19 of the World’s Most Powerful Rifles For Sale
There’s just something about the biggest, powerful guns in the world that turn us into giggling kids again. Big guns are exciting, visceral, dramatic and spectacular.
Firing powerful guns, though, takes commitment. And space, but mostly commitment. Recoil goes with the territory, the ammo costs so much your family might go hungry and your neighbors might stop talking to you.
But you won’t care. You’ll be there with no hearing, grinning from ear to ear as you fire off another round from the biggest, most powerful gun in the world. And if you can’t go that far, we’ve got a big bore rifle you can get started with for less than $450.
So what are the most powerful guns you can buy in 2023?
We know there are other mythical guns that people have seen, or heard about, and custom build rifles. But we wanted a simple rule, we want you to be able to buy guns online, not just look at them. So all these guns are for sale, right now, kind of…
Some of them are seriously cheap, too. You can get started in big bore hunting and shooting for just $450, although powerful rifles are an addiction that might well cost you more down the line. We have $12,000 guns here, too.
Here are our picks for the best large caliber rifles in the world.
1. Barrett M107A1
- Price: $12.867.99
- Caliber: .50 BMG
- Barrel: 29 inch
- Total length: 57
- Weight: 28.5lb
- Cost per round: $3.30
- Velocity: 4000fps
The legend. Simply put, the Barrett 50 BMG has become an icon in the US military and for collectors who just like cool shit.
Accuracy International brings a sportscar to the party, Barrett’s M107A1 is more of an overpowered truck. It’s overengineered, it’s strong and it won’t break. It’s not a thoroughbred like its rival, it’s a carthorse.
50 BMG is an Anti Materials Sniper Rifle
Even the military doesn’t use them for shooting at people, much. If they did, they’d probably end up staring at a smoking pair of boots and a noxious cloud where the person used to be. But it is good for cover fire, or blowing the enemy’s cover from over their heads.
That’s why the armed forces often say this anti material rifle is the best sniper weapon. And military and Law Enforcement love that legendary 50 Caliber rifles’ ability to crack an engine block. Which is true, sometimes.
This is an ‘anti-material’ gun, which basically means vehicles, walls, doors and armor-plated, well, anything. Just watch this thing in super slow-mo. It’s fascinating. This is how normal, non-gun people react to this beast.
Just 50 BMG Thangs
In the military setting, it’s a rifle that one soldier can carry and set-up without help. When they’re in position, they can take out vehicles up to a mile away. Seriously, you read that right, a mile. So if your neighbor is a dick, you can drive a mile away, and then shoot their car.
Helicopters, planes, even dugouts, buildings and walls are all fair game. If you can get on your roof and get good coverage, then if shit really does hit the fan then you might actually have a practical purpose for the big 50 BMG rifle.
Before then? It’s just a lot of fun.
Ammo is Brutal on Your Bank Account
Each round of the basic 660gr FMJ costs $3.50. If you want the Hornady Match A-Max 750gr good stuff then it’s $6 a round. So you really do have to make every shot count with this gun. Then again, it costs more than 11K to buy one in the first place.
If you really want a 50 BMG. If you want to leave comedy dark spots in the ground where deer used to be, if you want to take pot shots at old cars in the middle of the desert, if you want to blow holes in your own house, well you can do that. But nice things cost money.
So where can you buy a Barrett 50 Cal rifle? Step right this way…
2. Christensen Arms Modern Precision 338 Lapua
- Price: $2,041.99
- Caliber: 338 Lapua Magnum
- Barrel: 27″
- Length: 39-47 inch, folding stock
- Weight: 8.1lb
- Velocity: 3,000fps
- Power: 4,768 foot pounds
Do you want a portable sniper rifle? Do you want to go deer hunting, big game hunting from a distance maybe?
Then you might want to forget the heavy 50 Cal rifles and go for a lightweight sniper rifle you can actually carry.
This complete bolt action rifle tips the scales at around 7-8lb, depending on your choice of caliber and barrel. It also costs less than $2,000, which is a bargain in this company. You have to think the United States Marine Corps would love it too…
CNC machined from billet aluminum, this chassis rifle is available in 308 Winchester Magnum, 6.5 Creedmoor and pretty much every major caliber. The full line is here:
A Powerful Sniper Rifle You Can Carry
The folding hybrid precision chassis means it’s no harder to carry than your average AR-15 rifle and yet you get an effective range of 1500 yards.
