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M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle

M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle - .30-06
Clyde Barrow's cut down M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle - .30-06

The Browning Automatic Rifle or BAR (sometimes incorrectly known as the "Browning BAR," which is actually the name of a later semi-automatic rifle which shares no parts with the original BAR) traces its origins back to a First World War French concept of a "walking fire" gun that could be used from the hip by soldiers crossing No Man's Land to suppress the enemy trench line. Ultimately the 16-pound weapon was not suited to this role, but was adopted as a light machine gun by the United States military and was used extensively during the Second World War (as the improved M1918A2) and Korean War, ultimately seeing its last action in US service in Vietnam where it was replaced by the M60 machine gun. BARs remained in National Guard armories until the mid-70s, and was still in use by other countries as late as the 90s.

While heavy, it had a relatively low capacity for a support weapon (most period LMGs using a 30-round magazine compared to the BAR's 20; an experimental 40-round magazine was created, but for infantry use it was turned up too cumbersome, and it was only limited used in anti-aircraft roles) and a fixed barrel which could not be easily changed out, making it unsuited for protracted fire. It was often employed in a capacity more similar to a modern Designated Marksman Rifle, with the BAR gunner being tasked with extending the squad's range of fire and suppressing enemy snipers.

The BAR was also sold to civilians in the interwar years, and proved a popular weapon among gangsters; the civilian variant, the Colt Monitor, was acquired by US law enforcement to combat the threat. Clyde Barrow and his girlfriend Bonnie Parker were particularly notorious for their use of a cut-down M1918 BAR.

The highly successful FN MAG uses the same locking mechanism as the BAR, though since it is belt-fed the MAG's is upside-down compared to the BAR's. The BAR action was also used in the French Chatellerault Light Machine Gun, descendants of which included the ZB26 Machine Gun and through that the Type 96 and Bren gun.

The Browning Automatic Rifle and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


(1917 - 1950s)

  • Type: Light Machine Gun
  • Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
  • Barrel Lengths 24" (610mm) & 18" (457mm)
  • Cyclic Rate 500-650 RPM (M1918 / M1922 / M1918A1) 500 RPM (Colt Monitor) selectable 300-450 RPM & 500-650 RPM (M1918A2)
  • Weight Unloaded 16 lb 0oz (7.28 kg) (M1918) 24 lb (11 kg) (M1922) 13.2 lb (6 kg) (Colt Monitor) 19 lb (8.8 kg) (M1918A2)
  • Feed System: 20-round box magazine; rare 40-round magazines are known to have existed.
  • Fire Modes: Semi-Automatic/Fully-Automatic (M1918, M1918A1), "Slow" Full-Auto/"Fast" Full-Auto (M1918A2)


Title Actor Character Note Date
The Lost Battalion An American soldier 1919
Wings U.S. soldiers 1927
Wake Island A U.S. soldier 1942
For Whom the Bell Tolls Gary Cooper Robert Jordan 1943
They Were Expendable US Navy sailor Without bipod 1945
Back to Bataan Philippine guerrilla fighters 1945
The FBI Story William Phipps Lester "Baby Face" Nelson 1959
The Sand Pebbles Steve McQueen Jake Holman M1918 with anachronistic A2 muzzle brake 1966
Richard Crenna Capt. Collins
Tarzan and the Valley of Gold Mike Henry Tarzan 1966
Vinero's soldiers
What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? US Army soldiers 1966
Beach Red US Marines 1967
The Devil's Brigade Luke Askew Pvt. Hubert Hixon 1968
The Bridge at Remagen George Segal Lt. Hartman 1969
US Army soldiers
Dillinger Warren Oates John Dillinger 1973
Harry Dean Stanton Homer Van Meter
Richard Dreyfuss Lester "Baby Face" Nelson
Geoffrey Lewis Harry Pierpont
Michelle Phillips Billie Frechette
A Bridge Too Far US Airborne troops 1977
Go Tell the Spartans South Vietnamese troops 1978
Exterminator 2 Mounted on Eastland's truck 1984
Michael Collins IRA member and a Black & Tan 1996
Public Enemies Stephen Dorff Homer Van Meter Customized with cut-down barrel 2009
War Pigs US Army soldiers 2015
Live by Night Ben Affleck Joe Coughlin 2016
The Highwaymen Thomas Mann Ted Hinton M1918 2019


Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
Bonnie and Clyde Holliday Grainger Bonnie Parker 2013
Emile Hirsch Clyde Barrow
Fallout - Season 1 NCR Fighters "The Beginning" (S1E08) 2034
David Chen NCR Fighter
Aixa Kendrick NCR Fighter

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Call of Duty: Finest Hour "BAR" 2004
Call of Duty 3 2006
Jurassic: The Hunted ".30-06 Assault Rifle" . Incorrectly shown with optional 30-round magazine 2009
NecroVisioN: Lost Company "BAR 1918" 2010
State of Decay "M1918A2" added in Breakdown DLC 2013
Battle of Empires: 1914-1918 "BAR" 2015
Verdun "Browning Automatic Rifle M1918 BAR" 2015
Battlefield 1 "BAR M1918" 2016
Enlisted "Browning M1918" 2021
Beyond The Wire "BAR M1918" 2022

M1918A1 Browning Automatic Rifle

M1918A1 Browning Automatic Rifle - .30-06

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Enlisted "Browning M1918A1" 2021

M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle

M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle - .30-06. This is a late-war version with an added carry handle.
M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle without carry handle - .30-06

The M1918A2 was a broad package of improvements to the original BAR that included a magazine guide, new sights, a bipod, modified fire control group and a redesigned handguard and stock. The A1 version with a spiked bipod and hinged steel buttplate is almost never seen as very few examples were made; the M1922, the US Cavalry version with a ribbed barrel and spiked bipod, is similarly rare.


Title Actor Character Note Date
Gung Ho! Marine Raider 1943
A Walk In The Sun US Army soldiers 1945
Battleground (1949) US Army Airborne Soldiers 1949
Go for Broke! George Miki Chick 1951
The Steel Helmet U.S. Army soldiers 1951
Halls of Montezuma Skip Homeier "Pretty Boy" Riley 1951
Martin Milner Whitney
US Marines
Battle Circus U.S. Army soldier 1953
From Here to Eternity Burt Lancaster 1st Sergeant Milton Warden 1953
Between Heaven and Hell US National Guards 1956
The Young Lions Lee Van Cleef First Sergeant Rickett 1958
Pork Chop Hill US Army soldiers 1959
Hell Is for Heroes Mike Kellin Pvt Kolinsky 1962
The Longest Day US Army soldiers 1962
Merrill's Marauders US Army soldiers 1962
Battle of the Bulge US Army soldiers 1965
The 317th Platoon French soldiers M1918A2 version 1965
Is Paris Burning? Free French Forces soldiers 1966
What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? US Army soldiers 1966
Castle Keep Tony Bill Lt. Amberjack 1969
Scott Wilson Cpl. Clearboy
Che! Rudy Diaz Willy 1969
The Omega Man Charlton Heston Neville With bipod removed and M3 infrared night scope 1971
The Seventh Company Outdoors (La 7ème compagnie au clair de lune) A German soldier 1977
Death Force Soldiers 1978
Apocalypse Now French Colonists 1979
The Year of Living Dangerously Indonesian soldiers 1982
Uncommon Valor Patrick Swayze Kevin Scott 1983
Rookies Run Amok 2 (Le retour des bidasses en folie) German and French soldiers 1983
Jungle Warriors Paul L. Smith Cesar Santiago 1984
Paramilitary guard
Order No. 027 (Myung ryoung-027 ho) ROK Armed Forces soldiers 1986
Laser Mission soldiers 1989
Farewell To The King Gerry Lopez Gwai 1989
Last Man Standing Mexican police officer Dressed as a Colt Monitor 1996
Saving Private Ryan Edward Burns PFC Richard Reiben With bipod removed 1998
The Patriot L.Q. Jones Frank 1998
When Trumpets Fade Dylan Bruno Sgt. Talbot 1998
Zak Orth Pvt. Sanderson
The Thin Red Line David Harrod Cpl. Queen 1998
Robert Roy Hofmo Pvt. Sico
Pearl Harbor Matthew Davis Joe 2001
US Military personnel
City Of God Charles Paraventi Charlie "Uncle Sam" 2002
Windtalkers Noah Emmerich Pvt. Charles "Chick" Clusters 2002
The Quiet American Gen. The's soldiers 2002
The Rundown Henchmen Without bipod 2003
Dwayne Johnson Beck Without bipod
The Devil's Rejects Tyler Mane Rufus Without bipod 2005
King Kong US Army soldier With bipod removed 2005
Flags of Our Fathers US Marines With & without bipod 2006
The Artist Guard M1918A2 2011
The Front Line (2011) South Korean Army 2011
Memorial Day 82nd Airborne Division paratrooper With bipod removed 2011
My Way US Army soldiers With bipod removed 2011
Machine Gun Preacher LRA troops 2011
Red Tails American troops 2012
Gangster Squad Holt McCallany Karl Lockwood 2013
Fury (2014) U.S. Army soldiers 2014
Hacksaw Ridge Luke Bracey Smitty Ryker with bipod removed 2016
US Army soldiers with bipod removed
Overlord Jacob Anderson PFC Dawson 2018
Jojo Rabbit U.S. Army soldiers 2019


Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
Combat! Jack Hogan Pvt. William G. Kirby . 1962 - 1967
The A-Team Sergio Calderón Malavida Valdez "Mexican Slayride" (S01E01) 1983
Crime Story Bill Smitrovich Sgt. Danny Krychek . 1986-1988
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Joey "That Old Gang of Mine" (S02E07) 1994
Band of Brothers American soldiers 2001
The Company Cuban freedom fighters 2007
Deadliest Warrior French Foreign Legion . 2009-2011
The Pacific US Marines 2010
Breaking Bad - Season 5 Matthew T. Metzler Matt "To'hajiilee" (S5E13), "Ozymandias" (S4E14) 2013
Parer's War US Marines 2014

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Hidden & Dangerous 1999
WWII G.I. 1999
Medal of Honor 1999
Medal of Honor: Underground Used in "Panzerknacker Unleashed!" bonus mission 2000
Fallout Tactics "Browning Auto Rifle" 2001
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault 2002
Medal of Honor: Frontline 2002
Battlefield: 1942 2002
BloodRayne "M1918 GAR" M1918A2 w/ bipod 2002
Medal of Honor: Rising Sun 2003
Call of Duty With ability to fast/slow fire and bipod removed 2003
Forgotten Hope M1918A2 w/ bipod 2003
Hidden & Dangerous 2 2003
Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault 2004
Call of Duty: United Offensive With bipod removed 2004
Day of Defeat: Source With semi and full auto fire modes 2005
Call of Duty 2 2005
Medal of Honor: European Assault "BAR" 2005
Forgotten Hope 2 With deployable bipod. Includes "Reiben BAR" from Saving Private Ryan with ability to fire at 450/600rpm and with bipod removed 2005
Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood 2005
Vietcong 2 2005
Commandos: Strike Force 2006
Darkest Hour: Europe '44-'45 With deployable bipod 2006
Company of Heroes 2006
UberSoldier 2006
Medal of Honor: Airborne With various upgrades available 2007
Medal of Honor: Vanguard BAR M1918A2 2007
Hour of Victory 2007
Call of Duty: World at War 2008
Call of Duty: World at War - Final Fronts "BAR" 2008
Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway 2008
Fallout: New Vegas "Automatic Rifle" pistol grip M1918A2, rechambered for .308 Win/7.62x51mm NATO(Dead Money expansion) 2010
World War II Online: Battleground Europe Released with 1.34 update, M1918A2 2011
7554 "M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle" W/bipod; unusable 2011
Karma Online 2011
L.A. Noire 2011
Project Reality: Normandy Can switch between 360 RPM and 650 RPM settings 2013
Payday 2 Unusable 2013
Company of Heroes 2 Added with Western Front Armies add-on (2014) 2013
Counter-Strike Online "M1918 BAR" . M1918A2 2014
World of Guns: Gun Disassembly Browning Automatic Rifle 2014
Heroes & Generals M1918A2 2016
Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades "M1918 BAR" M1918A2 2016
"M1918 BAR Shorty" Short barrel & bipod removed, similar to John Dillinger's BAR
"Fire Walker" Highly stylized version
Rising Storm 2: Vietnam 2017
Squad 44: Letters From The Front 2018
Battlefield V 2018
Gun Club VR 2018
State of Decay 2 2018
Enlisted "Browning M1918A2" 2021
Battlefield 2042 BAR 1918 M1918A2 2021
Military Conflict: Vietnam 2022


