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One of the worlds most powerful and accurate sniper rifles in the world today is the Barrett .50 caliber. The Barrett .50 M82A1 and M-107 fires a very powerful rifle bullet, the Browning Machine Gun ( BMG ) .50 caliber. This large and accurate .50 caliber cartridge has been the " bread and butter " bullet of the U.S military since before World War Two and its a cartridge that's here to stay.

Below is the famous Browning .50 caliber heavy machine gun, this is the gun that John Moses Browning initially designed the .50 caliber bullet to be fired in. So successful is this gun that it is still used by the military today.





As a "spray and pray" round the .50 BMG is an ideal heavy machine gun round and it is just as suited when its fired individually in a Barrett sniper rifle. Accuracy and maximum one shot kill potential has seen the .50 sniper rifle as the rifle to have in all military operations. In fact if a squad does not tote a .50 caliber Barrett around with them, then the question is why not?

It is interesting to note that the Word War Two U.S Thunderbolt P47 fighter plane had no less than eight .50 caliber machine guns fitted, four in each wing, no German plane could stand up to this amount of firepower. A good burst from the Thunderbolt P-47's guns would literally shred an enemy fighter and would also rip up ground based targets like, jeeps, trucks, light tanks, artillery pieces, trains and buildings. Below is shown the P47 Republic Thunderbolt, affectionately known as " the Jug " it was a heavily armed aircraft and served the U.S very well during World War Two.

Its prowess was of course down to its eight .50 caliber Browning machine guns that


50 caliber Browning machine guns that BARRETT LIGHT 50 are visible protruding from the wings.html 3/23 .62mm for the AK-47.45 inches. whilst the length of the cartridge is 5.4/25/13 Its prowess was of course down to its eight . look rather tame by comparison. which makes the powerful 5. especially when suited up to a sniper rifle such as the Barrett.vincelewis.net/rifle.50 caliber BMG round is very impressive and very deadly. www.56mm NATO bullet or the most widely used 7. The bullet head of the . Indeed the .50 caliber is of course ½ inch in diameter.

It was in 1990 that the U.html The Barrett Light 50. as it is more commonly called.net/rifle. The .800 meters.vincelewis.50 caliber sniper rifle.12lb. Its development continued until 1986 where an improved model the M82A1 came onto the scene.S Marine sights up with the Barrett . Magazine weight loaded: 4.50 caliber is a devastating take no prisoners round especially in the hands of a marksman. Length: 57 Inches (4 foot 7in) Barrel length: 29 inches (2 foot 3in) Muzzle velocity: 2850 fps (853 M/s) with 600 grain bullet. Below a U. Maximum range: 6. www.S army adopted this rifle and it is still with them today. FIRST STEPS The very first Barrett Light 50 was designated the M82 or Model of 1982 when it was first created. Magazine Capacity: ten rounds. is a semi-automatic and recoil 4/23 . he only needs one hit to take out the target.4/25/13 BARRETT LIGHT 50 SOME TECHINCAL DATA Weight loaded: 31lb. Maximum effective accurate range 2000 meters.

CVN 74. The telescopic sights eye relief is quite apparent in the image below as Aviation Ordnanceman. is a semi-automatic and recoil operated rifle. 3rd Class Jamies McTizic fires the .4/25/13 The Barrett Light 50.50 caliber Barrett is accurate over a mile and still retains a tremendous amount 5/23 . There is also a muzzle brake fitted that allows the gases to vent sideways and this also helps to keep the recoil down to a minimum.S. with unique recoil absorption systems incorporated that allow the barrel to slide back much the same as a Howitzer cannon. www. The eye relief (distance from rear scope lens to the eye) of the telescopic sight is several inches.S John C Stennis . BARRETT LIGHT 50 The telescopic sight is fitted as standard but the rifle also incorporates fold down iron sights as a back up in case the scope gets damaged in the field of operations.50 caliber Barrett from the fantail of the aircraft carrier U.html The . this is so that there is no threat of the scope embedding itself into the shooters eye with the recoil when firing the rifle.net/rifle. This system is to save damage to the rifle and indeed the person firing it.vincelewis. as it is more commonly called.

