SOLD FOR: $1125
Make: Browning, Made by FN Belgium & Assembled in Portugal
Model: BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle) High Power Rifle
Serial Number: 137NM21114
Year of Manufacture: 1990 (https://www.browning.com/support/date-your-firearm/bar-high-power-rifle.html)
Caliber: .338 Winchester
Action Type: Semi-Auto Rifle 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 BY FABRIQUE NATIONALE HERSTAL ASSEMBLED PORTUGAL” and at the receiver with a Belgian proof mark and an inspection mark. The right side of the barrel is marked “BAR CALIBER .338 Win. Mag. ONLY / BROWNING PATENTS”. The left side of the receiver is marked with the serial number and “BROWNING / BAR”.
Barrel Length: 24″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a hooded brass beaded blade dovetailed to a checkered, ramped base screwed to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a fully adjustable Williams U-notch sight that is screwed to the rear of the barrel. The top of the receiver is drilled, tapped, and filled for mounting an optic (not included).
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with a pistol grip, straight comb, black basket weave textured Browning buttpad, and sling swivels studs front and rear. The wood shows some sparsely scattered shallow compressions and faint lines, more so on the buttstock than the forearm. The checkering is sharp. The LOP measures 13 7/8″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad, which shows no significant wear or damage. 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 97% of its metal finish. The barrel has taken a slight plum hue. There are distinctive scratches on the sides and top of the receiver. There are a few dispersed nicks throughout the barrel, the most notable of which are on the left toward the muzzle. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in about Fine-Plus 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 in its original serial matching box with a manual.
Our Assessment: The Browning BAR rifle was produced starting in 1967. This is an example from 1990 and it has a 24? barrel which has a bright bore and sharp rifling. In North America, the .338 Winchester Magnum is most commonly used for the hunting of larger deer species such as elk and moose. Apart from the larger deer species, the .338 Winchester Magnum is often used for the hunting of and defense against dangerous class 3 game, particularly the great bears including grizzly, polar and brown bears. It is often carried by fishermen, hunters and guides in Alaska and Canada for protection as encounters with these larger bear species can be common. 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 .338 Winchester Magnum. Please see our photos and good luck!