If you’re a gun buff, you may or may not know that Browning is celebrating its 100 years of making the Browning BAR rifle.
“Commissioned by the U.S. Army, famed firearm designer and builder John M. Browning, designed the original Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) in just three months. Variants of this legendary military arm, served with distinction from World War I until the Vietnam War,” said Paul Thompson, Browning Media Relations Manager.
To celebrate this milestone, Browning will commemorate 100 years of the BAR by offering a special autoloading sporting version, namely the BAR Safari 100th Anniversary Model.
The new 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.
Sporting a 22-inch long polished barrel and Grade V Turkish walnut stock with an oiled finish, the rifles’ production is being limited to 100 rifles chambered in 30-06 Springfield with a suggested retail price of $2,699.
Also introduced in the BAR rifle line for 2017 is the new BAR MK 3 DBM featuring a matte black finish, 18-inch barrel, black composite stock and forearm and a 10-round detachable box magazine. The rifle comes with integrated Picatinny rail scope mounts, front sling swivel and stud and two QD sling swivel cups installed (sling swivels included). The stock is shim adjustable for cast and drop at comb and is chambered in .308 Winchester with a suggested retail price of $1,469.99.
Other additions to the BAR family are the BAR MK 3 Stalker and BAR MK 3 in Mossy Oak Break Up Country camo. Both rifles are available from .243 Win., to 300 Win. Mag with barrel lengths ranging from 22-24 inches depending on caliber. Rifle weights will vary from 6 pounds, 10 oz. to 7 lbs. 11 oz. Suggested retail for the BAR MK3 Stalker ranges from $1,269.99 to $1,359.99, and for the BAR MK 3 Mossy Oak Break-Up Country, $1,379.99 to $1,499.99.
These new rifles come at a good time for Pennsylvania hunters. With the PA Game Commission now allowing the use of semi-automatic rifles for hunting in most parts of the state, sportsmen can consider one of these new offerings from Browning.