VFC BAR 1918A2

The famous M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle (B.A.R.) was designed by John Browning and first used in World War 1. Initially the B.A.R. was designed to be fired from the hip(!) by advancing infantrymen, this practice was later abandoned and it was mainly used as a light machine gun. The improved M1918A2 which was used during World War 2 and was put into production in 1940. Many of the updates for the A2 version were made in order to improve the B.A.R. in its role as a light machine gun, semi auto firing mode was removed and replaced by a second full auto firing mode with reduced fire rate for example. The B.A.R. was very reliable and powerful, though the comparably small capacity of just 20 round mags hampered the B.A.R. in its usefulness as a support weapon. Click to enlarge:

VFC released two versions of the B.A.R. M1918A2, a CNC machined limited edition and a regular edition. I own the regular edition, which still is quite expensive, costing 999$… the sold out CNC edition was 1500$. 😯 Build quality and performance are both excellent. Being constructed almost entirely of metal and real wood it is a heavy gun, certainly not well suited for CQB. But it performs great as a support weapon having good power and accuracy. It is easy to perform upgrades to the Gearbox so if you need more FPS this can be achieved quickly. The 190 round mags are great for sustained fire but are not very realistic, at least it is a compensation for carrying such a big & heavy rifle. Guess it would be really hardcore to use the B.A.R. with 20 BBs in each mag only πŸ˜€

The airsoft B.A.R. strips down almost like the real gun, you just have to remove a few pins, easy access = very cool! One thing that should be done is to tighten all screws, when mine arrived some were a bit loose.

A close-up of the excellent rear sight, like the original it can be adjusted horizontally and vertically

Close-up of the front sight and flash suppressor

Here you can see the selector, real B.A.R. 1918A2s had two full auto settings (slow & regular) and safe. The VFC airsoft B.A.R. only has one kind of full auto and safe

Hop up can be adjusted here

Some B.A.R.s seem to have a problem with the hop up unit. There is a spring that is supposed to push the hop up unit against the gearbox. Somehow this does not work all the time (spring to weak?), it can be solved easily as there are already holes for two screws with which you can hold the hop up unit in place.

Front grip, this is a well used original one. It fits the VFC B.A.R. without the need for any modifications

The carry handle, not the one offered by VFC but a real steel one. Looks very cool, but not good for WW2 airsoft. Even though the carry handle was developed in late 1944 there is no proof of it ever seeing action during WW2.

The bipod (has to be bought separately), it was often removed to make the weapon lighter. Sill a cool item to have… sometimes i do not understand airsoft manufacturers, why did VFC make a bipod which is only usable for Korean war or later impressions? Sloppy research? There are three types of bipod heads, two of which are usable for a WW2 B.A.R. and VFC copied the only one that is not! The legs of the VFC bipod are only OK for late war impressions. I have a real steel bipod, correct head but late war legs. Something i have to fix soon πŸ˜‰ click to enlarge:

Here you can see the WW2 style head and the late war legs (screws at the top of the leg, earlier ones have the screw at the bottom).

This is the VFC bipod, very easy to spot the difference

The buttstock is made of high quality wood. It holds the battery, to access the battery compartment you have to remove two screws holding the buttplate

There are two screws inside the buttstock holding it in place, if your stock wobbles you have to tighten them.Β  You need a looong screwdriver to do this!

The mag. Unfortunately VFC only offers a (190 round) highcap. I strongly dislike highcaps, wish there would be low or midcaps as well.

And some iconic B.A.R. artwork on the cover of a 1944 “The Leatherneck” magazine πŸ™‚

Check this out to see how the B.A.R. was meant to be used, starting at 9:15

http://www.youtube.com/v/8KqemCtq3B8?fs=1&hl=en_US

~ by m1pencil on January 1, 2010.

13 Responses to “VFC BAR 1918A2”

  1. Hi there! I just got this very dame model from VFC. I’d like to get a real bipod and carry handle for it, but wanted to make sure they are compatible with VFC’s replica… From your review i get there’s no problem with the carry handle, but what about the bipod? Can you please tell me what would be the correct one? Would this one do?
    http://www.worldwarwonders.co.uk/Equipment-and-Field-Gear/WW2-Browning-Automatic-Rifle-2nd-Pattern-Bipod.html?keyword=Bar
    Thanks for your help!

  2. Hi, real bipods and carry handles fit. I use real ones for my VFC BAR as well. A correct one would have the WW2 style “head” (see photo in my post) and screws at the bottom of the legs (early/mid war) or top (late war).

    The one in your link appears to be OK looks like a WW2 head and screws at the top? A bit dificult to make out on the pics.

    Oh and the bipod is damn heavy! Easy to understand why many soldiers ditched those πŸ˜‰

    • Hey there! Thanks for the info!! I think I’ll get that bipod πŸ™‚ looks like a WWII head to me:-) can you tell me any place/site/forum where to find the carry handle? Been looking everywhere and came up with nothing so far. Again thanks a million for your help!
      Mike.

  3. Hey! I just found a carry handle on ebay! πŸ™‚ and the same guy is selling a bipod, which i think is like the one you posted above… Can you please take a look at it and tell me what you think? Ebay item # 250757723413
    Thanks!!!

    • # 250757723413 the head is no good for WW2. Take a look at the top of the head, good:

      bad:

      • Hey! Yep, i see that’s not the correct head for WW2 πŸ™‚ but you think it would fit the rifle anyway?
        If not i’ll get the other one πŸ™‚

  4. It should fit too!

  5. Thanks a lot for your help!
    Mike.

  6. were did you find spare mags?

  7. Hi there , i was just wondering on how to attach the sling in the correct way , could you point me in the right direction ?

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