Breaking the Ice in a Big Way!
By Gary Paul Johnston
It’s no secret that long-range rifles in .50 BMG caliber (12.7x99mm) are the rage for competition, as well as law enforcement roles. Generally weighing between 20 and 40 pounds, these big bore rifles are semi-portable, and not for the faint of heart. Without efficient muzzle brakes, “.50s” could hardly be fired from the shoulder, and even with the best brakes, there is no mistaking that you are behind a big gun!
The .50 calibers come in a variety of operating systems, including single shots, bolt action repeaters and self-loading. Some of the single-shot .50s are actually conversions that replace the upper receiver groups of an AR-15 lower receiver, and these can be had in both single shot and bolt action repeaters, the latter having the magazine protrude out the left side and eject out the right.