It’s a guaranteed sub-MOA rifle, comes with a carbon-fiber wrapped stainless steel barrel that is much thinner. That’s how the company started out, before moving into custom guns that have taken us and a lot of the world by storm.
A 338 Lapua rifle of this high quality will give you 60% of the muzzle velocity of the biggest 50 cals with about 5% of the problems and a fraction of the costs. You can take the biggest game, ring steel you need binoculars to see and live out your military sniper rifle dream,
If you live in the real world, the rifle is only fun if you can afford to shoot it and can carry it. And you won’t get explosive ordnance anyway. You can get Lapua Armor Piercing ammo, though.
For most of us, 338 Lapua Magnum is more than enough long distance sniper rifle and it’s also a gun that’s light enough to hunt with.
3. Accuracy International AX50 ELR
- Price: $13,120
- Caliber: 50 BMG
- Barrel: 27″
- Length: 54 inches
- Weight: 26.1lb
- Velocity: 5,988fps
The Accuracy International AX50 bolt action rifle is pure military hardware that you just happen to be able to buy.
It’s not a gun you need to justify, then, it’s just the best 50 Caliber sniper rifle in the world. This is widely considered the most accurate 50 Cal. rifle of all time, although the McMillan Tac 50 might have a word or two to say about that.
It’s a beautiful looking thing and you can buy one, but the price might make you cry. If it does, you need to take a closer look. This is craftsmanship, durability, explosive force and a near force of nature in rifle form. Here it is working on a train track rail in a massively popular video.
Your Best Rifle, By a Mile, or Two.
Put simply, it’s the most powerful sniper rifle you will ever own. Maybe not the best, but certainly the most spectacular. It’s a long-range demolition crew on a bi-pod…
The AX50 has a detachable five-round magazine, too, which slots home in a conventional AR-style. The company pitches it as an anti-material sniper rifle, with a monster of a cartridge that can go straight through walls.
Accuracy International claims a muzzle velocity of 5,988fps, and a 2,700-yard effective range. Just think about that for a moment…
It’s up to you what rounds you put through there, but it’s designed to cope with the most heinous 50 BMG that the active fighting forces round the world can throw at it. That’s a powerful sniper.
50 Cal Rifles Do Major Damage. You Knew That…
These 50 Caliber rifles are some of the most versatile weapons in the field. They’re basically a mortar, RPG and big bastard gun in one seductive package and it’s not hard to see why US Marine Corps soldiers love them.
Accuracy International’s powerful sniper rifle weighs in at 26.1lb and it’s more than 54 inches long. It is, though, a traditional sniper rifle with a vicious payload. It can take out buildings, installations, vehicles and more from deep cover positions and that holds massive appeal to the military.
The recoil is pretty controlled and distributed throughout the heavy frame, and this incredible weapon functions just like a much smaller caliber.
Accuracy International AX50 vs Barrett M107
The AX50 is a much more elegant firearm than the functional Barrett, which tends not to matter to the military. The way the world’s armed forces have voted en masse for the 10-round Barrett speaks volumes for its reliability and consistency. So those are the trade-offs, basically.
You’ll see more of them on this list, but if you just want to see the best 50 BMG rifles for sale in 2023, then we have this post for you.
4. Ruger AR-556 MPR 450
- Price: $939.99
- Caliber: 450 Bushmaster
- Barrel: 18 inch
- Total: 35.6-38.9 inch
- Weight: 7.4lb
A simple semi-automatic AR-15 chambered in a round designed to drop the biggest African game at 250 yards? That tips the scales at 7.4lb? Shut up and take my money…
The big bore Ruger AR-556 isn’t even that expensive with the 18 inch heavy barrel for the monster of a round that is 450 Bushmaster.
It turns this semi-auto rifle into a serious consideration in bear country where the 5+1 rapid fire rounds of something every serious indeed should give you a fighting chance. Maybe even the upper hand. For hunting? All North American hunting, big game hunting etc is on the menu.
