Author(s): Chris McNab
The Barrett M82 is one of the most successful sniper rifles ever manufactured. Now entering its fourth decade of service, the short recoil, semi-automatic system is capable of firing a .50-cal BMG round that provides devastating accuracy over distances of more than 2km. Unconfirmed reports from Afghanistan in 2012 accredit the Barrett with one of history's longest ever kills at 2,815m. This is the technical history of a rifle initially commissioned as an anti-materiel and explosive ordnance disposal tool, designed to neutralize enemy vehicles and parked aircraft, but which has since been adopted by snipers across the world. The Barrett M82 has seen active service in the First Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan and has become an important addition to both police and Special Forces units alike.
In the hands of the United States and other military personnel, the powerful and long-ranged Barrett M82 rifle has transformed the art of ranged combat since its introduction in the early 1980s. Ideal for all those interested in modern small arms and military sniping, this fully illustrated history of the Barrett M82 joins a growing list of successful Osprey books dedicated to snipers, their weapons of choice and the techniques they use.
Chris McNab is an author and editor specializing in military history and military technology. To date he has published more than 40 books, including A History of the World in 100 Weapons (2011), Deadly Force (2009) and Tools of Violence (2008). Chris has also written extensively for major encyclopedia series, magazines and newspapers, and he lives in South Wales, UK. Johnny Shumate works as a freelance illustrator living in Nashville, Tennessee. He began his career in 1987 after graduating from Austin Peay State University. Most of his work is rendered in Adobe Photoshop using a Cintiq monitor. His greatest influences are Angus McBride, Don Troiani and Edouard Detaille. Born in Malaya in 1949, Alan Gilliland studied photography/film and architecture, and has worked as a photojournalist and cartoonist. He also spent 18 years as the graphics editor of The Daily Telegraph, winning 19 awards in that time, including numerous UK Press Awards. Born in Malaya in 1949, Alan Gilliland studied photography/film and architecture, and has worked as a photojournalist and cartoonist. He also spent 18 years as the graphics editor of The Daily Telegraph, winning 19 awards in that time, including numerous UK Press Awards. He now writes, illustrates and publishes fiction (www.ravensquill.com), as well as illustrating for a variety of publishers (including Osprey, the Penguin Group, Brown Reference Group, Ivy Group and Aurum), architects and developers, such as John McAslan (Olympic Energy Centre) and Kit Martin (Prince Charles' Phoenix Trust advisor on historic buildings). www.alangilliland.com
Introduction/ Development: Crafting the .50-caliber rifle /Use: Long-range devastation /Impact: Barrett in the crosshairs /Conclusion /Bibliography /Index