The Barrett REC7 DI Rifle is Back!

In 2016, Barrett released its REC7 DI Rifle, which was a huge hit among collectors and tactical operators nationwide. In March 2020, Barrett signed a 50 million-dollar contract with the US Army to develop its MK22 Multi-role Adaptive Design (MRAD) rifle as its new sniper weapon system. This contract dominated Barrett’s production space, forcing Barrett to discontinue the REC7 DI. However, with the conclusion of that military contract, Barrett is gearing up for a summer 2024 re-release of the famed REC7 DI rifle.


The Barrett REC7 DI has returned to production. [Photo: Barrett Firearms]

Tech Specs

The REC7 is a direct-impengement AR-15, chambered in 5.56X45 NATO. The Barrel is 16 inches long, and the gun weighs 6.6 pounds unloaded. The upper and lower receivers are machined from 7075-T6 aluminum with a Type 3 hardcoat anodized finish. It features a cold hammer-forged chrome-lined barrel and is outfitted with Magpul furniture and an AlG QMS trigger. Barrett also included an extended slimline handguard with M-LOK accessory mounting slots. The rifle features a mid-length gas system for reliability, with or without a suppressor.

The company states, “Barrett recommends the use of flow-through type suppressors that do not significantly increase action speeds on all REC family products. (or any gas-operated firearm system).

Barrett is known for superior quality, and the return of the REC7 should be no exception. [Photo: Barrett Firearms]

What makes it different?

Well, first of all, it’s a Barrett. For some, that would be enough in itself. Is there another name out there that is more synonymous with reaching out and touching something at long distances than Barrett? Maybe that is because they hand-build, test, and inspect each rifle before it ever leaves the factory, ensuring perfection. Barrett describes this AR masterpiece as a “lightweight, modular, accurate AR that even the most die-hard traditionalist can appreciate”.

The Rec7 DI currently retails for around $1,700, but perhaps with them re-entering production, that might even drop a bit.

Carl Staas is a former Police Sergeant from West Central Missouri. He spent 17 years in law enforcement, performing routine patrol, investigations, evidence management, and finished his career as a patrol Sergeant and field training officer. He's an FBI LEEDA Trilogy recipient and tactical driving instructor. He doesn't know everything about guns, but he's always trying to learn more!

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