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McMillan TAC-50

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Anti-materiel rifle

  • ORIGIN
    United States

  • NICKNAMES
    C15 Big Mac (Canada)
    C15 Long Range Sniper Weapon (Canada)
    Mk 15 (US Navy)

  • DESIGNED
    1990's

  • DESIGNER
    McMillan

  • PRODUCTION
    Late 1990's - present

  • PRODUCERS
    United States - McMillan

  • QUANTITY
    Unknown

  • UNIT COST
    $ 7.000 rifle only in 2008
    $ 7.600 rifle only in 2010
    $ 10.000 with accessories in 2010

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Very good accuracy
    Long range
    Average cost
    Cumbersome and heavy

Introduction

The TAC-50 is an anti-materiel rifle of US origin. It was developed in the late 1990's by McMillan. The design is based on the earlier McMillan M87R design that was produced by Harris Gun Works. For a long time the TAC-50 held the record of the longest range confirmed kill when a Canadian soldier used the TAC-50 at a range of 2.430 meters. Although the TAC-50 doesn't come cheap among the most accurate 12.7mm rifles it is not as expensive as the alternatives, such as the AW50.

Design

The design of the TAC-50 is based on the older M87R, but has been improved in many ways. A fiberglass stock is still used, but this one is detachable. Ergonomics are improved by using a recontoured pistol grip and fully adjustable cheekpiece and buttpad. The barrel is fluted and a multi-slotted muzzle brake is used. There are no backup iron sights.

Firepower

The TAC-50 is a bolt action rifle that fires the 12.7x99mm NATO round from a 5 round detachable box magazine. Its long and heavy free floating barrel allows for good accuracy. With proper ammunition targets at over 2 km can be engaged. It is possible to mount a sound suppressor instead of the muzzle brake.

Users

The TAC-50 is used by the US Navy SEALs and has been sold to various nations, including Canada

Variants

TAC-50

The TAC-50 is a modern bolt action anti-materiel rifle chambered in the 12.7x99mm round.

TypeSniper rifle
Caliber12.7x99mm NATO
Magazine5 round detachable box
OperationBolt action, 2 lug bolt
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireBolt action
Barrel length737 mm
Rifling6 grooves, 381 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity820 m/s with 750 gr AMAX
StockAdjustable, detachable
Length1.45 m
Width?
Height?
Weight11.3 kg without optics
SightsUsed with optical sight, no backup iron sights available
RemarksBipod

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