Ohio Ordnance Works has modernized the Browning Automatic Rifle of WWII fame with their HCAR (Heavy Counter Assault Rifle).
H.C.A.R. 1918A3 Features
- Barrel: 16″ or 20″
- Caliber: .30-06
- Magazine: 30-round
- MSRP: $4,500 – $4,950
See FPS Russia take a turn with the HCAR in the video below.
The Browning Automatic Rifle, Origins Of The HCAR
John Browning’s M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) was designed for the US Expeditionary Corps during the final years of WWI. The first BARs were meant to replace the French Chauchat and M1909 Benét–Mercié machine guns.
To meet the unique needs of trench warfare, the BAR was designed to be carried by advancing infantrymen and fired from the hip or shoulder through a concept known as “walking fire.” Unfortunately, the first BARs didn’t live up to the expectations of the US war department in 1918.
After 1938 a bipod was added to the BAR, which the US Army used as a light machine gun. While it saw limited use in WWI, the BAR was used extensively throughout both WWII and Korea with some limited use in Vietnam.
The BAR was slowly replaced by a squad automatic weapon version of the M14 starting in the late 1950s.
Birth Of The Heavy Counter Assault Rifle
Ohio Ordnance created a 21st Century variant of the iconic BAR in 2006 known as the Heavy Counter Assault Rifle, or HCAR.
The modernized version of John Browning’s classic rifle features an AR-style buffer tube, adjustable stock, shorter barrel, adjustable fas regulator, handguard, and picatinny rails.
The HCAR can also be equipped with flash and sound suppressors.
The HCAR is more than 8 lbs lighter than it’s predecessor. Ohio Ordnance achieved this incredible improvement by machining material away from the receiver, using plastic stocks, and a dimbled barrel.
Take another look at the HCAR with the video below.