The M82 and the most recent evolution the M107 are both versions of the same weapon: the .50 caliber Barrett sniper rifle. It’s the most representative sniper rifle, because of its incredible rage (1.5 kilometers) and currently holds the record at 2.5 kilometers. There is no significant difference between the M107 designation ant the last upgrade of the M82: M82A1M.
So why is it so popular? Well probably because there isn’t any armor available yet that can withstand it, and it can actually penetrate vehicle armor! In the ’90s the US military ordered a 125 such weapons to be used in Kuwait and the Iraq war. After seeing it was a definitive success, they wanted some modifications to it, so the most recent model M82A1M was created, which features some changes like the scope railing being adapted to other types of scopes, less recoil, and the cartridge holder being placed behind the trigger.
All these modifications allowed the M82 to be shot from the shoulder. Have a look at the slideshow photo gallery and at the two cool videos I included in this post, to get the feel of the M107 .50 cal sniper rifle!
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Here is a segment from one of my favorite shows “Future Weapons” dedicated to the M107 sniper rifle:
And here’s an example of the recoil you can expect when firing it! Amazing!