SOLD FOR: $8250
Make: Ohio Ordnance Works, Inc.
Model: 1918A3 U.S. Cal. 30 Self Loading Rifle (BAR)
Serial Number: 3442
Year of Manufacture: 2014-2022
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 – 3442”. 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). There are scattered scratches and scrapes on the bottom of the forend. There are a few marks in the wood on the comb and belly. There are some scattered light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures approximately 13 1/4? from the front of the trigger to the back of the shoulder plate, 13 1/8? to the back of the buttplate. Overall, the stocks are in Fine 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. In my opinion, this bore is a 10 out of 10.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95% of its metal finish. There is some finish wear and brass marks behind the ejection port. There are some scattered scuffs that have thinned the finish. There are marks on the barrel and gas tube from the feet of the bipod. There is wear into the metal on the front edge of the front sight hood. There is standard operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine 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: Included is a green soft case, canvas sling, cleaning kit, manual, and three 20 round magazines. No magazines will be included if prohibited by your local laws.
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 Fine 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 three 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!
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