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M82 Rifle - Versatile Weapon

Light weight rifle is used to target enemy equipment and with snipers.


M82 Rifle - Versatile Weapon
Updated July 21, 2011

The Barrett M82 is a long serving rifle used by the U.S. military.

Light Fifty

The M82 is a semi-automatic .50 caliber rifle that is equipped with a scope and is known for being light weight. The combination of power and light weight has earned the M82 the nickname "Light Fifty" among U.S. soldiers. The weapon is used as an anti-material rifle, which means that it is used primarily to destroy military equipment rather than personnel. The M82 is also used as a sniper rifle by the U.S. military. The M82 is manufactured by Barrett Firearms Manufacturing in Tennessee, which specializes in manufacturing semi-automatic rifles. The M82 first entered service in 1982. Since that time, six variants of the rifle have been developed and produced.

The latest version of the M82 is the M82A2, which is widely used by the U.S. Marine Corps for combat missions such as Iraq and Afghanistan. The M82A2 comes with a number of different scopes and sights that can be affixed to the top of the rifle and allow soldiers to accurately hone in on enemy targets. The M82A2 also comes with a muzzle to suppress the firing noise. The M82 rifle is used by more than 30 countries around the world, including Germany, Italy, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom. The ability to use the M82 as an anti-material rifle or with snipers makes it a versatile weapon.

XM500 Rifle

The M82 rifle weighs about 30 pounds and can shoot .50 caliber bullets as far as 1,800 meters. The weapon features a recoil-operated rotating bolt and a 10 round detachable box magazine. Each M82 rifle costs about $9,000.00 to purchase. The M82A2 rifle is currently being used for combat operations in Iraq by the U.S. Marine Corps.

Although widely used and popular with the U.S. military, the Pentagon is now in the process of replacing the M82 rifle as it approaches its 30th year of service. The XM500 rifle has been selected as the replacement weapon for the M82. Like its predecessor, the XM500 is manufactured by Barrett Firearms Manufacturing. The XM500 is being designed as an even more light weight and compact version of the M82. Like the M82, the XM500 will be used as either an anti-material rifle or a sniper rifle. The XM500 has been in development since 2006. 

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