is actually being able to see the target. Full Solid Brass. Full Metal Jacket. Copper Jacketed Soft Point. Below are shown some of the most popular that the U. 2. High Velocity Pointed Spitzer FMJ and 5.html 6/23 . 4. even at this long range. 3. The composition of the ..vincelewis. even through telescopic sights! .50 CALIBER AMMUNITION Below is near actual size image of a .50 caliber bullet composition variations for the Barrett sniper rifle.4/25/13 The . It has a solid lead core. surrounded with a copper jacket and an aluminum tip that is secured to the end of the bullet head. illustrates how the High Velocity Aluminum Tipped Spitzer round is made up.net/rifle. Inert (dummy) rounds can be bought online as display pieces for collectors of interesting ammunition and decorate mantelpieces. at over five inches long! It is an impressive cartridge and one that always raises an eyebrow when shown to people. BARRETT LIGHT 50 There are many different .50 caliber round. Hence the bullet has the kill potential of even longer distances.50 caliber Barrett is accurate over a mile and still retains a tremendous amount of energy.the problem then though. www. From left to right: 1..50 caliber bullet shown below. High Velocity Aluminum Tipped Spitzer. desks and display cases the world over.S army and special forces use.

creating even more damage to it.4/25/13 BARRETT LIGHT 50 The aluminum tip is very light and will instantly fragment upon impact with the target. Arnold Schwarzenegger. THE .50 caliber wasn't already powerful enough! The pointed tip also allows the bullet the travel at higher than standard velocities Military personell. not just in physical size but also in ballistical properties.50 BMG . U. Any deformation can affect the bullets acuracy and hence the tip is kept in perfect uniform shape. Images are not actual size.50 caliber its truly head and shoulders above the competition.50 30-06 7.html 7/23 . especialy snipers will handle these bullets with care so as not to deform the tip of the bullet by accidentally knocking it. as if the big .vincelewis. . It has even been known for snipers to actually polish the bullet to achieve even more accuracy.A.56mm The .A REAL TERMINATOR The foremr Governor of California.net/rifle.50 caliber was too lethal and dangerous to be owned by civilians and he promptly banned its sale for private ownership. www. decided that the Barrett .62mm 5. Below is a simple comparison scale of the .50 caliber to three other popular military rounds.S.

.4/25/13 BARRETT LIGHT 50 Only the military can purchase and use this gun in California.A that can legally sell them to private individuals. www.S Army's standard . fired at point blank range.56mm bullet fired from the M16 assault rifle. as its not just the gun itself that's banned. A recent report stated that the bullet fired from the Barrett M82A1 hits a target 1½ miles away with more energy and force than Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry . Anti-gun lobbyists say that this is well justified seeing as the Barrett Light 50 has a kill range of over a mile or more. the gun should pose no threat to anyone.html 8/23 . and a massive ten times more heavy than the 5.vincelewis. They must be over the age of eighteen years with no criminal record.so its a fifty-fifty argument. its the ownership of one as well.50 caliber (½ inch diameter) bullet which incidentally is four times heavier than the U.30 caliber rifle bullet. The Barrett M82A1 and M107 fires the U.S.net/rifle.44 Magnum does.. they cannot then however 'export' them into California.S Military's standard issue . At present there are still fortynine states in the U. But in the hands of a responsible shooter..

and I didn't know any better " he says.4/25/13 BARRETT LIGHT 50 Only one accurate shot is needed from a proficient sniper and the .vincelewis.S Army as one of the best combat weapons ever invented. But why did he want to create such an awesome and lethal rifle for? " Well.50 caliber is an instant kill weapon. under all conditions. I was just a twenty-six year old kid. accuracy and rugged reliability. it was invented by Mr. TRIED AND TESTED The Barrett . it is fair to say that they have never looked back. coming in its own custom carry case The Barrett M82A1 has actually been around now for more over twenty five years. either way he had enough knowledge about guns to design and develop a sniper rifle that is used by armies all www.S.A. The rifle is relatively portable too. Tennessee U.50 as their mainstay sniper rifle. 9/23 .net/rifle.50 caliber sniper rifle proceeds it and many armies around the world have adopted this rifle into their arsenals. Ronnie Barrett in Murfreesboro. Since the army adopted it.50 caliber sniper rifle has been rated by the U. The reputation of the Barrett . for its ease of operation. its power.html over the world. The majority of Special Operations snipers now utilize the Barrett .

