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Review of Barrett MRAD 1/6th scale rifle
MSE (Mission Specific Equipment)
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Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 4

Barrett MRAD sixth scale rifle by MSE

Introduction

MSE is a fairly new company, specializing in military figures and weapons in 1/6th scale. I suspect we'll be seeing something about them in the news in the coming year, as they work toward the release of their Chris Kyle tribute figure. Of course, Kyle was the subject of the hit film, American Sniper, and plenty of controversy came with that success.

Tonight's review is a look at their Barrett MRAD precision rifle. The weapon comes in four color schemes - "Olive Drab Green", "Tungsten Grey", "Dark Earth", and "Multi-role Brown". The four are identical other than the color.

You can pick this bad boy up for around $40, depending on the retailer, and it's currently available.

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Barrett MRAD sixth scale rifle by MSE

Packaging - ****
The box is very nicely done, with soft foam inner trays that cradle the gun and accessories safely. Note: to open the box, slit the tape on both ends and slide out the entire center piece. Do not try to open one end, as you'll end up tearing it.

My only complaint with the package is one that's becoming a familiar lament. No instructions were included, and while the basic assembly is easy enough, having something to go by to ensure your comfort when snapping the very delicate pieces in place would be a welcome addition.

Barrett MRAD sixth scale rifle by MSE

Sculpting - ****
This is a very, very accurate representation of the real world weapon, as you can see in the photos from this gun review. The sharply sculpted details give a realism that's hard to beat, and matches the best in the market right now.

Scale is excellent as well, and this gun will fit in nicely with any appropriate military or licensed character from companies like Hot Toys, Sideshow, DiD, etc. I've included a couple photos with Sly at the end of the review for comparison.

My only complaint here is with a tiny bit of flashing that's apparent around the edge of the back f the scope. It's extremely minor however, and unless you're as uber picky as I am, you'll never notice it.

And I know you're wondering, because I would be, but no, there's no use of die cast metal here.

Barrett MRAD sixth scale rifle by MSE

Paint - ****
This is a modern military weapon, so flat finishes and basic colors are all the rage. The cut lines are sharp and clean, there's no dirt or clumping, and there's no slop of any kind.

While there's not a ton of small detail paint work in the overall scheme, there are some very realistic details in the instructions, dials and adjustments. Tiny hash marks, numbers and text look fantastic, even under magnification.

Barrett MRAD sixth scale rifle by MSE

Articulation - ***
It's a little odd to talk about articulation with a gun, but this one has several points.

The folding stock has a sturdy pin joint, and tucks against one side of the gun when collapsed. The bolt action also moves up and back, but is not spring activated. Take a little care with it, as I managed to get it stuck in the open position and had to mess around with it for awhile to get it working again.

Of course, the magazines are removable, and the legs on the bipod move in and out to get the proper stance.

Barrett MRAD sixth scale rifle by MSE

Accessories - ***
Perhaps as unusual as 'articulation', an accessory with accessories is somewhat unique. But there's a number of extras here, and since the are not necessary to the overall completeness of the gun itself, I'd call them accessories.

The large scope fits on the top permanent rail, and comes with a detachable glare hood for the front. It slides easily along the rail, but remains attached with normal handling.

Speaking of the top rail, there are four more small rails (two short, two long) that can be attached to the sides or bottom. This will allow you to attach the other accessories, including the tactical bipod, and the PEQ. The detailing, paint and sculpt are just as exceptional on these extras as the main weapon.

In the review of the actual gun that I mentioned earlier, the author mentions that the gun actually does have these customizable rails, making the removable aspect part of this scale reproduction's accuracy.

There are additional magazines too - five in total. I'm not sure what you'll do with them, but you can always fill up some pouches on your favorite figure.

Finally, there's a very nice display stand. The base has a spot for you to apply the name plate sticker, but be careful - once it's on, it's staying on. I never get these damn stickers on straight, and this time was no exception.

The gun is suspended over the stand in a rather ingenious way. There's a clear, flat rod that is a permanent part of another magazine, this time done in black. By swapping in this magazine/post, you can attach the gun to the base seamlessly.

I did knock off for some minor nits. The rails don't snap on and stay on as tightly as I'd like, and since they are not the sort of extra you really want to glue in place (swapping in and out on the bipod is likely), you'll find it somewhat annoying.

Also, the bipod itself seems very, very fragile.  I didn't break it, but I thought I did at one point, because the various pieces do come apart. Take care, and watch out for things falling off or apart and getting lost.

Barrett MRAD sixth scale rifle by MSE

Fun Factor - ***1/2
This is the sort of extra that's perfect for kitbashers and big military figure fans. While it looks great displayed on it's own, hovering over the stand, it's really in the hands of a figure where it shines.

Barrett MRAD sixth scale rifle by MSE

Value - *1/2
If there's one killer, it's with the price. At $40, you're going to feel the sting.  This is an all plastic weapon too, which is good and bad. Good, because it doesn't weigh down the arms of a normal figure, altering the possible poses you can use it in. Bad, because it doesn't have the heft that helps sell the higher price point.

I am betting that the run on something like this is very small, making it harder to spread the fixed costs and driving up the price point. It's difficult for smaller companies who are trying to produce high quality items, since their volume isn't yet at the level of the big boys.

Things to Watch Out For -
I've mentioned a couple areas where this gun is on the fragile side, particularly with the bipod and with the bolt. I managed to work with it and swap out various parts several times and didn't break or damage anything, so with a little care you should be fine.

Overall - ***1/2
This is a terrific looking reproduction, perfect for gun enthusiasts, but even more ideal for collectors and kitbashers of 1/6th military figures. I'd like to see MSE tackle more modern weaponry as accessories, particularly when it comes to some of the more complex guns that we don't get with key movie characters. How about the Barrett sniper rifle that the Winter Soldier had on the movie poster?

MSE is clearly a fan of all things military, and their passion for accuracy shows.  That accuracy does mean that things can get fragile, but if you're looking for extras to add to your current figures, they deserve a look. As they start producing more full figures, I expect we'll see the potential for using the accessories expand in all sorts of ways.

Score Recap (out of ****):
Packaging - ****
Sculpting - ****
Paint - ****
Articulation - ***
Accessories - ***1/2
Fun Factor - ***1/2
Value - *1/2
Overall - ***1/2

Where to Buy 
Online options include these site sponsors:

- has any of the four colors for $40 each.

- or you can search ebay for a deal.

Related Links -
Just a couple weeks ago I checked out another of the MSE releases - the James Youngblood Deathridge Z.E.R.T. figure. You should also check out the MSE site, where you can see all their releases.

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