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  • Barrett M82 Anti-Tank / Anti-Material Rifle (AMR)

    The classic Barrett M82 anti-material rifle has become a widely-accepted heavy caliber sniping system.

     Updated: 5/24/2017; Authored By JR Potts, AUS 173d AB; Content ¬©www.MilitaryFactory.com

    Barrett Model 82, designated as the "M107" in US military service, was introduced in 1982 by the American Barrett Firearms Company and was developed as a scoped, long-range, heavy-caliber anti-material rifle (ironically called the "Light Fifty"). The weapon was chambered to fire the 0.50 inch Browning 12.7x99mm cartridge and the first military sale of the Barrett gun became was 100 M82A1 rifles sold to the Swedish Army in 1989 (as the "Ag 90") making it one of the first modern semi-automatic, large-caliber sniper rifles to be taken into quantitative operational service by any fighting force. In 1990, the US Military purchased 250 of the M82A1 variant for Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm to which then the US Marine Corps purchased 125 rifles and procurement orders from the US Air Force followed.

    The M82 - also known as the SASR ("Special Applications Scoped Rifle") is designed as a multirole weapon system - capable of engaging lightly-armored vehicles, detonating ordnance (such as IEDs) at safe ranges or engaging enemy personnel (with dire results to the human target). The effective range is over 1500 meters with hits having been scored as far away as 2500 meters. API (Armor Piercing, Incendiary) rounds have proven effective against hardened targets such as buildings, trucks, and parked aircraft. The M82 has also been used to engage human targets behind walls though anti-personnel work is not the primary application for the weapon.

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    Barrett M82 Technical Specifications

    Service Year: 1982
    Type: Anti-Tank / Anti-Material Rifle (AMR)
    National Origin: United States
    Manufacturer(s): Barrett Firearms Company - USA

    Design (Internal, Dimensions and Weights)

    Firing Action: Recoil Operated; Rotating Bolt
    Available Caliber(s): .50 BMG (12.7x99mm NATO)
    Ammunition Count / Feed: 10-Round Detachable Box Magazine
    Overall Length: 1,450 mm (57.09 inches)
    Barrel Length: 508 mm (20.00 inches)
    Weight (Empty): 29.98 lb (13.60 kg)
    Sighting Assist: Adjustable Rear; Fixed Front; MIL-STD-1913 Accessories Rail


    Muzzle Velocity: 2,799 feet/sec (853 m/sec)
    Rate-of-Fire (RoF): 10 rounds-per-minute (rpm)
    Typical Range: 1,850 feet (564 meters; 617 yards)

    Global Operators / Customers

    Albania; Brazil; Belgium; Chile; Denmark; Finland; Germany; Greece; Mexico; Pakistan; Philippines; Israel; Italy; Jamaica; Indonesia; Lithuania; Malaysia; Norway; Pakistan; Portugal; Spain; Sweden; United Kingdom; Taiwan; Turkey; Netherlands; United Kingdom; United States

    Model Variants

    M82 - Base Designation

    M82A1 - "Improved" M82; redesigned muzzle brake.

    M82A1A - Optimized for Mk 211 Mod 0 12.7mm ammunition.

    M82A1M - Rear grip; provision for monopod; redesigned rail.

    M82A2 - Shoulder-fired bullpup configuration.

    M82A3 - Based on M82A1M; sans rear grip and monopod provision.

    M90 - Bullpup Design; bolt-action alternative to semi-automatic M82 series.

    M95 - "Improved" Barrett M90; bullpup design; bolt-action operation.

    XM107 - "Improved" M82A1M model

    M107 - Based on M82A1M; US military Designation.

    XM109 "Barrett Payload Rifle" - Experimental OSW based on M82A1; shortened 25mm barrel for firing high-explosive catridges.

    XM500 - Currently in development; gas-operated, semi-automatic operation; light/compact bullpup configuration; based on M82/M107; picatinny rail; adjustable bipod.

    G82 - German Army Designation for M107

    Mrg M/95 - Denmark designation for Barrett M95

    12.7 TKIV 2000 - Finnish Designation for M82A1

    12.7 MOR - Norwegian Designation for M82A1

    Ag 90 - Swedish Designation for M82A1

    M99 - Netherlands Barrett M99