www. Ronnie Barrett actually stated " You know.50 M107 sniper rifle that he invented.S Military. " Pictured below is the legendary Mr. BARRETT LIGHT 50 The . Ronnie Barrett.vincelewis.net/rifle. consequently the M82A1 can be retailed to the private individual. as sales to the Military vary on a wide margin every year. built and sold weapons to the U.50 Caliber bullet is actually designated as a Military grade round but when used in a rifle such as the Barrett M82A1 then Federal Gun laws deem it under the same laws as a high power Hunting rifle. if it wasn’t for the civilian sales. He is only one of four private individuals that has ever designed. then I wouldn’t be here. Mr.html 10/23 . There’s a lot of defence contractors that would not be here too. holding the .4/25/13 over the world.

The Barrett . The Heckler & Kock XM8 assault rifle was almost a dead cert for adoption as it covered all U. www.50 caliber during a demonstration at Hurlburt Field.50's power and accuracy was demonstrated to students from the U. The Barrett . Below is a photo of Master Sergeant Tanya Breed as she sights up the Barrett .50 was an exception.A. and that was enough to fail it for adoption.html 11/23 . Florida. Heckler & Kock were almost certain that their new rifle would replace the M4 on a billion dollar contract. The Rifle was often used to shoot at targets at over a thousand meters away with great and lethal accuracy.4/25/13 BARRETT LIGHT 50 Not surprisingly.S military are incredibly fussy over any prospective weapons that they may adopt for service as their criteria is incredibly precise. It was first used in actual combat by American forces in Operation Desert Storm in 1991.S. upon evaluation the U. the U.S Air Force Special Operations School on a Dynamics of International Terrorism course.S military criteria. it passed 100% and was quickly adopted.vincelewis.net/rifle. U. Unfortunately though.S military were not 100% happy with it.

www.vincelewis.50 Caliber round can accurately engage enemy targets at a distance of over two thousand meters which is over a mile away! In fact a professional sniper can hit a five inch diameter target at a distance of 1½ miles and recorded shots have been reported from U.S Army demonstration video below of the M82A1 Barrett .50 Special Applications Scoped Rifle as the army designate it.4/25/13 BARRETT LIGHT 50 Photo credits: Chief Master Sergeant Gary Emery.S snipers killing enemy soldiers from a range of two thousand five hundred meters or just under two miles. the general weather conditions and stillness of the target are all calculated to make this kind of skilful shot.net/rifle. See the YouTube U. plus the amount of wind blowing. The angle that the gun is held. The .50 caliber bullet fired from a Barrett M83A1 or M-107 can easily penetrate 1½ 12/23 .html The .

the . As you will notice. The top example.html 13/23 .4/25/13 The . has the standard 29 inch barrel whilst the one beow it has the shorter 20 inch barrel and is consequently known as the M82A1CQ (close quarters) BARRETT LIGHT 50 A brick or a concrete wall that is about one or even two foot thick also offers no protection and can be shot clean through.50 caliber bullet fired from a Barrett M83A1 or M-107 can easily penetrate 1½ inches of solid steel armor plate. fitted with an Armor Piercing bullet will go clean through this medium by a clear factor of two. @ three and a half inches! Even the standard . the . Mobile or static radio trucks. as long as its not a main battle tank.net/rifle. body armor clad enemy soldiers are all easy prey to the Barrett Light . Below are shown two Barrett light 50 caliber sniper rifles. bullet proof limo's. machine gun 'pill-boxes'. fuel depots. trucks and other "light" vehicles. Armored cars. rail tank cars.50 cal Browning will still penetrate two inches of so called bullet proof glass and beats all the competition.50 caliber round fired from the Barrett at moderate ranges will penetrate it.50 The graph below shows the resistance that modern super strong laminated bullet proof glass can give. buildings. trucks.50 caliber Browning round. the M82A1. which is the normal amount of "protection" offered by most of the worlds Armored Personnel Carriers (APC's). Generally speaking. www. parked up airplanes engines.vincelewis.

