A never-ending mission.


More than thirty years ago, Ronnie Barrett built something no one thought possible - a shoulder-fired .50 caliber rifle so innovative, the Army itself would sing its praises. From sketching his designs at the dining room table to working with a local tool and die maker to create parts that didn’t yet exist, every millimeter of the Model 82 was a direct result of Ronnie’s passion for the ultimate firearm.

That obsession still fuels our company today.

Headquartered in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Barrett is the world leader in large-caliber rifle design and manufacturing. Our products are used by civilian sport shooters, law enforcement agencies, the United States military and more than 73 State Department approved countries across the world.

And we continue to grow. In fact, we recently moved into a new state-of-the-art corporate headquarters, allowing us to expand our research and development, manufacturing, quality control and shipping capabilities.

No matter how successful we become, however, our story keeps evolving. Because, at Barrett, we don’t believe in resting on our laurels. In fact, we take great pride in thinking outside the box and exploring ways to continue to improve. After all, if there’s one thing our success has taught us, it’s this: You’re only as good as your last accomplishment.

It’s one thing to manufacture guns, and another to live and breathe them. Whether we’re carefully assembling our latest rifle, engineering scope rings that are stronger than ever or increasing the velocity and precision of the ammunition itself - we’re always working with one goal in mind: absolute perfection.

Noteworthy events to share as we look down range

•The legacy begins with Ronnie Barrett's invention of the first shoulder-fired .50 cal rifle.

•Barrett enters the military realm when the Swedish Army orders 100 Model 82A1® rifle systems.

•The battlefield was forever changed when the U.S. Armed Forces purchased a significant number of Model 82A1® rifles for use in operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

•Barrett introduces the Model 95™, which has now been adopted by governments worldwide.

•Barrett introduces the Model 99™, the first firearm designed by Ronnie Barrett’s son Chris.

•The Barrett Model 82A1 was adopted by the US Army as the M107®.

•Ronnie was honored by the National Defense Industry Association for outstanding contributions to the preparedness of the United States Armed Forces.

•Ronnie was awarded "The Colonel George Chinn Award" for excellence in research, development, engineering, manufacturing and management in production of small arms weaponry systems.

•The United States Army recognized the Barrett .50-caliber M107® rifle as one of the "Top Ten Greatest Inventions" for the soldiers in performing their mission. Chosen by the soldiers, this was the first time in history a small arm received this honor.

•The Nashville Business Journal cited Barrett Firearms Manufacturing as "Exporter of the Year".

•Ronnie Barrett was honored as “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young.

Inc. Magazine named Barrett Firearms Manufacturing as one of the fastest-growing privately-owned companies in America.

•Barrett introduces the Model 98B®, designed by Chris Barrett, which has now been adopted by governments worldwide.

•Ronnie was elected, by a landslide, to the National Rifle Association Board of Directors. The NRA has a membership of approximately 5,000,000+.

•Barrett Model 98B® is named the Golden Bullseye winner for Rifle of the Year by NRA publication American Rifleman. The Golden Bullseye award is a symbol of excellence and innovation in firearms, accessories and related equipment.

•Ronnie was presented the Pioneer Award given by NRA Publications recognizing the exemplary achievement and cumulative body of work of an individual responsible for the development and introduction of shooting equipment that has made a profound, positive and enduring impact on the way Americans shoot and hunt.

•Barrett introduces the MRAD™ and M107A1™.

•Barrett celebrates “Three Decades Down Range” by entering their thirtieth year of innovation.

•Yet again, a Barrett product receives the honor of a Golden Bullseye Award, this time for the MRAD, for Rifle of the Year from the NRA Publication, Shooting Illustrated. The Golden Bullseye award is a symbol of excellence and innovation in firearms, accessories and related equipment.

•Ronnie was re-elected to the NRA Board of Directors with 84% of all the votes cast by the organization's approximately 5 million members.

Barrett's 30th Anniversary

A lifetime of accolades paves the way for Barrett's thirtieth year in 2012.

You can't share the history of Barrett without talking about Ronnie. It all started in 1982 when he created the world's first shoulder-fired .50 caliber rifle. Thousands of rifles later, the company that bears his name has become a revered icon in the world of firearms manufacturing.

Ronnie Barrett, a twenty-seven-year-old making his living as a professional photographer, was inspired to make his own shoulder-fired .50 caliber rifle while photographing a gunboat for a client. With no engineering education, Ronnie Barrett hand-drew what he believed would one day be a working firearm. Being a longtime gun enthusiast and having a general understanding of how firearms worked was just enough to get things started. Without help from a couple of friends with machining experience, this dream may have never left Ronnie's gravel-floor garage. In the past thirty years, Barrett has branched out and become known for not only firearms but also ammunition, optic accessories and training.

The past thirty years have included a number of milestones for Ronnie and his team. For example: The United States Army named the Barrett M107® as one of the Top Ten Greatest Inventions of 2005. The National Industrial Defense Association honored Ronnie as Man of the Year with The Colonel George Chinn Award. And, in 2006, Ernst and Young recognized him as one of the Southeast's Entrepreneurs of the Year. Last but certainly not least, Ronnie was elected to the Board of Directors for the National Rifle Association in 2009 and again in 2012.

Currently, U.S. and international commercial markets, Law Enforcement agencies and over 73 friendly governments have accepted Barrett products. Barrett is best known for the flagship rifle, the Model 82A1® (.50 caliber) which was adopted by the U.S. Army as the M107.

To celebrate our 30th year we crafted a one-of-a-kind rifle patterned after the new M107A1™ .50 caliber. The rifle glows deep silver from its completely nickel teflon coating. This tribute rifle was used to raise $69,415 to benefit Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA).

The humble beginnings of Barrett are just as unique as our products. In addition to helping lead the 4.5 million-member NRA, Ronnie Barrett remains at the helm of his company as CEO. Barrett is still privately held by Ronnie and has been joined by his son, Chris, and daughter, Angela, who also play key roles in making sure the Barrett legend continues to grow.