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Homemade Barrett .50-caliber sniper rifles ("Barit")
« on: June 17, 2017, 03:56:15 AM »
Manila Times -April 16, 2015
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One of the PNP’s former top intelligence officers, now retired Col. Rodolfo Mendoza, even showed media a video of such a factory. In one part of the video, dozens of such rifles were lined up apparently for finishing touches. In the Senate hearings investigating the Mamasapano massacre, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano showed photos of such a plant, which he claimed was located in “Barangay Katol, General Salipada Pendatun, Maguindanao.”

I don’t find this surprising. In 1996 when I visited Camp Abubakr, which was then the MILF’s main headquarters, the vice chairman for military affairs at the time and now chairman Murad Ibrahim, showed me the barrel for an RPG launcher, boasting that it was made by MILF craftsmen.

Murad then explained to me that “self-reliance” was a critical part of the MILF’s long-range strategy, as they knew that arms were crucial if they ware to win their independence. He said there were limits to the arms “regularly purchased from the AFP.” “Self-reliance,” he explained, was learning to manufacture their own weapons, and reloading the cartridges.

An intelligence officer claimed that this was where the support of a foreign government – Malaysia or the State of Sabah – was crucial, since no matter how skillful the Moros were in craftsmanship, they needed modern materials, such as the alloys used in the manufacture of a Barrett rifle’s barrel. “Such kind of materials can be procured only by a government, you can’t buy them in a hardware store,” he said.

“And I don’t think the MILF manufactured those sniper scopes.”

The Barrett rifles have become so ubiquitous among MILF fighters that they call it “Barit.”

The Mamasapano battle demonstrated how vital the Barretts were in a firefight. The PNP and our armed forces haven’t discussed this as it has become demoralizing for their troops.


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Re: Homemade Barrett .50-caliber sniper rifles ("Barit")
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2017, 06:00:35 PM »
Shooting holes in the myth of the homemade 'Barrett' sniper rifle | Philstar
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Outlawed Islamic militants in Marawi City have been using photos of them carrying improvised "Barrett" rifles for propaganda without even knowing these are not even as good as the bolt-action and self-loading automatic rifles of World War II.
 
Possession of local Barrett rifles has long been a fad in the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which has signed a peace agreement with the government, and in the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters that splintered from the MILF in 2010.
 
While there is no data on how many soldiers or militiamen have been killed with shots from afar using home-made Barrett rifles, military and private surgeons and tissue trauma specialists in at least five Mindanao hospitals are certain that no one from among the gunshot patients they have treated in the past five years was injured with a metal-jacketed 12.7x99 millimeter bullet fired from copies of the M82.
 
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Even military embalmers in the Philippine Army’s Camp Siongco in Datu Odin Sinsuat town in Maguindanao are sure that all of the soldiers killed in action that they have embalmed in previous years did not die from a .50-cal bullet injury.
 
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'Not a precision weapon'

A trained sniper, Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc, commanding officer of the Army’s 33rd Infantry Battalion, said Sunday that the mythical homemade Barrett rifle cannot be called a “precision weapon” that users can rely on.
 
Most of the Barrett rifles recovered during  military and police operations in central Mindanao in the past five years, including those seized in recent weeks from the Maute terror group in Marawi City, do not have helical grooves, or rifling, in their barrels.
 
The rifling ensures the aerodynamic stability of every bullet that comes out of the barrel towards a target.
 
Some improvised Barrett rifles are fitted with barrels of genuine .50-cal machineguns trimmed using lathe machines.   
 
Some locally-produced Barrett rifles now in the custody of different police and Army units have rifling through sharp manual metal tapering tools and extended round files.
 
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The first factory-made .50 caliber M82 Barrett rifles came out in 1982, produced by Ronnie Barrett of the Barrett Firearms Manufacturing, an American gun producer in Christiana, Tennessee. An improved version of the M82, the M82A1 came out in 1986.
 
Cabunoc has tested in the shooting range several copies of what is most known in Mindanao as “Barrett rifles” and found out that each can definitely kill and maim, but only within a distance of 30 to 60 meters.