Model: MRAD (Multi-Role Adaptive Design)
Caliber: .338 Lapua Magnum
Barrel length: 24.5” (62.23 cm)
Overall length: Folding stock extended: 46.90” (119.13 cm)
Folding stock closed: 39.90” (101.35 cm)
Weight: 14.8 pounds (6.71 kg)
Twist rate: 1-10” Right-Hand Twist
Safety: Manually-operated reversible thumb-lever
Safety range needed: 4 miles (estimated)
Scope rail: Integral M1913 style, 21.75” (55.25 cm) with 30 MOA taper Magazine capacity: 10 Rounds
The MRAD (Multi Role Adaptive Design) rifle by Barrett has it all. Barrett claims it to be a pound lighter than the next comparable platform. With its relative light weight, and having a folding stock, the MRAD holds one obvious advantage over the next large caliber rifle simply because it is easier to carry. MRAD also features a single button length of pull adjustment, an adjustable cheek piece, ambidextrous magazine release with a drop free magazine, a “combat proof” modular trigger group (no tools needed to remove) , and a “user changeable” barrel which can be swapped in under ten minutes using a single torx wrench to remove two screws. Also, did I mention that you can slap any standard m4/m16 pistol grips on the lower receiver? As you might have noticed, the A in MRAD is there for a reason.
The MRAD is currently able to fire the .338 Lapua Magnum, .300 Win. Mag., and 7.62x51mm ammunition with the proper bolt and barrel. As new, more efficient rounds are developed, the MRAD should have the ability to evolve and adapt to keep up with the biggest and best in long range projectiles. With the quick change barrel assembly and the overall adaptive qualities of the MRAD I could definitely see it moving in as a staple sniper system for years to come. The MRAD is a beautiful rifle, and I can’t wait to see some more media about its performance.