Originally Posted by Vearl Brown
Salt wood showed up in the fall of 1968 (I was there). The first "guns" to show up with it was the " T-Bolt" rifle. I worked on BAR's since they came out "1967" up till the time that I retired 1999 and to find a BAR with salt wood was EXTREAMLY RARE. It was on everything else ( I even saw it on 9mm Hi-Powers) but only rarely on a BAR. Salt can be checked for with a 1% solution of " SILVER NITRATE " (nothing stronger). If you put the solution on a stock or FA that has salt the clear solution will turn white.
From the standpoint of collectable BAR'S " I wouldn't worry about it !!
Thanks for that. I actually passed on a couple of BAR's last weekend because I wasn't sure if they were made during that period.
Vearl, you've obviously seen a few Brownings and I was wondering what you thought the best years were for quality? I'm interested in the BAR in particular but also the bolt action rifles.
I know that the BAR's are pretty well known for quality period, but all companies end up taking a short cut at some point to make a gun easier and/or cheaper to manufacture. The salt wood is a good example. I was just wondering if any years standout to you as better than any others for quality?
I'm also curios about the bolt action rifles and quality. I'm particularly interested in the early FN Brownings and BBR's. I've never heard much about any of the early bolt actions other than they were great rifles.