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Grandfather of the LSW concept. The Browning Automatic Rifle was a heavy automatic rifle with a bipod. It could deliver automatic fire and retain mobility in the squad advance to contact (known at the time as "walking fire"). In short supply when the Americans entered WWI in 1917, it became very popular with the troops when finally issued in significant numbers. Firing the long-cartridge .30 Cal round, it stayed in service with the US Army throughout WWII. The only drawback was its short 20 round magazine, lack of a quick change barrel and the fact that it fell between two stools. Too heavy for a rifle too light for an LMG.

The M1918 BAR pictured here is a RARE .303 variant.

An improved version was made in Belgium (FN BAR type D) and fired 7.92mm rounds (amongst others).

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