Defending the United States for many decades, the .50 BMG was developed for the Browning machine gun. Since that time, the cartridge has been adapted for use in rifles, where it has seen a great deal of success—especially in long-range engagements.

Here is a quick roundup of semi-auto and bolt-action .50 BMG rifles being made today. Scroll through the gallery above for the specs and read more on the rifles themselves below.

Accuracy International AX50

Designed for enduring long-term military deployments, the AX50 bolt-action rifle from Accuracy International promises superb accuracy and consistent cold-bore performance. (; 540-368-3108)

ArmaLite AR-50A1

This bolt-action, single-shot rifle from Armalite is designed for affordable accuracy. It features an octagonal receiver, a 30-inch barrel and a large, fluted muzzle brake to tame recoil. (; 800-336-0184)

Barrett Model 82A1

With surprisingly low recoil, the Barrett Model 82A1 is a semi-automatic rifle with years of harsh military service behind it that prove its reliability of the design. Barrett also offers the similar semi-auto M107A1. (; 615-896-2938)

Bushmaster BA 50

Introduced in 2014, the BA 50 is a bolt-action rifle that retains the ejection port on the right side of the gun but moves the bolt handle to the left. It disassembles like an AR-15 for cleaning. (; 800-998-7928)

Desert Tech HTI

The Hard Target Interdiction (HTI) rifle from Desert Tech is a bullpup design, giving the gun a full 29-inch barrel while keeping the overall length less than 46 inches. This keeps the overall package short for better handling without sacrificing ballistic performance. (; 801-975-7272)

Drake Stalker MK15 SLAM

The MK15 SLAM (Snipers Light Anti-Material), a descendant of the U.S. Navy Surface Warfare MK15, is a match-grade rifle that uses the McMillan TAC-50 action mated with a Strike Dual chassis. With a folding stock and a 17.5- or 26-inch barrel, the MK15 is very portable. (; 631-749-1100)

EDM Arms Windrunner M96

The Windrunner M96 rifle from EDM Arms is a bolt-action rifle that uses a removable barrel to break down into an easy-to-carry package. The disassembly and reassembly process takes less than a minute and requires no tools. (; 928-636-0675)

McMillan TAC-50 A1-R2

The latest TAC-50 rifle, the A1-R2, is a bolt-action gun fitted with a special hydraulic piston in the buttstock and a proprietary muzzle brake to reduce peak recoil by 90 percent. These rifles can be configured for both right- and left-handed shooters. (; 800-401-7269)

Safety Harbor Firearms R50

Fed by a detachable five-round magazine, the R50 is a bolt-action rifle that is available with barrel lengths from 18 to 29 inches. Single-shot rifles are also available from Safety Harbor Firearms. (; 727-726-2500)

Serbu Firearms BFG-50A

The BFG-50A is a gas-operated, semi-automatic rifle that comes standard with a 26-inch barrel, a Shark Brake muzzle device and a Serbu bipod. The rifles use 10-round, M82-type detachable magazines. (; 813-243-8899)

Spider SuperComp Ferret50

The SuperComp Ferret50 is a single-shot, bolt-action rifle that can be made with either a right- or left-handed bolt for no additional charge. Spider Firearms also makes .50 BMG conversions for AR-15 lowers. (; 407-957-3617)

Steyr HS .50 M1

An updated version of the original HS .50, the M1 adds a five-round magazine, side Picatinny rails and a newly designed bipod. The 33-inch barrel is capped with a high-efficiency muzzle brake. (; 205-417-8644)

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