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.For more information, Visit Barrett Rifles
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.
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.
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.