Most firearms history buffs and World War II film aficionados will agree, one of the most impressive guns to gain renown from that conflict was the Browning Automatic Rifle.

The unique report of the monstrous light machine gun alone was said to strike fear into the hearts of Axis soldiers. And, for all intents and purposes, the iconic firearm has been given a new lease on life.

Ohio Ordnance Works has come out with an interesting modern take on the nearly century-old M1918. The company introduced the H.C.A.R. (Heavy Counter-Assault Rifle) earlier this year, drawing upon its years of expertise in building semi-automatic versions of the BAR.

In the above video, FPS Russia puts the rifle through its paces with watermelons, old TVs and even a dilapidated washing machine. Beside its ability to wreak havoc, everybody’s favorite faux-Russian points to a couple other attractive aspects of the rifle.

First, the weight of the H.C.A.R. is a vast improvement over the rifle it is based off. At first blush, its 11 pounds might not sound like the slimmest rifle to hit the market. But considering the BAR tipped the scales at 19 pounds, it’s light.

The other feature of the rifle talked up in the video is its polite recoil, despite throwing .30-06 rounds down range. Much of this is attributed to the rifle’s Surfire Muzzle Break and hydraulic system housed in the buttstock.

Watch the entire video, if you love heavy firepower it’s sure to get you drooling. Then if you need to dry your mouth just take a gander at the present MSRP for the rifle on OOW’s website – a cool $4,699.99.


Gun Digest 2015

Gun Digest 2015, 69th Annual Edition