The Barrett model 82A1 is almost Ten Grand. And I don’t know why. I can’t put my finger on any tangible reason the thing is so bloody expensive. The gun is a very simple design with no complicated machining, and it uses some very common parts. The gun is build of what looks like stamped sheet metal. Thick, but it’s still sheet metal that has some bends. Some of those bent metal parts are welded together with welds that… well… Let’s just say I’ve seen better welds in high school metal shop class. Just looking at the gun I’d say it’s a 600 dollar gun, with a 2,000 dollar barrel… so I’d price it at about 2600 bucks.
The simple design should allow Barrett to crank these things out faster than AK-47′s. So why in the hell is the 82 New Truck expensive? Simple. It’s stone cold coolness, forged in steel. It really is the coolest rifle out there – period. Guys pay a lot of money for Cool. Cool sells. A lot of other really good guns out there – more accurate than the Barrett 82, a lot cheaper than the 82… but they are not nearly as cool.
The problem is that a lot of guys want that 82, but they can’t afford the 82. Barrett needs to take that 82 design, and shrink it down to scale for a .308. Even at 3 grand, they would sell like crazy.