Firearms has a new adaptive rifle called the MRAD (Multi Role Adaptive Design) rifle; which is due out sometime next year in 2011. Using Barrett‘s past rifles as a precedent, and judging by the video below, the MRAD should be nothing short of outstanding. Keeping the trend of the 21st century firearms, the main feature is its modularity–a rapid change between calibers to suit mission specific needs.
The MRAD can quickly change from .338 Lapua, to a .308/7.62×51 NATO, or a .300 win mag with nothing more than removing the bolt and a few screws–making the quick conversation easier in the field (or at the range). Along with its caliber modularity, everything on the Barrett MRAD can be adjusted to suit the user’s specific needs. From picatinny rail placement, to a stock that adjusts length of pull and height, the MRAD pretty must adapts to the user’s exactly specs. Also, the drop in trigger is also adjustable.
At first glance, and given Barrett‘s history of great rifles, I would be willing to bet Barrett will have another winner on its hands. From the video it looks extremely simple to adjust/switch out everything and even maintain it with its drop-in/modular components. I don’t know what the MSRP is going to be yet, but I would not hesitate to put it around $5,000-$6,000 for the .338 Lapua when its released (I hope I’m over bidding a bit). It would be nice if the Barrett MRAD came standard with that Atlas bi-pod. Pricing should be available probably around Shot Show next year. Check out a few of the features and specs and video:
- Bolt guide acts as a dust cover to reduce contaminants
- Accepts standard M4/M16 pistol grips
- Ambidextrous magazine release
- Front-loading barrel design for caliber interchangeability
- Single button for length of pull adjustment
- Combat-proof trigger module removable without tools
- Folding stock provides compact mobility