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Ohio Ordnance Works BAR M1918A3. 30-06 Springfield

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Brutal efficiency is one way to describe the BAR in all its manifestations, and this one lives up to that. It looked good, was plenty accurate enough, and was thoroughly reliable in our limited testing. It was anything but gentle tothe shooter, but that willchange with different shootersto some extent. Fully auto,this must have been no fun atall from prone. This semiautoversion would be great fun forjust about any shooter orhistorian. It came with slingand two 20-round magazines,and is officially NOT an assaultrifle per the BATF.

Ohio Ordnance Works BAR M1918A3. 30-06 Springfield

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Most readers will be familiar with the Browning Automatic Rifle, or BAR. It’s another John Browning invention from 1917, though it’s known as the M1918. During WWI, Colt’s, Winchester, and Marlin Rockwell made the gun, and by the end of that war approximately 85,000 had been made. The gun saw continued use through WWII and Korea, and is no doubt in use somewhere even today. The BAR was relatively simple, with few controls. The safety was a lever located on the left side above the rear of the trigger guard. It could not be put on without the gun being cocked. The BAR was generally massive looking and feeling. The pistol grip, formed as the rear of the receiver, was huge, and didn’t give good control of the trigger, we thought. Though the rifle could be fired from the shoulder, it would take an Arnold Schwarzenegger (maybe Rambo) to do so with anything approaching ease. It weighed 21 pounds, and that dangling, swinging bipod didn’t make things any easier.
Clean workmanship is evident here. The slab-like sides were flat, well machined, and well finished. Note the protection ears for the magazine, a later BAR addition. The button within the trigger guard is the mag release.
Just above the trigger is the safety, shown in the fire position. The rear sight was well protected by heavy steel. The gun worked perfectly, but the walnut stock cracked longitudinally along both sides.

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