Developed in the early 1980's the M82 series of weapons has been adopted by a number of military forces, where it's long range striking power makes it useful for disabling vehicles and equipment, detonating enemy ordnance and battlefield sniping at ranges well beyond conventional rifle range. This example has been finished in a mixed green and brown camouflage, with the initials "SR" applied to the right side of the upper receiver and magazine, and the magazine also marked with an arrow passing through a stylized "S". Information provided by the Barrett Firearms Archives which accompany this rifle documented this rifle serial number AA000529 as well as the personalization of it to Staff Sergeant Steven Reichert U.S.M.C. (Ret.), who received the Bronze Star with V Device for an action in Lutafiya, Iraq on April 9, 2004, while serving as overwatch for a Marine patrol. During the patrol, he spotted an improvised explosive device that had been left on the patrol's route. While establishing a cordon around the device, the patrol came under fire; SSGT Reichert engaged multiple hostilities at a range greater than 1600 meters (just over one mile); including a group of 3 insurgents who had taken cover behind a brick wall by shooting through their concealment to kill one and injure the other two. He continued to provide cover even after a communication failure exposed him and his spotter to friendly fire from another unit also attempting to assist the patrol that had mistaken him for a hostile. Following a medical retirement from the Marines, Reichert entered the private sector as a military consultant and trainer, being a founding member of Tier 1 Group, also known as Aggressive Training Solutions, which encompasses a wide range of disciplines including urban combat, forced entry, field medicine and long range precision marksmanship; in this capacity he has traveled worldwide, as well as making a number of television appearances, including the History Channel and Military Channel. SSGT Reichert and Tier 1 group has been supplied a number of items by Barrett Firearms, including this M82 rifle which he used circa 2011-2012. Accompanying this rifle is documentation and personal correspondences between the Barrett factory and Staff Sgt.Reichert. During his time with this rifle Staff Sgt. Reichert reported to the factory as having "used this specific rifle while filming 3 different T.V. shows and have taught 6 classes in 5 countries." Nevertheless this is an exciting and most likely once in a lifetime opportunity to own a well documented and highly desirable rifle once owned by American Hero Staff Sgt. Reichert and comes to Rock Island Auction Company directly from the Barrett Factory Archive Collection.
Excellent as camouflage painted by Staff Sgt. Reichert showing 95% of the finish, with mild wear concentrated along the edges and scattered handling marks. The paint has mostly flaked away from the buttpad. Mechanically excellent.
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