The BAR Match is dead, long live the BAR MK 3 DBM (Detachable Box Magazine)


The Browning BAR Match is dead. I managed to get one of the last ones, haven’t even sighted in mine yet but it shoots very nicely.

But there’s a new version around the corner called the BAR MK 3 DBM.


DBM is short for Detachable Box Magazine, and I don’t think that needs any further explanation.


Some might sigh with boredom over this rifle, but for a lot of hunters the possibility to hunt with an AR15 or similar type of rifle is out of the question due to legislation. For a lot of hunters a rifle like the BAR Match and the new MK3 DBM makes a lot of sense, especially in Europe.


I was afraid that Browning would take a lot of the features away in the new version, but apart from the pistol grip which seems gone, most things look OK or improved.

The price is set around 1 469 USD.

For reference, below is what the “old” Browning BAR Match looked like. It was also available without the pistol grip and a traditional stock. There are magazines with up to 20 rounds available.




Note how the Picatinny is different. There is also a lack (not sure if this would be optional on the MK3 DBM) of a front Picatinny, which comes handy if you want to attach a bipod or a search light quickly.

From Browning, here goes:

NEW FOR 2017 – Multipurpose 308 Winchester semi-automatic rifle. Gas-piston design. 18″ hammer-forged barrel. Detachable box magazine fed. Picatinny rail scope bases. Lightweight alloy receiver and composite stock with 6 pound 10 oz overall weight.

We dare you to find another 308 Winchester semi-automatic rifle that shoots this well, weighs this little, and has all of these features at this price…
The roots of the Browning BAR run deep – going back to John M. Browning’s first design for the U.S. military during the First World War. The sporting BAR’s contemporary design offers shooters and hunters a lightweight semi-automatic rifle with refinements not present in the most popular modern sporting rifles, including a gas-piston design. The BAR MK 3 DBM customize the BAR design to offer shooters a detachable box magazine with a magazine well instead of the standard hinged floor plate design. The DBM model also comes with QD swivel cups (QD sling swivels included), 1913 Picatinny rail scope bases, and an 18″ hammer-forged barrel (an optimal length for a multipurpose rifle chambered in the venerable 308 Winchester cartridge). The best part is that you get all of this in a package that weighs in just a hair over 6½ pounds.
  • Accuracy
    Browning rifles consistently produce the most accurate shot groups in their class. This is due in large part to the quality of their barrels. The BAR is built around a hammer-forged barrel made in a thoroughly controlled and tested process.
  • Function
    The BAR relies on a gas piston design to operate its lightweight action. The gas piston design mitigates shooter-perceived recoil and reduces excessive carbon residue that other modern gas-impingement designs vent into the moving parts of the action. Like most modern sporting rifles, the BAR utilizes a multi-lug rotary bolt – a component that allows for a lightweight alloy receiver.
  • Feel
    The BAR MK 3 feels and handles like the purpose-built hunting rifle it is – lightweight, quick to shoulder and point. Add in the benefits of a well-designed semi-automatic, and you get quick follow-up shots and less perceived recoil than with your standard bolt-action hunting rifles.

Feature Rollup:

  • Receiver– Aircraft-grade alloy; Drilled and tapped for scope mounts
  • Barrel – Hammer-forged
  • Action – Gas-operated autoloader; Multi-lug rotary bolt; Detachable box magazine with magazine well; Composite trigger guard and floorplate; Crossbolt safety
  • Stock – Composite; Matte black finish; Overmolded gripping panels; Shim adjustable for cast on/off and drop at comb
  • Features – Sling swivel stud for bi-pod; QD swivel cups, swivels included






If the figure is accurate it seems Browning managed to shave some weight as well. I hope that didn’t come because of a cheaper and lighter barrel?

Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with an European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatic firearms, optics and sound suppressors. Owning the night would be nice too.


  • DW

    Yes, the barrel is lighter, and no the price isn’t cheaper. But they did manage to shave lots of weight off the FNAR , which is the biggest complaint of the rifle.

  • Ax

    I think there is almost no difference in heftiness and ruggedness between this and the FNAR, except for the barrel.

  • noob

    Had this BAR DBM been available in the 1960s, how would it have fared in competition against what became the M14 to be america’s battle rifle?

    • Ax

      This gun has a lot of small parts that make disassembly very complicated compared to, for example, an m14. Even if you’re not taring it down completely, getting access to places that might need some attention to prevent rusting et.c. is much, much harder with this gun than an m14.

