Country of origin
12.7x99 mm (.50 BMG)
Weight (unloaded, without scope)
1 143 mm
Range of effective fire
1 000 m
Maximum effective range
1 800 m
1.5 - 2 MOA
M95 is a manual bolt-action anti-material and sniper rifle, designed
by Barrett Firearms Manufacturing company. It is an improved
production version of the Barrett M90. The major difference is that
the pistol grip with the trigger have been moved slightly forward
for better magazine clearance. Thus the new weapon is more
comfortable to use. In 1995 the Barrett M95 replaced in production
the original Barrett M90. The M95 is a company designation, rather
than a US military designation. The number in the designation
denotes the year 1995, when a working version of the rifle was
ready. This weapon is proposed as a lighter, more compact and
manually-operated alternative to the semi-automatic
Barrett M82. It is intended for elite military and law
enforcement units. In 1999 this weapon was selected for a US Army
trials to become the new XM107. A small number of these rifles were
purchased for trials and evaluation, however eventually the US Army
decided that a bolt-action weapon was not required, and a
M82 was selected instead. Still though the Barrett M95 was adopted by a
number of countries from all over the world. The Barrett company
announces that this sniper rifle is used by 15 countries. This
weapon is used by Argentina, Austria, Denmark, Finland, Greece,
Georgia, Italy, Jordan, Malaysia, Philippines, Spain, Thailand,
Turkey, and some other countries. However the Barrett M95 could
never match the popularity of the original Barrett M82, that is in
service with nearly 60 countries. As of 2017 the Barrett M95 is
still being offered.
the Barrett M95 can be seen as a manually-operated version of the
Barrett M82 with a bullpup layout. The bullpup layout, as well
as more simple bolt-action operation, allowed to reduce overall
length and size of the weapon. However it maintains barrel length
and performance of the M82.
The M95 is
chambered for a powerful 12.7x99 mm (.50 BMG) cartridge. This
ammunition was originally developed for and used in
heavy machine gun. This weapon comes with a 736 mm (29") barrel.
has a manual thumb-lever safety. The Barrett M95 can be easily field
stripped for cleaning and maintenance. The weapon can be
disassembled or assembled for cleaning within 60 seconds, without
using any tools.
is used to destroy sensitive enemy equipment, like parked aircraft,
radar units, trucks and various other important assets at long
range. It is also used for remote destruction of explosive ordnance.
Even though the Barrett M95 was originally designed as an
anti-material rifle, it is often used as a long-range anti-personnel
sniper weapon. It can neutralize enemy snipers at standoff ranges.
Furthermore this rifle can be also used to hit enemy soldiers, that
are hiding behind cover and walls, as its powerful ammunition can
penetrate through bricks and concrete.
has a unique recoil reduction mechanism. Its highly-effective muzzle
brake is said to absorb 70% of the recoil. The muzzle brake reduces
the forces acting on internal mechanisms and the shooter. There is
also a highly absorbent recoil pad.
M95 is fed from detachable 5-round capacity magazine.
rifle has a scope rail on top of the receiver. Current production
version has a Picatinny-type scope rail. This weapon is being
offered with a Leupold 10x magnification scope. Though it can also
mount various other scopes and night vision sights. There are no
backup iron sights for emergency use in case of scope damage. This
weapon is typically used out to a range of around 900-1 000 meters, though
skilled snipers can hit targets at ranges beyond 2 000 meters.
has a detachable bipod. It accepts a rear adjustable monopod. This
weapon can be fitted with a carry sling.
As of 2017
the unit cost of the ranges from $6 600 to $9 500, depending on
configuration. It is around 30% less expensive than the popular