SOLD FOR: $1100.99
Make: Browning, Made by FN Belgium
Model: BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle) High Power Rifle Grade I
Serial Number: 45957M76
Year of Manufacture: 1976 (https://www.browning.com/support/date-your-firearm/bar-high-power-rifle.html)
Caliber: 300 Winchester 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 inspection mark. The right side of the barrel is marked “BAR CALIBER 300 Win. Mag. ONLY / BROWNING PATENTS” and is marked with the serial number on the chamber ring.
Barrel Length: 24?
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated beaded blade dovetailed to a serrated, ramped base fixed to the front of the barrel. The front sight has a protective hood installed. The rear sight is a flip-up sight with a U-notched fitting with a white triangle aiming reference. The rear sight is dovetailed into the barrel. Equipped to the top of the receiver via a Redfield rail and two rings is a Simmons optic with 3-9x magnification and a duplex reticle. The scope shows scattered external wear in the form of light nicks and ring marks. The lenses are clear. The scope rates in about Very Good-Plus condition.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered wood with pistol grip, straight comb, basketweave textured black rubber Browning buttpad, and sling swivels front and rear with a textured Stith Mounts sling. The stocks have a few scattered draglines and shallow compressions. The defects are most noticeable on the right of the buttstock. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 7/8? from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad. The pad shows some light rub wear. Overall, the stocks are in about Fine-Plus condition.
Type of Finish: Blued, Black alloy trigger guard and floorplate.
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. There are some light scratches on the sides of the receiver. Other than that, there are only light handling marks present. There is minor operational wear on the bolt. 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 the installed scope and sling as described and a three-round magazine
Our Assessment: The Browning BAR rifle was produced starting in 1967, and in the early 1970’s, assembly was transferred to Portugal. This is a Belgian made BAR High Power Rifle manufactured in 1976 and chambered in 300 Winchester Magnum. It has a 24? barrel which has a bright bore and sharp rifling. The rifle looks to have seen hardly any use in the field, retaining about 98% of its metal finish and strong mechanics. This semi-automatic rifle is chambered for a popular hunting cartridge and comes with a Simmons scope. It will make for a great game rifle that will provide the fastest possible follow-up shots. Please see our photos and good luck!