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It looks very heavy, cumbersome even





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It looks very heavy, cumbersome even


Yep, BARs are heavy beasts. The WW2-era US military BARs were 20ish pounds unloaded, with each loaded 20 round magazine weighing another 1.5 pounds.

The HCAR cuts it down to a "mere" 13ish pounds (plus optics and accessories). But that's still almost double the weight of a basic .308 AR at 7ish pounds.
 
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Was it the Squad automatic weapon of that era?
Did they get their own Sherpa's to hump it's ammo all over the world?





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Yes, it was the squad automatic weapon of the era.

No Sherpas involved, but the BAR gunner in a rifle squad did have an assistant gunner and an ammunition bearer who both helped hump ammo, with those three each carrying 10-12 BAR magazines apiece.
 
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Yes, it was the squad automatic weapon of the era.

No Sherpas involved, but the BAR gunner in a rifle squad did have an assistant gunner and an ammunition bearer who both helped hump ammo, with those three each carrying 10-12 BAR magazines apiece.


A common practice in a WWII army rifle squad is that all members
Of the squad not assigned as the BAR man or an assistant gunner to carry one BAR mag.
 
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Dad carried a BAR into and out of the Chosin Reservoir. He always said it was devastatingly “effective”.


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