Firearm Infobox
Name, Image, type, origin
Name ArmaLite AR-50
Type Bolt action rifle
Place of origin Flag of the United States United States
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Designed 1997 - 1999
Manufacturer Armalite
Produced 1999 [1] - Present
Variants Armalite AR-30 (smaller caliber)
Weight 34 lb (15.5 kg)
Length 59.5 in (1511 mm)
Barrel length
Cartridge .50 BMG
Caliber 12mm (.50 in)
Action Bolt action
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The ArmaLite AR-50 is a single shot bolt action rifle manufactured by Armalite.


The rifle utilizes a unique octagonal receiver bedded into an aluminum stock. It is equipped with a modified M16 type vertical pistol grip and a removable buttstock for ease of transport. The AR-50 in chambered for the .50 BMG cartridge. Rifles of this caliber are generally considered anti-materiel rifles for military use, though they have more recently been used as long-range sniper rifles.

At roughly 34 pounds (15.5 kg) and 59.5 inches (151 cm) in length, this rifle is designed for use with a bipod. Recoil is very mild due to the weight and the excellent muzzle brake. As with any .50 BMG caliber firearm, however, one should have excellent hearing protection when firing or observing.


The AR-50 has never been adopted by any military. It was designed as a long range target rifle for civilians and is marketed as a less expensive option for .50 caliber shooting.


  1. AR50 Press Release from Internet Archive. Retrieved on November 12, 2007.

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