Ohio Ordnance HCAR

We posted about the HCAR earlier this year. Well apparently it was released this month. Kit Up! got a chance to play with it at the range.

According to Kit Up! it has a hydraulic buffer which dampens the recoil to that of an AR-15. The one complaint is the weight. 11.75 lbs with only a 16″ barrel and that is empty not even loaded. Retail is set at $4,700.

Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

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  • Chris

    I want to like it, I really do but…good god man!
    It would want to operate flawlessly cos it hit every branch on the way down when it fell out of the ugly tree.

    • Chris

      Pretty sure that shooting this would be like riding a Vespa or “getting intimate with a large woman”
      Probably fun but not sure I’d want my buddies to see me doing it.

  • jeff

    omg it looks like someone held a screen in front of it and threw shit at it .
    what an ugly beast . and that price . yah right !!!

  • John

    That weighs about half as much as an M1918A2 BAR, so the weight complaints don’t really hold up.

    • J.J

      Exactly. Besides how light do you really want to make a rifle that shoots a 30-06? My savage axis in 30-06 weighs about 7.5 pounds fully loaded and kicks harder than any 3 inch magnum 12 gauge. Heavier can be a good thing.

      • dan citizen

        but they’ve installed a “hydraulic buffer which dampens the recoil to that of an AR-15” So it’s all good,

      • Anonymoose

        The BN36 (this thing’s closest competitor) only weighs 8 lbs. If I was going to get a BAR, I’d want the 24″ barrel, and wouldn’t really care about the weight.

        • The BN36 touched me in inappropriate places, and I liked it. Speaking metaphorically, of course.

        • Rusty Shackleford

          At the very least I’d want a 20″ barrel, whats the point of going lower? Might as well have a .308 if you’re looking for a compact setup.

  • Pete Sheppard

    Nah. For that money, I’ll take a real BAR clone (that sounds strange).

  • Gary Chuntly

    There’s a whole lot of worrying about how the gun “looks” and not enough worrying about if this piece of battle bling is worth nearly $5K.

  • echelon

    $4,700?!? No thanks, I’ll take that cash and buy lots of ammo for guns I already own…allegedly. Except for the ones that I lost in the boating accident…

    • dan citizen

      If reports of gun loss in boating accidents are accurate, we should treat the fish with more respect.


        The Fish-People will invade the East and West coasts with guns that are “lost” in boat accidents.

      • angrymike

        Bwahahahaaaa, never thought of it that way, but your absolutely right !!!!!! ….. 😉

  • Lol @ 5k.

  • An Interested Person

    They probably could have saved two pounds if they just started from scratch, instead of reviving a design that was simply too heavy for what it was to begin with.

    Bullpup would have been cool too.

    • dan citizen


      • An Interested Person

        Don`t get me wrong, I do think BARs are pretty cool. From a historical perspective.

        But in the 21st century we can do so much better in terms of weight savings and multi-purpose functionality. This is basically a LMG turned into an assault rifle, and it can`t fill either role very well. Much less both.

        And on top of that, .30-06 is overrated. Feed it some .338 or .300 Win-mag.

        • dan citizen

          The choice to stay with 30 06 seems strange. I’m not saying it’s obsolete, but as a combat round it’s offspring have replaced it.

          I love BARs, they are a great part of history, but a BAR, no matter how bubba’d up, is not relevant to the arms scene anymore.

  • Matrix3692

    I was wondering, no one seems to try and “modernize” a Bren chamber in 7.62×51mm?

    • pbla4024

      It was done in 1958. 7.62x51mm Bren served in Falkland war. India still manufactures it I believe.

      • Matrix3692

        I meant with tactical accessories that kind of “modernize”.

    • Anonymoose

      Why bother when heavy-barreled FALs exist?

    • KiwiShooter

      Have a look at the L4 Bren mate.

      • Matrix3692

        No the L4, I meant with tactical accessories that kind of “modernize”.

  • dan citizen

    “hydraulic buffer which dampens the recoil to that of an AR-15”

    No way that could be hype.

    • Dan

      Hydraulic buffer combined with the suppressor maybe, and a big maybe at that.

      • Laserbait

        And the extra 5 pounds of weight helps a bit too. 😀

  • iksnilol

    Kinda off topic: Are there any 20 round mags for the Browning Bar Shorttrac (the lightweight 308 one)?

    • Lloyd

      I know that the FNAR and Shorttrac could share stocks/foreends, but I am not sure about magazines.

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  • Ken

    I’ll stick with my M1.

  • Richard Flood

    This looks like the aftermath of a 3 way between an M60, a Highpoint and an AR

  • Hank Seiter

    “Heavy” in .30-06 is not a bad thing. Shooting a .30-06 1903A3 from the bench with the metal buttplate pretty much punctuates my sentiments on the subject. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the 1903 and its history, but at 60 I find myself getting a little recoil sensitive.