Marine LCpl. Andrew Day puts the M107A1 through its paces. Day and fellow sniper, LCpl. Rory Carter, were fans of the reduced weight. The difference in gun weight would have meant an extra loaded mag or more water on missions in Iraq. Snipers can be rough on gear, so the M107A1’s new anti-corrosion coatings will extend service life in the harsh sandbox environment. And the color looks good, too.
Driven by the demands of combat Barrett engineers have redesigned every component of the M107A1 to be lighter yet stronger. The result is a high-performance rifle that weighs four pounds less than the original M107. But, far from being an abbreviated version of its bigger brothers, the M107 or Model 82A1, the Barrett M107A1 is every bit as tough.
Designed to be used with a suppressor, this one-of-a-kind rifle allows signature reduction capabilities with the flawless reliability of the original Barrett M107. An all-new bolt carrier group has been designed that is key to making the rifle suppressor-ready. Its titanium four-port muzzle brake is engineered to work seamlessly with a quick-attach Barrett .50 BMG Suppressor.
M107A1 At The Range
Itching to put this new rifle through its paces, the plan was to spend the day at my range with Barrett’s U.S. Military Sales Manager Kyle Lynch. To give it a thorough and experienced evaluation, TW invited LCpl. Andrew Day and LCpl. Rory Carter to join us. These two Marine snipers have fired thousands of rounds each from an M107 in training over the past six years, as well as during their combat tours in Iraq.
The weather that day was just above freezing. The wind was blowing south at 3 to 5 mph at the start of our shooting, then rising to 10 to 12 mph over a three-hour period. Our target was placed at 500 yards. The Marines’ extensive training and youth were evident when we compared targets, but, proudly, not by a large margin. A credit to the Barrett design, I was able to average 14.25 inches for five shots, or just under the 3-MOA rating for this weapon. These Marines averaged 11.75 inches for five shots, or 2.35 MOA. All shooting was conducted with Barrett M33 661-grain ammunition.