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Barrett Sniper Rifle

The Barrett, also known as the M82(a1/a3), M107 and 'light fifty', is a .50 (12.7mm x9mm NATO) calibre rifle used by US Special Operations Forces.

More than just a sniper rifle, the Barrett is designated as a 'anti-material' weapon due to its ability to engage a wide range of targets. While the .50 round fired from the Barrett is devastating to personnel, including those wearing body armour, trained SOF snipers can use also the Barrett to take out targets taking cover behind a wall, disable the engine block on a truck, knockout a power generator, disable a communications array or even penetrate armored vehicles. EOD operators sometimes use the Barrett to disable IEDs from a safe distance.

The Barret is a semi-automatic weapon, typically fed from a 10-round box magazine. It comes in a number of flavors, with the earlier M82 / M82a1 models being refined into the M107 rifle used today. The USMC has fielded a version of the Barrett designated the M82A3 (see photos below for info on the various incarnations of this weapon).

Barrett Specifications

weight: 30.9 lbs
length: 57 inches
barrel length: 29 inches
rate of fire : semi-automatic
muzzle velocity : 2,799 feet per second
range : 1,850 meters
caliber : .50 BMG (12.7x99mm NATO)
magazine : 10 round magazine

M107 Barrett - Images and Further Info

M107
M107 Sniper Rifle. M107s are typically fitted with a Leupold 4.5x14 Mark-IV scope.
photo : US DoD

USMC sniper - M82a3
A USMC Scout Sniper fires a M82A3 SASR (Special Applications Scoped Rifle). The M82A3 differs from the M82A1 in that it is equipped with a full-length Picatinny rail for the mounting of various scopes. The M82A3 also features a detachable bipod. M82A3s are typically fitted with US Optics sights.
Lance Corporal Kevin Knallay of the USMC

USMC scout sniper - m107
A USMC Scout Sniper fires a M107 Barrett rifle. The M107 features a full-length Pictatinny rail, rear grip and monopod.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kyle J. Keathley/Released


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