Barrett Unveils Drone-Killing Rifle

M107A1

Among the firearms creating the most buzz at this year’s Modern Day Marine show was a version of Barrett’s M107A1, a shoulder-fired rifle designed to shoot drones out of the sky with hulking 25mm rounds.

It’s billed as an “anti-UAV” weapon, referring to the military acronym for unmanned aerial vehicles. The rifle reminded more than a couple of Marines of a scene from the 2012 movie, “The Bourne Legacy,” in which the hero, Aaron Cross (played by the actor Jeremy Renner) shoots down a Predator drone with a sniper rifle.

In reality, the M107A1 has a range of up to 2,000 meters and is designed to take out low-altitude drones — those that can fly as high as 10,000 feet or so. (The Predator is a medium-altitude drone that can soar up to 25,000 feet.)

The semi-automatic, anti-material rifle can fire a 5-round magazine of 25mm cartridges and weighs 33 pounds.

Barrett, based in Murfreesboro, Tenn., has built several of the rifles, some of which have been used by U.S. Special Operations forces. The Army is also considering buying the weapon, Barrett officials maintain.

In addition to military customers, the company is marketing the rifle to potential civilian buyers, including law enforcement agencies in the states such as Washington and Colorado as a tool to help control avalanches. (It’s safer than using plastic explosives.)

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42 Comments on "Barrett Unveils Drone-Killing Rifle"

  1. "In reality, the M107A1 has a range of up to 2,000 meters and is designed to take out low-altitude drones — those that can fly as high as 10,000 feet or so."

    Unless my math is horribly off 2,000 meters has always been less than 10,000 feet.

  2. This rifle will be a smash hit in Colorado where towns passed laws OK shooting down NSA drones. LOL joke

  3. Shooting vertically at a UAV can't make you fall over…right? Ha

  4. As I've said somewhere on here before – you'd be better off using a model rocket! HA!

  5. So much for Barrett honoring their previous statements of not selling weapons to law enforcement that can't be bought by regular citizens in their state.. Both version of that are illegal in Colorado. Nothing like a company taking an stand then selling out for the dollar.

  6. I hope they aren't really calling it the M107A1, as if so that will be really confusing. The M107A1 is already a rifle, it is the current .50/.416 variant manufactured by browning which is a improved, lightweight version of the M107. Also, this rifle or one very similar to it has existed for a while as the XM109, so they should really be calling it the M109 or M109A1. Somebody at Barrett needs to sort their shit out before they end up trying to sell two different rifles with the same name.

  7. Duck season is about to fall and these mopes are trying to have Elmer Fudd reassigned…?

  8. The idea for a 25mm Barrett is several years old. This is just a new, and somewhat stupid (marketing), spin on it.

  9. Nice picture, your flash not working? Try this trick instead: Photoshop>image>adjustments>levels, now adjust the brightness and contrast sliders until the pic looks half decent.

  10. I want one!

  11. This weapon concept has been around for a long time and they are just changing their marketing approach. The liberals will jump on this as an antigovt move to counter the UAVs but the weapon system cannot be just bought in a local gun store. It classifies as a destructive weapon by the GCA 1934 and is heavily regulated. The anti gunners will go crazy like the cop killer bullets!!

  12. Because it's so much easier to hit a small, moving object (with, in all probability, no reference points) with a semi-automatic rifle than it is to lay in the ol' C-RAM…or the F-16…or the ma deuce.

  13. Ok so the author is full of crap. It is NOT a 25mm, it is nothing more than an update on the original M107. 25mm rounds are fired from AC-130's, Harriers, Bradley's and LAV's. It really is amazing what a little research can find. Took me 5 minutes to compare and look at specs from Barrett. Just the fact that you can go to the website and see that the M107A1 is designed to use a suppressor, would clue some in.

  14. Just as an FYI: check out (google) the Barrett XM109. It is chambered for 25x59mm and has been in the works since 2004. It uses the M82/M107 lower receiver. It can be switched between .50BMG and 25mm in a matter of minutes.

  15. I'd hate to hump that up and down the mountain………….Heck, for that matter flat level ground would be a buggar.

  16. i wonder what the recoil is like? Even though it is Semi – Auto.

  17. This will NOT be a reliable UAV killer. It is like how Japan put the AA sights on their Arisaka type 99, but honestly, you have a better chance at winning the lottery and then having a pot of gold fall out of the sky before you actually hit a aircraft with these.

