Barrett Model 98 [Sniper Rifle]:

The Barrett model 98 was introduced at the `98 Shot Show. The weapon came in .338 Lapua Magnum and was gas operated, unlike Barretts earlier semi-automatic rifles in .50 caliber which all operated with a Long Recoil action. Although apparently Barrett wanted to make the rifle both as a Semi-Automatic and as a Bolt-Action weapon, serial production is only of the semi-automatic rifle.

The Model 98 has a fixed, free-floating barrel mounted on an aluminum base, and utilizes a tapped gas action. All of the gas mechanisms are located in the butt stock of the gun to eliminate any disturbances to the harmonics of the barrel. Gas is delivered to the rear mechanism via a gas tube from the barrel to the action, located behind the firing mechanisms. The rotating bolt is a multi-lug design, and the barrel is match grade. Attached to the barrel is a muzzle brake.

Apart from the action the entire stock is made from glassfibre reinforced black polyamide. At the front of the stock is a attachment point for a steel folding bipod. On top of the reciever is a weaver rail for mounting a scope. There are no iron sights.

The model 98 uses a removable plastic magazine which holds ten rounds.

Weight: 15.42 lbs (7 kg) empty, no scope.
Caliber: .338 Lapua Magnum.
Barrel Length:24.4 inch (610 mm).
Overall Length:44 inches (117.5 cm).
Action:Gas operated semi-automatic.
Mode of Fire: Semi Automatic only .
Range:4000 feet (1200 meters).
Magazine:10 round box magazine.
Cost: ?
Made in: USA.
Special: High quality manufacturing, match grade barrel. Stock made from polymer. Comes with Bipod and weaver rail standard. Scope optional.

[ Barrett, Barrett model 98, Weaver rail and Lapua are copyright of their respective owners. ]

Writeup by Mischa (E-Mail Mischa )

Copyright © 2001, Mischa. All rights reserved.