Originally introduced in 1906 as the Remington Autoloading Rifle with FN releasing their version in 1910 as the FN 1900 these guns were among the first large caliber semi auto rifles available. In 1911 Remington renamed the gun the Model 8. Model 8 designed by our god father, John Moses Browning, using the same long stroke recoil system he was developing for his A5 shotgun at the time. Remington produced the Model 8 in .35 Rem, .30 Rem, .32 Rem and .25 Rem from 1906 till 1939 with production dropping off in the early 1930's cause of the depression, but this was a popular hunting gun so they retooled, streamlined manufacturing and transitioned to the Model 81 which hit the stores in 1936. Both models shared a fixed box magazine that was fed with a 5 round stripper clip. The Model 81 was in production from 1936 till 1950. The Model 81 (above) had a thicker forearm and waist and gained a 1/2 lb in weight bringing it up to 8 lbs of wood and steel goodness. It retained the 22" jacketed barrel and most parts were interchangeable. The Model 8 and FN's 1900 were used in aerial combat during World War I, and the pictures below displaying police versions illustrate extended magazines giving LEOs and military added firepower. I think Texas Ranger Frank Hammer used a Model 8 to take down Bonnie & Clyde. As much as I would like John Browning to have the first large caliber auto rifle award, I think Winchester's ace designer Thomas C. Johnson beat him by a year with the Winchester 1905 in .351. A blowback operated rifle with a detachable 5 or 10 round magazine. Johnson was the designer responsible for the peerless Winchester Model 52 small bore match rifle as well as the Winchester Model 54 that evolved into one of the finest hunting bolt guns, the Winchester Model 70. Reason I guess I'm posting this is today I received an old wood & steel long gun from my FFL and tried to squeeze it into my safe. Standing there I admired for a moment that everything in there was made out of wood and steel and it occurred to me I don't have any black guns and a lot of you guys are the reverse. The Model 8s are still floating around and were very popular in their day.