30-06 HCAR Given the FPSRussia Treatment

Now available to the general public, Kyle (FPSRussia) got one of the first cracks at the Ohio Ordnance Works Heavy Counter-Assault Rifle. Ohio left no portion of the design untouched, stripped significant weight from the design and adding modern touches including a hydraulic buffer.

The watermelon test was particularly spectacular with the 30-06 rounds. FPS makes handling it look easy. Ohio Ordnance has pulled out a lot of the recoil. Hit the video for all the juicy destructive testing.


Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • JR

    I was not interested in the design when I first read about it, but after seeing it in action, I’m reconsidering.

  • 1leggeddog

    It’s definitely cool just to see the 30-06 in action in such a gun, but it certainly is cost prohibitive to run.

    If it could be made to work with .308 or even .300 BLK, then we’d have a fun gun.

    oh, did you guys forget to mention that this rifle is 4700 $ ????????

    • If you are going to have the extra length and weight of the BAR receiver, you may as well stick with a long cartridge. It would be entertaining to see if they could shoehorn a .300 Win Mag or other long-action Magnums into the action. A few gunsmiths have already done this with the M1 Garand.

      • DW

        Even more simple idea: Make Bigger magazine for current Browning BAR in 300 Win Mag. Basically an 300WM FNAR.

      • iksnilol

        Meh, I would rather see a .338 Lapua version. Preferably the shorttrac (the lightweight one).

        • The M1918 BAR is not the same design as the commercial Browning BAR. In either example, the .338 Lapua cartridge would be too long to fit without a complete redesign.

          • iksnilol

            I know.

            But if I want a semi auto in some fancy long distance cartridge I am going for .338 Lapua. I am not a fan of 300 Winmag, mostly because a short neck doesn’t play well with heavy bullets and magazines.

          • The only sporting style semi-auto I’ve seen in .338 Lapua has been the Vigilance Rifles VR1. However, it is overbuilt for the Lapua given that it was designed around the .408 CheyTac and .505 Gibbs.

      • 1leggeddog

        Well i said 300 BLK just because i thought of keeping it in 30 cal.

        300 Win Mag would pack a definite punch for sure, same for .303 British, .300 Savage, etc etc.

        • The British tested the BAR in .303 before adopting what became the Bren. I don’t think the .300 Savage would offer anything over the .308 Win/7.62 NATO.

          • 1leggeddog

            True. I was just listing big .30 cal bullets

            Might as well go for 8mm or 7.62x54r 😀

          • BAR were made in 7.92x57mm for foreign customers like Poland.

  • Ken

    I bet they could cut the recoil down even more if they used 6.5×55 Swedish Mauser. The Swedes used BARs too.

    • OOW really needs to look at the quick-change barrel design from the Swedish Kg m/37.

      • Ken

        With a quick change barrel, it would not be hard to convert to 7.62 NATO either, assuming the mags feed it. If not, then it might just be the matter of putting a spacer into a mag.

        • The US Army’s T34 conversion and the FN Model DA1 used spacers to position a size-appropriate magazine. The T34 used a spacer attached to the front of the receiver’s magazine well, while the Model DA1 had a spacer attached to the trigger group.

          The British converted a BAR to .280/30 using spacers inside the magazine.

          I’ve seen a photo of a BAR converted to 7.62x39mm, presumably done by the Chinese PLA. It looked like it used a standard Kalashnikov magazine.

  • UnrepentantLib

    Too bad nobody came up with that in 1940.

    • Edward Franklin

      They didn’t need to, Colt came up with it in 1931 with the R80 Monitor. A shortened and lightened M1918 it featured a pistol grip and a lower rate of fire compared to the standard BAR. It weighed roughly 16lbs so still heavier than the HCAR but in my opinion nowhere near as goofy looking.
      The price was quite high and the military wasn’t looking to shorten the BAR’s in inventory so the Monitor remains largely a footnote. Still hoping OOW decides to build a reproduction Monitor after this adventure with the HCAR because I would throw money at them for an R80.

  • Zachary marrs

    Thanks for the vid, but im gonna wait for when yall will post the nutnfancy 24 hour special review

  • GordonTrenchard

    Why does this guy keep up with the Russian accent when the cat is out of the bag that he is not Russian. He does good reviews but the phony accent takes away from it.

    • CA.Ben

      That cat was out of the bag years ago, back when he ran a video game channel.

    • gunslinger

      yeah, better stop giving him you money.
      oh wait. well you can stop watching him. and if enough people stop watching, he won’t make money.

      but i’m guessing the people still want the fake accent or will at least put up with it.

    • alan

      probably the same reason why they still sell WWE pro wrestling as the real deal and not the scripted soap opera it is. people want to believe in certain things.

  • Steve Martinovich

    That thing is completely over the top and pointless. Only some gun nut would want something like that.

    (Long pause)

    Oh my God I want that so bad.

  • Secundius

    Yeah, the German’s didn’t like it to much either, because the .30-06Sprnfld. (7.62.63mm) had the nasty habit of going through brick walls, instead of bouncing off brick walls like the 7.92x57mm Mauser did.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      7.92x57mm bouncing off brick walls? Mine just slam right through, and those are mil-surp.

    • Vitor

      a 4k joules round boucing off brick? Ok.