Essentially it’s a new upper and some beefed up components over the production version AR-15 that remains a favorite in our cheap AR-15 feature. And even that is hard to find for less than $700 now. Aside from that, it’s even the same free floating handguard.
Obviously the effective range isn’t that big. But as a short range hunter, or even a defensive rifle against bears, or dinosaurs, it’s incredible.
5. Mossberg Patriot 338 Win Mag
- Price: $508.91
- Caliber: 338 Win Mag
- Barrel: 24″
- Weight: 6.5lb
- Velocity: 2,950fps
- Power: 3,866lb/ft
There’s no getting round the fact that 338 Winchester Magnum is the red headed stepchild next to the more popular 308 Win Mag and 338 Lapua. But the truth is it’s one of the world’s most powerful rifles here in a dirt cheap package.
You’ll learn all about recoil with this Mossberg bolt action rifle. But the velocity and power are stunning and that makes it a useful addition for defensive duties and a traditional hunting rifle.
Lapua rifles tend to be more precise and the effective range here is really 500 yards with any degree of clarity. But this is a 24 inch barrel and a butt ton of power. It’s simple, reliable, durable and hella explosive.
Sometimes that’s enough.
6. CMMG Anvil 458 Socom
- Price: $1,939.00
- Caliber: 458 SOCOM
- Barrel (Inches): 16.1
- Total Length (Inches): 33.5
- Total weight: 7.5lb
American firm CMMG has made the AR-15 platform its life’s work and converted it into everything from an AK-47 to the 458 SOCOM.
Task Force Ranger came back from active service in Mogadishu and weren’t happy with the standard AR-15 5.56 NATO cartridge. In the year 2000, the next gen AR round came to life and the 458 SOCOM was born.
Essentially, it’s a longer version of the 50AE that fires out the hot end of the Desert Eagle handgun. Bullets range from 140gr right through to 300gr and this is another weapon that can drop pretty much all American game at 250 meters.
458 SOCOM vs 450 Bushmaster: Heavyweight Battle
The difference between the 458 SOCOM and 450 Bushmaster is going to be pretty negligible in the real world. With the greater consumer support for the Bushmaster, I’d say that’s the one to go for.
Buy the Bushmaster CMMG and pretty much every other caliber, from 9mm Luger and other pistoil caliber carbines through to .350 Legend and 458 Socom here.
The round was designed to work with the M4 Carbine assault rifles that the military already had, so this isn’t some kind of modern miracle that you can strap this upper receiver to your AR-15. It isn’t dumb either, that’s what the caliber was meant to do.
You get a highly effective gun if you buy the whole shooting match from CMMG, but this upper and barrel, complete with muzzle brake, will go together with your favorite AR-15 without too much drama. At $1000, this is a cheap way to get started.
Here is a full auto CMMG obliterating a cinder block wall, too. Because why not?
7. Browning X-Bolt Hells Canyon Long Range
- Price: $2,397.99
- Caliber: 7mm Rem Mag
- Barrel: 26″
- Weight: 7.5lb
- Capacity: 3+1
- Cost per round: $2.25
You can hunt well beyond 1000 yard with 7mm Remington Magnum, like proper game.
This is a better round than 6.5mm Creedmoor in many ways, and yet ammunition prices keep it a niche option. At more than $2 a pop, you’ll pay for this rifle twice with 600 rounds. That’s a sobering thought if you’re trigger happy…
Make every shot count, though, and this could be the long range sniper you’ve been looking for.
8. Sako Safari 90th Anniversary Edition
- Price: $29,999.99
- Caliber: .375 HH
- Barrel: 24.4″
- Total length: 45″
- Weight: 9lb
- Cost per round: $1.80
We all know Sako rifles are great, and a premium walnut stock hunter from this Finnish legend in .375 HH sounds amazing. But does it sound $30,000 amazing? To some people,yes…
Underneath the hand cut checkered wood that is oiled to perfection and mated to an epoxy bedded barrel is a Sako 85, which could be the best sniper weapon. You can get those for less money.
Now you do get a Swarovski Z6i 1-6×24 EE Riflescope in with this package, but that’s not enough to justify this price point really.
