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Browning BAR Adopted by U.S. Army

May 1

Browning BAR adopted by U.S. Army
Feb 27, 1917

Adopted by the U.S. Army as the “Model 1918” – or M1918.

“On May 1, 1917, the Secretary of War convened an ordnance panel to test and recommend for adoption a light machine gun or automatic rifle. Browning’s was quickly adopted. It was known as the Browning Automatic Rifle’ and was soon referred to primarily by its initials ‘B-A-R.’ The BAR was chambered for the standard M1906 (.30-’06) cartridge and was capable of semi-automatic or fully automatic operation at the rate of some 550 rounds per minute.”

John Browning invented the “Browning Automatic Rifle” (“BAR”)

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