The Pilgrimage to Ogden

As anybody who knows me knows,  I’m a MASSIVE fan of John Moses Browning.    In fact the sheer scope of his designs, and how many of them,  like the M1911 Pistol,  and the M2 Heavy Machine Gun still see regular practical use.   The man is on par with his innovations as Thomas Edison, Nicolai Tesla, or Alexander Graham Bell, all of whom were contemporaries to each other,  along with Henry Ford,  who wasn’t quite on par with inventions,  but his innovations to make automobiles more affordable and available also changed the world we live in.

Really my reverence for Mr Browning borders on religious,  so I’d always wanted to make a “Pilgrimage” to Ogden Utah, which is the home town to several generations of the Browning Family.

Well last week the wife and I took a little vacation to Salt Lake City,  and while we were there I NEEDED to go to Ogden.

Well first up there was an Air Show in town when we arrived,  and then we learned that the Museums were only open Wednesday through Saturday,   so Wednesday,  our last day in Utah was going to be it.     We took the Scenic route there and arrived in Ogden just before eleven.

First stop, the town cemetery where much of the Browning Family is interred:

And there’s the marker for the Man himself.  I notice some visitors had left pennies on the marker to pay their respects,  It hadn’t even occurred to me,  and I didn’t have any coins.   Had I thought about it I probably would have brought some Winchester Brass in .45 ACP

Ogden Valley is REALLY Beautiful,  I took this photo to just show the majesty of John Browning’s Final Resting Place.

Next stop was the Browning Museum.   This is in Old Union Station  the best part is one admission fee gets you into ALL the museums.     So I didn’t take pictures of EVERYTHING,  but you can see quite a few in the Museum Page.

Here are some early Browning pistols as well as some experimental guns by Val A Browning Whom I hadn’t known was also a gun designer.

Some more FN pistols designed by John Browning.   Colt Pistols were not plentiful.

I took this picture just to irritate Nirvana Fans

These next three are just REALLY NEAT!

You can read the plaque,  but this was Browning attempting a proof of concept for a gas operated rifle.   There’s a washer near the muzzle that is pushed by muzzle blast to move an operating rod that works the lever action on the rifle.

He Improved on the design by putting a nipple that interfaced with a gas port in the barrel and allowed that gas pressure to operate the lever.

This is the basis for the 1895 “Potato Digger” Machine Gun  

This was in in a display on making engraved guns.   I really didn’t fit it….but while the engraved examples were very pretty,  this Browning Superposed lockwork is a wooden mockup that was carved by Browning himself as a quick and easy way to get a physical sample in his hands to manipulate.   Kinda the early 20th Century version if a 3D printed prototype!

They have several of the early prototypes that later turned into the Browning Hi Power The gun went through a LOT of changes after Browning’s Death, so much that Dieudonné Saive deserves as much credit as Browning for this iconic firearm.

And last but not least the M1911 exibit

The early guns that lead to the M1911

Above this were two early M1911 Pistols,  which you’ve probably seen before.  But here is the PROTOTYPE M1911A1.    What’s really interesting is this gun still has the flat mainspring housing of the M1911.

Also that .22 is really strange looking.  Allegedly it has a locked breech,  and the beavertail REALLY makes the grip seem short and awkward.

Again more photos on the museum page,   and FAR more guns than I wanted to take pictures of!

Last stop before leaving town was the John Browning Mansion

The house has been out of the Browning Family since the 1940s, and has fallen into disrepair.   According to the link above the new owners are attempting to convert it back to a public space that celebrates the life and Achievements of John Moses Browning.   We attempted to contact them for a tour,  but we couldn’t make it happen sadly.

It’s a historical landmark,  so it will never be torn down,  but I do hope to visit it as a historical home in the future!

This really was a religious experience,  and I greatly enjoyed my stay in Utah as a whole,  but this was clearly the highlight of my week,  and one of those memories I’ll keep for the rest of my life!

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Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 305: The Return From Libertycon Round Table

David and Oddball are back from LibertyCon, but Erin is still on the road. Join Dodd, Weer’d and Xander for another ACP Round Table! In this episode we discuss:

  • all the excitement of LibertyCon;
  • a massive 911 outage in Massachusetts;
  • the 8-1 SCOTUS decision in Rahimi, upholding the law that bans domestic abusers from owning guns;
  • the Second Amendment Foundation filing a lawsuit against the prohibition of guns in post offices;
  • a jury finding SIG Sauer liable in SIG P320 accidental discharges;
  • and a member of Biden’s Secret Service team was robbed at gunpoint in California.

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Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 304: The Supreme Court and the Round Table

Due to a massive number of Second Amendment news stories, we’re having an ACP  Round Table to discuss them! Join Erin, Weer’d, David, and Oddball as we analyze:

  • SCOTUS’ ruling against the Bump Stock Ban,  and not only is the decision amazing but so is the dissent (but for entirely different reasons);
  • North Texas’ District Court vacating the Pistol Brace Ban;
  • YouTube’s new and draconian gun policy;
  • Hunter Biden’s conviction of lying on a Form 4473, and the ironic possibility that his appeal will make him a champion for gun rights;
  • President Biden speaking at the “Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund’s Gun Sense University Conference” while his son was being convicted (the speech was as boring as you’d expect);
  • and an alleged attack thwarted by law enforcement which Weer’d finds fishy.

