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Posted: 2/2/2006 5:08:34 PM EDT
John Moses Browning
Eugene Stoner
Mikhail Kalashnikov
John Cantius Garand

Who else?
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 5:11:29 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/2/2006 5:11:52 PM EDT by dolanp]
Sergei Simonov, though his design was a short-lived success when the Kalashnikov came out.
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 5:13:16 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/2/2006 5:15:03 PM EDT by Phil_A_Steen]
Samuel Colt
Hiram Maxim
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 5:13:34 PM EDT
Helmut Welde.
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 5:14:24 PM EDT
Gaston Glock.......

Link Posted: 2/2/2006 5:14:27 PM EDT
Gaston Glock is to handguns what John Garand was to battle rifles.
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 5:23:07 PM EDT
John Moses Browning 1911... M2... IMO the 2 best wepons ever made
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 5:26:09 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/2/2006 5:26:34 PM EDT by Burkey]
Browning wins hands down. He made so many designs its not even funny. Plus, several of them are still used today, after nearly a century of service.

If anyone else can say that about Ak's in the 2050's call me then. And still, its only one gun. (And a handful of others, point is Browning has him beat on quality and quantity.)
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 5:27:24 PM EDT
The Mauser brothers

John D. Pedersen

Arthur Savage
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 5:27:31 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/2/2006 5:28:33 PM EDT by Sniper_Wolfe]

Originally Posted By Burkey:
Browning wins hands down. He made so many designs its not even funny. Plus, several of them are still used today, after nearly a century of service.

If anyone else can say that about Ak's in the 2050's call me then. And still, its only one gun. (And a handful of others, point is Browning has him beat on quality and quantity.)



There is something to be said for having designed the single most common rifle EVER.

Edit to say that I can't believe I forgot Maxim, Colt, Mauser, and Glock.

Who was Helmut Welde?

And who designed the MG42?
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 5:28:02 PM EDT
Bruce Jennings
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 5:30:06 PM EDT
Jeff Cooper
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 5:30:29 PM EDT
John Moses Browning. No one else even comes close. PERIOD. I doubt if there will ever be another firearm designer that will ever come close to his contributions.
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 5:33:55 PM EDT

Originally Posted By triburst1:
Gaston Glock is to handguns what John Garand was to battle rifles.



I tend to think he was more of the Mikhail Kalashnikov of handguns:

They both made (basically) one good design (with variants) that is superbly reliable, relatively cheap, extremely famous, and slightly less accurate than their competitors. Both their designs are used by countless people on both sides of the law, and are probably the most popular weapons in their respective niches. They also more or less revitalized their respective niches in roughly the same way....the AK was not the first assault rifle, but it was the first to become a huge, major player in financially-challenged world militaries. The Glock was not the first semi-auto pistol, but it was the first to become a huge, major player in American Law Enforcement. Both have been copied and have had design elements borrowed from them, and they both spark heated debates between "experts" (AK vs. AR and Glock vs. 1911 are probably the two biggest gun...not ammo...debates in the history of internet gun forums ).
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 5:34:22 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/2/2006 5:34:54 PM EDT by totalabuse]
Originally Posted By Sniper_Wolfe:
Who was Helmut Welde?

Heckler & Koch P7 designer.
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 5:35:45 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 5:35:56 PM EDT

Originally Posted By triburst1:
Gaston Glock is to handguns what John Garand was to battle rifles.



Link Posted: 2/2/2006 5:37:49 PM EDT

Originally Posted By gmtmaster:
Jeff Cooper



While I have met Colonel Cooper and I think highly of him, he is not exactly a firearms designer.
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 5:38:17 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Sylvan:
in the beginning, there was Browning.

Browning is so far ahead of anyone else it makes the question silly.
The others made one great gun that lasted for years.
Browning made a half dozen great guns and dozens more.
The AK is the triumph of manufactoring rather than design.
AR is, technically speaking, a much more revolutionary design.

..

While Browning is without doubt the greatest.




