Both the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and Barrett Manufacturing announced in separate press releases that Barrett was awarded a $49.9 million contract to supply special operations forces with their Multi-Role Adaptive Design (MRAD) rifles to replace the Precision Sniper Rifles (PSR). This new rifle configuration was known as the Advanced Sniper Rifle (ASR) and was required to be multi-caliber capable with barrels for .308 Win, 300 Norma, and 338 Norma. The newly adopted Barrett MRAD/ASR will be known as the Mk21.
There was a very limited amount of information provided in the announcement, such as what optic and what accessories were included beyond the three barrels, and we do not even know what length barrels were chosen at this point. The MRAD is a very capable rifle and is available in a number of different calibers beyond what was chosen for the ASR. Additionally the MRAD was also adopted by Israel’s elite counter-terrorism unit YAMAM and recently by the Israeli Defense Forces Counter Terror units as well.
Barrett gained their noteriatey with their M82A1/M107 SASR .50 cal, but obviously they are not just a one trick company. We will work to get a MRAD here to review.
Sniper Central 2019