Look out for the Sako S20 Hunter, Sako 85 Brown Bear and the best sniper rifles if you want basically the same gun and about $28,000 change. You just might have to compromise on the caliber.
This rifle was a 90th birthday present to the company, And the end result is a low recoil, big bolt gun with massive impact.
9. Alexander Arms LLC Beowulf
- Price: $2,366.99
- Caliber: Beowulf 50 Cal (12.7x42mm)
- Barrel: 16″
- Total length: 36.75″
- Weight: 6.5lb
- Cost per Round: $1.98
This really is an AR-15 chambered in 50 Cal.
This is the biggest bore rifle that’s sort of affordable. The ammo choice has dropped off and we’re basically left with super expensive $2 rounds. Bullets are like a hybrid between the 50 AE shells in the Desert Eagle and AK-47 ammunition, but the ammo price is definitely an issue.
With cheaper bullets, we think this seriously powerful gun could work.
Oversized AR-15, Oversized Bullets, Oversized Impact
This is a big AR-15, basically, and it’s a rifle you could easily use for big game hunting.
This is not a gun you need to set up on sandbags. It’s an AR-15 with a mil-spec upper and a lower that can handle the power of this audacious round. It’s really not built like a tank and in fact it weighs in at 6.9lb.
If you already have a Mil-Spec AR-15 in the house then you can order an upper receiver and barrel assembly that will work. . That’s a cheap way into the world of powerful rifles.
It’s not nearly as intimidating as you might think to shoot and it is a serious hunting round that gives you the right balance of power and price.
But like Betamax had some qualities, mass adoption was the big stumbling block. It might play out like that with 50 Beowulf too.
10. Noreen Firearms BN36X3
- Price: $3,060.99
- Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
- Barrel: 22″
- Weight: 9lb
- Cost per round: $1.80
Noreen Firearms offers a standard carbine rifle, chambered in 30-06 Springfield, which was THE big sniper round and heavy machine gun round for the US Marine Corps before 50 BMG came along and blew it out the water.
So this is basically an AR-15 with up to a 20-round magazine firing one of the most devastating rounds in history up to 1800 yards and a pistol grip. What’s not to love…
This is the longer barrel Designated Marksman Rifle, the Long Range Assassin, and it’s insane when you think about it and shows how far the very concept of a powerful sniper rifle has come. Several blur the lines between hunting, precision and sniper rifles.
You can even get a shorter barrel tactical rifle punching out that kind of stoping power. That’s an awesome defensive rifle that will beat most hunting rifles out in the field. Tempting, right?
Military and Law enforcement specialists who can afford it, love it.
12. Browning BLR Lightweight 81
- Price: $1,009.01
- Caliber: 450 Marlin
- Barrel: 20″
- Total length: 40″
- Weight: 7lb
- Cost per round: $1.80
Well this is a refreshing change. It’s a traditional hunting rifle, chambered in 450 Marlin, with a lever action and a 3-round magazine.
You might recognize it from Jurassic Park and it’s the only gun on Browning’s site rated for a Tyrannosaurus Rex…
The low capacity is a bugbear in this company, but it keeps the weight of the rifle down and that’s important if you need to go, well, anywhere.
Evolution of the Wildcat Cartridge
The high-powered 450 Marlin cartridge is a development of the Wildcat 458×2. It has similar ballistic properties to the much-loved 45-70 Government and it’s a joint venture between Hornady and Marlin. So you know this cartridge is a peach.
It is $1.80 a round, which is just a touch on the expensive side. But you do save a lot on the rifle if you go for this supremely basic and yet well-respected hunter.
Just over $1000 is a bargain for an 800-1000 yard bolt action rifle. I think there’s a better way to hunt mid-sized and large game, though, and cheaper ammunition.
I’ll talk more about 6.5 Creedmoor rifles somewhere else, but right now we’re on to the next most powerful hunting gun in the world. But before we do, let’s take another moment to appreciate this lever action rifle.
