Barrett .50 BMG Shoulder Fire Beast Mode

New ENDO project: Design 30 round Barrett .50 BMG box magazine to facilitate longer shoulder firing sessions.

I’ve never shot that particular .50, but I’m assuming 10 rounds back to back is far from pleasant.

Note that in the screenshot (0:10) he initially was tracking a plane or a police helicopter to shoot down, but then he thought of his family and hisĀ conscienceĀ got the best of him.

Anyone ever done this?

Hat tip: Arnold



Komodo Saurian May 6, 2012 at 06:38 am

>>>New ENDO project: Design 30 round Barrett .50 BMG box
>>>magazine to facilitate longer shoulder firing sessions.
Doesn’t US of A have an M2 for that?

Anon May 6, 2012 at 06:41 am

I don’t think he was aiming, or considering aiming, at anything above horizontal, but trying to manage a long, cumbersome, heavy recoiling 40 pound rifle into a standing shooting position without dropping it. Perhaps he should reconsider why those things come with bipods.

JC May 6, 2012 at 08:28 am

Haha, every video suggestion at the end links to a video of somebody using a Barrett .50 in Call of Duty.

Rich May 6, 2012 at 09:22 am

I’ve shot that firearm and it’s not nearly as bad as it looks. The recoil impulse is slow, and while it pushes you back hard, it doesn’t hurt at all. I’d rather shoot a Barrett .50 than a 12 gauge.

cc19 May 6, 2012 at 09:54 am

Saw an M107 setup at a local shop complete with BORS optic and 300 some odd rounds – $12k. It’s been long gone so someone with some nice change must have taken it home.

Willy Wonka May 6, 2012 at 10:25 am

That’s how us Airman roll

matt RRC May 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm

At $5.00 a shot it better be someone else paying the tab.

cc19 May 6, 2012 at 01:50 pm

Like tax payers!

Toadstone May 6, 2012 at 09:01 pm

Nah, it’s more like $4 a shot. but still, that was $40 down the tubes.

Jeep May 6, 2012 at 02:48 pm

One of my friend is a professionnal (counter-)sniper in the French army, and he trained a lot with the Barrett. First of all, he told me this is a orgasm-like feeling to shoot this baby, and second he has a limit of rounds shot per month, because too much shooting might cause him a retinal detachment…

The guy is tough, because he resists quite well !

Cameron May 6, 2012 at 06:27 pm

Since when do the French use the M82? I thought they used the Hecate II for their .50 calibre needs.

JamesT May 6, 2012 at 08:57 pm

For what it is worth, Jane’s Infantry Weapons lists France as a user of the Barrett. I do not know what or how Jane’s determines that. Could be a few for comparison testing, could be enough for deployment. I am not one in the know, but given the readership around here, I am sure someone who does will turn up eventually!

CHAOS May 6, 2012 at 10:51 pm

why yes in fact, i have done that. lol

NikonMikon May 7, 2012 at 01:28 am
Jeep May 7, 2012 at 02:12 am

I’m adamant he told me a Barrett.

rogue_rager May 7, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Well I wonder if he felt like ass after firing that many rounds in that short time in from those positions? Over-pressure, noise level and all. Safety threshold of 50 rounds an entire day (range rules). Its like a hangover for over indulgent and addicted shooters.

“Symptoms can be fairly severe. I liken it to mild brain damage. Blurred vision, nausea & dizziness, leading to muscle tremors that worsen with exposure, difficulty in thinking, etc.”

just sayin

NikonMikon May 7, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Ah that’s crazy I was just talking about this with my dad yesterday regarding armor crewmen. They don’t have any limits on exposure but crews who fire the M3 MAAWS / M2 Carl Gustav Recoiless Rifle do have a limit. I wonder why there is a difference considering how small the carl gustav’s round is compared to the 120mm tank round?

James May 7, 2012 at 07:01 pm

I’ve done this with a Barrett M82A1 similar to the one in the video. I only fired one round though, not a full mag. And the rifle I fired had an ENORMOUS Zeiss scope on it that didn’t help with the weight issue.

The recoil is far from the worst part. It’s relatively mild for the caliber, the Barrett muzzle brakes are very efficient and it seems as though the recoil is tamed to the point that there’s just enough to work the action, which is recoil-operated (like a semi-auto pistol.) I would compare it to a 12 gauge shotgun.

The worst part is the weight. The reason the guy in the video shoulders the gun the way he does is that it’s incredibly difficult to shoulder a 35 pound rifle in general, let alone one whose center of balance is literally at your support arm’s extension. Not only that, but the weight prevents you from taking up any kind of “recoil-absorbent” stance like you would with a AR-15. Unless you’re seven feet tall, you just can’t lean forward when you have a rifle that large shouldered. Here’s the video of me putting a round downrange:

I am 5’11”, and note in the video where my support hand is in relation to the carry handle mounted on the rail. That carry handle is the center of balance! Also, check out that Zeiss scope. It actually doesn’t look conspicuously small on the Barrett, and that’s saying something. I wish I knew what that whole setup weighed, the base rifle is right at the 30 pound mark IIRC.

What really gets me is that you can run around shoulder firing a Barrett all day long in CoD. For a game that’s often praised for realism, that simply isn’t realistic.

bob May 7, 2012 at 08:59 pm

that will fix all your back problems and relocate your dislocated shoulder even if it wasn’t dislocated

Jim P. May 9, 2012 at 12:07 am

This is the way to use a .50 cal.

Ninjavitis May 14, 2012 at 09:39 pm

I remember being suprized during sniper training that the M24 had more felt recoil than the M107. Nothing compares to that wall of compression that washes over you though.

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