there is about sixty to seventy percent less recoil than other rifles on a lb for lb scale. www.vincelewis. Sound will travel that distance of course but it loses its loudness the further it has to travel.50 is actually reported to be quite nice to fire as most of the horrendous recoil has been eliminated by powerful inbuilt shock absorbers. so in effect. When a target is hit at over a mile away the sound of the shot would not be that loud as to be too noticed by the enemy encampment. The supremely accurate and powerful bullet. the Barrett .4/25/13 BARRETT LIGHT 50 There is also a very strong psychological factor to be associated with this very powerful sniper rifle. cams and springs. travelling at up to Mach 3 (three times the speed of sound) can kill an enemy soldier/terrorist and he would not even hear the sound of the gun that killed him.html 14/23 . Despite the size of this rifle.50 only weighs 31lb (13.6Kg ) so it is relatively easy to carry around by the average soldier in the field. The Barrett .net/rifle.

ON THE DARKER SIDE It has been refuted that Osama Bin Ladens Al Qaeda (The Base) terrorist network. managed to secure twenty-five Barrett . With an effective kill range of two thousand yards or twenty football pitches. in fact its still quite audible but at least some of the sound is reduced. due to its long distance kill ability.html 15/23 .net/rifle. This www.50's in the late 1980's and Coalition Forces out in the Gulf could find themselves on the receiving end of this most awesome sniper rifle.4/25/13 BARRETT LIGHT 50 Fitting the Barrett M82A1 with a silencer/supressor is not high on its agenda.vincelewis. the silencer would have to be something like two foot wide and eight foot long for that. however this has not stopped manufacturers from actually producing a silencer or sound moderator for the Barrett M82A1 as pictured The sound of the Barrett is not muffled to a light 'phutt' by any means. especially for the discerning hunter. below. the enemy sniper could fire and kill his target and getaway from his position before the attacked forces even worked out where the shot came from.

4/25/13 BARRETT LIGHT 50 attacked forces even worked out where the shot came from. The McMillan TAC-50 is an incredibly accurate bolt action sniper rifle. Manufactured by: BARRETT FIREARMS MANUFACTURING.50 caliber.338 Lapua Magnum offers very close comparisons in accuracy and power. the AX sniper rifle.E-MAIL this is an appraisal it has earned and a reputation it will keep for the SUPPLEMENTARY A BIT OF COMPETITION.FAX 615-896-7313 .. P. forseeable future. an example of which is pictured below. that honor is shared by the McMillan TAC-50 and Accuracy International L115A3 sniper rifles.O. this . however it is not accredited with the worlds longest range sniper kill. TN 37133-177 TELEPHONE 615-896-2938 .50 still offers the discerning sniper the maximum in ballistic power. The Barrett Light . BOX 1077.vincelewis. www. At time of writing this article.net/rifle.html 16/23 . Although not in . This of course works both ways! Indeed.. Above is the latest offereing from accreditied rifle manufacturers Accuracy International. the Barrett M82A1 is not noted for being an extremely powerful and accurate Sniper rifle for nothing. MURFREESBORO. INC.

56mm bullets would struggle to achieve the same performance. Below is the latest version of the TAC-50. Below is the refined McMillan TAC-50 MK15. Furlong temporarily held the record for the longest sniper kill in history.html 17/23 .4/25/13 BARRETT LIGHT 50 It is made by a different manufacturer and consequently looks and handles differently to the Barrett Light 50. It is a serious competitor to the Barrett Light 50 and was recently adopted by Canadian Special Forces.50 cal BMG cartridge. www. Because the . the . During conflict in Afghanistan in 2002 Corporal Rob Furlong of the Canadian Forces fired his McMillan TAC-50 to kill an insurgent at a range of 7973 feet or about 1½ miles away. it is ultra reliable and ultra accurate and again illustrates how the .vincelewis.50 caliber bullet is so big and powerful it retains lots of energy over these long distances.net/rifle. The TAC-50 does however fire the same ammunition.50 caliber BMG round has taken off in ways never originally envisaged by its designer John Moses Browning. distances where standard issue 5.

html 18/23 . His record however. Harrison shot and killed an insurgent over 8. He now serves as a Police officer and sometimes speaks at lectures about the TAC-50 sniper rifle. www.vincelewis. his second shot hit the insurgents back pack but his third shot hit the body killing him straight away.4/25/13 BARRETT LIGHT 50 Rob Furlong Corporal Furlong said that his first shot was a miss.120 feet away (over 1½ miles away) whilst serving in Afghanistan.net/rifle. was broken by 150 feet in November 2009 by British soldier Corporal of Horse Craig Harrison of the Blues and Royals. Rob Furlong is no longer serving with the Canadian Armes Forces having left the Army a few years ago. a tool is only as good as the workman who uses it. As the old saying goes.

