SOLD FOR: $1430
Make: Browning, Made by FN Belgium
Model: BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle) High Power Rifle Grade II
Serial Number: 73395M70
Year of Manufacture: 1970 C&R (https://www.browning.com/support/date-your-firearm/bar-high-power-rifle.html)
Caliber: .308 Winchester
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. The right side of the barrel is marked “CALIBER .308 ONLY / PATENT PENDING”. The right side of the chamber ring is marked with the serial number. The sides of the receiver have grade II engraving with light flourishes, the left has the bust of an elk and the right has a bust of a deer. The bottom of the floorplate and bottom of the trigger guard have light flourish engraving
Barrel Length: 22?
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 two Weaver rings is a Bushnell Scopechief IV optic with 3-9x magnification and a fine crosshair reticle. The scope shows some light nicks and ring marks. The lenses are clear. The scope rates in about Fine condition.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with pistol grip, straight comb, black hard rubber Browning buttplate, and sling studs front and rear. The stocks have some dispersed light draglines and shallow compressions. There is a deeper scratch through the finish on the bottom of the forearm. There is light scuffing along the bottom edge of the pistol grip. There is finish loss along some of the bordering edges. The checkering shows a tiny nick here and there with light handling wear and is generally sharp throughout. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 3/4? from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate shows some scattered light marks. Overall, the stocks are in about Very good-Fine 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 very faint marks on the sides of the receiver. There is faint operational wear on the bolt and charging handle. 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 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 an early Belgian made BAR High Power Rifle manufactured in 1970 and chambered in .308 Winchester. It has a 22? barrel which has a nice bore. The rifle looks to have seen some use in the field, retaining about 98% of its metal finish, and was certainly well maintained with strong mechanics. This semi-automatic rifle is chambered for a popular hunting cartridge and comes with a vintage Bushnell 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!