September August RSS Feed. The BDM was the first Browning that I purchased, I was talked into it by the salesman who stated that it was thinner than the High Power and held more rounds. I had strapped together a lot for the pistol and was upset that I couldn't get hicap magazines for a decent price this was
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That issue has kinda sorted itself out, and the caliber that took home all the marbles is the old 9 mm. With few exceptions, this ocean of Nines all have double-column magazines and some form of simplified trigger action.
In this column, I would call to your attention to one that did not survive, although it did have the requisite round magazine and not just one, but two trigger actions. The gun was made in the U. In evaluating this gun back in those days, I developed a healthy respect for its performance. I first saw the pistol in the early s, well after the mids military test trials that chose the Beretta 92 for our armed services as the M9. It was an American-designed-and-made pistol aimed primarily at law enforcement service and civilian use.
Note that it appeared before the world of handguns had gone so heavily for polymer frames. Explaining the gun is a little complicated. Although the BDM was pretty typical in appearance, it was unique in its management. Along the top left-rear edge of the slide there was a round drum with a screw-slotted head. When the shooter swept the trigger back, the hammer came back and released to fire the first shot.
The slide cycled in recoil, cocking the hammer and resetting the trigger to the rear for a crisp single-action pull for the next one or more. This is how most other pistols of that time worked. There was no multi-chambered cylinder of course, but the trigger pull was now the same long, smooth stroke as a revolver.
And, like the same revolver, you can thumb-cock the exposed hammer for a crisp single-action pull. There was also a safety that doubled as a decocker when the BDM was in pistol mode. The idea was to give the BDM user a gun that could be arranged to perform to suit the needs and skills of various users. At that point in handgunning history, there was a considerable argument that the long-stroke, double-action-only trigger on most revolvers was desirable for reasons of handling and safety.
Semi-automatic pistol advocates maintained the increased capacity of a 9 mm semi-automatic—as well as the obviously quicker reload time—rendering the wheelgun obsolete. The BDM offered dual-lockwork systems and should have been welcome for its unique nature.
I really liked the pistol, as did some of the most-informed handgunners I knew. But, I feel the options were not welcome with the clarion call that hailed the millennium. Rather, they confused too many handgunners, who did not buy them. In order to boost sales, Browning even offered two variants of the gun. I have never handled either of the simplified versions of the BDM and would very much like to do so. If the revolver-like BRM was thumb-cockable, it would be an interesting handgun. As it was, the Browning BDM died a quiet death after less than a decade of production.
That is a shame, because the BDM had other virtues. BDMs are reliable and accurate; I know of several torture-test shoots where the gun was subject to protracted firing. They came out of it with flying colors.
But there is one additional virtue of the BDM that makes it competitive to the present. Today, with molded-polymer frames, most companies offer a service semi-auto that is a lot more ergonomic than the contemporaries of the BDM, but not that unique gun. Of all guns in this bracket, this one is always my first choice for shooters with smaller hands.
The means of doing that is largely a extremely compact butt section, which results from the clever use of springs in the lockwork. Some small-handed shooters struggle with guns that are just too big. Sheriff Jim Wilson. Quick Links NRA.
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Browning Bdm 9mm Owners Manual
That issue has kinda sorted itself out, and the caliber that took home all the marbles is the old 9 mm. With few exceptions, this ocean of Nines all have double-column magazines and some form of simplified trigger action. In this column, I would call to your attention to one that did not survive, although it did have the requisite round magazine and not just one, but two trigger actions. The gun was made in the U. In evaluating this gun back in those days, I developed a healthy respect for its performance. I first saw the pistol in the early s, well after the mids military test trials that chose the Beretta 92 for our armed services as the M9. It was an American-designed-and-made pistol aimed primarily at law enforcement service and civilian use.
The Browning BDM: A Gem That Never Sparkled
Dubei Browning BDA Handguns — Wikipedia The Browning DBA 45 shown in the photographs has a production series number starting with The velocity of movement as browninh enough to push the broening against its recoil spring to its rear most position. The Browning version has the sides of the slides polished and blued. Your browser is out of date and may not be able to properly display our website. These files require Adobe Acrobat Reader 6 or above. And, finally — the Browning BDM. Tojashakar The gun is reassembled without the magazine inserted and the steps listed above performed in reverse order.
Browning BDM Owners Manual
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