Sold For: $5,924.99
Make: Ohio Ordnance Works, Inc.
Model: 1918A3 U.S. Cal. 30 Self Loading Rifle (BAR)
Serial Number: 4149
Year of Manufacture: Shipped January 18, 2022
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
Action Type: Detachable Magazine Gas Piston Operated Semi-Automatic Rifle
Markings: The top of the receiver is marked “MOD. 1918A3 U.S. CAL. 30 / SELF LOADING RIFLE / OHIO ORDNANCE WORKS, INC. / CHARDON, OH / PATENT NO. 5614691 / S/N – 4149”. The left of the receiver is marked “F” and “S” at the Fire and Safe positions of the safety lever.
Barrel Length: 24″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade dovetailed to a banded base at the muzzle. The rear sight is a folding aperture sight, with dials that allow click-adjustment for windage and elevation. The sight is graduated from “1” to “15” in odd numbers on the right arm, “2” to “14” in even numbers on the left. When folded down, the sight presents a “U”-notch to the shooter The sight is mounted in a base with protective ears which is dovetailed and screw-set to the top-rear of the receiver.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece smooth walnut. The buttstock has a parkerized steel buttplate with flip-up shoulder plate and a sling swivel mounted in the belly (the other is mounted to the bottom of the piston tube forward of the forend). The stocks have no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures approximately 13 3/8″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the shoulder plate, 13 1/4″ to the back of the buttplate. Overall, the stocks are in Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 99% of its metal finish. There is no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories:
– Serial-matching OOW packing list.
– Shipping carton
– Total of two 20-round magazines. Please note, no magazine will be included for purchasers who reside where they cannot be legally transferred.
– Cleaning kit.
– Front sight hood.
– Flash hider.
– Bipod assembly.
– Carry handle assembly.
– Web sling.
– Bolt hold-open device.
– Manual & Field Strip/Cleaning instructional thumb-drive.
– Black hard-sided case with cut foam inserts fitted for the rifle and accessories.
Our Assessment: Though not particularly light at more than 15 pounds, the Browning Automatic Rifle, officially the “Rifle, Caliber .30, Automatic, Browning, M1918” and colloquially known as the BAR, was America’s first domestic light machine gun. John Browning demonstrated the rifle to the United States Government shortly before America joined WWI and it proceeded to see service all the way through the Vietnam War with some improvements and modifications along the way. More recently, Ohio Ordnance Works has reintroduced the rifle as a Self Loading Rifle or SLR, a semi-automatic version which fires from a closed bolt but retains the appearance of the 1918A2. Designated the 1918A3, Ohio Ordnance’s rifle uses the same tilting-lock, gas-piston operating system as the original and this example is in Excellent condition with little sign of anything more than being taken out of the included shipping carton a couple of times for inspection. It comes with a total of two 20-round magazines (where legal), a bipod (which you will appreciate when you heft this rifle), a carry handle, sling, and other accessories. This rifle would make a great addition to any safe in America, but will be particularly appreciated by collectors of US military arms and fans of John Moses Browning and all of his contributions to firearms development. Please see our photos and good luck!