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

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is a fine Original USGI Browning Automatic Rifle M1918A2 Display Gun, made from genuine parts set reassembled onto a non-firing BATF compliant new made steel 80% display receiver. As the receiver is completely inert, with sections made from solid steel, that makes this 100% legal to own without a license of any kind. It comes complete with the with correct adjustable bipod, heavy plastic composite butt stock, and flash hider, together with a 20 round magazine (where permitted). Some deactivated internal components were placed inside to complete the look.

The display gun has a LIVE late WWI issue barrel faintly marked W / (Flaming Bomb) 10 - 18, for November 1918 manufacture by Winchester Repeating Arms Co., one of the known WWI producers of the BAR. The chamber is intact, and the bore is in good condition, showing clear lands and grooves, but also some wear and past oxidation. This most likely saw service during WWII and then possibly during Korea, so this is a barrel that has definitely seen things! All parts aside from the receiver are genuine U.S. issue parts, many of which have issue markings and part numbers.

This example is particularly nice, having the front sight hood, flash hider and bipod tensioning washer, one of which is almost always missing. It still has intact sling swivels, which are often removed for display, or to repair other guns in service. The wooden fore stock is very nice, most likely N.O.S., and has the heat shield underneath it, which are often lost. The very good condition bipod works well, with just a bit of stiffness in the legs. Magazine is included but will be deactivated where necessary.

Attached to the sling is a very nice leather sling, which we are fairly certain is a reproduction from the 70s or 80s. It is really a high quality sling, and supports the gun well.

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. Ready to become a part of your collection!

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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