In the April 2022 issue of Shooting Illustrated, this column looked at my all-time favorite carry gun, the Colt Model M or 1903/1908. This month we look at my favorite European semi-automatic, the Mauser HSc and its cousin, the Heckler & Koch Model 4.
This is the story of a "potato digger," more accurately a Model 1895 Browning belt-fed, air-cooled machine gun. The Model 1895 was designed by the creative genius of John M. Browning, manufactured by Colt and was the first American machine gun ever manufactured.
Today, if you take the Grand Central Parkway east from Brooklyn, NY, to its intersection with the Cross Island Parkway in Queens, you will be close to the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center and the Queens Farm Park administered by the Parks Administration of New York City.