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Re: 1873 Trapdoor to clean or not to clean
Posted by Don Harpold on Monday, 30 August 2010, at 7:53 p.m., in response to Re: 1873 Trapdoor to clean or not to clean, posted by Larry Sunday on Monday, 30 August 2010, at 6:25 p.m.
John Browning designed the 1885 Winchester Single Shot. I don't think he needed to "copy" anyone.
This is from Campbell's Winchester Single Shot book, it shows Browning did improve someones design.
"The actual germ of the Single-Shot's invention took hold one day in the early winter of 1878 when John was only 23 years old. Browning had stripped down some existing make of single-shot for repair in his fathers shop. All that is known about it is that the rifle was some sort of mechanical freak. But with the pieces spread out on the bench before him, John was both fascinated and perplexed by the arm. The longer he pondered the design, the less sense it seemed to make. Browning called his father over to share his amazement at the oddball mechanism. Then John M.s vocal chords took over: " I could make a better gun than that myself." he said. And Browning's father replied "I know you could, John Mose"... "and I wish you'd get at it. I 'd like to live to see you do it."
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