Barrett 95


The Barrett 95 is a bolt-action tactical rifle chambered in .50 BMG.

Unlike other Barrett models, the M95 uses a bullpup configuration, where the magazine feeds behind the trigger. Barrett designed the rifle that way so it could use a shorter barrel, but keep the long-range accuracy Barrett is known for.

It uses a match grade fluted barrel. It has a simple design and can be easily assembled and disassembled. It has an 18″ rail on the upper receiver, so scopes, sights, lights or lasers can be easily mounted. Currently, the M95 is used by foreign militaries.

Barrett recommends the M95 for military, law enforcement, and long-range precision shooting.



Caliber: .50 BMG
Capacity: 5
Sights: None
Features: Detachable bipod; bullpup configuration; and rear monopod optional
Action: Bolt
Stock: Tactical
Scope: Picatinny rail
Website: http://www.barrett.n…
Weight: 23.5 pounds
Barrel Length: 29"
Twist: 1 in 15"
Overall Length: 45"

Editor Review

When invited to shoot .50 caliber rifles with celebrities and the wealthy at an exclusive long range club in Nashville, Tennessee, I thought my life was complete when I pulled the trigger on a Barrett Model 82A1.  I am an avid .308 long-range shooter and I am a dedicated bolt action shooter.  I prefer the consistency of each shot that is achieved with the bolt action, with all of the force of the propellant being used to move the projectile, instead of having to cycle a bolt and extractor mechanism.

The Barrett Model 95 bolt-action rifle may just be my favorite all time long-range platforms now.  It is lighter than its sister model, the Model 82A1, and is just as comfortable to get behind.  You can certainly fire this rifle free hand, but I wouldn’t advise it.  Pulling off a one time free-hand shot at a charging bull elephant or a charging Taliban ORV is realistic, however, it may incapacitate you as well.

The shorter barrel of the Model 95 makes the rifle a little less awkward, but it is still a heavy weapon.  It is best shot from a prone position, which would give you more stability in turn greater accuracy.  The blowback and recoil of the Model 95 is a little more noticeable than its sister model due to the lesser weight and shorter barrel. 

During my test run, I shot reactive targets with this Barrett and I had more fun than a child at a carnival shooting old-fashioned .22 rifles at jars and ducks.  I shot at a series of half inch steel plates that would drop on impact.  These were painted orange and were at ranges varying from 450 to 600 meters.

Of the dozen or so rounds I sent down range, I was thrilled to see the majority of the targets drop on the first and at worst, second shot.  I was even more amazed when it was my turn to go repaint and re-hang the targets and saw that they were full of holes!  These .50 caliber rounds were punching holes through the half-inch plates with no effort and that explained to me why they used drop plates—to see the reaction of the impact.

Just as with the 82A1 I am in love with the Barrett .50 caliber rifles.  If you have the ability to own one, I would say that you should certainly go for it.