|«|| The AS50 is a .50 BMG sniper/anti-materiel rifle. It enables operators to engage targets at very long (up to 1500 m) range with high accuracy. The rifle is easily transportable and ergonomic and can be disassembled in less than three minutes and serviced without tools.|
|AS50 12.7 mm|
|Faction|| - British Army|
|Type||Anti-Material Sniper Rifle|
|Caliber||12.7×99 mm NATO|
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The AS50 is a semi-automatic, gas operated anti-materiel rifle that is chambered to fire the 12.7×99 mm NATO round.
It primarily feeds from 5 round box magazines designed specifically for the AS50, but can also be loaded with the same 10 round box magazines used by the M107. It can attain a fire rate of up to 240 rounds per minute, and has a muzzle velocity of 936 m/s. The AS50 has an integrated (non-functional) bipod attached just beneath the barrel, and is fitted with either a regular magnified riflescope (that has a magnification strength range of 3x-12x) or a thermal scope. It can be zeroed up to a distance of 1,600 metres.
The AS50 is essentially the British Army's counterpart to the M107 sniper rifle used by the U.S. military. Compared to the M107, the AS50 has a higher muzzle velocity that gives it better accuracy over long distances. It has a maximum effective range of up to 1,800 metres, though this can be extended to 2,000 metres depending on the shooter's current elevation.
As with the M107, the AS50's 12.7 mm round is extremely powerful and allows the operator to kill any infantry target in one shot regardless of where the round impacts. Likewise, unarmoured and light vehicles can be quickly disabled with a few rounds to the engine.
Its only drawback is that it uses 5-round magazines as opposed to the M107's 10-round boxes. However, the AS50 is capable of loading both types of magazines which can negate the issue with it having a smaller magazine size (provided that M107 magazines can be readily obtained).
- In reality, the British military does not operate the AS50 and uses the "AW50" and "M82A1" sniper rifles instead (designated as the "L121A1" and "L135A1 LRPAS" respectively).
- The AW50 is also designed by Accuracy International, while the M82A1 is designed by the Barrett Firearms Manufacturing company based in Tennessee, U.S.A.
See also Edit
Weapons of comparable role and configuration Edit
- M107 (USMC/U.S. Army counterpart)
- KSVK (Russian Armed Forces/Takistani Army counterpart)
- GM6 Lynx (CSAT/AAF counterpart, ArmA 3 only)
|British Army - Armory (ArmA 2)|
|Assault rifles||L85A2 5.56 mm (L85A2 UGL)|
|Designated marksman rifles||L86A2 LSW 5.56 mm|
|Sniper rifles||AS50 12.7 mm • LRR .338|
|Squad automatic weapons||L110A1 5.56 mm|
|Machineguns||L7A2 GPMG 7.62 mm|
|Launchers||FGM-148 Javelin • FIM-92F Stinger • NLAW|
|Static||L111A1 • L134A1|
|(Parenthesis) denote variants. | British Armed Forces|