Film Title Character Note Date
Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage Gretel 2006
Strike Witches Charlotte Yeager Without bipod 2008
Strike Witches 2 Charlotte Yeager Without bipod 2010
Strike Witches: The Movie Charlotte Yeager Without bipod 2012
Strike Witches: Operation Victory Arrow Charlotte Yeager Without bipod 2014-2015
Strike Witches: Road to Berlin Charlotte Yeager Without bipod 2020
Liberian tank crews
Luminous Witches Grace Steward Without bipod 2022
Grace's two wingmen

Colt Monitor

Colt R80 Monitor - .30-06
Colt Model 1925

The Colt Model 1925 was a commercial version of the BAR, known as the R75 and based on the FN BAR with the pistol grip, larger handguard, bipod and so on. It was released in a wide variety of calibers such as .30-06 Springfield, .303 British, 7x57mm Mauser, 7.92 Mauser and 7.65x53mm Belgian Mauser. A modified version of this was the Colt R80 Monitor, developed for the FBI as a "fighting rifle". The bipod was removed, the barrel and gas system were shortened, the pistol grip was added and it was fitted with a Cutts compensator.


Title Actor Character Note Date
The Highwaymen Kevin Costner Frank Hamer M1918 BAR modified to resemble an R80 Colt Monitor 2019
The Highwaymen Woody Harrelson Benjamin Maney Gault M1918 BAR modified to resemble an R-80 Colt Monitor 2019


Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
Bonnie and Clyde (2013) William Hurt Frank Hamer Colt Monitor 2013

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
State of Decay 2 2018
Enlisted "Colt Monitor" 2021

FN Model D

FN Model D - 7.65×53mm Belgian Mauser

The FN Model D is an improved European version of the FN Model 1930, a licensed clone of the 1925 version of the Colt R75. Note the folding carry handle, quick-change barrel, and a smaller forend than the American M1918 versions. Also note separate pistol grip and stock.

The FN Model D is chambered in .30-06, 7mm Mauser, 8mm Mauser, and 7.62x51mm NATO. The 7.62x51mm NATO version was designated the FN-DA1, and uses the same magazine as the FN FAL. The .30-06, 7mm and 8mm Mauser magazines are identified by a large "X" stamped on them.


Title Actor Character Note Date
Assembly Chinese Nationalist soldiers 2007

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Enlisted "FN Model 1930" 7.92mm Mauser variant 2021

Wz. 28 Browning

Wz. 28 Browning - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Wz. 28 Browning - 7.92x57mm Mauser

The Polish Browning wz. 1928, known in Polish as Ręczny karabin maszynowy wzór 1928 Browning (Rkm wz. 28 Browning for short), is another European variant of the BAR based off of the FN Model D that won Polish Army trials in 1925. Made by both FN as well as Polish firm FK, it was heavily used both by the Polish Army as well as Polish Home Army and partisans.



