Barrett is an American Barrett Firearms Manufacturing company which produces sniper rifles and semi-automatics coupled with a host of other fire arms and accessories.
Barrett’s first rifle, the Barrett .50 BMG, was completed in 1982. The Barrett .50 BMG was a shoulder fired, semi-automatic rifle designed around the .50 BMG cartridge. Unique among firearms, Barrett rifle’s barrel recoiled backward after firing
Barrett introduced the Barrett M82 in 1982 but did not make any significant sales until 1989. These first large sales were to Sweden. Soon afterward, the M82 was purchased by the United States armed forces, and it was deployed in the Gulf War. Today the company has contracts with dozens of countries to supply sniper rifles.
Barrett produces many different types of rifles, these rifles produced by the firearm giant include Barrett Sniper models such as Barrett M82/M107; Barrett M90; Barrett M95; Barrett M98B; Barrett M99; Barrett XM109; Barrett XM500; Barrett MRAD and Barrett semi-automatic rifles – Barrett M468 and Barrett REC7. The Barrett was produced as an anti-material weapon but due to its rifle calibers, it’s been used as a sniper rifle as well as a semi-automatic. Barrett firearms are always in high demand around the world thanks to its quality.
In current US military use is the M82A3 and a new version, the M107, as an anti-materiel rifle. It is used by explosive ordnance disposal teams with special military HEIAP ammunition.
The American rifle company also manufacturers the REC7 upper receiver for the AR-15 style rifle, chambered in 6.8 mm Remington SPC, which was one of the weapons the U.S. Army reviewed in 2008 while drafting requirements for a potential M4 carbine replacement.
In response to California’s ban of civilian ownership of .50 BMG rifles, Barrett suspended sales and service to all law enforcement agencies in California. In October 2008, Barrett introduced the new M98B. The M98B is a bolt-action rifle chambered in .338 Lapua Magnum. It went on sale in 2009 On February 26, 2016, Tennessee named the Barrett M82 the official rifle of the State of Tennessee.
Much emphasis in recent times have been laid on the Barrett M82A1 rifle. It has been regarded by many experts as one of the most efficient sniper guns in the world. The 50 cal sniper rifle serves both as an anti-material firearm and as a long-range rifle in itself. This Barrett rifle has an estimate range of 1500 yards and more and the company warned new owners that stray bullets can travel up to 5 miles. Today, Barret M82A1 is used by more than sixty countries, mostly NATO countries and US allies in Asia and the Middle East.
This 50 caliber sniper rifles proliferating on today’s civilian market are coveted by Osama bin Laden’s Al Qaeda and other international terrorist organizations because the cartridge they fire offers a devastating combination of range and power. This section explains why the .50BMG round can slice through body armor like a knife through warm butter, knock down hovering helicopters, rip up armored limousines, destroy radar dishes, and ignite bulk fuel tanks—all at the length of 10 football fields.
50 caliber’s ability to be deployed by one individual and give that person the capability of discretely engaging a target at ranges of over one mile away are definitely alluring from a tactical standpoint. While the .50 cal sometimes seems to be exaggerated, it is hard to imagine a round that at ranges of over a mile and a half away, has more kinetic energy than a .44 Magnum, and has unbeatable penetration as well.
Trained operator of a 50 caliber sniper rifle like the Barrett M82A1 has the choice of accurately hitting a long range target at 1,800 meters (1,969 yards) away, blasting through two inches of solid concrete at the shorter range of 200 meters (219 yards), or destroying a spectrum of personnel and material targets at other ranges. These choices—the balance of extremely long-range and enormous striking power—are enhanced when specially designed “match,” “armor piercing,” or “armor piercing incendiary” ammunition is used.
To appreciate the threat of the 50 caliber sniper rifle, it is necessary to consider its extended accurate range, its exceptional power, and the extraordinarily destructive characteristics of special 50 caliber military ammunition widely available on the civilian market.