Old memory, I know Hatcher ,Whelen and Browning worked on the acceptance of most of Browning's US submissions . If it was said at all I am sure it was as competition for Luger in Europe, after all Colt did reject it as to complicated and expensive to make here . The pre war Hi-powers are beautiful piece's of work .I doubt that!
Seems likely. JMB, like many / most engineers doesn't seem to have been a businessman by temperament. From what I've read, through much of his career he sold designs & patent rights outright. With a number of successful designs under his belt, I'd think he could've negotiated royalties had he tried. When he did, Colt's / Winchester wasn't having any; thus, eventually, the deal with Fabrique Nationale. A BHP using the m1911 plunger trigger ... well that'd be pretty much the virtues of the soi disant DWX 95(!!!) years ago.Got curios researched the P35 last night , the sub-forum here the "official" history on the internet (it never lies ) . My opinion if Browning had been allowed by Colt to use the 1911 trigger as he wanted to it would be an entirely different gun, If Browning hadn't died again a different gun . The engineer that took over is apparently responsible for the trigger . IN 1935 FN tried to get colt to build an American version colt was heavily invested in the 1911 and with war rumors flying did not want to retool for a different weapon. It all really came down to the bottom line , and Colt and Browning being disgruntled with each other. I have only handled 2 a French army and Nazi marked one ,never fired one so every one here is way ahead of me .
Just finished that biography last week. Was good, with the few errors. I thought the author's writing got better the farther one read. Might have benefited from a good editor requesting a rewrite of the first few chapters. Overall a good effort and I loved reading the more esoteric details about the family and JMB's lifestyle. Never realized he burned up the rails back east and the liner routes between the U. S. and Europe to the extent that he traveled in his lifetime. I appreciated the way Browning's life, character, and personality was fleshed out.the new browning book relates this pretty well. it does have some glaring errors which were probably by the editor. just to obvious to be the careful work the author did.
After writing #187 I had to refresh my memory ( yeah ... better to reverse the order ;- ) and read that JMB had one royalty deal with Winchester before changing his business model to require royalties, at least for most of his sport-shooting designs. Winchester might have agreed to royalties on that one deal because it was for a model they never produced. Thus no royalties would've been actually paid. Pretty sharp business practices, seems to me, to use on one's golden-egg goose. When JMB offered Winchester and Remington they declined what FN bought and then sold as the "Browning Auto-5".JMB did sell some pats out right took royalties on others .Colt Winchester and Remington bought some of his pats and never used them just to keep others from getting them .His sister kept the book and made the patient drawings . Two of his brothers made the tool room versions and made them work, they and the sister had pats of their own JMB did not work alone it was always family .
After training about 500 women* as 1st time shooters, gotta write that I firmly disagree that a lighter pistol is better for women. The 1.5kg of an m1911 is no serious challenge for even tiny, little, old ladies with arthritic hands to shoot, nor even to operate the action with training in the proper technique.The 1911 is one of the longest lasting and best selling firearms in history. The military made recommendations on how it should be designed and it was originally intended to be used as a military sidearm. Back then, the military was all-male and they got around on horseback which included some risks that most people don't face today. That's why the gun has two safeties on it. Now that we have just as many women in the military and law enforcement, and they don't holster their weapons while riding on horses, they are switching to Glocks and Sig Sauers. Both are fine guns and lighter weight (better for women) because they fire a 9mm and have quite a few plastic parts. So the requirements of pistols have changed over time. But the 1911 will never go away. Home defenders and gun enthusiasts still create huge demand for these guns. Try finding a brand new one from a respected manufacturer and you'll see how much demand there still is for them.