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The Browning brothers immediately started to manufacture this new rifle. When it went on display in the shop, 25 of the guns were sold in a week for the princely $25 each! The success inspired the brothers to open a shop specialising in hunting equipment and guns. During the next few years, things went incredibly well for John Moses, but he lacked the capital to develop all his ideas. The solution came from an unexpected direction.
One day in 1883, a travelling salesman for Winchester found a used example of one of Browning’s rifles, which he immediately bought for $15. He presented this rifle to Winchester’s board of directors, and within a week the board had decided to attempt to buy the production rights to the firearm, which had impressed them deeply. It was none other than Winchester’s managing director, T. G. Bennet, who was sent on the journey out West. >
functional gun, which he then used for hunting. As the years went by, he developed his skills by under-taking repairs to customers’ guns that increased in number and complexity.
An inventor’s debut
In 1878, the 23-year-old John Moses, who was now responsible for running the workshop, came up with an idea for a single-shot rifle. He immediately began working on drawings and models and just 11 months later he had a fully working prototype in his hands. The rifle performed much better than any other rifle on the market, and it was clear to the young inventor that this new rifle should be patented. He had no idea how to go about patenting his invention however, so he turned to a supplier of agricultural machinery the Browning family hardware store had business dealings with. This supplier was kind enough to refer John Moses to the correct patent office and by 1879 J. M. Browning received the first of many patents.