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The BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle Model 1918) is a weapon in the Day of Defeat and Day of Defeat: Source.


The BAR is used by the Support Infantry class in the original Day of Defeat, serving as a light machine gun and assault weapon. In Day of Defeat: Source it fills a role similar to an assault rifle, but can be used as a machine gun if need be, and is used by support class.

Day of Defeat

The BAR has similar functionality to the MP44 and the Bren, but with more power than the MP44 and less recoil than the Bren. It is also slightly more accurate that the MP44, but harder to use at longer ranges in some situations due to the recoil. The BAR also has a built-in bipod, so it can be used as a Light Machine Gun if required. However, the user must be wary of the small twenty round magazine.

Game Tips: The BAR’s heavy recoil and low magazine capacity will make long range automatic fire useless.  Fire in 2-3 shot bursts for the best effectiveness. Its primary usage is in support - bipod down, firing at medium to long range.  You can also deploy the BAR’s bipod for maximum accuracy.

Day of Defeat: Source

In Day of Defeat: Source, the BAR is a direct complement to the Axis' MP44 as it has similar gameplay functionality. It has a smaller magazine capacity with only 20 rounds vs the MP-44's 30 rounds. However, the BAR has a faster reload time to compensate the smaller magazine capacity. The bipod is removed from this game, but the ability of switching the BAR between semi and full-auto mode by hitting the alt-fire key has replaced it.

In-Game the BAR deals 50 damage to the torso, 38 damage to the arms or legs, and 125 damage to the head. Having 50 damage to the torso makes the BAR potentially kill opponents very quickly with just two bullets. Having superior damage than the sub-machine guns like the MP40 and M1 Thompson, the BAR lacks in recoil. The heavy recoil produced by firing this weapon in fully automatic will need some training to get used to.


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  • The BAR in Day of Defeat before 1.0 did not in fact have a bipod. It was added in the 1.0 patch.
  • The BAR in Day of Defeat is a model M1918A2 which was the mass produced model for World War II, but in Day of Defeat: Source is a M1918A1; a model with semi auto fire that was produced mostly for the United States Marines in much smaller numbers. The M1918A2 model lack semi auto fire, but had the ability to fire at a reduced rate of fire instead.
  • It was quite common for a BAR user to remove the bipod on the BAR during World War II in order to make it lighter and more maneuverable.
Weapons of Day of Defeat
Rifle Bolt-action Kar98kSpringfieldLee-Enfield
Semi-auto M1 GarandM1 CarbineK43
Machine Guns Sub MP40M1 ThompsonStenM3
Light BARMP44FG42Bren
Medium Browning M1919MG34MG42
Explosives Launcher BazookaPanzerschreckPIATMortar
Grenade Mk 2StielhandgranateMills Bomb
Misc. Sidearms M1911LugerWebley
Melee SatchelSpadeKnife
Weapons of Day of Defeat: Source
Bolt-Action/Sniper Rifles Kar98k · Springfield
Semiautomatic Rifles M1 Garand · M1 Carbine
Submachine Guns MP40 · M1 Thompson
Support BAR · MP44
Machine Guns Browning M1919 · MG42
Sidearms M1911 · P38 · C96
Rocket Launchers Bazooka · Panzerschreck
Grenades Mk 2 · Stielhandgranate · Smoke Grenade · Rifle Grenade
Miscellaneous Satchel · Spade · Knife