  18. Hey, I thought I once read in a previous article somewhere when this gun first came to light, that the reason for such a big 25mm diameter bore was to have more design room to mount a laser seeker in an HE bullet tip, to be guided by a laser designator–the ultimate one shot kill at remarkable distances! –No?? Did this not get developed? Or are we not being told?

  19. 25MM ammo price? 200-500 bucks a round?

  20. Ok, so lets take the situation of a uav flying at 1500 meters high at 50km/ph. First hit it with a laser range finder. Calculate where its going since they are usualy going in circles. Aim at it with your 24x times scope. With no references where to hold. Either you are to close in so it keeps flying out of scopesight or youre zoomed out so much you lose accuracy. Also because of the angle you schoulder firing so even less accuracy and more scopsway. Everything combined….no way youll be hitting one.

  21. Dude…What kind of BS is this! Medium Alt drones fly at 25-35,000 feet moving at over 200mph…What a joke of an article or sales pitch this is…..

  22. Cancel my previous post, unable to find original laser designating article. Probably an internet myth.

  23. Wouldn't this be considered a destructive device per NFA?

  24. Moderator kept deleting my post. So be it.

    Later Kit Up.

  25. 33 pounds! Unloaded? That makes me tired just thinking about lugging that beast. BUT OMG wouldn't that be frigging awesome to get some training on this? 2000 Meters nasty. I'll want one in black for me and a titty pink one for the wifey!

  26. draculaagainstnwo | September 28, 2013 at 5:33 pm |

    this is a variant of the .95 jdj that costs 40 dollars and is made from the casing that is used for the 50 bmg the pressure is going to be 38500 fps now then the rifle weighs way to much as shown a video that was put out by jdj this is the same rifle it will not your ass into the pavement unless you had someway for a decent recoil not funny so by to your chest from that the bullet weighs 8.2 ounces

  27. I seen more then a few WWII clips of AA firing at low aircraft with hundreds of rounds before hitting the target. Now how many people have good experience hitting a drone with 5 rounds? If ODA wants it, let them have it.

  28. Best chance of hitting drone… on ground. They want it for something might be useful.

  29. My, question is will it be banned in California, New York State, Maryland, New Jersey and Illinois?

  30. Wouldn't it require smart ammo, only to have any decent probability of hitting a flying target?

  31. "It’s safer than using plastic explosives." How dare you speak that way about my beloved, favorite moldable H.E. This is just more of the smear campaign against C4, Semtex, and all the other wonderful (and very safe) plastic explosives.

    Don't get me wrong, 25mm shoulder fired rifles sound amazing, but let's not even compare them with the awesomeness of explosives.

  32. MDG 50 cal depleted uranium rounds, Barium ? (would be cheaper, formed hard) 9300 fps, 3500 yards

  33. I have had enormous success knocking down drones using time honored voodoo doll techniques. It's all about pin placement.

  34. I'm sorry – but this article is complete crap. I've talked with Barrett and whoever wrote this didn't seem to pay attention to anything, ASSUMING they even really talked to Barrett. Looks like the took a photo of the Barrett XM109 (25mm) and started calling it the M107A1. Pathetic.

  35. I didn’t share them all… and good thing someone created a spinnable comment from it..

  36. where do i get one? :):):):):)

  37. You guys are brutal! That writer will never show their face again. The write up did remind me of the anti-tank rifles of the interwar period (1919-1939). I think the anti-tank rifles were more useful. I do like the avalanche control concept.

  38. Can someone explain to me how a 25 mm round can be used for avalanche control? Controlled explosions yes..I get that! Wouldn't the projectile fired by this think just bury itself in the rockface/soil /berm?

  39. The purpose of this rifle/shoulder-canon doesn't really need to have anything to do with what is stated in this article. Wouldn't we all agree that this would do much more damage to anything it was fired at than with the standard Barrett .50-Caliber Rifle. And what was the Barrett .50 designed to do, take out strategic vehicles; this would simply do a better job of it. Come on, a 25mm High-Explosive round out of a quickly set-up shoulder fired rifle; I can think of numerous applications. But taking out high flying drones is not one of them.

  40. A 25 mm automatic anti-aircraft gun would be better. And a 90 mm gun should be able to stop a Reaper.
    Although these latter are in short supply in 'drone theaters', I don't the thnk targets will be trying to smuggle these babies in anytime soon.

    Let's face it, they're meant for the 'gopher bustin' market'.

  41. This is the perfect rifle to mount the new Tracking Point scope. Hitting a moving aerial object with a single projectile is very difficult without "help" from an automatic aiming/firing device.

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