Obscure Object of Desire: John Moses Browning’s Mansion

John Moses Browning is generally recognized as America’s greatest gunmaker. The designer of the venerable 1911 semi-automatic pistol (amongst other famous firearms) lived the latter part of his life in a mansion in Ogden, Utah. The historic residence is up for sale. Asking price: $350k. Click here for the listing. Click here for TTAG scribe William C. Montgomery’s most excellent history of the Mormon miracle maker.

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  1. avatar Ralph says:

    Does this home come with a gun rack?

    1. avatar John P. Squibob says:

      Shouldn’t that be the other way around?

  2. avatar BLAMMO says:

    That’s a mansion?

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      Eight bedrooms. 6700 square feet. Built of local stone. Yeah, it qualifies as a mansion.

  3. avatar Ralph says:

    Following the lead of every firearms manufacturer in the world, REMAX is now offering an anniversary version of the John Moses Browning Mansion. The price will be $750,000.

  4. avatar Van says:

    Looks like a steal.

  5. avatar CUJO THE DOG OF WAR says:

    I see the potential sniper positions, where is the bunker?

  6. avatar Magoo says:

    I once owned a historic landmark home. It was fun for a while, but I wouldn’t do it again. You don’t really own it, you just care for it. Most of the pilgrims are fine, but some of them can be nightmares. I’m thinking the followers of JMB might be a mixed lot.

  7. avatar JOE MATAFOME says:

    These historic homes can be a pain because you can’t do anything without permission, but that’s also true about private homes. The local zoning boards and building inspectors are all a bunch of no good COMMIES who love to dictate what you’re allowed to do with your PRIVATE HOME. Now you can tell them to go F**K themselves, and then they’ll fine you and place a lien on your PRIVATE HOME. You can then try and fight them in court, and after you lose they’ll just take your home.

  8. avatar whamprod says:

    If I buy this house, will my wife have to sell her Glock?

    1. avatar JP says:

      it may have issues with melting plastic, random discharges, and you might hear voices from time to time.

  9. avatar Rhonda Malloy says:

    In response to the concern about owning and making alterations to a historic home: I am the current owner of the Browning home and have found Ogden’s Landmark Commission to be very accomodating in any changes I have wanted to make to the home. Their concern, as mine has been, is to maintain the integrity of the history of the home. Once I got to know them it generally just takes a phone call to get an approval. And this is only required for the exterior of the home. The interior is outside of their purvue. As for the folks who just drop by and want to take a peek inside, I never get tired of showing people through the home, it’s incredible to realize the history that took place inside these walls. If anyone would like more information about the home, please feel free to contact me. I’ll be happy to take your call at 801-540-1227.

    1. What a sweetheart, Rhonda.
      That’s real class showing.

  10. avatar Big Al says:

    I want to live in the Winchester House (plenty of places to hide from the ghosts).

  11. avatar DirtCrashr says:

    I once lived in a shack house that was the previous residence of Jerry Garcia, and every time the Dead played locally we got a stream of weird visitors coming up the driveway… and we found a lotta weird stuff in the tall backyard grass…

  12. avatar Chalupacabra-the devils taco says:

    I once lived in a shack house that was the previous residence of Jerry Garcia, and every time the Dead played locally we got a stream of weird visitors coming up the driveway… and we found a lotta weird stuff in the tall backyard grass…

    What? Like hippies?

  13. avatar groupw says:

    >> I once lived in a shack house that was the previous residence of Jerry Garcia, … and we found a lotta weird stuff in the tall backyard grass…

    …………. Scarlet Begonias ? ………… or maybe random shards of splintered sunlight ?

  14. avatar charlsie lyon says:

    The Brownings and Savages are direct ancestors of mine so we drove to Ogden to see the Browning mansion. What a heartbrake and disappointment. The beautiful old ornate front door was covered with cob-webbs and the windons that we could see were too dirty to see through. The upstair windows on the east side looked to be blocked with something, surely not in condition to be seen by the public. I pulled a few weeds growing between the concrete steps and loose wroght iron hand rails and I would have bought a broom to sweep the steps clear of dirt, leaves and debre but my husband wouldn’t agree because it is private property. We tried to learn how we might be able to see inside but the Court House didn’t know. The house is on the National Regester so why isn’t it being maintaind? Can we make an appointment to see inside.
    Charlsie Lyon, Glenda Hill and Leona Fye.

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