Browning was the most prolific gun designer of the last century, designing rifles, pistols, shotguns, machine guns, and artillery no other designer is more deserving of such attention. In recognition of his lasting contributions to the
development of firearm design and the military defense of the United States, the Utah State Legislature has officially designated January 24, 2011 as John M. Browning Day. A native of Ogden, Utah, John M. Browning is widely considered the world’s greatest firearms designer, and many of his gun designs remain popular around the globe to this day.
In his biography, “John M. Browning, American Gunmaker” The story of how he accepted a greatly reduced royalty for his work during World War I. His brother Matt recalled that he expected John to take a little time to discuss the offer. Instead Browning said, “Major if that suits Uncle Sam, it’s all right with me.” When they left the office Matt mentioned to John that they could have had much more money without any real negotiation, to which John replied, “Yes, and if we were fifteen or twenty years younger we’d be over there in the mud!”
The official commemoration took place on January 24th at the Utah State Capitol Rotunda in Salt Lake City. Utah Governor Gary Herbert is scheduled to make a formal presentation of the resolution to Christopher Browning, the great grandson of John M. Browning, at the noon ceremony on the capitol steps.
It was March 29th, 1911 when the 1911 pistol was adopted so 2011 is the 100th anniversary of that adoption of Browning’s 1911 .45 caliber automatic pistol by the US Army. A century later this pistol remains in active military use with US special operations forces and is more popular than ever among civilians, gun collectors, competitive shooters and law enforcement officers. John M. Browning’s influence is so far reaching that in Europe a “browning” is the common name for a semi-auto pistol.