Spanish version of the DDay-Overlord website French version of the DDay-Overlord website English version of the website
Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) M1918A2 Battle of Normandy -  
   Home / D-Day equipment / Weaponry / Browning Automatic Rifle / Share
June 6 1944 - D-Day in Normandy
Battle of Normandy
Normandy today
D-Day movies and documentaries
D-Day books
D-Day material
D-Day and Battle of Normandy forum
D-Day Store
Band of Brothers

Image : Help us to translate the website: click here!

Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) M1918A2

History, technical details and pictures

Image : Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) M1918A2

Browning Automatic Rifle history

The M1918A1 Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) was created in 1917 by engineer John Browning. This new weapon was to replace the French Chauchat light machine gun still used at that time in the U.S. Army.

First used by American troops at the end of World War I, the M1918A1 model was also used during the Second World War.

In 1940, a new BAR model was created, called M1918A2, offering two different shooting modes, a slow one (300-450 rounds per minute) and a one fast (500-650 rounds per minute). It is also fitted with a fire shooting cover removing flames and allowing the shooter to hide its position during night fights.

Also used during the Korean War, the BAR has enabled platoons of U.S. forces to have a major fire power. But its main shortcoming is that its charger contained only 20 bullets. The BAR magazine was so to avoid any overheating of the weapon. The BAR magazine is empty in less than 4 seconds during a continued fire.

Browning Automatic Rifle sheet

User: USA

Shooting mode: automatic
Caliber: 7,62 mm
Magazine: 20 bullets
Effective range: 550 m
Cadence de tir - slow mode: 300 to 450 rounds/min
Cadence de tir - fast mode: 500 to 650 rounds/min

Weight: 8,33 kg
Length: 1194 mm



  - Reproduction is submitted to authorization - Contact the webmaster