The Barrett M82 was the first notable American-made .50 caliber Anti-Material Rifle (ATR) when introduced in 1982. The line saw an evolution of sorts develop through the M82A2 which was made into a "bullpup" version (magazine feed aft of the pistol grip/trigger unit) which allowed for easier transport. The M82 was then reimagined in 1990 as a bolt-action variant which revised the breech system, continued use of a bullpup configuration, and retained the services of the powerful .50 BMG cartridge. In 1995, its refinement came with the M95.
The M95 was more or less an improved form of the M90. The pistol grip and trigger unit sections were both moved slightly forward, closer to the center of the weapon, and allowed for better access to the magazine feed still featured at the rear. The chamber and bore were both chrome-lined for longevity and the bolt handle revised for the better. Internally, some slight changes were also made to the bolt itself.
The new model was chambered for the popular .50 BMG (12.7x99mm) cartridge and could engage at out to ranges of 1,800 meters through a 854 meter-per-second muzzle velocity. Feeding was from a five-round detachable box magazine and no iron sights of any kind were fitted as standard so optics were a must. Overall length became 45 inches with a 20-inch barrel length and the weapon tipped the scales at 22 lb. In comparison, the original Barrett M82 was 48 inches long (20-inch barrel) and weighed 30 lb. The M95 was therefore more compact and lighter weight than the earlier product making for a more transport-friendly product in-the-field.
The M95 went on to serve within the special forces ranks and frontline armies of several operators around the world including Austria, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Georgia, Italy, Jordan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Spain, Thailand, and Turkey.