Ohio Ordnance has been building the John Browning designed BAR for over 20 years. Colt originally marketed a semi-auto civilian version after The Great War called the SLR (Self Loading Rifle) . Fast forward almost 100 years and Ohio Ordnance and Colt have come together to make a really sexy looking BAR/SLR.
The BAR, and its derivatives, never really caught on with civilian shooters. Maybe .30-06 was too expensive. Or maybe the guns were just too big. There’s more steel in a BAR than there is in an F-150. But there are still shooters, like me, who want a BAR, and OOW is filling that demand.
This new BAR has the Colt prancing pony and looks like it stepped out of the past with the high gloss, deep black bluing and the electric niter blue accents. I am talking the quality of fit and finish you see on vintage Colts.This isn’t the finish you’d expect from a service rifle–it is well done and consistent (which is something, considering how big this thing is).
Even though it is stamped COLT, this rifle is made entirely at the Ohio Ordinance Works facility in Chardon, Ohio. These are only available in a limited run of between 1,000 and 1,500 rifles. They are currently shipping and are OOW can produce about 75 a month. The MSRP is $8,799.