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    Colt 1918 Self Loading Rifle Reproduction

    I came across this and thought it may be of interest here. It is a reproduction Colt 1918 Self Loading Rifle made in 2015.



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    Any of those rifles made by Ohio Ordnance are top notch! I've handled one of those Colt's and they are a thing of beauty! I've got an HCAR in .30-06 that is an absolute joy!
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    Absolutely beautiful rifle, but $9,000!!!!!! For the ultimate collector I suppose -- are there any originals left around?

    There is one currently on GB for $9300 with the following description (https://www.gunbroker.com/item/840778718):

    The Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) model 1918 was developed by John M. Browning in 1917. Marlin-Rockwell Corporation, Colt, and Winchester made 85,000 rifles during WWI to meet the US military requirement.
    Ohio Ordnance Works, Inc. manufactures a semi-automatic version of this rifle; 1918A3 (WWII version). The only one of its kind in production anywhere in the world, it is manufactured with some of the original USGI WWI and WWII parts.

    For the last 18 years, we have taken great care in building of each rifle. Only the highest quality Ohio Ordnance original and USGI standard parts are used in its production. The heart of the 1918A3 is the receiver made from 8620 steel casting that has been carburized and induction heat treated. The castings are machined on state-of-the-art, CNC machining centers. Every rifle is fully assembled, inspected, test-fired and re-inspected under the direct supervision of our master armorer.

    The entire manufacturing process is accomplished at our facility in Chardon, Ohio. Our team is made up of experts in the military ordnance field, some with over 40 years experience in the trade.
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    The one advertised is the ultimate collectors piece... high polish, etc. For a shooter, they are still offering a version at half that price. Pricey still, but not out of line for the pricier Colt's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Berkeley492 View Post
    Absolutely beautiful rifle, but $9,000!!!!!! For the ultimate collector I suppose -- are there any originals left around?

    There is one currently on GB for $9300 with the following description (https://www.gunbroker.com/item/840778718):

    The Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) model 1918 was developed by John M. Browning in 1917. Marlin-Rockwell Corporation, Colt, and Winchester made 85,000 rifles during WWI to meet the US military requirement.
    Ohio Ordnance Works, Inc. manufactures a semi-automatic version of this rifle; 1918A3 (WWII version). The only one of its kind in production anywhere in the world, it is manufactured with some of the original USGI WWI and WWII parts.

    For the last 18 years, we have taken great care in building of each rifle. Only the highest quality Ohio Ordnance original and USGI standard parts are used in its production. The heart of the 1918A3 is the receiver made from 8620 steel casting that has been carburized and induction heat treated. The castings are machined on state-of-the-art, CNC machining centers. Every rifle is fully assembled, inspected, test-fired and re-inspected under the direct supervision of our master armorer.

    The entire manufacturing process is accomplished at our facility in Chardon, Ohio. Our team is made up of experts in the military ordnance field, some with over 40 years experience in the trade.
    During a Infantry Trophy Match at my local range, at 300yds using 600/500yd reduced targets a guy shows up to shoot the match with one of the OOW 1918A3 BAR's. He didn't win but it was cool to watch that rifle in action.....
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    Is this replica Colt-marked, and does Hartford have any connection?
    Having just seen Highwaymen, BARs are mighty damned neat. Do they make a Monitor version?
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    Quote Originally Posted by halfmoonclip View Post
    Is this replica Colt-marked, and does Hartford have any connection?
    Having just seen Highwaymen, BARs are mighty damned neat. Do they make a Monitor version?
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    The answers to those questions are yes they are Colt marked (see pictures in auction link). I don't think they are made in Hartford but they had to have some arrangements with Colt and I don't think they have any plans for a Monitor.
    I have the 1918A3SLR and a friend of mine has the polished blue model and they're both great shooters. They're both built by Ohio Ordnance Works.
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    It would be fun to shoot one of the CAR/BAR at a Service Rifle match. All the AR-15 shooters would scream it was too heavy to qualify and therefore, more accurate.
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    Considering what an original BAR sells for, the nominal $9K for this one is probably reasonable.
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    When Ohio Ordnance Works started producing their Colt 1918 SLR, you could call them and they would send you a nice book on the history of their rifles. They also produced a blued model that was not marked Colt but had the same finish as the ones they produced in agreement with Colt. If I recall correctly, the Colt model retailed somewhere around $6K when introduced.
    I've owned a couple of the OOW rifles and they have been great shooters. The first one I owned, I traded it and a Barrett Model 99 for a New England Small Arms 1918A2. I purchased my newer 1918A3 SLR about 15 years ago and have shot it some. This NESA BAR came out of the estate of Col. Rex Applegate and retains all of the original WWII finish. The NESA BAR gets shot more often because of the fun factor of a two speed full auto.





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