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Monday, December 14, 2020

The M107A1 LRSR

Greetings Me Droogs and Droogettes!
Gotta keep the mind busy or I'm tempted to mount up the Putt-Putt and head to Tennessee to burn the entire A.O. to the ground.  The "Good Ole Body" network is performing vast amounts of fuckery trying to protect the favored local son, you know.. the piece of shit wifebeater/bebebeater?
I'm fixing to git mah dander up if'n this shit ain't settled soon.
So in the meantime:
The Marine Corps M107A1, better known as "The Barrett .50 BMG"
Now, we all have a passing familiarity with this fucking beast mode weapon.
Half of us would sell a first born for one
That being said, let us have what you find on Page 2 of the Technical Manual for this:
The Creed of a United States Marine
Major Gen. W.H. Rupertus, USMC
This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine.
My rifle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.
My rifle without me is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless. I must fire my rifle true. I must shoot straighter than my enemy who is
trying to kill me. I must shoot him before he shoots me.
I will...
My rifle is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts,
its accessories, its sights and its barrel. I will ever guard it against the ravages of weather and damage. I will keep my rifle clean and
ready, even as I am clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will...
Before God I swear this creed. My rifle and myself are the defenders of my country.
We are the masters of our enemy. We are the saviors of my life.
So be it, until victory is America’s and there is no enemy, but peace.

Gotta love the Jarheads... every TM about a rifle has that on Page 2.
The Barrett .50 BMG (Browning Machine Gun) or 12.7X99mm rifle is designed for long distance sniping hence the LRSR designator.  Long Range Sniper Rifle.   Primary purpose is anti-material and vehicle use.  Mind you, the Geneva Convention states that the .50, you ain't allowed to shoot people with it, ya unnastand... however, as my DI taught me, belt buckles and helmets are equipment soooooo I hope that settles that lil issue on the Laws using the .50.

The M107A1, in it's current mode, is a 29-30 pound, recoil-operated semi-automatic.  It utilizes a 10 round box mag, and can fire all 12.7X99mm / .50 BMG rounds.  It's a bull moose of a rifle, with an effective range of 1800 meters... lil over a mile.  Some dudes have pinged motherfuckers with it going at 2 miles, but that's them.  Max effective range if lobbing rounds like artillery is 4000 meters... 

The standard rounds that the M107 uses is as follows:
MK211, Mod 0, Caliber .50 HEAPI Cartridge, Green-Silver Tip, High Explosive Armor Piercing Incendiary 
M33, Caliber .50 Ball Cartridge, No Color Tip, Standard Ball
M17, Caliber .50 Tracer Cartridge, Orange Tip, Tracer Round
M8, Caliber .50 API Cartridge, Black Tip Armor Piercing
M20, Caliber .50 APIT Cartridge, Black Tip Armor Piercing, Orange Dot for Tracer.
M1022, Caliber .50 LRSR Match Grade Sniper round, Olive Drab Case, no color tip.

The M107 uses the same M16 Pistol grip, and the safety (2) is the same.  The trigger is located at (1)
The weapon's magazine is loaded very similarly to an AK47, in that it's a 'tip-in-and-snap' motion to seat it.  Place the front of the magazine into the magwell, and rotate the ass end in til it clicks.
To fire the weapon, ya gotta charge the beast.  To do this, the bolt is racked hard to the rear.
Make sure the weapon is on SAFE 
Grab the charging handle (1), and crank that fucker back hard, and release it.
Let it slam forward.  The bolt is a heavy motherfucker, and the spring tension ain't no joke.
Yer now ready to bring the pain
And there you have it.  Basic Operation of the Barrett.
Not common, BUT still... y'all might come across one now n'again...

So, been thinking:
Anyone interested in me doing a PodCast?
Sapper's been on me.  If'n I do it, it'll be short n sweet.  Got no use for these motherfuckers who drone on and on and on and on... Jes' Sayin'...

That and Also:  I have the ENTIRITY of the US dot mil's TMs and FM's here... Maybe make some copies and for S&H and a basic price I can make a copy?  It's an older copy (circa 2006) but it's got ALL the small arms in it.  Mortars, Rokkits, Rifles... hell even the TM on the M-3 Grease Gun.

Let me know what ya think in the comments
Also, MANY Greatful Thanks again to the donors: Steven, Larry and Chris.. Three Wise Doodz who showed the love and Shekels.  Much Appreciated!
So far, so good.
Dumbunny is fighting the Legal thing with Wifey.  Day by Day I suppose.
Be a lot easier if'n I had dusted that Dumbfuck a waaaays back when I had the chance.
Ah well
Head on A Swivel
Spicytime is -almost- here
More Later I Remain The Intrepid Reporter
Big Country


  1. BC,
    Forgot the "I" in the APIT round. Armor piercing, incendiary, tracer. Silver tips with red top. NICE STUFF! just saying... The plain silver tips are pretty freaking cool as well. Armor piercing incendiary (no tracer). Both were meant to flame up fuel tanks. When you hit a hard target, you get a satisfying flash and a 6' smoke ring.

