Well, if you had given us which MODEL of the BAR, and the serial number, we could have told you. If you go to the website for Browning, under customer service, historical data, you can find the table for your model, and check the serial number range. That is, for the civilian sporting rifle. The light machine gun used by the military, also known as the BAR, is an entirely different matter.
The Suffix of M8 to the serial number dates your Browning BAR to the year 1968.
With the serial number that provided,your Browning model BAR was produced in the year 1970.
The 2 letters in your serial number give it away.Your Browning BAR was made in the year 1985.
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