Armalite AR-50

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ArmaLite AR-50
ArmaLite AR50 A1 APA Accessories.jpg
Type Bolt-action rifle
Place of origin United States
Production history
Designed 1997 - 2012
Manufacturer Armalite
Produced 1999[1] - Present
Variants Armalite AR-30 (smaller caliber)
Weight 34 lb (15.5 kg)
Length 59.5 in (1511 mm)

Cartridge .50 BMG & .416 Barrett
Caliber 12.7 mm (.50 in) & .416 Barrett
Action Bolt action
Maximum firing range 2,430 meters (2,657 yards) with proper optics
Sights Can use any with Picatinny railing

The ArmaLite AR-50 is a single-shot bolt-action target and sniper rifle manufactured by ArmaLite.

AR50A1B with 1 round
AR50A1B accessorized


ArmaLite AR-50, M4 carbine and Beretta 92
AR50 A1B 50BMG.jpg
ArmaLite AR50 A1B 50 BMG.jpg

The AR-50 rifle utilizes its weight and a large, fluted muzzle brake to reduce recoil. The AR-50 weighs approximately 34 pounds and is a single-shot bolt-action rifle. The barrel is thick and rigid, to prevent it from flexing. All AR-50 barrels use 1:15 right hand rifling.

The receiver features Armalite's octagonal design, which strengthens the receiver against flexing. The receiver is bedded to the V-shaped stock, whilst the barrel is free-floated above the forend. The three piece AR-50 stock is constructed from aluminum and features an extruded forend, as well as a skeleton butt stock with a removable and vertically adjustable butt plate.

This rifle was updated to the AR50-A1B model, which featured a smoother action, a new bolt stop that can be depressed by hand to release the bolt, and a more heavily reinforced muzzle brake. The AR50-A1B was designed for long-range shooting, primarily firing the .50 BMG round.

The rifle is manufactured in several configurations:

  • AR-50A1B, chambered for standard .50 BMG
  • AR-50A1L, chambered for standard .50 BMG, left-handed version
  • AR-50-A1BNM, chambered for standard .50 BMG with refinememnts for using match grade ammunition
  • AR-50-A1B-416, chambered for .416 Barrett


Armalite was criticized in 2014 by the Italian Minister of Culture for running an advertisement depicting Michelangelo's David holding an AR-50A1. He urged the company to withdraw it and sent a legal notice. The government holds a copyright and Italian law "says that the aesthetic value of the work cannot be distorted," according to the director of the Accademia Gallery.[2] The corporate parent of Armalite, Strategic Armory Corps, issued a statement apologizing for the advertisement, which it said was in "poor taste" and had been dropped.[3][4]

Appearances in media[edit]

The Armalite AR-50 Rifle is introduced to Mike Ehrmantraut in the AMC series Better Call Saul, as an assassin-for-hire job tool.[citation needed]

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