July 09, 2020
By Vincent DeNiro, Editor
As many know, I am a huge fan of retro-styled semi-auto military firearms from the 1960s through the 1980s, and the Holloway HAC-7 is still one of those “on my wish list.” I read about the HAC-7 in the mid-1980s and even got to speak with Bob Holloway, the rifle’s designer, about five years ago. Holloway is a Vietnam vet and veteran of the war against communists in Rhodesia – interesting guy to say the least. It was his combat experiences that shaped the rifle’s design. Although rifle does not include an original modified AR-10 waffle magazine, Recon Ordnance does have some in stock (although the price on their website is a bit outdated, expect to pay at least $100). Since this rifle is unfired, and owned by living legend Colonel Robert K. Brown of Soldier of Fortune Magazine fame, $5,000 is a good price for any collector. Here is the text from the sales ad:
“Holloway Arms Model 7 (HAC-7) .308 Winchester from the collection of Robert K. Brown. Serial number RB007 (RKB’s unique 007 serial number) was made in 1984 and features a 20-inch barrel (21.5 inches with flash hider), elevation-adjustable front sight, barrel-mounted sling attachment fixture, factory drilled/tapped receiver, day/night rocking aperture rear sight and side-folding stock. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 9.2 pounds. CONDITION: New and unfired. Finish condition is approximately 99 percent with but traces of handling and storage wear. MAGAZINE: The included magazine (a later DPMS) does not properly lock in position. See below for explanation. If correct magazines are located, they will be forwarded to the purchaser immediately. INCLUSIONS: The original box with correct serial on the end flap is present, but much taping and storage wear has rendered it to but fair condition. The original invoice dated July 31, 1984, shows the rifle shipping to RKB’s FFL dealer. An included letter from Holloway Arms Company apologizes for not having the correct magazines available for inclusion and promises to send them at a later date. The referenced “converted AR-10 magazine that permits firing of the rifle” is also absent. This same letter states that a proper instruction manual is yet to be printed (a stapled copy of the text to be presented in the manual is included). Finally, a letter from Holloway EVP Thomas E. Cook to RKB dated October 11, 1983 addresses their meeting at the recent SOF Convention and discusses Holloway’s interest in supporting recon teams in El Salvador.
MEDIA: Gary Paul Johnston, co-author of the soon-to-be-published The World’s Assault Rifles, Volume II, provided this draft caption for a photo showing RKB with his Holloway “007” – Bob Holloway’s idea of combining features from Armalite, the FN, FAL and the AK along with his own “improvements” resulted in a .308 (7.62MM NATO) caliber rifle he called the HAC-7 in the early 1980’s. Some 350 HAC-7 serial numbers are known (with 350 being the highest) and HAC-7 rifles were made from about 1984 to 1985 from 1984 to 1985. However, serial numbers were not sequential with custom numbering done on request with spaces in between, so the true number of HAC-7’s made is not known, but is substantially less than 350. I saw Col. Brown’s rifle in the early 1990’s. The HAC-7 has quite desirable with a large following continually seeking any that come up for sale. Col. Brown offered to provide this and a few other photos of his rifle for inclusion in Volume II of “The World’s Assault Rifles.” Because of Col. Brown’s reputation, his early number “007” is undoubtedly one of, if not THE most desirable of all HAC-7’s made! This rifle is also as new and remained unfired while he owned it. LT. COL. ROBERT K. BROWN, USAR (Ret.) has lived a life of incredible adventure. He served as a Green Beret in Vietnam, trained troops from other countries and fought communists alongside them in hotspots around the globe, and has diligently defended the Second Amendment via his long-held seat on the NRA Board of Directors. Brown’s publishing career began when he founded Panther Publications, which later merged into Paladin Press. In 1974, RKB sold his portion of Paladin Press and shortly thereafter founded Soldier of Fortune Magazine. Always willing to use the platforms he created in support of what he believes without the slightest regard for the fallout sure to follow, Brown has been praised and damned in equal parts by those dumbstruck that such a person or personality actually exists. Now 87, RKB has elected to part with a number of his special firearms and memorabilia accumulated over the years. The purchaser of each item will receive a personalized letter from RKB discussing its known history, along with a vintage “Communism Stops Here” poster of Brown cradling his sniper rifle during his time in El Salvador from the archives of Soldier of Fortune Magazine. The price is firm and layaway is available. $5,000 plus shipping.”
So, if you are interested in this very rare retro fun gun, please visit Sportsman’s Legacy.