Looks like .50 cals are becoming more widespread

Used to be there wasn’t anything on the market available in .50 BMG other than a few transferable M2 machine guns and converted Boys anti-tank rifles (it’s impossible to find .55 British Boys AT rounds). Then in 1989, Barrett started marketing their M82 rifle in .50 BMG and the guns have skyrocketed in popularity despite bans in some states (California, New York etc) on the sale or possession of guns in the caliber while a number of niche builds are surfacing.

Now, in further signs that the .50 BMG is penetrating the market (pun intended), check out Sportsman’s Warehouse’s Christmas circular:

Yup, they have a Bushmaster BA50 for $3499, ammo included!

That’s pretty sweet when you consider I saw them at a Gander Mtn for $5799 a year ago.

I checked out one of these at the last SHOT Show, and they are very nice for when you are looking to hit the gong with 671-grains at 2,000m.

You know, the new normal.

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2 responses to “Looks like .50 cals are becoming more widespread”

  1. Muzzlehatch says :

    Not banned in New York.

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