Florida boy hauls in two .50-caliber Barrett sniper rifles on fishing journey

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An 11-year-old Florida boy determined to check out magnet fishing together with his grandpa in a canal and found two .50-caliber M82A1 Barrett sniper rifles submerged beneath an overpass.

Allen Cadwalader had a five-pound magnet on the top of a rope and tossed it off a bridge off the C-102 Canal on Sunday. Inside minutes, he’d struck the primary rifle, his grandfather, Duane Smith, advised Each day Publish Digital on Wednesday.

Allen has autism and is an enormous fan of electronics and taking part in exterior, Smith stated. So once they noticed a video about magnet fishing on-line, he determined to purchase the supplies and take his grandson out.

Allen Cadwalader reeled in two .50-caliber M82A1 Barrett sniper rifles from a canal in Miami-Dade County.

Allen Cadwalader reeled in two .50-caliber M82A1 Barrett sniper rifles from a canal in Miami-Dade County.
(Courtesy: Duane Smith)

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They’d anticipated to fish up some scrap metallic or different odds and ends and wished to scrub up the waterway, stated Smith, a retired Military infantry officer with 18 years lively responsibility and 11 within the reserves. They selected the canal simply because it was close to a household residence in Homestead.

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“We ended up with two pounds of scrap metal and 40 pounds of gun,” he stated.

The weapons have been bundled up in shrink wrap, he stated. And at first he didn’t know what they’d pulled out till he introduced them residence and cleaned them up.

“The rifles consisted of the lower receiver and bolt carrier group,” he stated. “I did not recognize them when they were pulled out because they were wrapped like a mummy.”

He estimated the weapons are value about $10,000 every.

It was the duo’s first time attempting out magnet fishing. They used a double-sided magnet with 2,600 kilos of pull – or 1,300 on both sides.

The double-sided magnet weighs just five pounds but can pull up to 2,600, Smith said.

The double-sided magnet weighs simply 5 kilos however can pull as much as 2,600, Smith stated.
(Courtesy: Duane Smith)

Neither of the weapons have been loaded, Smith stated. Each had their serial numbers filed off. He stated he might inform they weren’t army weapons as a result of they weren’t stamped as authorities property.

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He referred to as police, who secured the weapons.

If they’d been utilized in against the law, Smith stated, police would probably be capable of hyperlink them to it rapidly – because the high-end weapons are costly and uncommon.

“I would be surprised if anybody is actually being killed with a .50-caliber in the United States,” he stated. “If there was somebody killed with that, the pool of murder suspects would be dramatically narrowed down.”

However, neither weapon had a barrel – which complicates ballistics testing, he stated.

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