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Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 303: News Callbacks

In This Episode

  • Erin and Weer’d discuss:
    • the Uvalde families have issued another outlandish lawsuit,  this time against UPS and FedEx;
    • Bank of America walking back their ban on lending to gun manufacturers;
    • the McCloskeys of Missouri have had their convictions expunged, and now they are suing to get their guns back;
    • and a Maine “Gun Safety” group shows they don’t understand the meaning of those words… or the word “unloaded”, either.
  • David talks about shooting in low light with flashlights;
  • and Myles talks about raising pigs.

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Main Topic

Gun Lovers and Other Strangers:

South Paw Corner:

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Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 302: Proud to be Gun Curious

In This Episode

  • Erin and Weer’d discuss:
    • the Trump Conviction and how it might not be very significant for the Second Amendment;
    • families from Uvalde are suing Activision, blaming Call of Duty for the Robb Elementary School shooting rather than the people who were actually at fault;
    • Brandon Herrera losing his first Congressional Primary, but nevertheless it was a remarkable showing with close results;
    • the NRA winning a 9-0 SCOTUS Ruling on First Amendment grounds;
    • an interview with the new NRA Executive Vice President and what it means for the organization.
  • Weer’d sits down with Dr. David Yamane to talk about his new book, Gun Curious;
  • and David tells us the difference between Range Safety Officers and Firearms Instructors.

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David Yamane

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Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 301: Walking and Talking and Reforming the NRA

In This Episode

  • Erin and Weer’d discuss:
    • a gold heist in Canada with ties to gun smuggling;
    • proposed Federal legislation from New York Representatives to ban ownership of level III and IV body armor.
  • Weer’d sits down with NRA Board of Directors member Amanda Suffecool to talk about the NRA Board meeting;
  • and Weer’d also talks with Michael Sodini of Walk the Talk America about the educational programs they offer.

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Main Topic

 Amanda Suffecool Interview

Walk the Talk America

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Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 300: THIS! IS! ACP!!!

In This Episode:

To celebrate our 300th episode, we’re having an ACP Round Table!  (Sadly, no one is dressed as a Spartan.) Join Queen Erinidas alongside Weer’d Beard, Oddball, Xander, and David as they take a stroll to the Hot Gates of the NRA Annual Meeting and discuss:

  • signs at the NRA Annual Meeting that the corruption is still around, but the members are clearly wising up and taking the NRA to task for it;;
  • Donald Trump’s speech at NRAAM, which was more of the usual and with minimal talk of gun rights;
  • the possibility of Ronnie Barrett of Barrett Firearms becoming the next NRA Executive Vice President (but the day after recording this we discovered that Barrett didn’t win);
  • more tourists arrested in the Turks and Caicos Islands for having a few pieces of ammunition in their luggage;.
  • the 9th Circuit Court striking down Hawaii’s butterfly knife ban;
  • firearm prohibitionist politicians turning on the dubious Shot Spotter technology, citing racism;
  • a Federal court issuing a temporary restraining order against the ATF’s change in the “Engaging in the Business of Selling Firearms” law;
  • legislation introduced in Congress to remove the $200 tax stamp requirement for SBRs, SBSs, and suppressors;
  • another NFA challenge regarding suppressors that are made in Texas and stay in Texas;
  • another surprising rule by the 9th Circuit, where one judge in three ruled that felons aren’t part of “The People”;
  • plus the usual silliness and side-tracking that happens with Round Tables.

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Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 299: a Dirty Shoot and More Machine Guns

In This Episode

  • Erin and Weer’d discuss:
    • the senseless death of Senior Airman Roger Fortson in Florida by the Acorn Cop Sheriff’s Department;
    • New York’s proposed ban on striker-fired pistols;
    • the new machine guns that the ATF has allowed to enter the NFA registry;
    • the Washington Post winning a Pulitzer Prize for their propagandic hit pieces against the AR-15.
  • David talks about FOPA, the Firearms Owner Protection Act, and its dreaded Hughes Amendment;
  • and Weer’d interviews Michael Sodini of Walk the Talk America to talk about the history and scope of the organization.

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Gun Lovers and Other Strangers:

Walk the Talk America:

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Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 298: The Miraculous Malfunction

In This Episode

  • Erin and Weer’d discuss:
    • 2024’s NRA Board of Directors election results, and they certainly look good;
    • nearly 5 years of one-million-plus NICS checks;
    • a tenured professor’s workplace harassment over a firecracker emoji;
    • God intervening when a man attempted to shoot the pastor at a church service;
    • Maine adopting gun control in the wake of the Lewiston shooting;
    • and SCOTUS is going to review two Assault Weapon Ban cases, hopefully granting cert to one or both.
  • Finally, Weer’d finished his fisk of David Hogg’s debate with Spike Cohen.

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Weer’d Audio Fisk:

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Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 297: Gun Shows Are Fun, Gun Laws Are a Bummer

In This Episode

  • Erin and Weer’d discuss:
    • the New York court where “The Second Amendment doesn’t exist”;
    • the ATF’s updated wording on what is an illegal private sale, and it clarifies nothing;
    • an American is facing years in prison in the British Territory of Turks and Caicos for a few rounds of ammo forgotten in his bag;
    • and Donald Trump, Jr is one of the names being floated as the new Executive Vice President of the NRA;
  • Guns can be fun, and Tiny has a lot of fun at the gun show,
  • David talks about the “Little Armalite”, aka the AR-18;
  • and Xander talks about raw milk and freedom.

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Main Topic

Tiny’s Land of Rocks and Cows

Gun Lovers and Other Strangers

Independent Thoughts with Xander Opal

 

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