The .50 cal rifle is used by special forces and regular armies all over the world and is commonly referred to by its M107 US Army designation.
The latest iteration is the M107A1 which has slimmed down to be 5lbs lighter than the original rifle. It is designed to easily accept a suppressor, with an all new bolt carrier group being developed for such a configuration.
Shephard spoke to the founder of Barrett Firearms Manufacturing, Ronnie Barrett, about the inspiration for his M82 design and how it is evolving to meet 21st Century battlefield requirements.
the Barrett .50 caliber is now the official state rifle of Tennessee, joining an illustrious roster of other state symbols including the raccoon (state wild animal), the tomato (state fruit), and Tennessee cave salamander (state amphibian).
The gun’s inventor, Ronnie Barrett, is a Tennessee native and NRA board member who was referred to as “the rock superstar in the world of weapons” at a 2014 birthday bash attended by politicians Mike Huckabee, Lamar Alexander, Marsha Blackburn and others. The rifle bearing his name is manufactured in Christiana, Tennessee.
Tennessee is the seventh state to declare an official state firearm of some sort. If the idea of an “official state gun” seems a little strange, that’s because it’s a recent development. There weren’t any state firearms until 2011, when Utah adopted the Browning M1911 pistol as its state gun.
Overall, the gun safety group Violence Policy Center has identified at least 46 instances of .50 caliber guns being used in criminal activity. The public is generally uncomfortable with the widespread availability of these guns. In 2006, the General Social Survey found that 85 percent of Americans supported a ban on civilian sales of .50 caliber rifles.
Currently, however, .50 caliber rifles are unregulated at the federal level. California and D.C. ban the guns outright, while Connecticut and Maryland place some restrictions on them, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.