The .50 BMG or .50 Browning Machine Gun or 12.7×99mm NATO is one of the most powerful rifle cartridges ever developed. It was first developed in 1910 by Browning for the Browning .50 caliber machine gun. Along with the 7.62x51mm, it is one of the most popular rounds for sniper rifles and long-range target practice. It is also still used for military and civilian use in .50-caliber machine guns.
According to Boston's Gun Bible, the .50 BMG is most commonly used by civilians in single shot bolt action rifles or semi-automatic target and hunting rifles. Boston T. Party says it is very popular with civilians in long-distance (1000-1500 yard) shooting matches. The .50 BMG throws a 700 gr bullet at 2800 fps for 12,1890 fpe. According to Boston T. Party, "In 1998 and 2000 I predicted that the .50 BMG round would come under increased scrutiny, and I was right. If you can't afford a .50 BMG rifle, then at least buy some ammo" such as the High Explosive Incendiary/Armor Piercing Ammunition (HEIAP). According to Boston, handloading is common among .50 BMG gun enthusiasts.
Common .50 BMG Firearms
.50 BMG Rifles
- Armalite AR-50
- Barrett M82 (Barrett M107)
- Barrett M95
- Barrett M99
.50 BMG Machine Guns
- M2 Browning
California Police State Bans the .50 BMG
The California progressive police state implemented .50 BMG ammunition control by the .50 Caliber BMG Regulation Act of 2004 which took effect on January 1, 2005. The leftist lawmakers called it the "Dangerous Weapons Control Law".
Bibliography - Further Reading
- Party, Boston T., Boston's Gun Bible. Wyoming American Redoubt Javelin Press, 2009 revision to 2002 edition, 848 pages, ISBN 1888766069, ISBN 978-1888766066. Contains a several chapters dedicated to Gun rights and the Second Amendment.
- TM43-0001-27 US Army Ammunition Data Sheets – Small Caliber Ammunition, HQ Department of the Army, 6/81, Including changes (Not to be used as reloading data)
- .50 Caliber Browning (12.7 × 99 mm) Ammunition
Suppliers of .50 BMG Ammunition
- .50 BMG Sources at AmmoSeek.com
- .50 BMG Sources at SlickGuns.com
- .50 BMG Sources at GunBot.net
- .50 BMG Sources at WikiArms.com
- .50 BMG Sources at Gun-Deals.com
- Party, Boston T., Boston's Gun Bible. Wyoming American Redoubt Javelin Press, 2009 revision to 2002 edition, p. 1/2.
- "2007 Dangerous Weapons Control Law: 12275 thru 12290 Assault Weapons" California Penal Code at the State Attorney General web site