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Name: John Moses Browning                                                               
Born: 21 January 1855                                                                   
Died: 26 November 1926                                                                   
John Moses Browning (January 21 1855 - November 26, 1926),                               
born in Ogden, Utah, was an American firearms designer who developed many               
varieties of firearms, cartridges, and gun mechanisms, many of which are still           
in use around the world. He is the most important figure in the development of           
modern automatic and semi-automatic firearms and is credited with 128 gun               
patents his first was granted October 7, 1879.                                           
Browning influenced nearly all categories of firearms design. He invented or             
made significant improvements to single-shot rifles, lever action rifles, and           
slide action firearms. His most significant contributions were in the area of           
autoloading firearms. He developed the autoloading pistol by inventing the slide         
design found on nearly every modern automatic handgun. He also developed the             
first gas-operated machine gun, the Colt-Browning Model 1895 a system that               
would surpass recoil operation in popularity. Other successful designs include           
the Browning .50 caliber machine gun, the Browning Automatic Rifle, and a ground-breaking
semi-automatic shotgun, the Browning Auto-5.