The BAR (M1918) is a heavy weapon that requires specialized training. Probably one per
squad. The ammo is heavy, and requires an additional man to act as ammunition carrier
(though the directors of Combat! often forgot about this in later episodes). The
BAR is often praised as one of the best weapons ever used by the US Army.
The weapon is featured prominently in the episode "Far From the Brave." Kirby carries a
BAR through much of season one and all through the rest of the seasons. The BAR uses the
same ammunition as the M-1 Garand. (Pictured at left is Jack Hogan as Kirby with his
B.A.R. with bi-pod attachment)
The Browning Automatic Rifle is .30 caliber, gas operated, and air-cooled. It may be
fired from the shoulder or from the hip. It is 47 inches long, weight 15.5 pounds, and can
fire 450 shots per minute. Besides being used from the shoulder or the hips, it may be
mounted on a bipod. This weapon can be adjusted to fire semi-automatically, which is much
slower than automatic firing, but more accurate, and does not heat the weapon as will
automatic firing. When used automatically, the Browning M 1918 is fired in short bursts.
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