When I made my introduction post on June 14th , I mentioned how I found this site by doing a search on a certain firearm. That firearm was the Browning Bar 30-06 Carbine. The search had a link to a 2017 thread started by Billdogge selling a Browning Bar Carbine which he sold to Moog5050. Here is the story why this interested me.
In 1997 while hunting in Maine with trucks parked on an old logging road , at lunchtime sitting on the tailgate having coffee , another hunter had parked up the trail from us and was walking back to his truck. He came over to us for a quick chat . As soon as he walked over I couldn't believe what he was carrying for a firearm. A new Browning Bar Carbine with an 18 inch barrel. I had my standard Browning with 22 inch barrel. I knew Browning didn't make a carbine and always wished they would . But there it was. He said he bought it from a gun shop in either NY or NJ . I cant remember. He said it was a special Shot Show firearm made by Browning for that event and thought there were only 50 or 100 made. Well ever since that day most of you know that feeling of " I HAVE TO HAVE ONE ! " So the search was on for that rifle for 14 years , but never to be found.
In 2015 during a search, I came up with a Browning Bar Carbine in 308 that was advertised by Performance Shooting in NY . Synthetic stock , 18 inch fluted barrel with no sights. I didn't bother calling them then because I really wasn't interest in a 308 . It said they were special addition only 150 were made. Then in 2016 a big gun shop and Browning dealer in northern NH , LL Cote , advertised a Browning Carbine 308 that was all camo including the fluted barrel also with no sights. Now my interest was up and figured SOMEBODY must of had a 30-06 carbine made somewhere. Then I found this article that put the frothing at the mouth chase into high speed. They Do Make A 30-06 Carbine , but not for the USA. Browning International only made them for the EU . Here is the article I found . After finding this article , the phone calls start
I contacted at least 4 Browning distributors asking if I can get one of these. All said no. So I called Browning myself and spoke to the guy in charge of imports. And even he said no. It was too complicated because the Browning International firearms are built for European standards plus a whole bunch of import laws would not allow for that . Back in the dumps I go. As a last resort I called Performance Shooting and LL Cote again . I emailed them that same article plus the Browning International site that showed 3 different Bar Carbines in 30-06 . I asked both of them , since they have leverage as Browning dealers , and have had some carbines special ordered, why cant they get a USA carbine version in a 30-06 made. I told them I would prefer a wood stock but a synthetic like the one in the article would be nice too , and have the standard fiber optic sights put on the gun , then I would buy 2 or them . Performance Shooting told me they would look into it and would be in touch if they got any info. This is February of 2016 . Of course I never heard from them.
One night In late July of 2017 sitting around doing nothing , I do a search and THERE THEY ARE ! Performance Shooting has the exact gun I talked to them about. The next morning I called them and find out they had 50 carbines with wooden stocks and the fiber optic sights made , 100 308 carbines made with no sights , and 25 308 carbines made with the carbon stock and no sights . They only had 28 left of the 30-06 . So I had the girl send me pics of 15 guns so I can pic the gun with the stocks I liked. I did buy 2 of them. When they arrived at the gun shop ( FFL ) and I went to do the paperwork , there was 12-15 guys in the shop. All of them had to look at these guns. Nobody had ever seen a gun like this. Especially the front site that periscopes up and down and left and right with an allen wrench for adjustment. I called Browning a couple months later to ask if I could buy a set of front and rear sites like mine . I gave him my serial number and he came back with that was a restricted firearm . I figured that was because they were special ordered , but that wasn't the case. He said he would dig in to how he could get me those sites , but it would take some time, but never got back to me.
These fifty carbines were made from parts from 3 different Browning Bars that were all interchangeable . They used the wood stock with satin finish from Long Track , The matt finish receiver from the synthetic version of the Long track , and the fluted 18 inch barrel with sites and matte from the European Long Track . All are interchangeable parts. But those 3 guns are now discontinued . Browning has now moved on to the Mark 3 design change . The mark 3 carbines you see on GunBroker are different. Im sure they are also excellent firearms , but the style changed. These guns also have a special serial number.
2017 was the 100 year anniversary of the Browning Bar . Browning made 100 Bar rifles to celebrate it . The serial number for those rifles is 100BAR17001 to 100BAR17100. Right after those guns , the Performance Shooting special order went through. The 100 308 carbines I believe went next with serial numbers 100A170101 to 100A170200. Im not sure if the 25 carbines with the carbon stock went next. I would think the 30-06 carbines went next from 100A170201 to 100A170250 . My serial numbers are 100A170227 and 100A170231.
Besides being a 1 of 50 and never to be made again exactly like these , is the performance of this gun. I"ve never fired a gun that is as perfectly balanced as this gun, and with hardly any recoil because of the double Inflex Technology recoil pad butt plate. This gun is deadly accurate. With a good rest I can put 4 shots touching at dead center of a bulls eye at 100 yards. They look like one big bullet hole in the center shooting 180 grain PSP Core Lokts . I have a Leupold VX6 1x6 Firedot Duplex Reticle scope on mine . It feels like Im carrying a featherweight compared to my standard Browning Bar.
Bill , if I saw that stock before you bought that gun , I would of bought it first. Moog , what a beautiful rifle Bill sold you. You were smart to buy it.