  • Number built: 24 000
  • Type: Light machine gun
  • Caliber: 7.92x57mm Mauser‎
  • Weight: 19.8 lbs (9 kg)
  • Length: 43.7 in (111 cm)
  • Barrel length: 24.1 in (61.1 cm)
  • Feed System: 20 rounds
  • Rate of Fire: 600rpm

The Wz. 28 Browning and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


Title Actor Character Note Date
Westerplatte Polish soldiers Late version 1967
Kelly's Heroes Perry Lopez Pvt. Petuko 1970
Fred Pearlman Pvt. Mitchell
Michael Clark Pvt. Grace
Night Over Chile (Noch nad Chili) Chilean soldiers Including mounted on MG34 tripod 1977
Cuba Cuban soldier 1979
Catch the Wind (Ishchi vetra...) Konstantin Grigoryev Pavel 1979
Across the Gobi and the Khingan (Govi Khyangand tulaldsan ni) Nikolay Penkov Votintsev Late version 1981
City 44 Polish insurgent 2014

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Forgotten Hope 2003
Uprising44: The Silent Shadows "Browning wz. 1928" 2012
Enemy Front "WZ.28" Browning wz. 1928 2014
Land of War: The Beginning "rkm Browning wz. 28" 2021
Enlisted "Browning wz. 1928" 2021

Wz. 37 Szczeniak

Wz. 37 Szczeniak - 7.92x57mm Mauser‎

Karabin maszynowy obserwatora wz. 37 ("Observers machine gun M1937") is a Polish aircraft mounted flexible machine gun, based on the Wz. 28 Browning. The main difference between the base Wz. 28 and the Wz. 37 is a new feeding mechanism that uses a 91-round pan magazine mounted on the standard receiver. The buttstock of the infantry machine gun was replaced with a spade grip.

The Wz.37 was nicknamed "Szczeniak" ("Pup") due to its lightness and compactness in comparison with compared with previously used Vickers machine guns. The Wz.37 was used mainly on PZL.37 Łoś bombers and LWS-3 Mewa observation and close reconnaissance aircrafts. Only 339 pieces were produced until the defeat of Poland in Autumn 1939.



  • Number built: 339
  • Type: Air machine gun.
  • Caliber: 7.92x57mm Mauser‎
  • Weight: 15.4 lbs (7 kg)
  • Length: 42.5 in (108 cm)
  • Barrel length: 24.1 in (61.1 cm)
  • Feed System: disc, 91 rounds.
  • Rate of Fire: 1100rpm

The Wz. 37 Szczeniak and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Land of War: The Beginning "ckm Szczeniak wz. 37" 2021

Kg m/21

Kg m/21 - 6.5x55mm

The Kg m/21 is the Swedish version of the BAR, first bought by Sweden in 1920 from Colt with modifications such as a bipod, pistol grip, dust cover and conical flash hider. Sweden would also buy the license to produce the BAR and subsequently adopted a modified version based on the FN Model D as the m/37 in 1937. Both the m/21 and m/37 were kept in production until 1949 and used in service until the Swedish adoption of the FN MAG in 1958 although the m/21 and m/37 remained in rear line arsenals well into the 1980's.

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Call of Duty: WWII "KG M-21" Added in June 4th 2019 update 2019

Ohio Ordnance HCAR

Ohio Ordnance HCAR - .30-06 Springfield

The Ohio Ordnance Heavy Counter Assault Rifle (HCAR) is a modernized version of the BAR made by Ohio Ordnance, who also make semi auto clones of the original M1918A2 pattern.


(2013 - Present)

  • Type: Battle Rifle
  • Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
  • Barrel Lengths: 16 in (40.6 cm), 20 in (50.8 cm)
  • Capacity: 30-round box magazine
  • Fire Modes: Semi-Auto

The Ohio Ordnance HCAR and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Payday 2 "Akron HC" Added in McShay Weapon Pack 3 (2023) 2013
Warface "HCAR Classic" Added in 2018 2013
"HCAR Auto" heavy customized
Battlefield Hardline "HCAR" w/ various attachments Incorrectly has a full-auto option 2015

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