In the upcoming May 2014 issue of TACTICAL WEAPONS, author David Bahde test-fires Barrett’s new REC7 Gen II in 5.56mm NATO. Bahde writes, “Several well-known companies build super-high-quality rifles designed for hard use in any environment. I’ve tested too many to count, and the differences are clear—there is just far more attention paid to the details. It’s not about the bells and whistles— just a ton more focused work—and Barrett has joined that crowd with its new REC7 Gen II chambered in 5.56mm NATO.

“A recent conversation with a Barrett representative in sales and marketing yielded the purpose behind the new rifle. Barrett wanted it to be of the highest quality, ‘not just another AR.’ Rather than simply capitalize on the frenzy of AR buying, the company wanted to build the best rifle it could, yet keep it capable of real-world use. Barrett’s philosophy revolves around rugged reliability coupled with the ability to go ‘on duty’ out of the box. Along with some innovative engineering, Barrett used only the best parts from proven companies in creating the REC7. Built with the operator in mind—including modern shooting techniques—it will run on the battlefield, the streets or anywhere else. I was able to test one of the first pre-production models, and it was clear that Barrett came through with flying colors.

“Upon the REC7 Gen II’s arrival, it was immediately evident that Barrett’s rep was not kidding when he called it a first-class rifle. This REC7 is nice—one of the nicest I’ve handled in a long time. The first thing I noticed is its feel and balance. Barrett designed and builds the new Gen II forend, which utilizes the popular KeyMod system and allows you to add rails and accessories as needed. The handguard is octagonal and narrow, providing a comfortable handhold, with a flat bottom where it attaches to the rifle’s upper receiver. A continuous top rail offers plenty of real estate for mounting sights, optics and accessories. The remaining surface is smooth with no sharp edges, making it very comfortable to hold. Reminiscent of a ‘melt’ treatment on a carry pistol, the handguard sort of melts into your hand, yet it’s thicker in construction than most.”

To learn more, check out the May 2014 issue of TACTICAL WEAPONS, available on newsstands and digitally March 11, 2014. To subscribe, go to

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