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ON12478

Original U.S. WWII BAR Browning 1918A2 Display Gun Constructed with Genuine Parts & Accessories - Barrel Dated 1945

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is a fine Original USGI Browning Automatic Rifle M1918A2 genuine parts set reassembled onto a non-firing BATF approved steel new made display receiver, with some original internals deactivated and welded into the receiver to complete the look. It comes complete with the with correct adjustable bipod, rare bakelite butt stock, flash hider, and WWII issue barrel dated 2 - 45 (February 1945). All parts aside from the receiver are genuine U.S. issue parts, many of which have issue markings and part numbers.

Included with the display gun are some very nice accessories, which we rarely see! These include:

  • TWO 20 round B.A.R. Magazines, one of which is still in the original wrapper
  • One BASIC FIELD MANUAL ZBROWNING AUTOMATIC RIFLE CALIBER .30, M1918A2, dated 30 June 1943 and named to Lt. R. D. Shelley.
  • One TOOL ROLL, M 12 (empty), used to hold tools for the B.AR., dated 1945.
  • One leather armorer tool kit pouch dated 1943. This looks to be unissued, and contains and oil bottle, wrench, and two canvas pouches with various other tools.
  • One Post War Production Leather Sling.

This example is particularly nice, having the rear carry handle, which is often missing. The sling swivels are both still present, and have the sling properly attached. The wooden forestock quite nice, making this one of the most attractive examples that we have offered.

This is a very fine display for the collector who might be contemplating one day constructing a semi auto or just to have as a genuine piece of U.S. Military history. BARs have become extremely hard to find today, as these are totally un-importable due to being American returned goods and the barrel ban. Magazines are included but will be deactivated where necessary.

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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