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McMillan Firearms Manufacturing TAC-50

Canadian Army McMillan TAC-50 (C15) Long Range Sniper Weapon (LRSW)
Type Anti-materiel rifle, sniper rifle
Place of origin United States
Service history
In service 2000–present
Used by See Users
Wars Afghanistan War
Production history
Designed 1980s
Manufacturer McMillan Firearms Manufacturing
Produced 1980s–present
Variants TAC-50 A1, TAC-50 A1-R2
Weight 26.0 lb (11.8 kg)
Length 57.0 in (1,448 mm)
Barrel length 29.0 in (737 mm)

Cartridge .50 BMG (12.7 x 99 mm)
Action manually operated rotary bolt action
Muzzle velocity 805 m/s (2,641 ft/s)
Effective range 1,800 m (1,970 yd)
Feed system 5 round detachable box magazine
Sights Customizable; 5-25x telescopic sight standard in Canadian Forces

The McMillan TAC-50 is a long-range anti-materiel and anti-personnel sniper rifle. The TAC-50 is based on previous designs from the same company, which first appeared during the late 1980s. McMillan makes several versions of .50 caliber rifles, based on the same proprietary action, for military, law enforcement and civilian use. It is produced in Phoenix, Arizona in the United States by McMillan Firearms Manufacturing.

The TAC-50 is a military and law enforcement weapon, which, designated as the C15, is the standard Long Range Sniper Weapon (LRSW) of the Canadian Army since 2000. Rifles of the TAC-50 family are guaranteed to provide 0.5 minute of angle (MOA) groups with match-grade ammunition under ideal conditions.[1]

Design details

The McMillan TAC-50 is a manually operated, rotary bolt-action rifle. The large bolt has dual front locking lugs, and its body has spiral flutes to reduce weight. The heavy match-grade barrel, made by Lilja barrels, is also fluted to dissipate heat quickly and reduce overall weight and fitted with an effective muzzle brake to reduce recoil. The rifle is fed from detachable box magazines, holding 5 rounds each. The stock is made from fiberglass by McMillan Stocks, and is designed to be used from a bipod only. The buttstock is adjustable for length of pull with rubber spacers, and can be removed for compact storage. The rifle has no open sights; it can be used with a variety of telescopic or night sights.

In Canadian service, the standard telescopic sight was the McMillan endorsed Leupold Mark 4-16x40mm LR/T M1 Riflescope optical sight that has now been replaced by the Schmidt & Bender 5-25x56 PMII telescopic sight.[citation needed] McMillan also endorses the Nightforce NXS 8-32x56 Mil-dot telescopic sight for the TAC-50.


TAC-50 A1

In 2012 the TAC-50 A1 variant was introduced. The TAC-50 A1 has a new take-down fiberglass stock with a forend that is 5 in (127 mm) longer than the TAC-50 stock. This moves the balance point for the bipod forward. The stock includes an integral cheekpiece and a monopod on the buttstock with an option for vertical adjustment. The stock incorporates a smaller pistol grip to fit a wider range of hand shapes, with and without gloves. The magazine release lever was repositioned ahead of the trigger bow to make the system easier to operate with gloved hands. For the A1 variant a new lighter bipod with legs that adjust vertically, as well as forward and rearward, to fine-tune the rifle for elevation was also developed.[2]

TAC-50 A1-R2

The TAC-50 A1-R2 variant was introduced in 2012 alongside the TAC-50 A1 variant. The A1-R2 variant is basically a TAC-50 A1 rifle system with a hydraulic recoil mitigation system (a proprietary hydraulic piston in the buttstock) added to reduce the considerable amount of free recoil the .50 BMG chambering generates, and hence increase user comfort.[3]

World record

A Canadian Joint Task Force 2 sniper made the longest recorded sniper kill in history with this weapon in Iraq. He made the kill within the 30 day period leading up to 22 June 2017. The Canadian sniper killed an ISIL fighter from 3,540 m (3,871 yd).[4] The previous record of 2,475 m (2,707 yd) was set by British sniper Craig Harrison in 2009.[4]

Three of the top five longest recorded sniper kills were made with this rifle, all by Canadian soldiers.


Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Thompson explains details of a Mk 15 sniper rifle to major league baseball players Albert Pujols and Ryan Franklin during a tour of Naval Special Warfare facilities.

See also


  1. "Data Summary McMillan Tactical TAC-50". Retrieved 14 October 2017. 
  2. "Retail Store - McMillan Fiberglass Stocks". Retrieved 14 October 2017. 
  3. "Retail Store - McMillan Fiberglass Stocks". Retrieved 14 October 2017. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Canadian elite special forces sniper makes record-breaking kill shot in Iraq". June 21, 2017. 
  5. "Canadian Small Arms – Sniper Rifles – A Visual Guide". Canadian American Strategic Review. Archived from the original on 2011-02-07. Retrieved 2010-04-19. 
  6. "Opération Thalatine : L'affaire du Ponant". Retrieved 25 December 2014. 
  8. "Israeli Special Forces Weapons Guide". Retrieved 14 October 2017. 
  9. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-05-18. Retrieved 2013-03-10. 
  10. "McMillan TAC-50 Long-Range Anti-Material and Sniper Rifle –". Retrieved 26 June 2017. 
  11. "Taakmag". Retrieved 25 December 2014. 
  12. "SLAHLAR". Retrieved 25 December 2014. 
  13. Tactical Weapons March 2010 Issue, Page 28.
  14. "Ukrainian snipers training". Retrieved 16 August 2016. 

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Preceded by
L115A3 .338 Lapua Magnum
Longest confirmed combat sniper-shot kill
3,540 m (3,871 yd) (2.1994 mi)
Long Range Sniper Weapon (LRSW) w/ Hornady A-MAX .50
by Canadian JTF 2 sniper (name withheld)
Succeeded by

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