M1918 A2 Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR)

PRICE: R 40,000.00 Incl. VAT


MAKE Browning
CALIBER .30-06 Springfield
ACTION Semi-automatic
CONDITION Excellent to like new used condition

Item Description


The Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR or B.A.R.) is a family of American automatic rifles and machine guns used by the United States and numerous other countries during the 20th century. The primary variant of the BAR series was the M1918, chambered for the .30-06 Springfield rifle cartridge and designed by John Browning in 1917 for the American Expeditionary Forces in Europe.

The M1918 is a selective-fire, air-cooled automatic rifle using a gas-operated, long-stroke piston rod actuated by propellant gases bled through a vent in the barrel.
The weapon fires from an open bolt and is striker-fired (the bolt carrier serves as the striker).
The M1918 feeds using double-column, 20-round box magazines (although 40-round magazines were also used in an anti-aircraft role).
It has a fire selector lever that enables operation in either semi-automatic or fully automatic firing modes (‘S’ position – safe, ‘F’ – fire, ‘A’ – automatic fire).

The M1918 A2 was an improved variant of the BAR developed for the US Army in 1938.
The army specified a need for a BAR designed to serve in the role of a light machine gun for squad-level support fire.
It included a rate-reducer mechanism designed by Springfield Armory, which provided two selectable rates of fully automatic fire only, activated by engaging the selector toggle. Additionally, a skid-footed bipod was fitted to the muzzle end of the barrel, magazine guides were added to the front of the trigger guard, the hand guard was shortened, a heat shield was added to help the cooling process, a small separate stock rest (monopod) was included for attachment to the butt .

The BAR’s rear sight scales were also modified to accommodate the newly standardized M2 ball ammunition with its lighter, flat-base bullet.
The M1918 A2’s walnut butt stock is approximately 2.5 cm longer than the M1918 BAR’s butt stock, and the barrel was also fitted with a new flash suppressor and fully adjustable iron sights.
A barrel-mounted carrying handle was also later added.

The BAR was designed to be carried by infantrymen during an assault advance while supported by the sling over the shoulder, or to be fired from the hip, however it never entirely lived up to the original hopes of the war department as either a rifle or a machine gun.
In practice, the U.S. Army used the BAR as a light machine gun, often fired from a bipod (introduced on models after 1938).

Although the weapon did see some action in World War I, the BAR did not become standard issue in the US Army until 1938, when it was issued to squads as a portable light machine gun.
It saw extensive service in both World War II and the Korean War and saw limited service in the Vietnam War.



It is hard to classify the condition of this rifle, due to age, relative rarity and use as a military firearm.
I would say that the condition is good for its age and use. It is mechanically sound and functional.
It has been modified to only fire in semi-automatic mode, although it still retains its original S, F, A selector switch.

The overall finish is still good for a firearm of this type, with only the odd, small scratch or dent in the places you would expect on a military firearm (like behind the ejection port).
There is also relatively little wear, and also only to the places you would expect (e.g. carry handle, bi-pod legs and feet).
The black plastic stock seems fine.
The wooden foregrip and carry handle are in good condition with only few very small scratches in places.
There are no discernible signs or rust or corrosion anywhere, and the action still functions smoothly.

On the receiver it is stamped, ‘BROWNING AUTOMATIC RIFLE,/ U.S. CAL. .30 MODEL OF 1918 A2/MFD. BY. N.E. SMALL ARMS CORP. (serial number) ——-PATENT APPLIED FOR——-‘
There is also Crossed Cannon Ordnance acceptance proof on the front edge of the receiver.
At the base and muzzle ends of the barrel are stamped Shell & Flame Ordnance Bomb proof marks, with ’12-43’ underneath.

Note: The barrel and receiver serial numbers do not match, and there are signs (scratches on the barrel) to indicate that the barrel was changed at some point.

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This firearm is suitable for laying down suppressive fire for your squad or defending a strategic position like a bridge or cross-roads.

In reality it might be a little tough to motivate this one for sport shooting, although technically it would fit into certain divisions in some long-gun disciplines (practically, it might be a little heavy and cumbersome to lug around, and heavy on the wallet firing .30-06 Springfield).

This rifle certainly has some collectors value as military firearm used in many historical conflicts.

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