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As reported January 23, 2002 by The Onion:

Peace Activist Has To Admit Barrett .50 Caliber Sniper Rifle Is Pretty Cool

January 23, 2002 | Issue 38•02

BURLINGTON, VT—Despite his staunch opposition to the National Rifle Association and U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, peace activist Paul Robinson conceded Monday that the Barrett .50 caliber sniper rifle is "pretty damn cool."


Robinson, who admits he finds the Barrett .50 caliber sniper rifle (inset) "pretty damn cool."

"Look, I realize that the use of this instrument of destruction, even in wartime, is morally reprehensible, and I don't see how anyone with a conscience could justify owning one," said Robinson, 31, a University of Vermont graduate student in sociology and president of the campus chapter of Amnesty International. "But you have to admit, it's pretty wild to think that it's capable of throwing a half-inch bullet into a man-sized target 1,500 meters away."

Robinson first became aware of the high-powered, exceptionally accurate weapon in 1995 while researching U.S. military involvement in Somalia, which he protested while pursuing a masters degree at Bates College.

"While gathering data for a petition letter condemning U.S. policy in Somalia, I was appalled to learn that the Special Forces were using a gun called the Barrett M82A1 to take out trucks from a mile away," Robinson said. "A friggin' mile. Can you imagine?"

Last week, a guilt-ridden Robinson bought a copy of Guns & Ammo containing an article titled "The Guns Of Black Hawk Down," which prominently featured the Barrett.

"It's a big gun, the Barrett," said Robinson, leafing through the article. "It's about five feet long and weighs almost 30 pounds. It fires the largest widely available cartridge in the world—a machine-gun bullet, really. It can empty a 10-round magazine as fast as you can pull the trigger. And thanks to its ingenious dual-chamber muzzle brake, gases are vented away, and the user feels no more recoil than you get with a 12-gauge shotgun. Not that anyone should know what the recoil feels like on any gun."

Robinson also noted that anyone with $7,300 can buy the civilian version of the M82A1, a fact he finds "thoroughly repugnant" and "kind of tempting."

"Though I would never, ever so much as touch one, I bet the Barrett is probably very fun to shoot," Robinson said. "And the fact that anyone can get their hands on this killing machine, plus a 10-power Unertl scope and a few boxes of match-grade 750-grain cartridges, for less than $10,000, well, that's just sickening."

The pacifist added that he would be willing to meet with any interested owners of Barrett rifles in order to "open a dialogue."

Robinson's friends are appalled by his attraction to the rifle.

"Paul can praise the Barrett all he wants, but he needs to remember that it's a device whose sole function is to kill people," said Max Shorter, 28, a friend and colleague of Robinson's in the sociology department. "It might be a triumph of ballistic engineering, but that should in no way obscure the fact that this is a tool for murder."

"Plus, it failed some of the Navy's field tests for reliability and accuracy," Shorter added. "The extractors kept breaking, I seem to recall."

The source can be found at; http://www.theonion.com/content/node/28181

- Janq

Note: When I first read this I thought this has to be a joke or something. How do people like this take themselves seriously I'll never know, even as I currently live in and amongst them.
 

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amazing - the blind sheep are truly blind!
 

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from experience the recoil is more than a 12 guage....

the way i find myself describing it is a 300 lb man trying to push you out of your chair. it's not painful, just violent.
 

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Robinson also noted that anyone with $7,300 can buy the civilian version of the M82A1, a fact he finds "thoroughly repugnant" and "kind of tempting."


lol, sounds like he cant figure out what to think of it.
 

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"Paul can praise the Barrett all he wants, but he needs to remember that it's a device whose sole function is to kill people,"

What else are guns made for? :confused:
 

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Dont say that...it just gives the lefties something to pin us on...say something like "guns are tools, we use them to obtain food, and in some cases protect ourselves and our families" i honostly think its a bad idea to discuss ballistics on an open forum, because the anti-gunners may take it the wrong way
 

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The .50 was designed as an AM gun. FYI.

Not as t3h uber snypar ryffel.

Despite that, it is still used to kill individuals, as it's range and flat trajectory are...impressive.
 

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I say we start a fund to buy dude one...
 

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TFA said:
"It might be a triumph of ballistic engineering, but that should in no way obscure the fact that this is a tool for murder."
these fuckin hippies. if you simple accepted the fact that a gun does more then JUST kill, then what? uh oh, where did your entire argument go? that right, out the window.

all it does is send a piece of metal in a straight line for 1,500 yards at a fairly impressive speed. nothing crazy, but impressive. thats all it does. what you choose to do with that tool is purely a function of your willingness and abilities.
 

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The Ghoul said:
The .50 was designed as an AM gun. FYI.

Not as t3h uber snypar ryffel.

Despite that, it is still used to kill individuals, as it's range and flat trajectory are...impressive.

i thought it was against some treaty or war related paperwork that says its all bad to use .50 and larger ammunition to kill an individual. anything .50 or larger is restricted to vehicle shots only.
 

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yeah one of the main roles of the Barrett now is to destroy unexploded ordnance....saving civilian lives i might add
 

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The .50 was designed to be an anti-material gun. That means vehicles, ordinance, armed/amrored vehicles, etc.

I have seen the .50 used by NATO forces against people before. IDK if there is anything against it.

Fucking left wing extremists.
 

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Post Whores!!!!!!!!
 

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jamz said:
Uh... I take it you guys have never heard of the onion?
I was waiting for someone to point that out. This is definitely one of the better articles they've done.
 
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