Barrett picks up $8 million Army .50-cal contract (PHOTOS)
By Chris Eger
A paratrooper in the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne fires an M107 .50-caliber rifle at a sniper competition in October. (Photo: DOD)
Tennessee-based Barrett Firearms this week was awarded a contract by the U.S. Army to supply the service branch with more M107 rifles.
The $7.95 million firm-fixed-price contract was announced by the Pentagon on Tuesday and will cover procurement of more M107A1 Long Range Sniper Rifle systems complete with optics, suppressors and spare parts kits. The semi-auto .50 BMG rifle weighs about 28 pounds, sans accessories and optics, and uses a 10-round detachable magazine.
The M107A1 shown with optics and suppressor (Photo: Barrett)
Variously described as a Special Applications Scoped Rifle or anti-material rifle, the M107 was first adopted by the Army in 2002 but it is used across all branches of the Department of Defense for missions ranging from extended range sniping to Explosive Ordnance Disposal and by the Coast Guard for airborne interdiction operations.
A .50-caliber BMG (12.7x99mm) cartridge compared to a 7.62x51mm NATO round in front of a Barret M107 caliber rifle (Photos: DOD)
Besides the Army, the M107 is used by the Navy and Marines…
…As well as the Air Force and Coast Guard.
The latest contract, for which Barrett was the sole bidder,