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American Handgunner July/August Digital Edition - Page 46

ExcLusivE! ExcLusivE! ExcLusivE! ExcLusivE! ExcLusivE! ExcLusivE! ExcLusivE! ExcLusivE! ExcLusivE! Browning 1910& Hammerless Hands-On ’ 45s 1911 History! . ew things capture the soul among so many gun-people as the mention of John M. Browning and the 1911 pistol he designed. Yes, he’s rightly famous for a host of other designs like the A5 Shotgun, Browning heavy and light machine guns, BAR and enough Winchesters to line a wall — but it’s the 1911 that causes conversation to suddenly get serious. About a year ago, a reader sent me a few washed-out, blurry digital photos of something I’d never seen before; the “1910” Browning pistol (the immediate pre-cursor to the 1911) and a strange Roy Huntington With thanks to Bill Laughridge for his technical insight. the man himself, J.m. browning. it was remarkable to hold prototype handguns that browning himself had worked on. the definitely “talked” to us. 46 Hammerless model, looking a good deal like a “biggie-sized” 1903 pocket auto. He said he had seen them in the John Browning museum, in Ogden, Utah. I was stunned. Because I’m the editor of Handgunner, many people think I’m like a hard-drive chock full of info about “all-things” handgun. It just ain’t so (it’s why all those smart guys write for us) and I had no idea these two pistols existed. I figured if I didn’t know, then some of you might not either. It was time to visit Utah. I managed to finally connect with Diana Azevedo, the museum’s director. Diana is a delightful young woman, WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • JULY/AUGUST2012

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