It is chambered for the very powerful .338 Lapua Magnum bullet travelling at 2. shown below. It was a genial shot as windage and elevation for bullet drop. he went down too " www. the second insurgent grabbed the weapon and turned as my second shot hit him in the side. Harrison later recounted his remarkable feat "The first round hit a machine-gunner in the stomach and killed him outright.093 miles per hour still took almost three seconds to hit the target.vincelewis..html 19/23 .nice tribal tattoos there Craig! Harrison was using the British designed and built Accuracy International L115A3 bolt action sniper rifle. The powerful .338 Lapua Magnum cartridge.net/rifle.4/25/13 BARRETT LIGHT 50 Corporal of Horse Craig Harrison. light breezes and even the curvature of the earth had to be taken into consideration and calculated..

50 caliber contender. THE AS50 .4/25/13 BARRETT LIGHT 50 The L115A3 rifle has earned the sinister name of " The Silent Assassin " due to the fact that the target never hears the shot that kills them. A silencer/supressor is usually fitted to guns like these so as not to give the snipers position away to any incidentary observers or close by people. The bullet travels faster than the speed of sound.50 CALIBER CONTENDER Just to mention here that there is also a British . hence the target is hit before the sound of the shot reaches him.html 20/23 . the Accuracy International AS50. www.vincelewis.net/rifle. This is the rifle that is issued to many of the British forces over in Afghanistan and is used by many of their snipers.

A at ShotShow05. The muzzle brake has a very low flash signature and is designed to minimize ground disturbance and felt recoil. accurate and concentrated fire over very long ranges.html The folding quick detachable bipod with adjustable legs is modern Pica-Tinny universal type scope rail.S Navy SEALS.S SOCOM users. The AS50 combines match-grade accuracy with Milspec reliability and robustness. and has been tested by the U. along with a folding hand grip. with a tilting bolt mechanism. which can also serve as a support leg. The top of the receiver is equipped with full length www. with a free floating barrel that is fitted with the all important muzzle brake. The butt-stock is easily detachable and is fitted with a recoil reducing butt-plate. there 21/23 . The AS50 can provide snipers with highly rapid.net/rifle.S. this rifle reportedly has been developed especially for U.4/25/13 BARRETT LIGHT 50 The AS50 is a . The two part receiver is machined from super high grade steel. fitted as standard. rumours have it that it had equipped them during Gulf campaigns. It was actually first displayed in January 2005 in U.50 caliber sniper and anti-materiel rifle and is one of the latest developments of the famous British company Accuracy International Ltd. This is achieved by the AS50 being built around a gas operated.vincelewis. this is to allow repeated rapid fire follow up shots. semiautomatic action.

lighter and shorter that the Barrett. it is apparent that the venerable old . Indeed there are a lot of rifle manufacturers now producing sniper rifles chambered to fire the . there are also two additional rails mounted on either side of the front stock. although its application has slightly changed. and can easily be field stripped for routine maintenance or for ease of carrying.4/25/13 BARRETT LIGHT 50 modern Pica-Tinny universal type scope rail. The AS50 is fitted with four sling mounts.. which holds five rounds of powerful . To see the worlds truly most powerful Sniper Rifle click here. To summarize these rifles as a whole.the Barrett Light 50.50 BMG round is as popular now as it was during Word War Two.50 BMG round.. It gets it ammo from a single stack box magazine.html 22/23 ..you won't be dissapointed! www.vincelewis.net/rifle. but the Barrett light 50 has a ten round magazine and it is not interchangeable with the AS50 as far as I know. This is progression and innovation but lets not forget where it all started. from machine gun usage to a single accurate sniper fire combat system. Its a nice piece..50 BMG ammunition.

4/25/13 BARRETT LIGHT 50 Page created August 3rd 2007. www.net/rifle.html 23/23 . Updated January 27th 2013.vincelewis.

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