13. Barrett M99
- Price: $5,712.99
- Caliber: .50 BMG
- Barrel: 32 inch
- Total Length: 50 inch
- Weight: 25lb with 31 inch barrel/ 23lb with 29 inch barrel
- Cost per round: $3.05
- Muzzle Energy levels: 3,500lb/ft+
The Barrett M99 is the stripped down, single shot version of the paramilitary Barrett M95 that has now been discontinued. For a hunter, it’s more than enough. For a casual 50BMG hobby shooter, it’s more than enough.
Photographer turned gunsmith Ronnie Barrett sure did some good work with this 50 Caliber rifle when he gave up snapping shots and started Barrett Firearms Manufacturing.
If it’s part of your SHTF defense package then you might want to spend more and get the new M99 with a magazine, or the full-bore Barrett M107A1 that can take out the enemy while they’re still a speck on the horizon.
50 BMG For Fun, or For Massive Game Hunting
This is a fun gun, or a high-powered serious hunter, but just now that it will turn most animals into sausage patties and pink mist. You have to be doing some seriously dangerous game hunting to justify this gun. So, is one shot good enough? Do you feel lucky?
It’s too heavy to really treat like a hunting rifle and you’ll need to set up with supports, or the bipod, to make the most of this supremely accurate 50BMG rifle.
Up to 1000m and beyond, it’s devastating, and it’s an affordable, proven system that shouldn’t blow up on you. It’s not a battle rifle, but that means it’s much cheaper. So it’s 90% of the entertainment for a big saving.
14 Ruger American 7mm-08 Remington
- Price: $617.99
- Caliber: 7mm-08 Rem
- Barrel: 22 inches
- Total Length: 42 inches
- Cost per Round: $1.40
Just a minute ago we were talking $11,000 and up and here were with an absolute cannon that costs less than $500. This is a cheap rifle, perhaps as cheap a rifle as you’d want to trust with dangerous game.
The Ruger is a basic 3+1 round hunting rifle, but it has everything you need for brutal close-range hunting and you’ll be able to take anything with this relatively budget rifle. If you’re close enough.
But it’s there if you want it and it offers almost 3000fps from the barrel, so you might.
15. Barrett M82 50 Caliber
- Price: $8,828.99
- Caliber: 50 BMG
- Barrel Length: 29″
- Total length: 57″
- Weight: 32.72lb
- Cost per Round: $1.40
The Barrett M82 is the face of the 50 BMG rifle movement and a Gulf War hero. It’s a semi-automatic, shoulder fired 50 cal rifle, and that is just about as awesome as you’re likely to get.
If the big kid inside of you wants a 50 Cal rifle, the Barrett M82 is the one they want. So don’t disappoint the little kid inside yourself with inferior firepower this Christmas, or something…
Longer Barrel Will Take More Strength
Now we went with pure power and velocity here, so that means the 29″ barrel version of the Barrett M82 50 Caliber. That would take some kind of Hulk style super soldier to casually shoot from the hip. In fact he might struggle with the trigger guard…
There is an unironically named 20″ barrel Close Quarters Combat version that weighs in at a more svelte 29.7lb. Still, the weight issue remains, but what a comedy battle rifle huh?
50 BMG Used By Fisheries & Game
Some wildlife and game reserves have become one of the more unusual customers for the Barrett M82. For them, the 50 BMG is a humane way to cull the excess deer and it’s the only thing that can guarantee to deal out instant death to big bears and Elk.
It’s a bad day at work, but sometimes it has to be done. The theory seems to be that taking them out in a flash is the kindest way to do it.
Interesting philosophy. And here’s what the 50BMG does to more or less everything you’re thinking of right now. By the way you’re looking t more than 10,000 foot pounds of pressure and up. Madness….
Your Gated Compound Needs This Gun
This is the kind of gun I would expect to find at the front gatehouse of a Mexican drug lord’s country retreat. Remember the bad guy in Bad Boys 2? He was Cuban, but that kind of guy. He’d have a long distance rifle like this.
It, or the M107A1, featured in Jurassic Park, too, and Godzilla. In fact pretty much any recent film with a monster in it has this gun. Hard to believe Ronnie Barrett ran a photography studio before heading off to design brutal rifles.
Armor piercing rounds and explosive ordnance might not be available, but you’ll honestly be fine with the consumer grade ammunition here.
