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Accuracy International AW50



Overview


AW50

Soldier holding an AW50 anti-materiel rifle. Note the rear monopod, heavy duty bipod and large muzzle brake.
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Origin
United Kingdom
Type
Anti-materiel rifle
Entered service
2000
Status
In service
Development
1998 - 1999
Developer
United Kingdom - Accuracy International
Production
1999 - 2010's
Producer
United Kingdom - Accuracy International
Unit cost
About $11.000 without optics in 1999
About GBP 8.900 in 2010
Designations
G24 (German service)

Description


Introduction

The AW50 is an anti-materiel rifle of UK origin. It was developed in the late 1990's as a private venture given the increased demand for rifles chambered in .50 BMG / 12.7mm NATO. It is known as one of the heaviest and most expensive rifles in its class, but also one of the most accurate. It is replaced in production by the newer AX50.

Design

The design of the AW50 is based on the successful Arctic Warfare series. The AW50 is much larger than the AW series and differs in many aspects. It features a much larger and thicker receiver, a very different adjustable folding stock and a fluted barrel. The cylindrical muzzle brake is reported to be highly efficient. A Picatinny rail allows a variety of optics to be installed and no iron sights are fitted.

Firepower

The AW50 fires the very powerful 12.7x99mm NATO round from a 5 round box magazine. The effective range is quoted as 1.500 m. Under favorable conditions longer ranges may be achieved.

Users

The first major user of the AW50 was the Australian military. Additionally it has been acquired by Germany, the UK and various special units that are mainly of European origin.

Details


Accuracy International AW50

Two AW50 anti-materiel rifles. The early model AW50 as used by Australia is shown on top and the more widely encountered model is shown at the bottom.
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Variants of the AW50

The AW50 is an anti-material rifle based on the Arctic Warfare series, but is heavily modified. The AW50 features a much larger and thicker receiver, a very different adjustable folding stock and a fluted barrel with a cylindrical muzzle brake. The original development model was fitted with a multislotted muzzle brake, fixed stock, much heavier barrel and rear monopod that did not allow for much depression. The Australian version differs from the production model as it is fitted with a Madco barrel.

Facts AW50
General
Origin
United Kingdom
Type
Anti-materiel rifle
Caliber
Caliber
12.7x99mm NATO
Magazine
5 round detachable box
Barrel length
692 mm
Rifling
381 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity
825 m/s
Operation
Action
Bolt-action, 6 lugs, 60° angle
Fire selector
0 - 1
Rate of fire
Bolt-action
Dimensions
Stock type
Adjustable, foldable
Length
1.353 mm stock extended
1.105 mm stock folded
Weight
13.64 kg complete without scope
Sights
Optical sights
Picatinny rail allows for various types of scope to be fitted
Iron sights
Emergency iron sights, 200 to 1.000 m gradations
Accessories
Bipod
Bipod, monopod

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Accuracy International Arctic Warfare

The design of the AW50 is based on the Arctic Warfare series of precision rifles. The AW50 is an upscaled version with much larger and thicker receiver, barrel and bolt system.