posted on Jan, 5 2004 @ 02:16 PM
Cleggy, here's something that might be useful a quote from someone who used the Barrett in anger:
According to Operation Iraqi Freedom PEO Soldier Lessons Learned [LTC Jim Smith 15 May 2003] "The Barrett 50 cal Sniper Rifle may have been the most
useful piece of equipment for the urban fight – especially for our light fighters. The XM107 was used to engage both vehicular and personnel targets
out to 1400 meters. Soldiers not only appreciated the range and accuracy but also the target effect. Leaders and scouts viewed the effect of the 50
cal round as a combat multiplier due to the psychological impact on other combatants that viewed the destruction of the target.
“My spotter positively identified a target at 1400 meters carrying an RPG on a water tower. I engaged the target. The top half of the torso fell
forward out of the tower and the lower portion remained in the tower.” 325th PIR Sniper
"There were other personal anecdotes of one round destroying two targets and another of the target “disintegrating.”
"The most pervasive negative comment was that snipers felt the Leopold Sight was inadequate for the weapon – that it was not ballistically matched.
It the sight was zeroed for 500, 1000 and 1500 meters, soldiers did not feel confident in their ability to engage targets at the “between” distances
(e.g. 1300 m). Snipers felt there were better sights available for this weapon such as the Swarovski. Sniper team spotters felt the tripod for the
Leopold Spotter Scope could be better designed. COL Bray, Commander, 2d BCT, 82d Airborne Division supported an Operational Needs Statement for a
Sniper Sight that would allow the sniper to identify targets as combatants or non-combatants out to 2000m."
Manufacturers: Barrett Firearms Manufacturing, Inc. and Unertl
Barrel length: 29" (736mm)
Weight: 22 lbs. (10 kg) (unloaded)
Bore diameter: 12.7mm (.50 Caliber)
Maximum effective range on equipment-sized targets:
Magazine Capacity: 5 rounds, detachable box
10 round magazines are available
Modes of fire: Safe, Fire