You might not need a 30lb weapon that can launch lethal projectiles over a mile in normal life. But who gives a damn about need? If I had ridiculous amounts of free money and a massive ranch, or a junkyard, yeah I’d have one for fun.
I might even fire it from the shoulder, when nobody is looking. I might not hit this balloon…
15. Browning M2
- RRP: $20,000
- Barrel: 45 inch
- Total Length:
- Weight: 83.78lb and 127.87lb with tripod
- Capacity: Belt-fed.
- Rate of fire: 450-600 Rounds Per Minute
Now a heavy machine gun isn’t for everybody, and it may not be California Legal. But if you want the world’s most powerful rifles that you can sort of buy, well you can make a case for the Browning M2.
This is the what the 50 Browning Machine Gun cartridge was originally designed for. John M Browning answered the United States military’s call for a larger caliber by redesigning his .30-06 M1917, and the ammunition it needed to fire.
Unleashed on an unsuspecting world in 1933, this high-powered machine gun took inspiration from German tank barrels. Ma deuce still serves as the American military’s attack dog to this day.
Seriously, this is the longest serving firearm in the military. It’s the high-powered gun fixed to helicopters strafing the swamps in the Vietnam war and lighting up the desert sky. But snipers have also used these for precision shots from more than a mile away. Ma Deuce has simply been the best sniper weapon available regularly.
This gun can fire 600 rounds per minute, of 50BMG. I mean… If that isn’t one of the world’s most powerful rifles, what are we even doing here? Also, that’s $3600 a minute on ammo alone, just if you’re trying to figure it out.
- Caliber: 50 BMG
- Price: $4,499.99
- Barrel Length (Inches): 28
- Total length (Inches): 45 Est.
We’re including this one out of the goodness of our heart, and because we love the batshit craziness of Brandon Herrera’s creation. It’s not even close to finished and you can’t buy it yet, but we think he’s going to get there.
Brandon is ‘The AK Guy’ on Youtube and after selling and modifying rifles for customers, he decided to make his own 50 BMG AK-50 with box magazines.
This is a serious gun. Will he be able to put it into production? We hope so. It’s a classic AK that’s just bigger and stronger more or less everywhere. He reckons on a $4,500, much cheaper than the near $7000 original asking price.
Youtube Celebrity or Darwin Award, One is Coming
This is a gun that could theoretically make him famous, and his test fires have the whole thing hanging off a tire and he’s pulling the trigger with string. This is proper gunsmithing, but it also has an element of Junkyard Mega Wars and it’s not cutting edge science.
Herrera has some choice language and he’s like an X-rated Fast’n’Loud, for guns, but it’s kind of addictive.
Herrera has been working on the AK-50 for more than two years and it’s not even close to ready. But it is feeding from a mag, it is firing and really all Herrera needs to do is make this monster Russian cannon consistent, and safe, and functional. No big deal, right?
17. McMillan Tac-50
- Price: $11,570+
- Barrel Length: 29 inch
- Weight: 29lb
You can still order a McMillan Tac-50 direct from the company, but it isn’t the same rifle that you remember.
Now you get a precision rifle based on a Cadex chassis. But for nostalgia’s sake we decided to include the McMillan Tac-50. That’s because it’s a legend in the United States Marine Corps.
This long-range anti material sniper rifle first appeared in the late 80s. It was a time of Miami Vice, Pablo Escobar and MASH. It was also the start of the 50 BMG sport shooting scene.
McMillan Tac-50 Holds Record For Longest Sniper Kill
This is a 0.5 MOA rifle that holds the record for the longest kill shot by military snipers in active service. A Canadian sniper used this rifle to kill an ISIS fighter from 3,540 meters away. That’s 2.2 miles, so it’s a highly accurate sniper weapon. I mean Damn…
The Canadian sniper may have walked over to apologize afterward. We’re not sure about Canadian sniper protocol.
Now the gun has evolved into a precision rifle with a chassis supplied by Cadex. It’s a different beast, if we’re honest and doesn’t hold quite the same charm as the old anti-material rifle. Especially when the Cadex 50 BMG on which the new McMillan Tac-50 is based is $3000 cheaper…
Military and law enforcement remain loyal, though, and that means that one of the most respected rifles in the world also gets that same military endorsement as Barrett. But it’s unofficial, so it’s maybe even better.
