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McMillan TAC-50 gives a second life to anti-material rifles

McMillan TAC-50С

The McMillan TAC-50 rifle is rightly considered a model of small arms weaponswhich brought back interest in anti-material rifles. At least this statement is definitely true for the United States. In America, the rifle entered service in 2000, and since then it has been actively used by the American armed forces. According to experts, the large-caliber 12,7-mm rifle impressed the military of many countries of the world with its accuracy. Today, this model is in service with the Marine Corps and the special operations forces of the US Navy, as well as special forces and the military of Canada, France, Turkey, Israel and other countries of the world.

For some time, anti-material rifles experienced a decline in their development, as the niche of their use was reduced, which, in fact, was reduced to the defeat of light vehicles vulnerable to .50 BMG ammunition. In this regard, the McMillan rifle was able to again attract the attention of the US military, offering the shooter a high level of versatility. The rifle is equally good at striking objects of military infrastructure, lightly armored targets, but, more importantly, it is effective against single human targets at long and ultra-long distances. With this rifle, you can hit the enemy's command personnel at a great distance. Fortunately, the TAC-50 rifle combines a high effective firing range with good stopping and penetrating action and high accuracy, which is characteristic of the best examples of military sniper weapons.

The history of the creation of the McMillan TAC-50 rifle

We can say that all modern large-caliber sniper rifles grew out of the first anti-tank rifles, the development of which began at the end of the First World War. An example is the German Mauser T-Gewehr rifle of 1918, which allowed the armor of the British tanks Mark IV. During the Second World War, anti-tank guns, which were real anti-material weapons, flourished especially rapidly. The best examples of such weapons were the Soviet PTRD of 1941 and the British Boys anti-tank rifle. These models made it possible to fight against light tanks of Germany and light wheeled-tracked armored vehicles of the enemy.

After the end of World War II, interest in anti-material rifles dropped worldwide. Large-caliber sniper rifles were created, but they were not as massive and in demand as before. In 1996, designers from a small American company McMillan tried to reverse this trend. The development of a new rifle began in the second half of the 1980s and continued with varying success until 2000. Released seven years after the introduction of the powerful but relatively inaccurate M107 sniper rifle, the TAC-50 rifle was an anti-material weapon that could be used as a long-range sniper rifle.

US Navy commando with McMillan TAC-50 rifle

In 2000, the rifle was put into service. Simultaneously with the start of operation, serial production of the model began, which continues today. The rifle is still mass-produced, and even ordinary citizens can purchase this weapon on the American market. Sale of the McMillan TAC-50 rifle is permitted in all states except California. However, the purchase will not be cheap. For the purchase of one of the best large-caliber sniper rifles, those who wish will have to shell out at least $ 11 from their pockets. We are talking about an updated TAC-999C model, built on the Cadex Dual Strike chassis (stock). In this case, the shooter will have to pay additionally for a sniper scope and a body kit. In turn, the rifle's lifetime warranty is a nice bonus.

Technical features of the McMillan TAC-50 antimatter rifle

McMillan TAC-50 is a classic large-caliber sniper rifle chambered for the NATO cartridge 12,7x99 mm. Technically, the model is a bolt action rifle. The rifle is fed from a magazine, from box magazines, designed for 5 rounds. The manufacturer sells weapons without sniper scopes. At the same time, the presence of Picatinny rails allows you to install various modern sights and bipods on the rifle. For example, the standard scope for the Canadian Armed Forces TAC-50 rifles is the 16x scope.

When using the correct sniper ammunition, the manufacturer guarantees the model an accuracy of less than 0,5 MOA per 100 yards. This makes the McMillan TAC-50 anti-material rifle one of the few prototypes that can be used very effectively as a long-range sniper rifle. The rifle's accuracy allows trained shooters to confidently hit targets at long and ultra-long distances. The three longest successful sniper shots from the top 5 were made from the TAC-50 rifle.

One of the features of the rifle is its relatively low weight for its class. Modern designs weigh 24 pounds (10,8 kg) without ammunition and scope. But even the first TAC-50 models already weighed within 11 kg, which is a very good indicator for a large-caliber sniper weapon. The rifle stock is made of fiberglass: a typical solution for modern high-precision systems. The rifle butt is made of carbon fiber. The shooter has the ability to completely separate it from the weapon by simply pressing the locking button. The butt plate received special rubber shock-absorbing inserts.

McMillan TAC-50

The rifle has a total length of 57 inches (1448 mm). Barrel length - 29 inches (737 mm), which is almost half of the total length of the weapon. The barrel is freely suspended, made of chrome-molybdenum steel. In terms of strength, such steel is comparable to modern titanium alloys, but it has a higher density. To facilitate the rifle, there are longitudinal valleys on the barrel. The barrel is crowned with a massive muzzle brake, which is a proprietary design of the McMillan company. It improves shooting accuracy and reduces the huge recoil that occurs when firing 12,7 mm ammunition.

Trigger pull is adjustable from 3,5 to 4,5 lbs, with manufacturer's recommended value of 3,5 lbs (approximately 1,6 kg). The effective range of the rifle is 2000 meters. It is for this range that the standard Leupold Mark 4-16x40mm LR / T optical sights are designed. But, as practice shows, two kilometers is not the limit for this sniper rifle.

