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After some finagling last year, the county Police Department cobbled together a .50-caliber Zel Custom Manufacturing sniper rifle for $2,723.

“We are here to prepare for the worst,” said Capt. Frederick Plitt, the commander of the department’s Special Operations Division, which includes the county’s SWAT teams.

Only one other police department in Maryland appears to have a .50-caliber rifle in its arsenal: the Maryland State Police. According to a spokesman, the state purchased two Barrett M95 rifles in 2007 for its SWAT team, officially referred to as the Special Tactical Assault Team Element. The pair cost $9,800.

Read the rest of Scott Daugherty’s article at Hometown Annapolis.

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