Original U.S. WWII Korean War Era BAR Browning M1918A2 Demilled Receiver Display Machine Gun with Internals - ROT II Barrel Dated 7-54

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a magnificent WWII & Korean War Era issue Browning M1918A2 Display Machine Gun, built from all original USGI issue parts on an original BATF compliant non-firing display receiver, making this a 100% legal display Sub-Machine gun. For what may be the first time ever however, this example is actually built on an original re-welded demilitarized receiver!! Usually we have these built on BATR compliant aluminum or steel dummy receivers, but this is the real thing!

This receiver was created by using portions of the original torch cut receiver, including the barrel bushing, combined with some new made steel portions. It has properly had a 25% section of the total length completely replaced entirely with solid steel bar stock. Meaning a 1/4 length section of the display receiver is solid steel, making this totally legal to own without a license of any kind. Every part on this display gun is original WWII manufacture other than 25% of the receiver replaced by solid steel (as required by BATF). In addition, a steel rod was welded into the inside of the receiver as a faux bolt, which gives it a great look as the ejection port is not empty.

This magnificent display gun comes complete with the with the correct adjustable bipod, rare bakelite butt stock, carry handle, and flash hider, together with a magazine. Additionally, many internal components such as the bolt, firing pin, bolt link, and others are included. Please consult the pictures of for details on the included parts.

The display gun has a Korean War issue barrel marked ROT II / (Flaming Bomb) / 7 - 54, for July 1954 Manufacture. This is the standard marking seen on BAR's re-barreled for the Korean War after service in WWII. This continued for several years after the end of the war, as with this example. The barrel has not been deactivated, and the bore is in very good condition, bright with clear lands and grooves. All parts except for the inserted steel material in the receive are genuine U.S. issue, many of which have issue markings and part numbers. The receiver in this gun did suffer a lot of oxidation on the exterior prior to demilitarization, however the markings on the top are still partly legible! They read:

U.S. MODEL OF 1918

This example is particularly nice, having the front sight hood and carry handle, both of which are often missing. The bipod is also mounted correctly, with the tension washer still in place, which is often lost. Both sling swivels are present, as is the flip up "shoulder rest" on the butt stock. The rear sight flips up correctly and looks to be fully functional. The wooden stocks are quite nice and have a lovely color, and the fore stock heat shield is included with the spare components, 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. 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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