SOLD FOR: $3625
Make: Browning, Made by FN Belgium
Model: BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle) High Power Rifle Grade IV
Serial Number: 437RR02222
Year of Manufacture: 1977 (https://www.browning.com/support/date-your-firearm/bar-high-power-rifle.html)
Caliber: 7mm Remington Magnum
Action Type: Semi-Auto with 3 Round Box Magazine Clipped Into the Magazine Floorplate
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “BROWNING ARMS COMPANY MORGAN UTAH & MONTREAL P.Q. / MADE IN BELGIUM” and at the receiver with a Belgian proof mark and an inspection mark. The right side of the barrel is marked “BAR CALIBER 7mm. Rem. Mag. ONLY / BROWNING PATENTS”. The right side of the chamber ring is marked with the serial number. Both sides of the receiver have floral scroll engraving, the left side shows a scene of two moose grazing, the right side shows two deer grazing. The left side is also signed on the bottom left corner by Browning master engraver J. Bague.
Barrel Length: 24″
Sights / Optics: There are no provisions for iron sights. The top of the receiver is equipped with a one-piece rail system for mounting an optic (not included).
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece hand checkered walnut with a pistol grip, straight comb, black weave-textured rubber Browning buttpad, and sling studs front and rear. The checkering features decorative borders and fancy scrolls. There are some light nicks and scuffs at the toe. The checkering is sharp with a couple minor interruptions on the forearm. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 7/8″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad, which shows light wear and some minor discoloration. Overall, the stocks are in about Fine-Plus condition.
Type of Finish: Blued & French Gray w/ Gold Toned Controls
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion in the bore, just some minor fouling on the lands.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. There is some lacquer on the trigger guard. The barrel shows a few scattered minor nicks and scratches as well as a few tiny freckles of surface oxidation. There is faint operational wear. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in about Fine-Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. There is a cross-bolt safety behind the trigger. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This rifle comes with a three-round magazine.
Our Assessment: The Browning BAR rifle was produced starting in 1967. This is a Grade IV example from 1977 engraved by Browning master engraver J. Bague. It features gorgeous game scenes on either side with meticulously defined floral scroll engraving. It has a 24? barrel which has a bright bore and sharp rifling. The rifle looks to have seen little use in the field, retaining about 97% of its metal finish and strong mechanics. This semi-automatic rifle is chambered for 7mm Remington Magnum. Because of its flat shooting nature and the relatively tolerable recoil, the 7mm Remington Magnum is especially popular for big-game hunting in Canada and in the United States, as well as for use on plains game in Africa. It has also been chambered in sniper rifles as the US Secret Service counter-sniper team has deployed this cartridge in urban areas along with the .300 Winchester Magnum. This is a gorgeous rifle that deserves its rightful place in any respectable Browning collection. Please see our photos and good luck!