With roots in Kennesaw, Georgia, the Bushmaster BA50 has an interesting backstory that provides familiar AR-15 styling in a .50-caliber BMG rifle.
In early 2003, Georgia-based Cobb Manufacturing teased the market with a rifle, dubbed the Model 50A1, that used an AR-15 type gas operating system to shoot the 50 BMG round. By that Fall, the gun had morphed to a bolt-action as the Cobb FA50(T) that kept many AR-style features.
Put into limited production, the final version of the gun produced by Cobb was the $7,000 BA50 which, as noted by the company in early 2007, was on the cover of tactical mags and in service with both law enforcement customers and “U.S. allies overseas.”
In August 2007, Bushmaster purchased Cobb and moved the company’s plant from Georgia to Maine. Two years later the company put the upgraded BA50 into their catalog in both a rifle and (short-lived) carbine variant.
Today Bushmaster still makes the full-sized BA50 rifle with a 30-inch barrel and an MSRP of about $5,700 while surplus models can be had for closer to $3450 which is less than half the price of a Barrett in any condition.