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| M82 sniper rifle




M82 sniper rifle

 

One of the latest and most efficient American Scoped rifles is the M82 (today called also M107). It was developed by Barrett Firearms company in 1980 and was first used in 1989. Today it is being used by armies and other units all over the world, including American Special forces.

It was designed in two variants:

M82A1 (original) and M82A2 (used the bullpup).

Design:

This short recoil semi-automatic sniper rifle is using powerful 12.7×99mm NATO ammunition, also known as .50 cal. M82 was made to penetrate armors like a ballistic vest. Rounds are stored in a large detachable box which can hold up to 10 rounds. All the measures were taken to make this weapon as light as possible, even the barrel is fluted to save weight and also improve heat dissipation. M82 in U.S. army are often equipped with Leupold Mark 4 telescopic sight mounted on a rail.

Overview:

When the M82 it took some time to being used in actual combat. First success was in 1990 when the U.S. army used the M82A1 during the operations in Desert Storm, Desert Shield, Iraq and Kuwait. Soon after the U.S. Marine Corps bought it more orders followed from all over the world from more than 30 countries. In U.S. military it is known as SARS – Special Applications Scoped Rifle. High effective ammunition was effective in operations against radar cabins, trucks, light armored vehicles, etc. It is being used in U.S. coast guard against the drug smugglers and many law enforcement agencies.

The latest improvementsand changes are all stored in a “new” rifle so called M107

M82 sniper rifleSpecifications:

M82A1

  • Caliber: .50 BMG (12.7×99mm)
  • Operation: short recoil, semi-automatic
  • Overall length: 1150 (48") or 1220 mm (57")
  • Barrel length: 508 (20") or 737 mm (29")
  • Feed device: 10-round detachable box magazine
  • Sights: 10x telescopic
  • Weight: 14 kg (30.9 lb)
  • Muzzle velocity: 853 m/s [2850 f/s]
  • Maximum effective range: 1800 m
  • Maximum range: 6800 m
  • Unit replacement cost: $12,050.00 US

M82A2

  • Caliber: .50 BMG (12.7×99mm)
  • Length: 1409 mm
  • Barrel length: 737 mm
  • Weight: 14.75 kg (32.5 lb) (unloaded)
  • Maximum effective range on equipment-sized targets: 2100 m
  • Muzzle velocity: 900 m/s
  • Magazine capacity: 10 rounds
  • Unit replacement cost: $6,000
  • Status: no longer in production

 

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