Record shots from a McMillan TAC-50 rifle

It so happened that it is the McMillan TAC-50 large-caliber sniper rifle that owns the most accurate long-range shots today. And the best in mastering this formidable weapon were representatives of the Canadian special forces. It is believed that the record shot was fired in 2017 by a Canadian sniper from the 2nd Joint Task Force (the shooter's name was not disclosed). In Iraq, he managed to kill a terrorist organization militant from a distance of 3540 meters. With this shot, the bullet flight time was up to 10 seconds.

Prior to that, record shots were also made from the TAC-50 rifle, but they pale in their effectiveness with a shot at a distance of 3,5 kilometers. It is known that in 2002, two snipers from the Canadian army managed to hit live targets at a distance of 2310 and 2430 meters. Aimed shots were made by Arron Perry and Rob Furlong. Before them, the most accurate sniper shot belonged to the American Marine Carlos Hascock, who distinguished himself during the Vietnam War, hitting the target at a distance of 2286 meters.

McMillan TAC-50С

It is important to understand that even experts admit that hitting a human-sized target at this distance has a lot to do with luck. At such a long distance, the shot itself is greatly influenced by various factors of external and internal ballistics, which affects the trajectory of the bullet. At a distance of 2,5 kilometers, the dispersion will be at least 0,7 meters, even with the best ammunition. An arrow's mistake in determining the wind speed of 0,5 m / s will lead to a bullet deflection by one meter from the target. And an incorrect determination of the range to the target by only 10 meters will cause the bullet to drop by almost one meter from the aiming point. So any successful shot at maximum distance is not only a high quality weapon and excellent training of the shooter, but also a tangible amount of luck.

At the same time, no one will argue with the fact that the McMillan TAC-50 rifle allows the shooter to make such shots. As the journalists of The Globe and Mail reported at one time, the accuracy of the record shots of Canadian snipers was confirmed with the help of video cameras and other means of control and reconnaissance.
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  1. fider
    fider 2 September 2020 18: 38
    According to the wiki, the weight of this rifle is 11.8 kg. To carry it, you need to be not only a sniper, but also a mule, plus the rest of the equipment.
    1. Nikolaevich I
      Nikolaevich I 2 September 2020 19: 36
      Quote: fider
      To carry it, you need to be not only a sniper, but also a mule, plus the rest of the equipment.

      Why drag when you can roll?
  2. garri-lin
    garri-lin 2 September 2020 18: 40
    Didn't understand the article. Large-caliber sniper and anti-material are different classes of weapons.
    1. English tarantas
      English tarantas 2 September 2020 20: 44
      It's like arguing that the PKM is a single or infantry machine gun ...
      1. garri-lin
        garri-lin 2 September 2020 21: 07
        Anti-material requirements are weaker. Accuracy is less. The range is also shorter. The price is less and a lot. The optics are simpler. Most often self-loading, which is convenient when shooting at equipment.
        1. English tarantas
          English tarantas 3 September 2020 12: 08
          Who told you that? Antimayerialnaya is because it is effective against weak and unarmored vehicles, as well as any third-party pieces, cartridges 12,7 are taken as the efficiency rate. So, the 12,7 rifle, it hits these targets, is used in this role, are you all right?
          1. garri-lin
            garri-lin 8 September 2020 22: 42
            Sori for the long answer. The site is buggy and notifications of answers are not received. The sniper must have high accuracy. For an anti-material, this is not necessary. Normal accuracy is enough.
  3. sharp-lad
    sharp-lad 2 September 2020 19: 07
    The rifle is still mass-produced, and even ordinary citizens can purchase this weapon on the American market. Sale of the McMillan TAC-50 rifle is permitted in all states except California.
    You can be jealous of such opportunities.
    1. bk0010
      bk0010 2 September 2020 19: 16
      Nobody (except for sanctions) bothers you to buy it in Russia.
      1. sharp-lad
        sharp-lad 2 September 2020 19: 30
        those who wish will have to shell out at least $ 11 from their pockets
        In this case, the shooter will have to pay additionally for a sniper scope and a body kit.
        You can be jealous of such opportunities. smile
        1. bk0010
          bk0010 2 September 2020 20: 22
          Quote: sharp-lad
          You can be jealous of such opportunities.
          Oh, you in that sense ... Yes, it is strong.
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  4. Quadro
    Quadro 2 September 2020 21: 10
    Again, another advertising brochure, translated from English. Well, yes, just like in the case of the rueger's booklet, he managed to shoot everywhere, and even breathed some new life.
  5. sh3roman
    sh3roman 11 September 2020 12: 29
    but our SSOs use a Mosin rifle, recently a sniper allegedly proved to me that from Mosin it is possible to work as much as 1500 meters, the "specialist" proved the truth on Yandex Zen, and the second repeated that the main skill, and the tool is secondary.
  6. bunta
    bunta 6 October 2020 21: 23
    The TAC-50 rifle was an anti-material weapon that could be used as a long-range sniper rifle.

    There is no such term "anti-material". "Materiel" translates as "material part", "military equipment" - AMR in the sense corresponds to our "anti-tank gun". Why produce essences unnecessarily (Occam). To stand out for your pseudo-scholarship? McMILLAN TACTICAL herself
    by description:
    The McMillan Tac-50 Tactical Sniper Rifle System with Accessories provides especially
    trained personnel with the capability to effectively perform the tasks of a sniper, for
    combat and internal security operations. The rifle system can also be used in both
    advanced regional and national sniper competitions.