The MRAD’s primary role as a 1,500-yard-plus sniper rifle is…

The MRAD’s primary role as a 1,500-yard-plus sniper rifle is just the beginning of its capabilities. It is a switch-barrel system that allows a five-minute change to either .300 Win Mag or 7.62mm NATO, which will be available soon.

When the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) published their Performance Specification for the Precision Sniper Rifle (PSR) on December 16, 2009, a number of companies stepped up to the challenge to design their versions of the PSR. Well versed in manufacturing a dependable sniper system for the U.S. military, Barrett has unveiled their Multi-Role Adaptive Design (MRAD) to compete for the coveted government contract.

Completing the first stage of the military firearms’ trial in April 2010 is an acknowledgement of the MRAD’s performance capabilities. Meanwhile Kyle Lynch, Barrett’s director of Sales and Marketing provided me with a tour of Barrett’s facility and allowed for testing of their MRAD.

Gun Details
The MRAD was specifically developed to meet the needs of the PSR program. The PSR encompasses a set of requirements by USSOCOM, which states that the current system mission of the PSR is to enable USSOCOM snipers to use one or more shots to interdict enemy personnel, positions, and non-technical vehicles mounted with crew-served weapons out to 1,500 meters or further, while being capable of defeating NIJ Level III body armor out to 900 meters.

A 21″ top rail is roomy enough for a scope and a night vision optic. The shorter rails on the bottom and sides are user adjustable. The MRAD tested for this article was was fitted with a Leupold Mark 4 mil dot scope. A B.O.R.S. range-finding device is fitted to the top of the optic shown.

Other parameters encompass length, weight, magazine capacity, penetration of the projectile, the ability to mount night vision devices and other accessories. The program also specifies thresholds and objectives, as the PSR has to meet all performance thresholds and as many of the objectives as possible to score well. To get an idea of what the MRAD is all about, a review of the USSOCOM Performance Specifications for the PSR tells the story. The major components of the PSR “shall include a rifle, ten magazines, sound suppressor including mirage mitigating device, operator manual, sling, cleaning kit, bipod, drag bag and a hard carrying case.” The PSR is specified to be no longer than 50 inches fully extended without suppressor, with the ideal set at 40 inches overall. With the stock folded, the maximum length is 40 inches, with 36 inches set as the objective of USSOCOM. The threshold weight for the weapon with a Mil-Std-1913 rail and a 10-round unloaded magazine is 18 pounds, and the objective weight is no greater than 13 pounds. The MRAD submitted for the PSR trial was fitted with a 24.5-inch barrel, and weighed 14.8 pounds without an optic. Lynch added, “the threshold was 18 pounds, so we were well below that.”

Load Comments
  • Jon

    It is simple General Jim M. It is built to military specifications. Also I know the designer Chris Barret personally. It is built that way so that BARRET FIREARMS gets the defense contract.

  • DrSique

    General Jim,
    The main reason for not manufacturing a 25mm or 30mm is ownership. Anything with a bore over fifty cal is considered a destructive device and falls under special restrictions. Demand would probably not be high enough to make the venture lucrative. If you are looking for such a rifle, there is a company called Anzio Iron that produces them. Personally, I would love to wring one out for a few hours.

  • Datu eloy

    It would be very nice and practical if you make a 30 rounds mag.

  • General Jim M

    Did you do a price comparison per shot? 338 lapua is ridiculous.Tell me why couldn’t a 300 weatherby magnum do as well? There is no such thing as a magic cartridge.Do you shoot with a spotter or on your own?

  • Sgt. Brooks

    For the genearl jim well if you look at simple balistics yes it about the same but the lapua is more expensive but for flater trajectory and longer distance shots I havnt fired anything better the the 338 lapua mag especially when i put match grade solid ammo turned on a lathe. when you need to get way out there and not just touch something but blow it away there is no better. capable of mile long shots and in the right hand more then that the only other caliber that has that conistancy that i have shot is the .416 or the 50 cal. and as far as being an american catridge i have found plenty of US vendors and makers that make the ammo i like match grade of course i like going a lil further then normal.

  • General Jim M

    So when will Barret make a 25 or 30 mm rifle? Why not?

  • General Jim M

    I have only one complaint,the 340 weatherby and 338 remington ultra mag will do the same thing,so why not use a cheaper American cartridge?