In the upcoming November 2013 issue of Rifle Firepower magazine, author William Bell writes, “The only thing more fun than a full-capacity semi-auto is one that has a historical connection.” In this case, Bell was able to test Ohio Ordnance’s semi-auto-only 1918A3 Self-Loading Rifle (SLR) in .30-06—a very close match to the original Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) battle beast of WWII.
According to Bell, “this BAR replica is exacting to the nth degree…Much of the gun is made from USGI parts dating back to the world wars, but the major component, the receiver, is made by Ohio Ordnance from investment-cast 8620 steel that is precisely machined using CNC technology.” With an empty weight of 19.4 pounds and an overall length of 47.8 inches (with the flash suppressor), the SLR comes with a 24-inch barrel, a carry handle like the original, a bipod, adjustable sights and a 20-round magazine.
So how did the heavy-duty SLR perform on the range? To read Bell’s full report, check out the November 2013 issue of Rifle Firepower, available on newsstands and digitally August 13, 2013. To subscribe, go to http://riflefirepower.com/subscribe.