The Barrett Rifle

Sniping and anti-materiel rifles in the War on Terror

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The Barrett Rifle

Sniping and anti-materiel rifles in the War on Terror

Description

The Barrett M82A1 and its derivatives are among the most successful sniping rifles ever manufactured. Now entering its fourth decade of service, the short-recoil, semi-automatic system is capable of firing a devastating .50-caliber round with lethal accuracy over distances of more than 2km. Unconfirmed reports from Afghanistan in 2012 accredit the Barrett with one of history's longest ever kills at 2,815m. This is the technical history of a rifle initially developed as a sporting firearm, but which evolved into a long-range sniping rifle and a formidable military anti-materiel tool, designed to neutralize everything from enemy vehicles to parked aircraft. Adopted by snipers across the world, the Barrett rifles have seen active service in Operation Desert Storm, Iraq, and Afghanistan and have become an important addition to police, armed services, and Special Forces units alike.

Table of Contents

Introduction/ Development /Use /Impact /Conclusion /Bibliography /Index

Product details

Published 24 Mar 2016
Format Ebook (PDF)
Edition 1st
Extent 80
ISBN 9781472811028
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 10 b/w; 54 col
Series Weapon
Short code WPN 45
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors

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Chris McNab

Dr Chris McNab specializes in military history and…

Illustrator

Johnny Shumate

Johnny Shumate works as a freelance illustrator li…

Illustrator

Alan Gilliland

Alan Gilliland, a contributor to more than 70 Ospr…

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