A man took his 11-year-old grandson fishing at a South Miami-Dade canal over the weekend. But he didn’t use the typical squirmy bait on a hook. Nor were they looking for dinner. Duane Smith saw a YouTube video on magnet fishing and thought it would a nice family activity for the two to try. So Grandpa and Grandson prepped a line with a 5-pound magnet and dropped it into the C-102 canal in Princeton. They hoped to see what they could pull up from the bottom. Metal scraps, perhaps. Or maybe something valuable. The magnet could pull up as much as 2,600 pounds of material.
After five minutes, they got their big one. One of the rifles. “I figured, since it was our first time, this was beginner’s luck,” Smith said.
But when he threw the magnet back in, they pulled up another catch. An identical sniper rifle. The guns were not loaded and they didn’t find any ammunition. “The Barretts had so much mass,” Smith said. “The magnet went straight to them.”
Smith and his grandson found the lower receivers of the weapons — that is, most of the gun except the barrel. The Barrett .50-caliber rifle is a semiautomatic weapon chambered to fire a large bullet designed for the M2 Browning heavy machine gun.
Call me crazy, but I do not think those are Barret lowers for .50 cal.
Hat Tip WillK