[SHOT 2016] Shooting 1000 yards for the first time with the Barrett MRAD

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Barrett has been teasing me with the MRAD rifle system for the last 5 years or so but today I was able to get behind one and shoot at a distance I had previously never even considered trying. I will say that the MRAD looks very much the part of the long range tactical shooter in a very cool way. The one feature that I thought was really outstanding was the user replaceable barrels that only require removing two torx screws to free the barrel, your precision rifle that would be in one and only caliber is now capable of accepting several caliber conversion kits. While realistically the end user will buy the rifle in their desired configuration and leave it that way, the few people that decide that they don’t want to buy more than one rifle will rejoice in not having to drop a ton of money on a second or third rifle to have all the calibers their heart desires.

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We all know that Barrett is more than capable of building a rifle that can really reach out and touch something, but I have never personally shot anything past 400 yards or so. When the Barrett rep told me the target they had picked for me was 960 yards out I got a bit wide eyed. I will be the first to admit that I am not the greatest shot in the world, but what the hell. First shot, a miss just to the left. With a quick hold recommendation from the rep I landed the second shot on the gong. The third, fourth, and fifth shots followed suit on increasingly small targets with the satisfying ping and a reassuring “hit” from the rep.

If a shooter such as myself was able to land 4 out of the 5 shots fired I think looking at the MRAD might be worth it if you are willing to shell out the roughly $6,000 for the rifle. I wish more of my photos had turned out, because not only did this thing feel like it was worth $6,000 but it looked the part as well.

Check out Nicolas C.’s post on the SKO Bullpup shotgun here. Or Nathaniel F.’s post on the brand new Kimber revolver here.



Patrick R

Patrick is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and works in the shooting sports industry. He is an avid recreational shooter and a verified gun nerd. With a lifelong passion for shooting, he has a love for all types of firearms, especially handguns and the AR-15 platform. Patrick may be contacted at tfbpatrick@gmail.com.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • David

    They are beautiful and functional rifles. I love mine. Bought it new in 2011 and have put several hundred rounds through it. Filed on a Silencerco Big Bore suppressor for it last October, waiting on the form 4 to come back. Couldn’t resist taking the rifle down to the store though and mounting it up. If you are looking for a .338 bolt gun and can stomach the price tag, you need one of these in your life.

    • Patrick R.

      That is a sweet rig! I am really envious!

      • David

        Thanks man!

    • nadnerbus

      So beautiful, should… have… sent… a poet…

      Stupid mortgage and food bills, sucking up all my money…

      • AmericanRemnant

        I’ve been thinking that living in a van down by the river might not be so bad!

    • AmericanRemnant

      Are you planning on reporting back with an audio capture with and without the can? Any idea how long is the wait normally is?

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Damn, I need to update.
    Me with my olde timey .50

    • Hokum

      Wait. You don’t look like Mr. Nixon here…

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        I wear a rubber mask at the range.

  • notalima

    That is the steel silhouette area at the Boulder Rifle and Pistol Club (my range). If your were shooting at the existing targets at 960Y, they are around 5′ across. One looks like a giant pipe cap, the other some form of massive man-hole cover.

    Repainting those after a day of use is fun (and requires entirely too much pain!)

    • Patrick R.

      They had the big gong, a smaller rectangle, and a third that was about 2′ by 11″. I was able to hit all three. While it may not be amazing to someone who has shot at those distances I felt accomplished.

  • Dirty_Old_Madman

    In 1965 I got to qualify with an M1 in California when I was in the service. I shot 10 rounds prone over 10 minutes and after the first couple of shots I hit a V and the rest were Vs. I was being taught by a Navy CPO Chief James Daily who was the best shot I had ever met. That was a 30 caliber and I think we were using Lake City ammunition. You can buy one of these excellent rifles for a couple thousand. Ronnie makes amazing weapons, but they are way out of my budget. Hey Ronnie I thought you wanted to be an FBI agent not a gun maker.