With its origins in the Great War, the .50-cal. Browning machine gun—on land, on the sea and in the air—was a decisive arm for America’s victory over Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. And, remarkably, it’s still in service today.
Inventor David Marshall “Carbine” Williams has become a folk hero for “designing” the M1 Carbine, and he was immortalized by Hollywood for his “invention” of the gun. Recently discovered documents from Winchester’s Edwin Pugsley cast new light on Williams’ and Winchester’s contribution to the M1 carbine. It turns out the story of “Carbine” Williams is part truth … and part “urban legend.”