Suppressed Barrett Fiddy-Cal – That We Didn’t Shoot

Image Courtesy Nick Leghorn for TTAG

Nick and I spotted this rare beast in the wild at Media Day At The Range, but the headline says it all. We came, we saw, we walked away empty-handed. We were definitely up to the challenge, however. Nick and I both took shots with an absolutely gorgeous (and brutal) Sako .416 Rigby, and a few rounds through a bipod-mounted, gas-operated .50 BMG with a recoil-reducing QDL suppressor would have been a quiet walk in the park by comparison. But alas, Barrett wasn’t offering any free shots when we were there, and we had places to go and guns to shoot. Maybe next year.


  1. avatar William Burke says:

    Will that suppressor keep coffee hot and tea cold?

    1. avatar jwm says:

      I imagine just the sight of it will make kapo bloombergs blood run cold. Fire 2 shots and you should be able to boil a cup of coffee on it.

      1. avatar Cliff H says:

        Hell, with that thing you could probably ping the antenna on top of the Empire State Building. That would get his attention.

  2. avatar Matt in FL says:

    Click to make the picture big. Wow.

    I really want to know how much difference that suppressor makes.

    1. avatar C says:

      it has all the res’s

      1. avatar Matt in FL says:

        Yeah, the original was a non-linked 500px image. When I saw the source photo was 4608×3072, I had to link it up. All the res’s indeed.

    2. avatar Andrew says:

      Iz dat a glock fotay?

  3. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    Wow is right.
    My gosh, that thing is huge!

    1. avatar jwm says:

      How do you suppress a freight train? Do they even make sub sonic fiddies? The mind boggles.

      1. avatar Matt in FL says:

        Even when they don’t silence the supersonic crack of the bullet, suppressors mask the report from the muzzle, helping to cut down on its directionality. Harder to tell where the shot came from = higher survivability for the guy behind the scope. I think that’s the primary advantage here.

        1. avatar lolinski says:

          And it helps the shooter reduce hearing damage. Since .50 BMG and similar rifles are louder than average rifles (mainly due to a muzzle brake).

      2. avatar DP.Science says:

        Subsonic .50 BMG, no. .510 Whisper, YES!

    2. avatar Ralph says:

      My gosh, that thing is huge!

      I hear that a lot.

    3. avatar CarlosT says:

      That’s no moon!

      1. avatar Marcus Aurelius says:

        Not any more, at any rate…

  4. avatar Jeff the Griz says:

    Oooh shiny… Want.

  5. avatar Gunr, from Oregon says:

    Does anybody make a concealed carry holster for it yet, like maybe an “in the pants pocket”

    1. avatar Cliff H says:

      Thigh holster, maybe. IWB, I think not.

  6. avatar Excedrine says:


  7. avatar LongBeach says:

    Hey. Hey, guy behind the rifle. I’ll give you $5 for that round in your hand. Now shut up and get outta the way.

  8. avatar Rick says:

    Well THIS oughta give DiFi and Chuckie a case of the vapors as the new “Citizen/terrorist Weapon of Choice.”

  9. avatar TommyNV says:

    I really need to see a video of that in action just to hear it.

  10. avatar Pardueski says:

    I need to stop following all of these posts from the SHOT show. I might have to sell some organs to buy all of this stuff I had no idea I wanted until this week.

  11. avatar Avenger1 says:

    Hmmm…. looks like the M85’s little, quite brother. I wanna play!!

  12. avatar AZRon says:

    O.K. rip me as required, but do we really need to embrace rap/punk/criminal lingo such as “fiddy-cal?”

    It’s a fifty caliber rifle for Christs sake, and if you called my .50 a fiddy, I wouldn’t let you get within a stones throw of it.

    1. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

      It seems to be done in jest.

    2. avatar jwm says:

      Refer to Sgt. Hulka.

    3. avatar miserylovescompany says:

      To me a ‘fiddy’ is a 50cc pocket bike or dirt bike. A ‘fifty cal’ is a .50BMG rifle.

      Don’t be a buzzkill 😉


  13. avatar Jack says:

    Anyone ever think that they weren’t shooting it because the can doesn’t really work?

    1. avatar CA.Ben says:

      It works. If I remember correctly, Barrett first introduced their .50 and .416 cans at SHOT show 2012. In fact, there is a post somewhere on TTAG of KJW shooting a suppressed Barrett M107A1.

    2. avatar Matt in FL says:

      Nope, that’s just you.

  14. avatar Brad says:

    Want. To. Touch.

  15. avatar David PA/NJ says:

    Damn thing still has a muzzle break after that suppressor

  16. avatar jsallison says:

    Can see it’s utility when engaging multiple T-Rex’s from medium range.

  17. avatar klyph says:

    I thought the Barrett was recoil operated, rather than gas.

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