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The Guns of John M. Browning at the NRA National Firearms Museum

by G&A Online Editors   |  October 9th, 2013 5

There are certain places on Earth where human ingenuity is preserved in awe-inspiring form. The NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Va., is one of those places.

Home to an extraordinary collection of firearms from U.S. presidents, generals and pivotal points in world history dating back to 1350, the treasure trove of arms at the museum illustrates history through the guns that made us who we are today.

The foremost examples of human ingenuity on display at the museum include the works of firearm mastermind John M. Browning. Many of Browning’s designs pioneered modern firearm technology and remain in military service to this day. In total, Browning received over 120 patents for more than 80 different firearms, and his designs are still produced by a variety of manufacturers.

As a celebration of his genius, we’re highlighting a selection of Browning’s famous guns on display at the NRA National Firearms Museum. Next time you’re in Virginia, make sure to check out the museum to fully experience the entire collection in person.

Information and images courtesy of the NRA National Firearms Museum.

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  • Randy from Fernley NV

    If you are ever in Fairfax, you must go to the National Firearms Museum. We were back east this year and sitting at a restaurant. I was perusing my smartphone for museums in the area, and when the NFM popped up, I asked my wife, what town we were in. She said Fairfax. What a jolt. We were only 5 miles away, yes, it was beltway miles, but we still got there. What an experience, the best gun museum in the world, including The Smithsonian. All the great guns, I still believe that they haven’t washed all my drool off the floor.

    • merlich

      I agree that the NFM is the best in the world, but a close second is the firearm collection at the Buffalo Bill Center in Cody, WY. Worth a visit if you’re in the Yellowstone area.

    • Grady from Montana

      You also need to see the John Browning Museum in Provo, Utah which has his original workshop intact.

      • Paul from Ogden

        The Browning Museum in at the Union Station in Ogden, Utah. (not Provo) If your into guns and trains it is a great place to visit. Lots of history.

  • PsychoDawg

    One of each please! Feel free to send a M2 and a M1919 as well!

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