New SOCOM Sniper Rifle – Barrett MRAD Advanced Sniper System – SHOT 2020

New SOCOM Sniper Rifle - Barrett MRAD Advanced Sniper System – SHOT 2020
Reaching targets across the desert with the MK22 MRAD

Tennessee based, firearms manufacturer Barrett Firearms, showed up in force at the 2020 SHOT show with the MK22 MRAD Sniper System on the firing line for Industry Day at the Range. The MRAD sniper system, is a 3-barrel set, somewhat like a sporting clays shotgun, except these barrels are in 7.62, 300 Noma Magnum and 338 Norma Magnum.

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New SOCOM Sniper Rifle - Barrett MRAD Advanced Sniper System – SHOT 2020
Multi-caliber switch barrel bolt gun is incredibly versitile

Taking advantage of the opportunity, I was able to shoot the 300 Norma Magnum on a target at 1080 yards, resulting in a first round hit, second shot miss due to a wind change I didn’t notice, and a third round hit after a slight correction.

The recoil of the big sniper system rifle was almost what I would call pleasant due to the weight and the very effective suppressor that was installed. Barrel changes are accomplished by loosening 2 bolts and then re-torqueing after the barrel change. Bolt faces are also easily changed with no tools required.

New SOCOM Sniper Rifle - Barrett MRAD Advanced Sniper System – SHOT 2020
Fully adjustable stock allows fitting every shooter

The full sniper system deployment kit is contained in a large pelican case that holds the rifle, cleaning gear, extra barrels, 5 magazines per barrel, suppressor, and soft case for transport in the field.

No exact figures were given as to the cost of the military sniper system, but Euro Optics is selling the civilian version without the suppressor for $16,770. Definitely not a cheap firearm but a tool I hope helps protect our troops in the wide-open spaces they encounter overseas.

New SOCOM Sniper Rifle - Barrett MRAD Advanced Sniper System – SHOT 2020
Multiple layers of the sniper deployment system package

After engaging a target beyond 1000 yards with the 300 NM, and knowing it would reach much further, I really would like to know what the 338 NM is ultimately capable of. The 7.62 has a 20” barrel, the 300 NM a 26”, and the 338 NM a 27” for a balance of performance and handling.

New SOCOM Sniper Rifle - Barrett MRAD Advanced Sniper System – SHOT 2020
Machining to lighten the rifle where it is possible

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  • Brent July 25, 2020, 3:10 am

    The Barets shooting platform for long range is just better I did see a comment about hitting 1000 yds with there savage and feeling better about spending less for hammer and nails amd that it doesn’t matter in the end but that the job gets done? True but in the conditions that one military man faces amd the conditions that a civilian shooter faces. That’s the difference the Barret is going to hit that 1000 yds and never let u down the bolt will perform in the harshest conditions as opposed to others !

  • Chance Gowan February 2, 2020, 3:01 pm

    To those of you who believe your Savage will do everything this Barrett can and will, you’re delusional. Mr. San makes a good point. Government “bid packages” are overly complicated and not only drive up price, the limit innovation. Still, if you’ve ever had opportunity to shoot any of Barrett’s fine long-range platforms, then pick up a Savage or Browning and even think they are comparable firearms, you’re either kidding yourselves or simply couldn’t tell the difference between a Hyundai and a Ferrari. It isn’t just what you get while enjoying controlled conditions, at the range, with a new rifle – what our troops get is something that will save lives and complete missions time after time, shot after shot, under the worst conditions imaginable. If you think your Savage will do that – well, I hope you never have to face the reality in a life and death situation – it’s much different than you think it is…

  • JOHN COLLINS February 2, 2020, 2:05 am

    I have a nephew in law that is a trust fund baby and paid $18,000 for carbon fiber something or other from Red River in 300 RAUM. He said when he picked it up they had him shoot a 1000 yd target and he hit it. I have about 1800.00 in a Savage LR in 6.5 Creedmore and I hit targets at 1000. I like to see people be foolish with their money. There’s just something satisfying knowing someone paid more for a hammer and nails than I did and that once once the job is done no one knows one hammer was gold plated. I feel better.

  • vincent smith January 30, 2020, 6:08 pm

    the previous comments are correct in the fact the weapon is not worth the price they are asking price should be around $3,000====the savage law enforcement model in the 338 lampua is just as good as the barrett and its less than $3,000

  • Nic January 30, 2020, 5:53 pm

    Sweet looking setup. So, there seems to be a huge disparity between the 7.62 barrel and action vs the other 2. Strange choice for a 3rd round in that setup. How do they even get it to change over successfully?

  • Zupglick January 30, 2020, 11:41 am

    As usual Barret is overblown. I can shoot just as far and just as accurate with my $2500 rifle.

  • Mike Cornett January 30, 2020, 11:39 am

    Stop using the word, “Sniper”
    We are not snipers. We are long range shooters.
    “Sniper” implies we are shooting at people.
    People who want to take our guns…..This ‘word’ is just another case for them….
    Let’s be smart. Don’t give them more reason to increase gun control regulations.

    • Leonard Stephen Feinman January 30, 2020, 2:07 pm

      Words do have implications and you are right about this terminology. This is a pet peeve of mine as well.
      The one phrase I really detest is “Gun Violence,” which is actually impossible, upon reflection.

  • John Smith January 30, 2020, 11:11 am

    This may be useful for the military but even then how often do they need to change barrels on the fly? But for civilians you could buy three custom rifles in each caliber for this price. Personally I’d skip the 300 NM and buy two custom rifles use the excess cash to put top notch glass on each and still have enough to take my wife to dinner.

  • Warren Fentress January 30, 2020, 8:07 am

    The problem with Barrett is always their pricing. Military vendors operate as high margin businesses. While there are some nice design features, this gun isn’t worth $16K – even with a suppressor.

    Trump ought to negotiate with Barrett – I Know the cost of engineering & manufacturing, and if it was made of titanium, I can see $15K, but c’mon – it’s a fine weapon, but not at that price. Besides, it’s taxpayer money buying most of these. Give us a break!

    • Kent San January 30, 2020, 12:29 pm

      The US gov’t couldn’t buy a ballpoint pen at Staples without paying too much, BUT the reason they pay too much is all the BS they force suppliers to navigate. Don’t blame Barett or Knight’s etc, etc. The government rules and regs generate a workload has has to be paid for by someone. Rifles, jets, helos and EVERYTHING else.

      • Balls McGee February 1, 2020, 9:23 pm

        the US Government CAN’T buy a pen at Staples, unless Staples is an approved vendor, and the pen was built to US spec and has an NSN and Cage number.
        When Savage does that, they’ll charge $15,999.99

  • David Dellinger January 30, 2020, 7:19 am

    Beautiful piece of shooting machinery. I also hope it can help our men in the field as a superior overwatch weapon. Unfortunately, price point is well beyond the average civilian shooter.

    • Cookie April 10, 2021, 6:36 pm

      Built to Uncle Sams specs = way over priced for civilians. Would love to see Barrett stop charging the civilian market the mark up for the government spec rifles. Barrett could do this with civilian versions which could be nearly identical. Shame on Barrett for continuing to rip off the civilians with their policies.

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