What Is a .50 Caliber Sniper Rifle?


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The most common .50 caliber sniper rifle is the Barrett produced M82A1. Designed in 1980, the semi-automatic rifle is equipped to numerous national armed forces. The U.S. military uses the weapon under the operational title M107.

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The .50 caliber Browning Machine Gun round is among the largest rifle-fired cartridges in use. It has a bullet diameter of roughly half an inch and a length of nearly four inches. The M82A1 is capable of accurately firing this round over a mile. It's primarily used to destroy enemy installations, vehicles and equipment. It has a secondary role as an anti-personnel weapon but usually only against targets behind cover.

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