Thursday, October 6, 2016



Also, any .50 is now known as a "Barrett".

From the Gulf War to Mexican narcos ... the Barrett .50
It emerged in the 80s; its creator Ronnie Barrett perfected it; It is part of the military armament in 40 countries and ... the narcos call on it to down helicopters

10/06/2016 15:13 ANGEL SALINAS


From an early hour, on September 21 they began operating in Sinaloa. It was 10 am and a detained person was found in possession of three handguns. There was something 'hot' in the ejido of Tecolotes in Benito Juarez, Mexicali.

Ninety minutes later it was confirmed: A Cessna aircraft with registration number XB-MUY flew over the area at low altitude to avoid radar.

Coordination of the 150 troops was crucial, they waited for the plane descended low enough, but the pilot noticed an unusual move and tried to rise again; however, an Army truck hit one of the wings of the aircraft and prevented escape.

Five people arrested, including the pilot, were made available to the Attorney General's Office (PGR). After the ministerial proceedings, it was learned that detainees would meet with the children of Joaquin Guzman Loera, 'El Chapo'. Four AK-47 rifles, money and a .50 caliber Barrett rifle, the favored weapon of criminal groups were inside the aircraft and seized.

The power of a gun
The Barret .50 is capable of bringing down aircraft and can penetrate advanced armor; it is more lethal than the AK-47; both in the US market it can cost between 11 and 12 thousand dollars each. The Magazines for it have cost between 130 and 150 dollars; each shot costs $ 6.(USD)

An analysis by the Center of Social Studies and Public Opinion of the Chamber of Deputies, calculated in 2015 the existence of 15 million guns, of which around 13 000 were acquired illegally. (in Mexico)

Among the seizures from criminal groups were found antiarmor missiles, rocket launchers, grenade launchers, but continue to draw attention to drug cartel "artillery", creation of Ronnie Barrett.

This semiautomatic rifle emerged in the 80s, in the hands of gunmen, it has become a lethal weapon. Proven in war, it was adopted by the Swedish army in 1989 and has been refined to such a degree that in the Gulf War was a protagonist.

The SASR (Special Applications Scoped Rifle) serving with the U.S. Marines is part of the armament of at least 40 militaries in the world, with an approximate weight of 11 kilograms, has an output speed of 854 m / s, is ie its rate of fire is 70 impacts per minute and has a range up to 2,500 meters.

A fast and furious 'El Chapo'
It's a Barrett .50 !, yes, Joaquin Guzman Loera had one in the safe house January 8, the day of his recapture.

Months later, the Bureau of Alcohol, Snuff, Firearms and Explosives, US (ATF by name) confirmed that the gun was part of the 2,500 were sold covertly as an failed operation ' fast and Furious' between 2009 and 2011.

How did it come to 'El Chapo?

According to the Center for Public Integrity, the rifle could have entered via the border city of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state.

Guesses as to the entry of weapons, this one specificly, possibly by any of the narcotúneles that have been found in the region. In June 2010, the Border Patrol spokesman Doug Mosier, offered to the media information of a passageway below the Rio Grande.

Through the hole 70 centimeters in diameter and 40 meters long, (28 inches x 44 yds) traffic in weapons, drugs and undocumented immigrants done.

On the armament of 'Fast and Furious' as of March 2016, they had recovered 94 of the 2,500 weapons that were sold covertly; One of them, the Barrett .50 of 'El Chapo'.


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