Some years ago, MSE contracted with Easy & Simple to produce a line of officially-licensed Barrett MRAD rifles. The 1:6 rifle was offered in four out of the five finishes available for the 1:1 rifle from Barrett: OD Green, Tungsten Gray, Multi-Role Brown, and Flat Dark Earth.
Black was suspiciously absent.
For whatever reason, MSE opted to take the opposite approach to Henry Ford’s Model T Ford strategy and offer every color BUT black.
A black MRAD and a MRAD with a finish darker than the Tungsten Gray did eventually see release with the MSE ZERT Black Jack figures…with short barrels and fugly nitride red ZERT accessories tacked all over them. I opted to pass.
Recently, I have been buying up some old E&S boxed rifles to fill gaps in my collection and decided to address the lack of a “standard” black MRAD option from E&S.
Here we see exploded views of a black and red MRAD and a Tungsten Gray MRAD. The Tungsten Gray graciously gave its life so that my needs could be sated. It’s hard to tell, but the cheek rest and butt pad on the ZERT MRAD are that dark wolf gray E&S likes to use (especially on ZERT/Doom’s Day releases), so those got removed too.
And here are the two rifles after some parts swapping! The OSS suppressor included with the ZERT rifle is actually a similar shade to the Tungsten Gray, so it’s a nice match. I opted not to fit the offset Aimpoint on the black MRAD as originally planned as it is partially obstructed by the Nightforce scope.
Here are the MRADs I have at home (more on that in a bit). I’ve had the green for a while now, the other four I just received within the past week. I don’t think I’ll get one of those dark gray MRADs (as well as another “standard” one to act as a donor) I mentioned from the special edition Black Jack release to do the normalization process for as it is a nonstandard finish.
If you were concerned that doing this swapover left me without a Tungsten Gray MRAD in the standard configuration, never fear as I have had one as part of my work display for a year or more now. That’s a picture I took of it some months back, I plan to mount it on one of the tripods from the E&S 26037 release when I am back in the office. No telling when that may be! I’ve been working remote for the past 3 1/2 months and my hobbies help me stay sane.