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New England Firearms Co - BAR 1918AZ

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Estimated Price: $12,000 - $17,000
World War II Full Automatic NFA Registered Class III M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle as Manufactured by The New England Small Arms Corp
Serial # ManufacturerNew England Firearms Co ModelBAR 1918AZ
TypeRifle Gauge30-06 Catalog Page132
Barrel Length24 Inch Round FinishParkerized Grip
Stockblack plastic ClassClass III RatingSee Condition
DescriptionThis is an example of a desirable WWII M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) design, as manufactured by the New England Small Arms Corp. The original design of this rifle was developed by John Browning in 1917 to meet the requirements for a man-portable fully-automatic rifle for the infantry. These BARs played a significant role on all the major battlefields during WWII, Korea and even into Vietnam. This weapon is another extremely successful design by John Browning, that was exceptionally well made, robust and functioned flawlessly. During WWII these weapons were manufactured by the Marlin Firearms Company and the New England Small Arms Corp. This specific BAR is a WWII model manufactured in the later M1918A2 configuration, which allowed the rifle to be fired in a slow rate of fire mode by rotating the selector lever to "F"; for the 350 rounds per minute or moving the lever to the "A" for full automatic. This example also has the barrel mounted bipod with the flat feet and the high impact black plastic resin/fiberglass buttstock with the hinged buttplate. This specific rifle is also fitted with a later pattern five-prong type flash hider. The front end of the barrel is marked "N.E.-7/Ordnance Bomb/10-44" indicating manufacture in July 1944. The top of the receiver is marked as follows "BROWNING AUTOMATIC RIFLE,/U.S. CAL. .30 M 1918 A2/MAN'F'D. BY. N.E. SMALL ARMS CORP./668340 A N/-------PATENT APPLIED FOR-------". There is also a small ordnance bomb proof on top of the barrel along with a crossed cannon ordnance acceptance proof on the front edge of the receiver. This rifle is also fitted with the late pattern rear sight that is graduated from 200-1,500 yards and is fully adjustable for windage and elevation with a blade front sight. It is complete with an original bipod, one 20 round magazine and four spare 20 round GI magazines. There is a small/light importer mark on the rear right side of the receiver that reads; "INTER AMERICAN/SAC".

ConditionVery good. Half of the faded arsenal style is refurbished, gray parkerized finish overall with honest wear and finish loss. Extensive pitting present under finish. The buttstock and handguard are both original and very good. The handguard shows numerous handling marks and nicks/chips from actual use. NOTE: This item is restricted as a National Firearms Act (NFA), Fully Automatic Weapon that is currently registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (BATF&E) that has been classified as a Curios or Relic as defined in 27 CFR, 478.11. These weapons are still subject to the provisions of 18 U.S.C. Chapter 44 and 27 CFR part 478. Before bidding on this item, it is the sole responsibility and obligation of the bidder/Class 3 FFL holder to understand and comply with all the State and Federal transfer laws and restrictions that apply in their current place of residence.
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