ARMS PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
first Product Design Engineer to design for Browning
whose name was not "Browning".
and Salary Arrangement - Employed 4 years, 1959-1963
unique.357 Magnum revolver, interchangeable to .22
2.* Designed new
exposed hammer revolver with inertia firing pin,
barrel weights on Medallist target pistol.
cast aluminum, solid frame revolver, 10 shot, .22
self-locking shell arrester for automatic shotgun.
shell catcher for double automatic shotgun.
production modifications for rear sight and base on
.82 cal. Nomad.
production modifications on Medalist .22 cal. rear
unique bottom loading, side ejection lever rifle with
gear actuated locking bolt and tube magazine feed.
10. Designed new
trigger and 3 way safety on SAKO rifles
11. Designed new
.22 caliber automatic rifle tube lock eliminating 5
12. Designed new
simplified adjustable rifle slings.
flush mounted, quick detachable sling swivels for
production modifications .458 caliber rifle and stock
to eliminate stock splitting from recoil. (all large
caliber FN rifles)
adjustable peep sight for rifles.
bow stringer that enables woman to easily string
adjustable arrow rest for target shooting bows.
unique gear actuated turning bolt, clip fed lever
rifle, center fire. Major parts common with rifle
production modifications on tip-off scope mounts.
silent hunting arrow quiver.
family line of four rifles in .22 caliber, using
common production parts from center fire rifles No.9.
and No.18. with sketches.
1.* lever rifle
with clip feed (provisions for single shot trainer)
2.* lever rifle
with tube feed
3.* pump rifle
with tube feed
semiautomatic rifle with tube feed
above rifle No.
1 built utilizing 78 % of the parts used rifle No.18
medium sized lever action rifle for .22 Hornet
through .250-3000 ammo.
unique revolving-locking cleaning rod for all
universal gun cleaning kit for all types and calibers
universal gun tool kit for all types firearms.
production modifications on Reynolds bow sight.
adjustable butt stock (length of pull) for long guns.
commercial bow hanger rack for Browning bows.
29. I introduced
on the market a production Browning rifle chambered
for the Wildcat cartridge 22-250. It was an instant
success although there was no commercial cartridge
for it. Remington immediately jumped on the bandwagon
calling the cartridge, 22-250 Remington and offered a
rifle chambered for it. All other rifle companies
soon followed. Note: This very excellent varmint
cartridge was ignored by all the gun companies for
over 40 years, until Lewis came along, because of
"N.I.H.", ("not invented here").
It is possible that it may have seen daylight sooner,
if any of those "company men" would have
been knowledgeable gun men with some consumer
orientated marketing sense.
A Product Design
Engineer who is responsible to conceive and develop
new products which further the company goals should
always be on the lookout for new products, designs or
ideas that can be exploited commercially, even though
they are not his own N.I.H. keeps many good designs
from seeing daylight. Product engineers seldom have
the imagination to see or evaluate objectively the
consumer need or commercial value or marketing impact
of a new product or idea, also it is easy and safer
(don't rock the boat) to pick apart a new idea or
design (N.I.H) unless they are knowledgeable in the
the lookout for new designs or ideas (by seeking,
they don't jump out at you) I heard of a person who
made firearms as a hobby during the long cold
Colorado winter. With a few changes to facilitate
production, this backwoods design is now the Browning
.22 caliber T-BOLT rifle. This is the only really
different rifle in the entire field of two dozen
competitors, all of which have the old "me
too" bolt design. The clodhopper retired on the
3% royalty. Browning captured more than their fair
share of the market with a product that is not just
another "me too" item.
* These are
items which I received one or more patents on.