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Hi folks,

I´ve been away for a while, mainly because of work duties ... but I´d like to show you my birthday gift that arrived a little bit delayed. But it is in such nice shape that I have to wait and wait until I could grab it...

Ok, I konw that it isn´t a pistol or revolver, but I would to share with you guys.

Now, here it is: a Browning Automatic Rifle M1918 (later modified to the M1918A2). It was originally made by Winchester back in 1918-19 and, after, updated to use during the WWII.It is chambered to the original .30-06 ammo and is still alive! It is complete with bipod and some field stripping and cleaning gear.

Hope you enjoy it (as much as I)!

Regards,

Douglas.
 

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Thanks Weimar!
Not fired it yet and possibly won´t. I do not live in US and its ammo it is pretty hard to find around here. Besides that, it cost me some good bucks and I wouldn´t like to risk... but who knows?

Douglas.
 

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quote:Originally posted by wterrell

That is a wonderful BAR. Glad to see that you also received the barrel support (bipod?).
Was this rifle a two man weapon or is it light enough that one very strong man can carry and set it up?
Is it full automatic?

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wes
Wes,

The BAR was originally designed to be used as a Automatic Rifle - hence its name - to be fired while the troops were advancing against trenched enemy positions in WWI. So it was a kind of "Assault Rifle" but with the standard rifle ammo (and not an intermediate ammo, as the German Sturmgewehr 44 from the WWII).

The M1918 could fire in semi-auto or full-auto, but, for the WWII, most of the older guns (like mine) were modified to fire only full-auto. This version - that also was equiped with the bipod - was named M1918A2.

By then (1941) the idea was to fire the BAR as a light machine gun - which it was not! However most of the soldiers - mainly the Marines -didn´t follow this idea and simply threw away the bipop (that weights about 2 lb.) and other unnecessary gears. Even so, the BAR weights around 17 lb. But one man in good shape can carry iy. Without the bipop it is well balanced. Check here -

WWII - ETO - Normandy, 1944
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Korea, 1951
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My BAR is still alive and can fire in full auto. Where I live (South America) it is allowed to a collector with more than 10 years of "Certified Authorization" (which is granted by the Army) to own one of these. Not that bad, isn´t it?

Max,

I´m not that worried since I gave myself this present! But you made a good point!

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Douglas.
 

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Douglas;

Thanks for opening this door!!!:)

I also have a Winchester 1918A2 converted (this means it only shoots in semi-auto mode - but it shoots! - to conform to Canadian law) & I'll post pictures & history tomorrow under a new posting.

Mine went to Britain as it has British proof marks & it's condition shows that it probably did not see combat. It's in really good shape.

I love this forum, as I'm getting to show off a heck of a lot of my toys!

If anyone's interested I also have A 1928 Thompson SMG, with 50 round drum, & a MIAI Thompson SMG that I could post if it won't be too much out of line.

Let me know.
 

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Walter,

Personally I´d love to see your toys! I also have a couple more of "heavy stuff" around here, but let´s see if Mr. Still allows us to show them to the other boys!

I don´t want to sart a revolt, you know...

Wishes,

Douglas.
 
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