  2. The old Shoot, Shovel and Shut Up has been modified for city living. Shoot, Skedaddle and Shut Up.

  3. re:
    podcast, aka snail-pace blathering preceded by snail-pace getting-ready-to-blather blather

    Lectures are excruciating.
    FerFal and Bracken probably share vital information... mixed with multiple minutes of non-essential filler.
    Max from MaxTactical is an instant snore.
    Mike Glover.
    Tim Larkin with his street fighting for grannies DVDs.
    Good grief.

    I read a hundred times faster than human speech.
    Let me know after the transcript is available.

    Pictures and photographs are a second route to memory for visual learners.


    For clues on building and retaining an audience, watch a few episodes of YouTuber 'Down2Mob' and his overlanding chums.
    Listen to his vocal changes in tone and speed, his excitement.
    Watch the ways he mixes movement with information, sometimes with playful music.
    Observe his camera mixes of below-eye-level with drone shots... always in motion.

    Now, compare that delightful visual and audio mix with a stationary camera of a stationary fellow in a stationary chair with zero-zero-zero comprehension of his intended viewers.
    And he always is monotone, and he always takes twenty minutes to share two minutes of information.

    Big, I wish you well.

    1. In total agreement with watching podcasts and YT instructional videos. Most are painful to watch on account of some folks slow thinking/speech.
      The key to teaching well is clear concise English and a subject matter you understand, inside and out. And a presentation that keeps the audience both educated and entertained. Been thru a shit ton of military and college classes, the good ones stick out. (my first experience as an instructor was amphibious combat water survival at Little Cr. VA, teaching active, reserves and Naval midshipmen) Took a NOLS Wilderness First Aid class 3 yrs ago, best class I ever had in my 66 yrs, these guys knew their shit and were excellent instructors, unlike some YT video of some clown from Arkansas opening his first box of ammo from CTD.

    2. Two instructors made a difference:

      1975 or so, one of my Wilderness Med classes was at Point Reyes National Seashore north of frisco California.
      The instructor was an FFL, was fresh back from Rhodesia, and did 'the GalCo' by extracting various concealed pistols from out of nowhere... during equipment demonstrations disguised as lectures.
      I honestly truly believe he carried at least six pistols concealed.

      Red-headed Rick.
      He had a fetish for realistic medical training, barf and guts and screaming.
      Thrashing, lots of thrashing.

      'Mike' the 5'7" Drown-Proofing instructor loaded us with 30# belts but no BC or mask, and tossed the team of twelve into the deep-end of the SCUBA pool -- sixty feet(?).
      Our job was to locate a SCUBA tank (no octopus!) laying at the bottom, crack the valve, trap bubbles in a palm, grab a gulp, then pass the tank to another team member... while trundling the tank across the bottom of the pool to the shallow end.
      Prior to dropping the tank, 'Mike' evacuated the tank down to its last few # of air... "to instill some sense of urgency".

      Make it real, and it might be retained.
      If you survive the training.

  4. You had me at: "High Explosive Armor Piercing Incendiary"

    I vote for a podcast, but it seems my vote doesn't carry the weight it once did. Fingers crossed.

    1. Jee, google don't like me no more, (6th try). do the podcast old retired chicken farmer wishes you well....worm

  5. I'd be willing to pay for manuals. Never know when you'll come across a Barrett or a rocket launcher.

  6. Enjoy your site. I'm getting nose bleeds. I'll send a check, if you post a mail box again. Just say how much. Yeah, I'm just a retired chicken farmer, but the nose bleeds make me forget.........worm

  7. Just a comment - the Law of Land Warfare does NOT prohibit the use of .50 cal ball ammo against a human target. Hell, it doesn't even outlaw nukes (look it up). By the way, did you know we were not a signatory to the Geneva Convention during WW2? We followed it anyway since the Krauts did with our guys, with the Japs it was a no-go since they had not signed either. Thus the way they treated our guys ended up with them getting the chop after the war (ex: Yamashita and a lot of other non political Jap generals being hanged while only the political generals in the Nazi regime got the hangman's gift - Jodl, et. al.).

  8. Bring it on! just tell me how to listen...

  9. Podcast is a good idea but I know nothing about them...We'll need some instruction on the do's and don'ts. Also count me in for a manuals copy if/when. Keep the faith, BC!

  10. there's a .466 (I think) version of this that used to be available even in commiefornia...maybe still is. Had a chance to buy one @ c. $1,500...but the price was too heavy and frankly, so was the weapon. M1a will have to suffice.

  11. Send Adam Curry (Podfather) a holler for audio set up tips. He is a patriot and inventor fo podcasting.

  12. I'd listen to your podcast.
    BTW...that graphic you have at the end of this post? I did that! ;)

  13. I was Marine Infantry in the first Gulf War. The Barrett was brand new back then. Our Scout Snipers loved and hated it. They hated lugging this heavy beast around - the ammo is heavy as hell too. They loved the range, particularly in the desert where you could see for miles.

  14. First pic is a 107, second and third are 82A1s. Check the muzbrakes. All hail the raufoss!

    1. The pics came out of the TM on the M107... whoda'thunk the dot mil would recycle LOL