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The Barrett M82 (standardized by the Osean military as the M107) is a recoil-operated, semi-automatic anti-materiel rifle developed by Barrett Firearms Manufacturing.

Also called the Light Fifty (due to its chambering of the .50 BMG 12.7×99mm NATO cartridge), the weapon is classified in three variants: the original M82A1 (and M82A3) models, the bullpup M82A2 model (no longer manufactured), and the Barrett M107A1, with an attached muzzle brake (designed to accept a suppressor, and made out of titanium instead of steel).

Despite being designated as an anti-materiel rifle, the M82 can also be deployed as an anti-personnel system.

History[]

Barrett Firearms Manufacturing was founded for the sole purpose of building semi-automatic rifles chambered for the powerful 12.7×99mm NATO (.50 BMG) ammunition, originally developed for and used in M2 Browning machine guns. The M82 was first sold to the Osean Army in 1990, and first used in the Belkan War in 1991. About 255 rifles were initially bought by the Osean Marine Corps, and orders from the Osean Army (OGDF) and Osean Air Defense Force (OADF) soon followed. The M82A1 is known by the Osean military as the SASR—"Special Applications Scoped Rifle", and it was and still is used as an anti-materiel rifle and explosive ordnance disposal tool.

In 2006, Barrett completed development of the XM500, which has a bullpup configuration similar to the M82A2. Barrett M82 rifles were bought by various military and police forces from multiple countries, such as Aurelia, Emmeria, Nordennavic, Belka, and others.

The Barrett M82A1 rifle was used in 2002 as a platform for the experimental OSW (Objective Sniper Weapon) prototype. This weapon was fitted with a shorter barrel, and fired 25 mm high-explosive shells developed for the 25×59 mm OCSW (Objective Crew Served Weapon) automatic grenade launcher. The experimental OSW showed an increased effectiveness against various targets, but the recoil was beyond human limitations. This weapon, also known as the Barrett "Payload Rifle", has now been designated the XM109.

Variants[]

  • M82: 12.7×99mm Barrett M82 semi-automatic rifle.
  • M82A1: 12.7×99mm Barrett M82A1 semi-automatic rifle. Improved variant including redesigned muzzle brake.
  • M82A1A: 12.7×99mm Barrett M82A1 semi-automatic rifle variant. Optimized for use with the Raufoss Mk 211 .50 caliber round.
  • M82A1M: 12.7×99mm Barrett M82A1 semi-automatic rifle variant. Improved variant including lengthened accessory rail. Includes rear grip and monopod socket.
  • M82A2: 12.7×99mm Barrett M82A2 semi-automatic bullpup rifle. Bullpup configured variant made to compensate for recoil by being shoulder-mounted.
  • M82A3: 12.7×99mm Barrett M82A3 semi-automatic rifle. New production rifles built to M82A1M specifications, featuring lengthened accessory rail which is usually, but not always, raised higher up than the M82A1M/M107. Unlike the M82A1M/M107, it does not include a rear grip and monopod socket.
  • XM107/M107: Initially used to designate 12.7×99mm Barrett M95 bolt-action rifle. Designation changed to apply to a product improved M82A1M variant. Includes lengthened accessory rail, rear grip, and monopod socket.

Specifications[]

Pros and cons[]

Pros:

  • Extremely powerful catridge, will one-shot any infantry at any ranges.
  • .50 BMG rounds can take out none/lightly-armored vehicles and helicopters.
  • High fire rate for long-ranged rifles
  • Extremely long range
  • Very accurate despite being a semi-automatic rifle, though not as bolt-action rifles.
  • Ability to fire explosives rounds

Cons:

  • Very heavy and large, heavily reduces mobility
  • Repeated/Continuous fire can reduce accuracy
  • Very loud, firing can give away the shooter's position if not equipped with a suppressor.

Gallery[]

Source[]

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