18. Noreen Firearms ULR 50BMG
- Price: $2,050 (Discontinued)
- Barrel Length: 34 inch
- Total Length: 36.5 inch (Collapsed)
- Weight: 34lb
- Capacity: 1
It’s basically a barrel with a bi-pod, an A2 pistol grip and a Noreen AR pistol style collapsing stock. And you have to admit it’s kind of bad-ass. Sadly it’s discontinued.
The longer barrel actually means this gun might generate a little more power than the AX50 or Barrett Model M107A1, too. More muzzle normally means more power. That’s just science…
That stock contains springs, the muzzle brake belongs on a boat gun and there’s place for a scope. The Timney Sportsman Trigger is pretty much the technical highlight, because there really isn’t much else. But it’s a cheap 50BMG that I’d actually trust 100% and with a 34 inch barrel it’s going to be accurate as all Hell.
19. Safety Harbor SHTF50 Pistol
- Price: $2,500
- Caliber: 50 BMG
- Barrel Length (Inches): 12-29
- Total Length (Inches): 19-55
- Weight: 12.5-22lb
- Cost per round: $3.35
- Muzzle Velocity: 2561.91fps
Update: It seems the authorities weren’t 100% happy with the Safety Harbor 50 Cal pistol. I know, right? We’re shocked too. Due to ‘complications’, you can’t order one right now. but it’s so much fun we decided to keep it in.
This, right here, is a 50 Cal pistol. It’s the only legit one I know of, that you can order right now. It’s unique, and that alone means it’s worth having for plenty of gun collectors out there.
Put a stock on this 12″ barrel and you’ll need to register it as an SBR, so it kind of slips under the bar and gets in to this list. That’s a full-bore 50 Cal SBR. Honestly the only reason this isn’t number one is that it is an unknown quantity.
I’m not sure I would trust it entirely, I have to be honest with you. This video shows you the Safety Harbor SHTF 50 rifle, so make up your own mind as always.
Magazine Design is Just Odd, and a Problem
You also have to put up with a bolt action and a five round capacity in a magazine that juts out the side. That turned into a real problem in the end as it turned the upper into a full receiver and dragged the company into a web of regulations it simply couldn’t navigate.
You’re giving up an awful lot in terms of convenience and packaging for that extra power. But there really is nothing else like this.
I look at guns like this and I want them to work. It’s just wonderful.
You have to wonder about the long-term reliability. You just do… But then it’s just about priced right, so it’s worth a gamble at less than $2,500 all in.
You can just order the upper, too, and strap it all to a Mil-spec AR-platform you have at home. That’s a bit brave, but it’s also seriously cost effective.
AR-15 50 BMG Conversion is Unhinged
So if there’s a lower receiver that you think can take a kicking and you’re not using it much, then this $1850 upper conversion kit will turn it into a SHTF50 5 shot rifle.
You want the 29″ Big Bertha? That’s $2000 and you seriously can put it on a lower receiver you have at home.
SHTF 50 Rifle is Available, And Good…
Technically this rifle can do everything the Barrett can, so you should be able to hit targets more than a mile away, if you’ve got the scope system to support that.
The SHTF50 fires the same 50 BMG rounds, so you’re paying $3.35 a round remember. That limits you, but the actual gun itself is pretty portable and the layout is flexible, depending on your needs.
You can order the 12, 18, 22 or 29 inch barrels, which takes this gun from a pistol right through to heavy artillery. We don’t have the final figures on the muzzle energy levels with the higher grade ammo, but the company has claimed a muzzle velocity of 2561.91fps with the 29″ barrel.
That’s a long way down on the Barrett, but then this is about 20% of the money.
Powerful Hunting Rifle With Big Bore Ammo
With a 750gr Hornady Match grain bullet, even in the 12″ barrel, you’ve got the recipe for the kind of power that the Bushmasters can’t get close to.