    • Jason Lewis

      AR10 variant is superior to both.

      • Wally Moyer

        whys that what makes it superior

        • Jason Lewis

          I suppose superior may be too strong a word but out of the box, a quality AR10 style rifles are more accurate. The reliability has come on par with M1’s and FALs. The choice of aftermarket gear is endless. Installing optics is simple. Changing a barrel is easy. A quality M1 is a thing of beauty but you will spend twice the price to get is anywhere close to competing with an AR. I may be bias because I have a M&P10 but I get sub MOA groups out of it. I had a PTR91 that I sold which was solid dependable but wasn’t nearly as accurate. I shoot my friends Springfield’s that are excellent but not close to MOA.

          • Wally Moyer

            at some point in the future i hope to get a semi .308 just dont know what type yet.i appreciate your input!

          • Jason Lewis

            Sweet. Shoot em all if you can before deciding.

          • Hillbilly Bone

            Aren’t most AR10’s in the 10 lb range? This weighs in close to the 12 Citori I have carried for years.

          • Jason Lewis

            My M&P10 came at 8lbs. After freefloating and adding the optic with a full 20 round mag it was 11 lbs.

    • Paul Rain

      This is as much a 1918 BAR, as the Browning BLR is. No relationship between the two.

  • Tom – UK

    What does $1469 get me that an SKS, Ruger American, or a surplus .308 rifle?

    • Tom – UK

      Wouldnt get me?*

    • Shankbone

      Options, Tom. A man’s gotta have options, man.

      • Jake

        nonsense you silly yank! if a man cant grab a tea and go foxxing with his mate billy longshanks he dont need a gun anyways. just have a missus that aint gonna kick ya out of the flat for a bit o buggery! tallyho!

    • DIR911911 .

      read what you write. your question is incomplete and incoherent. but if you are trying to compare this to an sks then you have issues that can’t be fixed here. please seek medical attention.

  • Joe

    Should have done this when they introduced the FNAR.
    I want to see one with wooden furniture and the 20 round magazine.

    • DIR911911 .

      wood , definitely. those pistol grip versions are hideous

  • GaryOlson

    How was it determined 18″ was optimum barrel length? Sako markets 20″ as optimum.

    • Jason Lewis

      Probably optimum for who they’re marketing for. 20″ is best for 308.

    • Shankbone

      It’s not a shorty 16″ and it’s not’s a danglin’ 20″, so it must be optimum.

    • iksnilol

      Doesn’t lose much velocity compared to 20 inches, whilst not having the massive blast of 16 inches.

      Is simple, really.

    • RocketScientist

      There is no objective “optimum”, or at least, not for all situations. It all comes down to how you define best (ie, what your requirements are). You can get additional velocity from longer barrels. But also more weight, and a lower natural frequency (everything else being equal). Where you (or Browning) determine the optimal balance point is between weight, muzzle blast, velocity, precision etc is a judgment call. All depends on your requirements.

    • Stan Darsh

      They are likely using data from the DARPA XM-3 project concerning optimum barrel length for .308 rifles designed for DMR/Sniper use.

      • Shankbone


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  • iksnilol

    Oh, I want one. Are the mags proprietary? Would be migty decent to convert it to use G3 or M14 mags.

    • Stan Darsh

      The BAR/FNAR do have adjustable gas systems as well as an unholy amount of parts and intricacies that make most people who field strip them turn to vodka to ease the nightmares. FAL mags are a no-go, so you’re is stuck with $60 proprietary mags. Some suppressors like the AAC-762 work well, others are more finicky and you also void the warranty if thread the barrel.

  • bobk90

    @Eric B – I take it you saw the movie “Videodrome” with James Wood and tweaked the Headline from it?

  • jcitizen

    Sure would help if it took a standard 20 magazine of some kind or another! I’ll just stick to AR-10 variants, thank you very much. Back when I was a kid the all steel “BAR” civilian model was sweet – back when steel and wood were the only thing I’d touch – No more! Steel belongs to my antique reproductions now.

  • scaatylobo

    I REALLY,REALLY,REALLY wanted a M-4 variant in .308 / 7.62 X 51.
    But my nanny state will no longer allow them [ NYS ].
    So I was waiting for a ARES model on that caliber.
    This is a VERY real possibility now ,for me !!!.