“The Barrett.50-caliber sniper riemay have been the mostuseful piece of equipmentfor the urban ght—especiallyfor our light ghters,” said LTC Jim Smith in a PEO Soldier reporton lessons learned from OperationIraq Freedom. He added, “The XM107was used to engage both vehicular and personnel targetsout to 1,400 meters. Soldiers not only appreciated the rangeand accuracy, but also the target effect. Leaders and scoutsviewed the effect of the .50-cal. round as a combat multi-plier due to the psychological impact on other combatantsthat viewed the destruction of the target.”Funded as a Soldier Enhancement Program, the M107underwent standard-type classication in August 2003and Barrettreceived aproduction contract,awarded the following month. Basedon reports of the XM107’s battleeld perfor-mance, the U.S. Army approved it (with slight modications)for full material release and designated it the M107 in March2005. The phrase “full material release” indicates that theM107 had passed rigorous testing and is completely safe,operationally suitable and logistically supportable for use.
The latest M107A1 is founded on the series of combat-proven Model 82A1/M107-series ries conceived by RonnieBarrett. As of today, 62 U.S. allied countries, every branchof the U.S. military, as well as the Department of HomelandSecurity, Department of Energy and numerous law enforce-
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