Emerging threats in the Global War on Terror are likely…

Emerging threats in the Global War on Terror are likely to include those that are harder, and those that must be brought to bay at longer distances. The Anzio Ironworks Mag-Fed 20mm.

For the first quarter century of its 100-plus year tenure, the FBI did not carry firearms nor make arrests. The Bureau was conceived under Teddy Roosevelt’s administration to bring the scientific method to investigating federal crimes, which they did with a high degree of unarmed efficiency. Within a year of the infamous Kansas City Massacre in 1933, however, Congress had authorized this agency to go about their business armed.

Then, and even through WW II, a field office was considered well equipped if the agents had .38 revolvers and the weapons locker held a shotgun, an M1921 Thompson or a Colt Monitor.

Threats to American peace and security have grown exponentially since those early gangster years, and so have threats to individual federal agents who investigate and enforce laws enacted to prevent or neutralize such threats. The tools and technology fielded by the FBI in this war on crime have tended to keep pace with those direct threats. Now the simple [sic] war on crime has morphed into the Global War on Terrorism, which has upped the ante considerably. In light of this, what the Bureau does not have on line, it must at least have a working familiarity with. Available technology and weaponry need to be known and agents trained in their use, if they are to be available for the appropriate mission. Reaction to any imminent threat may need to be nimble, to be effective.

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Scenarios where the FBI may need to respond to—or stand off—an active threat would logically include very long ranges, and the target requiring service may include a vehicle or vessel, or other transport or device purpose-built by terrorists or criminals. Recent purchases by the Bureau for delivery to the school at Quantico would indicate that plans include thinking outside the Remington bolt-action box, for mission requirements exponentially

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  • Steve Cook Sr

    With the highly effective muzzle break and its heavy weight, recoil is quite stout, but not unmanageable. Comparable to the barrett light 50 with no muzzle break. With a small amount of range time and an experienced rifleman with an optical ranging system and a good optic, one can score 1st round hits in short order on material targets. Think car and truck bombs, much like those used at the murrow building in oklahoma and the world trade center as justification for domestic useage of this weapon platfom. Let alone threats from aircraft on or near federal or military instalations. Drone aircraft are not solely used by just America, just ask Mexico about the cartels capabilities. For the right amount of money they can be built by most anyone. They can and eventually will be used here against us. Better to be prepared than at risk.

  • Tk

    Hey so if you put the suppressor on it kicks like a .50

  • poodle

    I can see it’s application, especially in a country that loves it’s 50 cal’s. Be nice to outrange the other teams snipers especially if they think they are safe behind cover. To hell with running anywhere carrying it though, alternativelyjust get a canadian sniper with a black mac.

  • C. Henniger

    To folks like F.W. Demara – The FBI is either plainly faking or facilitating bomb plots like the Portland scam, and the facilitated “underwear bomber.” We have little or nothing to fear from terrorist. People like YOU are the most significant threat to this country.

  • Peter

    All i see is dangerous militarization of civilian security forces.

  • Right Coast

    This is a pretty kickass piece of weaponry. However, would anyone feel uncomfortable if the BATF had these? I might be.

  • SGT


  • > Why in the world would, of all Federal
    > Agencies, the FBI need 20mm rifles to
    > engage targets a thousands of yards away?

    To kill dangerous unarmed terrorists, holding their babies like at Ruby Ridge. I am sure the BATF will get what we can’t own. You never know when the next Richard Jewell is lurking just around the corner.

    drones, 20 mm cannons, free reign for interpol, does not sound like a good combination.

  • F.W. Demara

    I hope you are right about them taking these tools to the range, as I’d want them to get very, very good with them. It’s not necessary to be in the loop or particularly imaginative to come up with a list of missions for units such as the FBI’s HRT where such a hard-target standoff capability would not only be a lifesaver, but where it could be the only piece of equipment that would get the job done. The days of LE operators with revolvers and lever-action rifles are gone. Get over it. Those who would do this nation and its people harm have upped the ante quantitatively, and either we roll over and fold, or match the bet. And an ace up our sleeve never hurts: Not all terrorists are knuckle-draggers with wet, homemade shoe-bombs, and not all the narcos with military hardware are south of the border.

    You’re right, of course, about the value of this caliber, and in this man-portable envelope, to small-unit military ops. That’s why, umm, interest has been expressed, in their appropriate deployment to the sandbox. Our military forces already have ordnance in this caliber, but the domestic deployment of military forces takes a little time, and as we noted in the story, a response sometimes must be nimble to be effective.

  • Private Blanchard

    What a waste of money on the government’s part. Why in the world would, of all Federal Agencies, the FBI need 20mm rifles to engage targets a thousands of yards away? The only time these rifles are going to be fired is at the shooting range, then after that they will be placed back in the armory until the next time they are taken to the shooting range. The FBI has no worldly reason to 20mm guns other than to say they have them. The fed’s need to get priorities straight. I say, take those rifle’s away from the FBI and put them in the hands of U.S. Army and Marine Corps snipers and let them have a night out on the town in Afghanistan, where they will have legitimate purpose because the ranges that this rifle can hit targets at are comfortably within reach. Our snipers could definitely have a serious effect on the morale of the insurgents. Not only would the insurgents have to contend with air power and artillery, now they will be sniped away at 4,900 yards, hundreds of times farther than Rob Furlong’s record breaking shot. Sorry if I’m venting but does everyone else see my logic?

  • bob

    It is illegal for us to own. Just another example of writing laws to exempt themselves, but force us to comply.

  • Gerardo

    where can i buy one?

  • Mr.Pimms

    FBI should just hire some Canadians to do the job!

  • Remember Ruby Ridge or WACO?

  • enzo

    man this sniper will hurt when u shoot it i mean a 20MM DAM