Celebrating 100 Years of the Browning BAR Rifle

(AmmoLand.com) Commissioned by the U.S. Army, John M. Browning designed the original Browning Automatic Rifle in just three months. Variants of this legendary military arm served with distinction from World War I until the Vietnam War. For 2017, Browning will commemorate 100 years of the BAR by offering a special autoloading sporting version, the BAR Safari 100th Anniversary model.

The new BAR Anniversary model will feature a steel receiver with polished blued finish and special engravings — military scenes on the right side and hunting scenes on the left side — all highlighted in gold. The polished blued barrel is 22” long. The stock is Grade V Turkish walnut with an oil finish. Production is limited to 100 rifles chambered in 30-06 Springfield. Suggested retail price is $2,699.99.

Also introduced in the BAR rifle line for 2017 is the new BAR MK 3 DBM. The rifle features a matte black finish, 18” barrel, black composite stock and forearm and a 10-round detachable box magazine. The rifle includes integrated Picatinny rail scope mounts, front sling swivel stud and two QD sling swivel cups installed (QD sling swivels included). The stock is shim adjustable for cast and drop at comb. Chambered in .308 Winchester, the suggested retail price is $1,469.99.

 Other additions to the BAR family are the BAR MK 3 Stalker and the BAR MK 3 in Mossy Oak® Break-Up Country®. The Stalker has a matte black finish on the receiver and barrel while the other rifle is finished in full coverage Mossy Oak® Break-Up Country® camo. Both rifles are available in several calibers from 243 Win. to 300 Win. Mag. Barrel lengths vary from 22” to 24” depending on caliber. Rifle weights vary from 6 lbs. 10 oz. to 7 lbs. 11 oz. Suggested retail prices for the BAR MK 3 Stalker range from $1,269.99 to $1,359.99 and suggested retail prices for the BAR MK 3 in Mossy Oak Break-Up Country range from $1,379.99 to $1,499.99.

Features:

  • Gas-operated autoloader
  • Seven-lug bolt
  • Strong and rigid action bars
  • Buffering system reduces wear rifle’s mechanism
  • Detachable box magazine
  • Sling swivel studs installed
  • Drilled and tapped for scope mounts
  • Recoil pad
  • Crossbolt safety

For more information on Browning products, please visit the website at www.browning.com.

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RONALD SULLIVAN

I have owned Grade 5 too Grade 1 and the White Tail Hunter, they are the best rifle for hunting I have ever owned. I have shot each one on different hunting trips. I own it I shot it, what good is it to just look at them. I believed Mr Browning made them to use.

John Dunlap

Unfortunately, Browning has also chosen to discontinue all left hand BAR versions this year, at least in North America. There is one model still available in Europe. Damn shame. The MK 3 DBM would have been my go to rifle, and a perfect middle finger to Moonbeam and company. I imagine it will be just that, for those Left Coasters who don’t live in the mirror.