By Lars Dalseide | October 25 2011 17:43

Shooting Illustrated Online ran a great piece looking at Barrett’s new Multi-Role Adaptive Design (MRAD) rifle.

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By Steve Adelmann

Have you ever picked up a rifle for the first time and somehow just knew it would be a real shooter? It has happened to me a number of times over the years with test guns and new barrels used in my custom work.

Call it intuition, good guesswork or blind luck, but whatever it is, that notion hit me the first time I removed Barrett’s new Multi-Role Adaptive Design (MRAD) .338 Lapua Mag. sniper rifle from its Pelican hard case. To put it plainly, the sample I tested far outclassed every other .338 Lapua Mag. rifle I’ve fired to date. By rough count, that list equates to thousands of rounds through several samples of nine different rifle models. The fact the MRAD did this in a very handy package made shooting it a sweet experience.

Barrett Firearms Manufacturing is well-known for its large-caliber rifles. The company’s timeline states that Ronnie Barrett developed the first shoulder-fired .50 BMG rifle. The company’s M82A1 semi-auto .50 BMG rifles were used extensively by the Army during Operation Desert Storm to deliver heavy payloads at long range. Later adopted as the M107, the updated version of this platform continues to see heavy service in the Middle East as an anti-materiel sniper system.

While the company’s bolt-action rifles may be less well-known in tactical circles, they are commonplace in the civilian .50-caliber shooting world. Barrett has not limited its firearms offerings to launching half-inch diameter projectiles at incredible ranges, either. In recent years it has expanded the lineup to include its own .416 Barrett cartridge and with the introduction of the bolt-action 98Bravo in 2009, a .338 Lapua Mag. offering. The latter platform was a complete redesign that signaled a move in the direction of more accurate, easily portable and mission-adaptable rifles for modern combat environments.

Read the full article on Shooting Illustrated's website.

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