Article by Outdoor Life - www.outdoorlife.com
All wingshooters—regardless of age—should have an appreciation for walnut and steel classics. Those shotguns built the foundation for today’s smoothbores and they’ve earned their place in our hunting heritage. The work of early shotgun engineers, like Crister Sjogren, John Browning, and his son Val, plus a host of others, is still impressive and influential today. These men not only designed historic shotguns; they had to invent highly-functional operating systems hunters could rely on. For instance, John Browning’s long-recoil Auto-5 was so advanced when it debuted in 1902 that no other American shotgun manufacturer produced a successful semi-auto platform for a half-century. It wasn’t until after World War II that Sears, Roebuck & Co. launched the gas-driven Model 60 and Remington released the Sportsman 58. For more than 50 years, no one could touch Browning’s ingenuity.