POTD – USMC 50 Caliber Barrett

The last time I was around one of these, I was face down in the dirt. A 50 Barrett was firing about 7 feet over my head, 75 yards to my rear. I was with another shooter at the time. That was quite the experience.

Right side of Barrett Rifle

Right side of Barrett Rifle

The shooter of the Barrett was confirming zero at the request of a visiting Secret Service detail. They were protecting a Presidential candidate. But don’t think the Secret Service was asking for help. Nope. They had their person covered and under control.

Left Side of Barrett Rifle

Left Side of Barrett Rifle

But…when they found out a 50 was available locally, they requested extra coverage for potential vehicle interdiction on the perimeter. Flash forward 3 days, and I’m face down in the dirt trying to avoid a headache.

USMC Unertl Scope. Quite collectable.

USMC Unertl Scope. Quite collectable.

If I’m around 50’s too much, they give me headaches. You’ll learn this little fact from experience.

 

Sincerely,
Marky
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Marky Mark

Marky Mark

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Areas of focus: Defense and National Security, Modern Light Weapons, Analysis of the Geo-political / Military Relationship in the Context of Strategic Goals.
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  • Mikial

    The only .50s I have personal experience with are M2s and M85s. And although I have a lot of experience with both of them, I’ve never even been around a Barrett, or any other .50 sniper rifle, when it fired. Definitely on my bucket list, though.

  • Brennen Munro

    It is still much less of a headache to have them shooting “over you”, than to have them shooting “at you”! Have you heard anything about the Carl Gustav recoilless rifle giving our guys head aches, and in some cases even nose bleeds? I heard this from a friend who said he avoided them after seeing this himself. He did say that it was the guys who were firing them repeatedly that were getting the head aches. I could believe this, especially if the guy had already experienced some kind of head trauma, having that kind of thing going off right beside your gourd has to have some kind of effect, right?

    Munro

  • Randy Shadoe

    Well… You have to have a head for it to ache…