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Original U.S. WWI - WWII M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle BAR Adjustable Bipod with Suspected Battle Damage

Regular price $395.00

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is an excellent, field used example of a bipod for the U.S. Browning M1918A2 Machine gun, as used by U.S. forces during WWI and WWII. This design fits over a spacer at the muzzle of the gun, and is held in place by a barrel nut and tension washer.

Aside from some dried grease and spots of very minor surface rust, it is in excellent fully functional condition, with signs of having been used. The left foot has what appears to be a bullet impact hole in it. Whether this was done during either of the wars, your guess is as good as ours, however, it was made some time ago! This is a curious set up, as both legs of the bipod are the same, two lefts. Taking into account that there is the possibility of a bullet hole and two of the same legs, one leg was more than likely added to complete the ensemble to continue being used properly in the fight. Both legs lock in properly, all wing nuts move, and the legs extend properly. There are still clear military part numbers on both legs, as well as on the central hub.

The perfect thing for that BAR that is missing its bipod

History of the BAR
The Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) was a family of United States automatic rifles and light 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 U.S. Expeditionary Corps in Europe as a replacement for the French-made Chauchat and M1909 Benet-Mercie machine guns.

Final development of the M1918A2 was authorized on 30 June 1938, The FN-designed pistol grip and rate-reducer mechanism with two rates of automatic fire was shelved in favor of a rate-reducer mechanism designed by Springfield Armory, and housed in the buttstock. The Springfield Armory rate reducer also 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 handguard 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, and the weapon's role was changed to that of a squad light machine gun. The BAR's rear sight scales were also modified to accommodate the newly standardized M2 Ball ammunition with its lighter, flat-base bullet. The M1918A2 walnut buttstock is approximately one inch longer than the M1918 BAR buttstock. The M1918A2 barrel was also fitted with a new flash suppressor, and fully adjustable iron sights. Late in the war, a barrel-mounted carrying handle was added.

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