Browning BAR

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Browning BAR
TypeSemi-automatic rifle
Place of originBelgium
Production history
DesignerMarcel Olinger and Bruce Warren Browning
ManufacturerBrowning Arms Company
Specifications (Current production BAR[2])
Mass6 lb (2.7 kg) to 8 lb (3.6 kg)
Length41 in (1,041 mm) to 45 in (1,143 mm)
Barrel length20 in (508 mm) to 24 in (610 mm)

CartridgeShort and long-action cartridges [1]
ActionGas-operated piston, rotating bolt,
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Feed systemDetachable box magazine
SightsOpen sights (depending on model) and optional scope base

The Browning BAR is a gas-operated, semi-automatic rifle produced by the Browning Arms Company in Belgium. The rifle loads from a detachable box magazine.[3] This rifle should not be confused with the M1918 military rifle, which is a completely different design, sharing no parts, though also referred to as the BAR. Browning introduced a redesigned BAR in 1966.[4]


There are several models of the Browning BAR; Safari, Long- and ShortTrac, and Lightweight Stalker. Both LongTrac and ShortTrac versions are available in a Mossy Oak takedown, basic, and Stalker variant.

The Safari model is the most luxurious model in the BAR-line, with an engraved steel receiver and more luxurious walnut stock.[5] The barrel is 22, 23, or 24 inches (610 mm) long, depending on the caliber. The Safari is the only model with the Browning BOSS (Ballistic Optimizing Shooting System). The system reduces recoil and should enhance accuracy with an adjustable muzzle brake and -weight.[5]

The Lightweight Stalker model has an aluminum-alloy receiver and no engraving. The stock is matte black synthetic instead of a walnut stock. The stalker is the only model to feature iron sights.[5] The barrel is 20, 22, 23, or 24 inches (610 mm) long.

LongTrac and ShortTrac models (Long or Short depending on the length of the action) feature an aluminum-alloy receiver without engraving, a plastic trigger guard and floorplate, and more stylised stock.[2][5] The basic version has a walnut stock; the Stalker version has a matte-black finish and a black composite stock. The Mossy Oak version has a composite stock, and the entire rifle is painted in camouflage colors.[2] Depending on variant and caliber, the barrel is 22, 23, or 24 inches (610 mm).


  1. ^ Numerous cartridges have been offered over the years. See Browning web site for current chamberings.
  2. ^ a b c Browning Catalog: BAR rifles Archived October 7, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Taffin, John (October 2006), "The Gentleman's Sporting Auto", GUNS Magazine, archived from the original on July 28, 2006
  4. ^ Hoots, Lee J., "Deer Rifles Abound", Guns & Ammo, archived from the original (– Scholar search) on February 16, 2008
  5. ^ a b c d Hawks, Chuck, The Browning BAR Mark II Rifle, retrieved 2008-02-23

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