Between World War I and World War II, the Browning machine guns in U.S.
service went through many incarnations. Components were redesigned or replaced in an ongoing effort to improve the gun. With
many historic pictures showing parts that were long gone by WWII, and few surviving examples of the early models escaping
conversion to the updated models of the second war, Rogue Island Arsenal has made it part of our mission to recreate these
models and the special components required to make them historically correct. In most cases, we are working from the Ordnance
Department drawings, sometimes with an original sample as an additional guide. The quality of our parts is intended to be
superior to the originals, both in execution and in finish. We use original material specs where it makes sense, or modern
alternatives if appropriate.
So if you share our fascination with the Browning machine guns of a time preserved only in faded
brown photographs of a near forgotten era- the days when the Cavalry still had horses,
aircraft flew with open cockpits and their guns were synchronized to the propeller blades,
and the Thompson roared in the streets of Chicago- then look at our products below and
lose yourself in the world of speakeasies, flappers, the Follies and Silent Movies turning to Talkies. It's
1918, the 20s are roaring, Black Friday and the hard times of the 30s linger on. Pearl Harbor's day of infamy is still