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Mar 7, 2011

Barrett MRAD (Multi-Role Adaptive Design) Long Range Sniper Rifle



The MRAD (multi-role adaptive design) is a refinement of Barrett's 98B rifle.  It was designed specifically to compete for SOCOM's Precision Sniper Rifle (PSR) program for a long range rifle.
The MRAD is a bolt action rifle and has a monolithic upper receiver of aluminum alloy (7000 series) with a full length picatinny rails on top (21.75 in.) and side and bottom attachment points for user-configurable rails.  It has a folding stock with adjustable length of pull and cheek piece.  The trigger assembly is built in a module and can be removed and replaced without tools.  The bolt-action is self-lubricating and designed to keep the action clean.  The safety/selector can be configure for left or right hand use.   It has a standard 10 round double stacked, detachable magazine and ambidextrous magazine release.

The MRAD is chambered for the .338 Lapua Magnum, with a suppressor-capable match-grade stainless steel barrel which can be removed in the field quickly with a simple tool and configured to other calibers such as the .300 Win. Mag. or 7.62x51mm.  It is designed to shoot at least 1.0 MOA (minute of angle) at 1,500 meters which is a requirement for the PSR.  The MRAD, with the .338 Lapua Magnum cartridge is able to shoot very, very far.   Kyle Lynch, who has been intimately involved with the development of this rifle, has shot it at 2,340 yds (approx 2,140 meters) with factory ammo, that's an incredible 1.33 miles!  A quantum leap compared to the current military sniper cartridge, the 7.62x51mm, which can be effective at 1,000 yards.

Another critical specification requirement of the PSR is that the weight shall not exceed 18 lbs.  It's a tall order considering the caliber, but the MRAD weights in at 14 lbs. 8 oz., which is a pound lighter than the nearest competitor according to Kyle Lynch.  All in all, the MRAD is a very impressive long range rifle system and I think it stands a very good chance of taking the prize as SOCOM's new PSR.


Features

Bolt guide acts as a dust cover to reduce contaminants
Accepts standard M4/M16 pistol grips
Ambidextrous magazine release
Front-loading barrel design for caliber interchangeability
Single button for length of pull adjustment
Combat-proof trigger module removable without tools
Folding stock provides compact mobility
 
Specifications
  • Model: MRAD
  • Caliber: .338 Lapua Magnum
  • Operation: Bolt Action Repeater
  • Rifle Weight: 14.8 lbs (6.713 kg)
  • Overall Length: 46.9” (119.13 cm)
  • Folded Length: 39.9” (101.35 cm)
  • Barrel Length: 24.5” (62.23 cm)
  • Rifling Twist: 1 turn in 10” (25.4 cm)
  • Magazine Capacity 10 Rounds
Configurations
  • Part No.
  • 12604*
    MRAD .338 Lapua Magnum Rifle System: 24.5” fluted barrel, Multi-Role Brown finish (mid-year 2011), folding stock, adjustable cheek piece and buttplate, two polymer 10-round magazines, two sling loops, three adjustable accessory rails, Pelican™ case and owner’s manual.

***(features, pics. and specs. www.barrett.net)

 

 

 

 


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