There are no better words to describe Ronnie Barrett’s 30-year journey than the tagline on Barrett Firearms’ website: “A never-ending mission.” The Barrett name is synonymous with his .50-caliber rifles. The semi-automatic M82 rifle has become legendary due to its simple and rugged design, and has seen service in almost every corner of the world. The success of the highly popular M82 lead to an entire line of large-bore rifles that includes the bolt-action M99 and M95 as well as the newer M107A1.
In 1999, U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) released a solicitation for a Precision Sniper Rifle, or PSR, designed to engage targets at 1,500 meters and beyond. In response to the solicitation, Barrett developed the Multi-Role Adaptive Design, or MRAD, precision rifle. The MRAD shares the ruggedly modular design of other Barrett rifles. Since its introduction, MRADs have been chambered in either .338 Lapua Magnum or .300 Winchester Magnum.
Last year, Barrett received a request from an overseas client to develop a more compact MRAD in 7.62x51mm/.308 Winchester. The client wanted to retain all of the modularity of the original MRAD while developing a rifle that was better suited for urban use. The result was the new MRAD in .308 Winchester, a rifle that I believe is extremely well suited to LE use.