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Barrett MRAD: A Review



.50 BMG semi-automatic rifles- this is what Barrett is best known for. It also manufactures some very nice bolt action rifles. The MRAD or Multi-Role Adaptive Design rifle is chambered in .338 Lapua Magnum. Here is the Barrett Rifles Review to let you know more about this model. Barrett MRAD is comprised of an upper and a lower section. Its upper portion is made out of a monolithic rail system with a free floated barrel inside. You can use a number of different calibers including 7.62 NATO. Moreover you can also alter the barrel, adjust for the different ballistics of the new caliber, and still be within 1 MoA on the target without re-zeroing the scope.

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The Barrett MRAD comes with the following specifications:

  • Caliber: Multiple (tested in .338 Lapua Magnum)
  • Barrel: 24.5 1:10 right hand twist
  • Size: 46.9 to 39.9? folded
  • Weight: 14.8 lbs. empty
  • Operation: Bolt action
  • Finish: Brown
  • Capacity: 10+1 with removable magazines

Coming back to the design of the Barrett MRAD, the upper portion has a full length rail on the top and a 30 MoA tilt. This top rail comes fitted from the factory. Thus, there is no extra work or confusion there. With that extra punch on the increased baseline the users/shooters can use the MRAD’s scope to engage targets much further away. There is also plenty of room for additional accessory rails. So you can also mount bipods, lights, lasers, etc.


Unlike most of the bolt action rifles, when the MRAD’s bolt is retracted it slides into its own little housing at the end of the receiver. Inside the housing: a self-lubricating polymer bolt guide. When the bolt is closed the self-lubricating piece of magic rotates downward. It completely covers the gaping slot through which the bolt’s handle slides. The MRAD’s polymer bolt guide acts as a dust cover to keep stuff out of the housing.

The lower receiver’s biggest claim to fame is that it folds just behind the end of the bolt housing, decreasing the overall length of the rifle. That length would decrease even more if the bolt housing was removed. The lower also sports an AR style thumb safety, the ability to accept AR grips, fully adjustable cheek and butt plates. Barrett had their trigger set a little light for me, but it is fully adjustable.

Another USP is that the rifle’s threaded barrel can accept anything from suppressors to muzzle brakes to flash hiders.

To conclude the Barrett MRAD is quite comfortable although a bit large. And its biggest selling point is its accuracy. So if you are looking for a rifle that is a little difficult to carry around but will shoot with precision, then Barrett MRAD it is!

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About Mark Griffin

Hi, This is Mark Griffin, a professional camp instructor, a passionate hunter and wildlife enthusiast. I like to travel & participate in hunting events across the country and abroad. I have been reloading, shooting and hunting for over 15 years now. Beside, a professional Camp Instructor, I am an avid blogger and freelance writer. Plenty of my blogs/articles have been featured on popular hunting forums and web magazines. When not hunting, photographing, writing, or spending time with my 'kiddos', I usually try to master wildlife painting!
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