POTD: The Barrett M107A1 in New Zealand

Eric B
by Eric B
POTD: The Barrett M107A1 in New Zealand

Photo Of The Day: I guess everyone wants and needs a suppressed Barrett M107A1? If you’ve never seen a suppressor for a .50 caliber rifle, I can tell you that they are huge. If I had the chance to fire any of these systems, I’d probably go for the H&K 40mm Grenade Machine Gun, loaded with high explosive grenades, of course.

Here’s the caption from the New Zealand Army:

Lining up the shot – Exercise Southern Warrior has seen soldiers from Fire Support Group (FSG), 2nd/1st Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment congregate in the wide landscapes of Tekapo.

In support of Combat Corps Training, this has been the first opportunity for FSG to conduct live field firing outside of Op Protect rotations. As specialists in heavy weapons systems, this training was a chance to work on integration between platoons and up skill soldiers on the Anti-Materiel Rifle.

FSG specialise in a wide range of weapons, including:
M2HB-QCB.50cal Heavy Machine Gun
M107A1 Anti-Materiel Rifle
FGM-148 Javelin Anti-Tank Missile
HK 40mm Grenade Machine Gun
MAG-58 Sustained Fire Machine Gun

FSG is a force multiplying capability, being able to effectively change the battle-space through both kinetic and non-kinetic effects, either mounted or dismounted in support of rifle companies.

If you had only one choice, which firearm on the list would you like to try?


All photos from the New Zealand Army.

Eric B
Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics, thermals and suppressors. TCCC Certified. Occasionaly seen in a 6x6 Bug Out Vehicle, always with a big smile.

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  • 00000 00000 on Jul 04, 2021

    I know a surpressed .50 is cool,
    But I think a 40mm GL surpressor would be interesting.

    • Jono102 Jono102 on Jul 04, 2021

      @00000 Being both the low velocity and high velocity 40mm rounds are already subsonic, theoretically it would be 'simple' design process to minimize muzzle flash and noise with sometime of suppression system. Key thing would be identifying a need to do it vs what is practical to be fitted to either a crew served or individual weapon..
      The South Africans apparently trialed suppressing 60mm mortars. It came from experiences in Angola where they wanted a light portable weapon to be able to conduct stand off attacks on FAPLA camps by night without compromise.

  • Bulldogdriver Bulldogdriver on Jul 05, 2021

    If I had the chance to fire any of these systems, I’d probably go for the H&K 40mm Grenade Machine Gun, loaded with high explosive grenades, of course.

    How can u give the Javelin missile a miss??

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