Original U.S. WWII BAR Browning M1918A2 Display Gun Constructed with Genuine Parts - Live Barrel Dated 1943

Item Description

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 aluminum new made display receiver. It comes complete with the with correct adjustable bipod, rare bakelite butt stock, and flash hider, together with a 20 round magazine. We have added some carved wooden internal components inside the display receiver to complete the look.

It also has a fantastic LIVE WWII issue barrel marked I.B.M. / 5 - 43, for May 1943 manufacture by International Business Machines Corporation, one of the known WWII producers of the BAR. The chamber is intact, and the bore is in very good condition, with lands and grooves showing light wear and some oxidation. It also is marked with stock number D 8769 - 4, as well as some proof marks. All parts aside from the receiver and cocking handle 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 and carry handle, both of which are often missing. It still has intact sling swivels, which are often removed for display, or to repair other guns in service. The wooden forestock quite nice, and still has the steel heat shield underneath the barrel, which is almost always lost over time. The bipod works well, though the tension friction washer is missing, so it swings freely.

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. Magazine is 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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