Go for the shorter barrels, and this is a fairly lightweight rifle/SBR/Pistol. Inevitably it’s produced from 4340 Chromemoly Steel and it is stronger just about everywhere than a standard AR pistol.
But with the 18″ barrel it weighs in at just 15.5lb. With the 22″ barrel it’s 17.5lb, so it’s fair to assume that the 12″ barrel pistol weighs in at around 12.5lb.
For this kind of firepower, that’s actually not bad.
50 BMG AR Pistol, Won’t Somebody Think of the Children
If it works like a dream, then you will have a 50 Cal long pistol that you can technically use with a tactical brace. I don’t think I want to know what the recoil would feel like through a brace, though, and you might end up going the full SBR route. Even then, it’s a spectacular weapon.
Is it a traditional hunting rifle? Is it the ultimate in home defense? Probably both, and neither. It’s more of a curiosity for the collector than a real, functional hunting weapon. But wow what a thing it is.
Most of us will never own the battle-perfected Barrett. It’s just too much money for what is, almost certainly, a passing curiosity. Safety Harbor Firearms can help you scratch the big 50 BMG itch for just $2000, though, and that makes it a realistic proposition.
Cheap 50 BMG Rifle for Fun Not War
Buy one, enjoy it with your buddies and appreciate it for what it is, a truly unique firearm that I can see taking pride of place in any collection.
While the Barrett looks like industrial machinery, the SHTF is a truly elegant firearm. It’s slim, the 8-port machined muzzle brake is a work of art. It’s a little clunky when it comes to the operation, and it looks like an absolute beast.
So you’re not going to have ultimate control with this pistol, but it’s one of those guns you just need to own to show to everybody and just occasionally let rip with one or two of those $3.35 artillery shells.
Good Old Boys
You still see occasional sales for the likes of the original Barrett M95 and AI AS50 Sniper guns. But both the Barrett M95 and AS50 sniper have been superceded by guns you’ll find much higher up on this list.
The original Barrett M95 has given way to the Barrett Model 99. The AS50 sniper, meanwhile, has handed the baton over to the AX50 up above. Barrett Firearms Manufacturing has been a stalwart for years, as you know and the Barrett Model 95 anti-material rifle was a powerful gun that made a lasting impression….
The Most Powerful Production Air Rifle in the World
What About the New Breed of Air Rifle
Now to be clear from the off, we shouldn’t really be comparing a 50 cal air rifle and a 50 BMG or Beowulf.
They are not the same.
With that said, 50 Cal air rifles are all kinds of fun. And Google wants us to talk about air rifles. So yeah, here we go, talking about the best air rifles…
What is the Most Powerful Air Rifle?
The most powerful production air rifle we can find on the mainstream sites is a single shot monster that draws heavy inspiration from vintage shotguns. But your quest to find the most powerful production air rifle will eventually lead to another partner of ours: Airgun Depot.
There you can pick your poison between pellet weight and velocity. Inevitably there’s a trade off, but here are our picks for the most powerful air rifles you can buy.
Consider these big bore airguns and the best air guns in the world a freebie…
1. Airforce Texan Carbine
- Price: $1,150.99
- Caliber: .510 .357
- Weight: 7.5lb
Airforce Airguns make some of the biggest hitters in the airgun industry. The Airforce Airguns Airforce Texan air rifle is a beast that officially comes as a 50 cal.
The .357 and smaller .257 will go a lot faster. But still, whatever spec you opt for, this is a monster of an air gun and one of the most powerful air rifles in the world.
Get your airforce Airguns Airforce Texan Carbine today and see just how far air rifles you can buy have come.
People really take these big bore airguns hunting hogs. Especially in countries like South Africa, with more restrictive gun laws. And more dangerous wildlife.
2. Seneca Dragon Claw PCP
- Price: $699.99
- Caliber: .50 Cal, Arrows, Whatever
- Weight: 7lb
- Muzzle: 680fps
- Power: 230 foot pounds
The Seneca Dragon Claw PCP air rifle looks like a shotgun, but will fire everything from 50 cal pellets through to arrows. Not. Even. Kidding.
It’s hard to truly grasp the versatility of these air rifles without seeing it for yourself. So here you go.
How’s about alligator hunting with the air rifle shooting arrows?