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Original Rubber Film Prop Barrett M82A1 .50CAL “SASR” From Ellis Props - As Used in RoboCop (1987)

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is a full scale rubber replica non-firing prop gun of the Barrett M82A1 SASR. There are dozens of movies and TV shows that feature this weapon, one of the most popular being the 1987 film “RoboCop”. In the film, the “Cobra Assault Cannon” was an experimental destructive weapon developed by Omni Consumer Products for the military. Capable of obliterating a car, destroying a shop facade or blowing a hole clean through a fire hydrant, the Cobra is a military grade anti-material weapon intended for use against armored targets. The Cobra is fitted with a large electronic sighting aid and is portable and simple enough to be carried and operated by the individual soldier.
The Cobra fires some type of powerful high explosive incendiary round that explodes upon impact (judging by the lack of substantial recoil, this is likely some form of low-pressure grenade).
The Cobras are actually older-specification Barrett M82 long-range .50 Cal rifles which have been dressed up with extra plastic housing over the receivers and fitted with gigantic scopes.
The vast Ellis collection was acquired beginning in 1908, when a pawn shop, Ellis Mercantile, began renting merchandise to early filmmakers. According to Ellis Props, it began when a studio employee wanted to buy a glass eye. The pawn shop decided to rent it in case the owner returned, and it continued the practice with other items. This all rubber example was acquired from the Ellis Props and Graphics liquidation auction. Ellis was the oldest and the largest Prop House in California until its liquidation auctions in late 1999 and early 2000. The original ELLIS AUCTION LABEL IS STILL ATTACHED to the receiver of this prop gun and reads DAY 5, LOT 5868.
The prop measures approximately 61” in length. There is no significant damage to the rifle, but there are minor areas of wear to the rubber. The top carry handle arm is broken, but the handle itself is still attached. The trigger guard is brittle and some of the rubber is coming off of the barrel, showing the aluminum frame.
This is still a very beautiful example of an iconic weapon from a good amount of popular movies and TV shows. Ready to display in your movie prop collections!
The Barrett M82 (standardized by the U.S. military as the M107) is a recoil-operated, semi-automatic, anti-materiel precision rifle developed by the American company Barrett Firearms Manufacturing.
Also called the Light Fifty (due to its chambering of the .50 BMG 12.7×99mm NATO cartridge), the weapon is classified in three variants: the original M82A1 (and M82A3) models, the bullpup M82A2 model, and the Barrett M107A1, with an attached muzzle brake (designed to accept a suppressor, and made out of titanium instead of steel). The M82A2 is no longer manufactured, though the XM500 can be seen as its successor.
Despite being designated as an anti-materiel rifle, the M82 can also be deployed as an anti-personnel system.
Barrett Firearms Manufacturing was founded by Ronnie Barrett for the sole purpose of building semi-automatic rifles chambered for the powerful 12.7×99mm NATO (.50 BMG) ammunition, originally developed for and used in M2 Browning machine guns. The weapon was first sold to the Swedish Army in 1989. In 1990, the United States armed forces purchased the M82A1 during operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in Kuwait and Iraq. About 125 rifles were initially bought by the United States Marine Corps, and orders from the Army and Air Force soon followed. The M82A1 is known by the US military as the SASR—"Special Applications Scoped Rifle", and it was and still is used as an anti-materiel rifle and explosive ordnance disposal tool.
The original Barrett M82
In 2006, Barrett completed development of the XM500, which has a bullpup configuration similar to the M82A2. Barrett M82 rifles were bought by various military and police forces from at least 30 countries, such as Belgium, Chile, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, the Netherlands,[6] and others.
The Barrett M82A1 rifle was used in 2002 as a platform for the experimental OSW (Objective Sniper Weapon) prototype. This weapon was fitted with a shorter barrel, and fired 25 mm high-explosive shells developed for the 25×59 mm OCSW (Objective Crew Served Weapon) automatic grenade launcher. The experimental OSW showed an increased effectiveness against various targets, but the recoil was beyond human limitations. This weapon, also known as the Barrett "Payload Rifle", has now been designated the XM109.
Use by the Provisional IRA
The Provisional IRA smuggled a number of M82s into Ireland from the United States in the 1980s, apparently made and sold by a gunsmith and former Barrett Firearms employee in Texas. One of the M82s was shipped from Chicago to Dublin in pieces, where it was re-assembled. The IRA equipped two sniper teams with the light-fifties, later reinforced with a couple of M90s bought in the United States from an arms dealer in 1995. The IRA snipers killed five soldiers and a constable with .50 rifles from 1992 to 1997. The snipers usually fired on their targets from a distance of less than 300 metres, despite the 1,800 metres effective range of the weapons.
Use by Mexican drug cartels
In 2021, Barrett, along with nine other U.S. gun manufacturers, was named in a lawsuit brought by the Mexican government in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, seeking $10 billion in damages. The Mexican government claimed that the Barrett M82 is one of the weapons of choice for drug cartels. According to Romain Le Cour Grandmaison, an expert interviewed by Reuters, the M82 has disrupted the balance of power between criminals and poorly-equipped police forces.
-M82: 12.7×99mm Barrett M82 semi-automatic rifle.
-M82A1: 12.7×99mm Barrett M82A1 semi-automatic rifle. Improved variant including redesigned muzzle brake.
-M82A1A: 12.7×99mm Barrett M82A1 semi-automatic rifle variant. Optimized for use with the Raufoss Mk 211 .50 caliber round.
-M82A1M: 12.7×99mm Barrett M82A1 semi-automatic rifle variant. Improved variant including lengthened accessory rail. Includes rear grip and monopod socket.
-M82A2: 12.7×99mm Barrett M82A2 semi-automatic rifle. Shoulder-mounted.
-M82A3: 12.7×99mm Barrett M82A3 semi-automatic rifle. New production rifles built to -M82A1M specifications, featuring lengthened accessory rail which is usually, but not always, raised higher up than the M82A1M/M107. Unlike the M82A1M/M107, it does not include a rear grip and monopod socket.
-XM107/M107: Initially used to designate a 12.7×99mm Barrett M95 bolt-action rifle. Designation changed to apply to a product improved M82A1M variant. Includes lengthened accessory rail, rear grip, and monopod socket.
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