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The Barret M82 is an American-made semi-automatic anti-materiel sniper rifle chambered for the .50 BMG cartridge. Despite its designation as an anti-materiel rifle, it is used by some armed forces as an anti-personnel system.

Overview[]

During the Vietnam War, American snipers took to mounting telescopic sights on .50 caliber Browning M2 machine guns, owing the cartridge's excellent long-range capabilities. As a result, Ronnie Barrett founded Barrett Firearms Manufacturing for the sole purpose of developing a long-range sniper rifle chambered for the .50 BMG cartridge. In 1982 the M82 went on sale, although the weapon was not a major success until the M82A1 version was introduced in 1986.

Contrary to how it is usually depicted in movies, the M82 is rarely employed in an anti-personnel role (although it is occasionally used to defeat human targets, particularly those hiding behind sturdy cover). Rather the rifle is used to destroy enemy equipment, and has also been adopted as an explosive ordnance disposal tool — in other words, explosive devices are remotely detonated by shooting them at long range with the Barrett sniper rifle.

Notable Users[]

A Colombian Scorpions member with El Scorpio was armed himself with an M82A1 taken from the gang's armory during their firefight with the LAPD. However, he was killed by the City Hunter before he ever got to use it.

Fireteam Voodoo uses a variation of the M82, the M107, as the 7EN high-powered rifle as the weapon of choice for high-leveled marksmen. In addition to this, they might also use an advanced modified version of the 7EN, the NRV-E; which integrates Yautja technology.

Trivia[]

  • The gang member with the Barrett M82A1 is Thomas Rosales, Jr., a prolific Hispanic professional stuntman who has appeared in over one hundred and fifty movies, including Commando, The Running Man and Collateral, all of which starred Predator lead Arnold Schwarzenegger.
  • The NRV-E is fitted with a ELCAN Optical Technologies DigitalHunter scope; the same scope that was used on Isabelle's Blaser R93 sniper rifle.

Appearances[]

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