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Lot 1482: Group Industries Model 1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle

Auction Date: September 12, 2020

Desirable Group Industries Model 1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle, Class III/NFA Fully Transferrable Machine Gun with Extra Magazines

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $22,500 - $35,000

Desirable Group Industries Model 1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle, Class III/NFA Fully Transferrable Machine Gun with Extra Magazines

Manufacturer: Group Industries
Model: 1918A2
Type: Machine gun
Gauge: 30-06
Barrel: 24 inch round
Finish: parkerized
Stock: hardwood/synthetic
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 375
Class: Class III

Manufactured with a new made Group Industries receiver and mixed components, this is a very close copy of the Browning Automatic Rifle as used by US armed forces from World War II onward. First introduced at the tail end of World War One, the BAR was the forefather of the modern "squad automatic weapon" concept, a lightweight machine gun as an organic part of a small infantry unit, capable of maneuvering with the unit and of returning fire with a single operator without a field mount when needed. It would serve as a force multiplier for American infantry from 1918 up to the introduction of the M60 for Vietnam, serve with multiple American allies, and see less savory use during the "gangland" activities of the 1920s/1930s, including as a weapon of choice for notorious outlaws Bonnie & Clyde. Blade front and folding ladder rear sights, with a "HAS/1-54" barrel and Group-marked receiver, swiveling carry handle, folding bipod, hardwood forearm and a synthetic buttstock with flip-up shoulder rest. The trigger group is configured for semi-auto, full-auto, and safe, with the traditional spring loaded stop between full and safe. Seven total magazines (one unmarked 20-round, six extended Ohio Ordnance) are included, along with the AGI DVD "Technical Manual and Armorer's Course: Browning 1918 Automatic Rifles".

Rating Definition:

Very fine, with 85% plus of the parkerized finish, showing a bright gray patina on the gas tube, age related wear on the bipod and mild spotting and handling marks overall. The forearm and carry handle show mild dents, scuffs and chips, with scuffing and scratching on the buttstock. The unmarked 20-round magazine is dented at the bottom, otherwise the magazines look to be in good order. There is some play between the trigger group and receiver which causes intermittent issues with the semi-auto fire mode, otherwise mechanically very good. NOTE: This weapon is a National Firearms Act (NFA), Class 3, which is registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, (BATFE) under the provisions of 18 U.S.C. Chapter 44 and 27 CFR part 478.

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