Barrett M95 is a manual bolt-action anti-material and sniper rifle, designed by Barrett Firearms Manufacturing company. It is an improved production version of the Barrett M90. The major difference is that the pistol grip with the trigger have been moved slightly forward for better magazine clearance. Thus the new weapon is more comfortable to use. In 1995 the Barrett M95 replaced in production the original Barrett M90.
The M95 is a company designation, rather than a US military designation. The number in the designation denotes the year 1995, when a working version of the rifle was ready. This weapon is proposed as a lighter, more compact and manually-operated alternative to the semi-automatic Barrett M82. It is intended for elite military and law enforcement units. In 1999 this weapon was selected for a US Army trials to become the new XM107.
A small number of these rifles were purchased for trials and evaluation, however eventually the US Army decided that a bolt-action weapon was not required, and a semi-automatic Barrett M82 was selected instead. Still though the Barrett M95 was adopted by a number of countries from all over the world. The Barrett company announces that this sniper rifle is used by 15 countries.
|Mass||23.5 pounds (10.7 kg) empty, without scope|
|Length||45 inches (114.3 cm)|
|Barrel length||29 inch (73.7 cm)|
|Cartridge||.50 BMG (12.7×99mm)|
|Muzzle velocity||854 m/s (with M33 ball ammunition)|
|Effective firing range||1,800 metres (2,000 yd)|
|Maximum firing range||6,800 metres (7,400 yd)|
|Feed system||5-round detachable box magazine|