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Barrett Produces 1,000th MRAD MK22

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The 1,000th MRAD (Multi-Role Adaptive Design) Mark 22 MOD 0 (MK22) rifle destined for use in the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Advanced Sniper Rifle and United States Army Precision Sniper Rifle programs rolled out of Barrett Firearms Manufacturing in November.

In a period when raw material procurement and shipping challenges plague manufacturers worldwide—regardless of industry—the company’s ability to meet the government’s demanding production schedule is particularly noteworthy.

“We are proud of this significant achievement, especially during this time of increased supplier challenges and unprecedented demand for the entire product line,” said Joel Miller, Barrett vice president of sales and marketing.

USSOCOM first ordered the modular bolt-action rifles, which are multi-caliber capable, in November 2020. With that agreement a Special Forces search that launched in 2016 for a precision platform capable of changing chamberings from 7.62 NATO, .300 Norma Mag. and .338 Norma Mag. came to an end. The field-expedient barrel swap allows our forces to tailor the chambering to each mission, without sacrificing fire controls, manual of arms and familiarity built during hours of training. Deliveries of the firearm began in January of this year.

The performance and advantages didn’t escape the notice of U.S. Army Contracting Command, which entered into a separate contract with Barrett to purchase 3,000 of the rifles in March 2021. The platform wears a Leupold HD 5-25×56 mm in flat dark earth.

The MK22 enhances the capabilities of our service personnel, replacing several currently fielded sniper rifles within the United States Military. Barrett is a family-owned and operated company. Its products are used by civilians, sport shooters, law enforcement agencies, the United States military and more than 70 State Department-approved countries around the world. The company’s Quality Management System has received the prestigious ISO 9001:2015 certification for the design and manufacture of firearms, ammunition, and accessories, and to provide training for those systems.

Article by GUY J. SAGI

 

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