Barrett M99 FTFs on Surplus Ammo/Hard Primers

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Barrett M99 FTFs on Surplus Ammo/Hard Primers

Postby krecon1 » Tue 15 Mar, 2011 8:10 pm

I have a Barrett M99 and have had issues with it igniting primers from surplus military ammo. Today I had numerous FTFs with the Singapore .50 M33 ammo that AIM Surplus was selling last fall. I have also had issues with the primed WCC brass. I don't know if my firing pin doesn't protrude far enough, if my firing pin spring is not strong enough, or a combination of both. My handloads have always fired 100%, so I think it's an issue of the firing mechanism not having enough oomph to ignite the primers on military ammo.

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Re: Barrett M99 FTFs on Surplus Ammo/Hard Primers

Postby sealusn50cal » Wed 16 Mar, 2011 12:47 am

More than likely its the ammo not your weapon,I had simular problm
with some french surplus crap I bought.I would stick with your own loads or new factory loads.
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Re: Barrett M99 FTFs on Surplus Ammo/Hard Primers

Postby DEDMNKY » Wed 16 Mar, 2011 8:35 am

I just picked up some of the french ammo from the last gun show have not had a chance to get out with it yet hopefully it will fire ok i just wanted it for plinking ammo.
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Re: Barrett M99 FTFs on Surplus Ammo/Hard Primers

Postby krecon1 » Thu 17 Mar, 2011 3:49 am

sealusn50cal wrote:More than likely its the ammo not your weapon,I had simular problm
with some french surplus crap I bought.I would stick with your own loads or new factory loads.
JMO good luck :rl:


Called tech support today and ended up ordering their new firing pin assembly. My older M99 has a cone shaped firing pin, where the newer firing pins are more of a rounded design. The spring is also stronger and between the two new parts all my woes with the hard primers should be solved.

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Re: Barrett M99 FTFs on Surplus Ammo/Hard Primers

Postby sealusn50cal » Mon 21 Mar, 2011 1:16 am

My 99 is 3 years old,I will have to find out if I would need a upgrade on the fireing
pin,spring system. :det:
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Re: Barrett M99 FTFs on Surplus Ammo/Hard Primers

Postby sealusn50cal » Mon 21 Mar, 2011 3:57 pm

krecon1 wrote:
sealusn50cal wrote:More than likely its the ammo not your weapon,I had simular problm
with some french surplus crap I bought.I would stick with your own loads or new factory loads.
JMO good luck :rl:


Called tech support today and ended up ordering their new firing pin assembly. My older M99 has a cone shaped firing pin, where the newer firing pins are more of a rounded design. The spring is also stronger and between the two new parts all my woes with the hard primers should be solved.



Checked with Barrett today,My series ser.# does not require the fireing pin upgrade. :cheer:
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