Forgotten Weapons on Ed Browning’s Winchester G30 Prototype Semiauto Rifles

    By this point, most of my readers will be familiar with the fabulous work being done (almost single-handedly) by Ian McCollum for his site, and those who aren’t should click through and subscribe to his channel for some of the best gun-related content on the web. However, yesterday Ian released a the first of multiple videos on a rifle family that is very near and dear to my heart, that being the Winchester G30 line of development. For a rare look at the rifle as helmed by Ed Browning (half-brother to the famous John Moses Browning), watch the video below:

    In truth, the G30 isn’t really one rifle design, but several, as it passed through the hands of two major designers in the late 1930s and early 1940s, until it was eventually abandoned at the end of World War II. Many of those rifles are housed in the Cody Museum collection, and Ian is set to cover those firearms as well, so definitely stay tuned for that.

    For extra G30-related content, you can check out the photo below of the designer himself with a military model G30, possibly the very military model featured in the video (although apparently with a different upper handguard), or you can read all of my article¬†To Challenge A Newly Won Throne: The Rise And Fall of The Light Rifle, Part II.¬†I also recommend watching Ian’s video on the Colt Model 1929 prototype, which was Browning’s earlier development that became the G30, that video is available here.


    Nathaniel F

    Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. He can be reached via email at [email protected]