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Mar 15, 2011

Barrett M107A1 Special Application Scoped Rifle




Model M82A1/M107

Barrett's M82 was developed and built by Ronnie Barrett in 1982.  At the time, it was a revolutionary weapon without peers that started a whole new category in the modern battlefield:  a lightweight, semi-automatic, shoulder fired, .50 caliber anti-materiel rifle, capable of disabling and/or destroying lightly armored targets at distances of 1,800 meters or more.

Although originally not intended for pinpoint accuracy,  it later proved extremely effective in the first Gulf War and later conflicts.  In 2004, Marine SSgt. Steve Reichert engaged and killed enemy insurgents in Lutafiyah, Iraq at distances as far as 1,614 meters, a record at the time.   In the same incident, he manage to take out a machine gun team of 3 insurgents that took cover behind a brick wall using the Raufoss Mk211 armor piercing incendiary round.

The M82A1/M107 is currently in service with all branches of the U.S. military.  It is a semi-automatic, recoil-operated, magazine fed rifle that comes standard with a chrome-lined barrel and components such as the receiver and butt-stock made out of steel.


Model M107A1 

Although successful with the M82A1/M107 model, Barrett worked on improving its capabilities and this year they announced the successor as the new M107A1.  Not only is it lighter, but they added a proprietary sound suppressor that is easy and quick to attach and detach.  These are the highlights as published by Barrett:



It may be related to the Model 82A1®/M107®, but the M107A1 is far from a simple evolution. Driven by the demands of combat, every component was re-engineered to be lighter yet stronger. The result? A high-performance rifle that weighs four pounds less than the original M107, but is every bit as tough.

Designed to be used with a suppressor, this one-of-a-kind rifle allows you to combine signature reduction capabilities with the flawless reliability of the original Barrett® M107. An all-new bolt carrier group has been designed that is key to making the rifle suppressor-ready. its titanium four-port muzzle brake is engineered to work seamlessly with a quick-attach Barrett .50 BMG Suppressor.

The lightweight aluminum upper receiver features an integrated, rigid 27 MOA optics rail. Inside the upper receiver, the bolt carrier rides on a hardened steel, anti-wear strip for added durability. A thermal-guard cheek piece protects the user’s face from extreme heat or cold.

Advanced design and manufacturing make the M107A1 more precise than ever. The rear-barrel stop and front-barrel bushing are bolted and bonded with a compound similar to that used on space shuttles. A titanium barrel key and fully chrome-lined bore and chamber add to the rifle’s durability.

Enhanced modularity is also a key feature. The rifle’s rail-mounted aluminum rear grip can easily be reconfigured. The newly designed titanium and polymer monopod is easily adjustable from either side.

The M107A1 rifle’s lower receiver includes a new aluminum recoil buffer system that’s optimized for use with a suppressor. The bolt carrier’s components are protected with a mix of ultra-hard PVD coatings and advanced nickel Teflon® plating that increases lubricity, is corrosion-resistant and greatly eases cleaning.

Numbered witness holes on the magazine are just another example of how even the smallest detail makes a powerful difference.







Features

Suppressor-ready muzzle brake.
Lightweight quick-detach bipod with modular feet.
Accepts M1913 accessory rails.
Thermal cheek guard.
Modular hand-grip mounted on M1913 rail.
Specifications
  • Model: M107A1
  • Caliber: .50 BMG
  • Operation: Semi-Automatic
  • Weight: 30.9 lbs (14 kg)
  • Overall Length: 57” (145 cm)
  • Barrel Length: 29” (73.7 cm)
  • Rifling Twist: 1 turn in 15” (38.1 cm)
  • Magazine Capacity: 10 Rounds
Configurations
  • Part No.
  • M107A1-SYS
    M107A1 Rifle System: 29” chrome-lined barrel, Flat Dark Earth finish (mid-year 2011), suppressor-ready muzzle brake, Pelican™ case, one 10-round magazine, flip-up iron sights, M1913 optics rail, detachable adjustable lightweight bipod legs, lightweight monopod, sling attach points and owner’s manual.
  • M107A1CQ-SYS
    M107A1 Rifle System: 20” chrome-lined barrel, Flat Dark Earth finish (mid-year 2011), suppressor-ready muzzle brake, Pelican™ case, one 10-round magazine, flip-up iron sights, M1913 optics rail, detachable adjustable lightweight bipod legs, lightweight monopod, sling attach points and owner’s manual.


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