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Apr 05

Browning BAR Machine Gun

From the Kentucky Gun Co, an overview and range demo of the Browning BAR Machine Gun. The primary variant of the BAR series was the M1918, chambered for the .30-06 Springfield rifle cartridge.

Browning BAR Machine Gun (M1918A2):

  • Cartridge
    •  .30-06 Springfield (7.62×63mm)/.303 British (7.7×56mmR)/7.92×57mm Mauser (M1918, M1922, M1918A1, M1918A2)
    • 7.92×57mm Mauser (wz. 1928)
    • 6.5×55mm (Kg m/21, m/37)
  • Action: Gas-operated, rising bolt lock
  • Rate of fire:
    • 500–650 rounds/min (M1918, M1922, M1918A1)
    • 500 rounds/min (Colt Monitor)
    • 300-450 or 500-650 rounds/min (M1918A2)
    • 600 rounds/min (wz. 1928)
  • Muzzle velocity:
    • 860 m/s (2,822 ft/s) (M1918, M1922, M1918A1, M1918A2)
    • 853 m/s (2,798.6 ft/s) (wz. 1928)
  • Effective firing range: 100–1,500 yards (91–1,372 m) sight adjustments (maximum effective range)
  • Maximum firing range: Approx. 4,500–5,000 yards (4,100–4,600 m)
  • Feed system: 20-round detachable box magazine
  • Sights: Rear leaf, front post
    • 784 mm (30.9 in) sight radius (M1918, M1922, M1918A1)
    • 782 mm (30.8 in) (M1918A2)
    • 742 mm (29.2 in) (wz. 1928)
  • Weight:
    • 7.25 kg (15.98 lb) (M1918)
    • Approx. 11 kg (24 lb) (M1922)
    • 6.0 kg (13.2 lb) (Colt Monitor)
    • 8.4 kg (19 lb) (M1918A1)
    • 8.8 kg (19 lb) (M1918A2)
    • 9.0 kg (19.8 lb) (wz. 1928)
  • Length:
    • 1,194 mm (47.0 in) (M1918, M1922, M1918A1)
    • 1,215 mm (47.8 in) (M1918A2)
    • 1,110 mm (43.7 in) (wz. 1928)
  • Barrel length:
    • 610 mm (24.0 in) (M1918, M1922, M1918A1, M1918A2)
    • 611 mm (24.1 in) (wz. 1928)
    • 458 mm (18.0 in) (Colt Monitor)