I'm trying to talk a guy at work down off the ledge. He wants to buy his first rifle. He wants a Barrett M107A1/M82. And he lives in Maryland with the expected Maryland quantity and sized rifle ranges.
He's shot rifles a bit, but has never owned one, so it's less ridiculous than it sounds. And Barret is very fine manufacturer, sure. But still.
I recommending shooting other people's Barretts for a hundred rounds or so before plunking down, what? $6000? Or, alternatively, take that money and buy a Remington 700 tricked out like an M24 and get a great scope from Leupold and a bunch of match ammo and have lots of fun shooting it and still have money left over for a sizable downpayment on a new car.
I just think it a bit much. For a first rifle.
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