Agree 100%


Seeing the inside of precisely how an M2 operates is amazing. It is a thing of mechanical genius.

The 1911 is pretty snazzy too.
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 5:39:50 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Burkey:
Browning wins hands down. He made so many designs its not even funny. Plus, several of them are still used today, after nearly a century of service.

If anyone else can say that about Ak's in the 2050's call me then. And still, its only one gun. (And a handful of others, point is Browning has him beat on quality and quantity.)



You can see the influence of J.M.B. (May the Sauce be Upon Him!) in many(most) of the weapons of today.

All from his simple little workshop, and his Awe inspiring genius. Because of this wonderful man, We all have many things to "Play" with today.

I only wish I could have met him somehow.......


Tall Shadow
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 5:49:37 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Tall_Shadow:

Originally Posted By Burkey:
Browning wins hands down. He made so many designs its not even funny. Plus, several of them are still used today, after nearly a century of service.

If anyone else can say that about Ak's in the 2050's call me then. And still, its only one gun. (And a handful of others, point is Browning has him beat on quality and quantity.)



You can see the influence of J.M.B. (May the Sauce be Upon Him!) in many(most) of the weapons of today.

All from his simple little workshop, and his Awe inspiring genius. Because of this wonderful man, We all have many things to "Play" with today.

I only wish I could have met him somehow.......


Tall Shadow



Me too. My career goal is to design firearms. If there was one person I could sit down and chat with about it, it'd be Browning.
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 8:25:57 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Sniper_Wolfe:

Originally Posted By Tall_Shadow:

Originally Posted By Burkey:
Browning wins hands down. He made so many designs its not even funny. Plus, several of them are still used today, after nearly a century of service.

If anyone else can say that about Ak's in the 2050's call me then. And still, its only one gun. (And a handful of others, point is Browning has him beat on quality and quantity.)



You can see the influence of J.M.B. (May the Sauce be Upon Him!) in many(most) of the weapons of today.

All from his simple little workshop, and his Awe inspiring genius. Because of this wonderful man, We all have many things to "Play" with today.

I only wish I could have met him somehow.......


Tall Shadow



Me too. My career goal is to design firearms. If there was one person I could sit down and chat with about it, it'd be Browning.



I have two pistols from his design(Remington Rand,and Colt Government model) but the Browning designs I collect now are the A5 Autos,and the Rem 11's shotguns!!

I even have the cross overs Rem 11-48 the mother of the Rem 870!

JMB started his A5 in belgium but offered it to Winchester(they turned him down) he then offered it to REM they took him up on it untill about 1948 or so!

I have a Rem sportsman(1935) and a Rem Mod 11(1930) and a Browning Light Twelve(1957)I like the attention to detail and hand fitting and hand machined parts!

Most shooters hate the weight of these fine made and engraved shotguns!

I collect them because as said JMB was King of design!

I say now and forever!!


Bob
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 8:28:39 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Combat_Jack:

Originally Posted By gmtmaster:
Jeff Cooper



While I have met Colonel Cooper and I think highly of him, he is not exactly a firearms designer.



Didnt he have a lot to do with the Bren Ten?
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 8:29:43 PM EDT

Originally Posted By roboman:

Originally Posted By triburst1:
Gaston Glock is to handguns what John Garand was to battle rifles.






+1



Gaston Glock is more to handguns as what Earl Silas Tupper is to plastic kitchenware, or how Firestone is to tires
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 8:30:15 PM EDT

Originally Posted By gmtmaster:

Originally Posted By Combat_Jack:

Originally Posted By gmtmaster:
Jeff Cooper



While I have met Colonel Cooper and I think highly of him, he is not exactly a firearms designer.



Didnt he have a lot to do with the Bren Ten?



And the Steyr Scout rifle.
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 8:31:45 PM EDT
Colt
Winchester
Browning
Kalashnikov
­Garand
and a few wacko Germans I do not know ( invented a few goodies arouind WW1 and WWII)
Glock

and one more
Daisy
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 8:33:48 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/2/2006 8:34:46 PM EDT by blacklisted]
Todd Bailey

of Special Weapons fame!

