winchester Repeating Arms Company until 1902
    Later designed guns produced by Remington
    Best known for designing the Browning Automatic Rifle, .50 caliber Browning machine gun and the Colt .45
    Died of a heart attack
    Generally regarded to be the best gun designer in US history
    He was a Mormon missionary (1887-1889).
    He designed many of his guns for the US while living in Belgium.
    While many of his guns were very successful, plenty were failures.
    His gun designs were used effectively by American forces (and US allies) in every war since World War I.
    Some of his designs are so good that they are still being sold.
    At his death, he owned 128 patents.
    The Browning Automatic Rifle was credited with saving the lives of thousands of American infantrymen in Korea (it was reliable enough to withstand the harsh climate).

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