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Accuracy International AS50
Type Anti-materiel rifle, sniper rifle
Place of origin  United Kingdom
Production history
Designed 2007
Produced 2007
Specifications
Weight 27 lb (12.2 kg) (no scope/sight, empty mag)
Length 53.9" (1369 mm)
Barrel length 692 mm

Cartridge .50 BMG
Action Gas operation, direct impingement[citation needed]
Rate of fire semi-automatic, estimated at 5 rounds/1.6 seconds
Effective range 1,800 m[1][2]
Feed system 5 or 10-round detachable box magazine

The AS50 is a .50 BMG sniper/anti-materiel rifle manufactured by British firearms producer Accuracy International. The AS50 enables operators to engage targets at very long range with high accuracy using explosive or incendiary ammunition. The AS50 employs a gas operated semi-automatic action and muzzle brake, allowing for lower recoil than the AW50 bolt action rifle and faster target acquisition. The rifle is highly transportable, ergonomic and lightweight. It can be disassembled in less than three minutes and serviced without tools.

The AS50 was originally designed for the British Forces and United States Navy SEALs, and was used due to its high rate of fire (five rounds in 1.6 seconds). It has such a high fire rate due mostly to the floating barrel, and the lightweight titanium frame.[3] The rifle has an accuracy of 1.5 MOA. The barrel is free-floating. The two-part machined steel receiver features an integral accessory rail for mounting optical sights. Two additional rails are mounted on the sides of the short barrel shroud. An adjustable bipod and rear support leg/hand grip allow for stable shooting. This weapon can accurately engage targets at a range of 1,500 metres (1,600 yd).[1][2]

The AS50 weighs 14.1 kilograms (31 lb) empty and holds five rounds of .50 BMG in a single-stack, removable box magazine.

See also

  • OSV-96 Russian counterpart.
  • Barrett M82, another semi-automatic .50 BMG sniper rifle.

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