Link Posted: 2/2/2006 8:34:54 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/2/2006 8:35:16 PM EDT by USGI_45]

Originally Posted By triburst1:
Gaston Glock JMB(1911) is to handguns what John Garand was to battle rifles.

Link Posted: 2/2/2006 8:38:33 PM EDT

Originally Posted By USGI_45:

Originally Posted By triburst1:
Gaston Glock JMB(1911) is to handguns what John Garand was to battle rifles.




here we go
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 8:41:16 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/2/2006 8:41:31 PM EDT by adair_usmc]

Originally Posted By Outsider_10fp:

Originally Posted By USGI_45:

Originally Posted By triburst1:
Gaston Glock JMB(1911) is to handguns what John Garand was to battle rifles.




here we go



The truth hurts huh?

Gaston Glock has more in common with J.F. Brondel, the inventor of the flush toilet, than he does with John Moses Browning.
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 8:52:36 PM EDT
Don't forget:

Freddie Lorcin

Seymour Jennings

Jaques Chaut-Chaut

Johnny Bersa

Sammy Raven

Suk Kee Tec

Bobby Bryco
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 8:54:28 PM EDT
Gaston Glock
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Link Posted: 2/2/2006 9:00:01 PM EDT
Hiram Maxim

UZIEL GAL!!!

Hugo Schmeisser

Eliphalet Remington
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 9:03:08 PM EDT

Originally Posted By USGI_45:

Originally Posted By triburst1:
Gaston Glock JMB(1911) is to handguns whatJohn Garand was to battle rifles David Oreck was to eight-pound vacuum cleaners.


Link Posted: 2/2/2006 9:03:36 PM EDT
Mikhail Kalashnikov
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 9:05:49 PM EDT
Browning
Maxim
Kalishnikov


A­ll envisioned a less populated world
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 9:44:40 PM EDT
Herr Luger

How many others besides Browning have their name on a cartridge too
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 9:47:53 PM EDT

Originally Posted By adair_usmc:
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Link Posted: 2/2/2006 9:48:35 PM EDT

Originally Posted By GiggleSmith:
Herr Luger

How many others besides Browning have their name on a cartridge too



Dick Casull

Gaston Glock (.45 GAP)

Skip Talbot



Those three are just off of the top of my head.
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 1:18:31 AM EDT
How in the hell did you guys mention Glock fourteen times, but completely fail to mention:
Richard Jordan Gatling
Patrick Ferguson
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 3:25:57 AM EDT

Originally Posted By adair_usmc:

Originally Posted By GiggleSmith:
Herr Luger

How many others besides Browning have their name on a cartridge too



Dick Casull

Gaston Glock (.45 GAP)

Skip Talbot



Those three are just off of the top of my head.



Colt (all the ACPs).
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 4:30:05 AM EDT
What about the guy that designed the Red Ryder bb gun? This, and "A Christmas story" has done to spark many of my friend's first interest in firearms.
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 4:36:36 AM EDT
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 7:15:16 AM EDT

Originally Posted By vito113:
Reginald Vernon Sheppherd and Harold John Turpin



What'd they design?

I don't know what a lot of these guys designed, actually. There are even more that I haven't heard of but know by last name (Arthur Savage, Richard Jordan Gatling).
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 7:33:31 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/4/2006 7:35:22 AM EDT by WyattEarp]
Sam Colt


"God made all Men, Samuel Colt made them equal."
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 7:39:20 AM EDT
Smith and Wesson...

While Colt made men equal, S&W made them affordably equal
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 7:41:09 AM EDT
IBTP


I don't know about guns but Al Gore invented the internet.
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Link Posted: 2/4/2006 8:19:46 AM EDT
Joe Ken (read: Jokin)
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 8:22:48 AM EDT

Originally Posted By quijanos:
Joe Ken (read: Jokin)




Damn you beat me to it.


Nothing like a good joeken bash.
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