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Accuracy International Arctic Warfare 50

Anti-material rifle

Arctic Warfare 50 (AW50)

The Arctic Warfare 50 rifle is intended for highly trained special forces and police units

Caliber 12.7x99 (.50 BMG)
Weight (empty, without scope) 13.5 kg
Length 1 353 mm
Barrel length 686 mm
Muzzle velocity 825 m/s
Magazine capacity 5 rounds
Sighting range ?
Range of effective fire 1 500 m


   The Arctic Warfare 50, or AW50, is a .50 caliber bolt-action anti-material rifle of British origin. It is manufactured by Accuracy International. This weapon is intended for highly trained special forces and police units. It is used by the the British Special Air Service (SAS), Royal Marines and various special forces across the world since 1999. Other operators are Australia (AW50F variant), Germany (G24), Ireland, New Zealand Army, Royal Malaysian Navy, Portugal‘s Republican National Guard, Royal Thai Navy.

   The rifle is based on its predecessor Arctic Warfare sniper rifle. To design the AW50 Accuracy International combined the target shooting performance at competitions with toughness and ruggedness required for the military service. Without scope the AW50 weighs 13.5 kg including all all accessories but with empty magazine. It  has hydraulic buffer system in butt, so that the recoil is reduced and which in turn increases accuracy and ease of operation.

   This rifle has an effective firing range of 1 500 m. Wide range of targets such as vehicles, boats and fortifications can be penetrated using the AW50. The standard 12.7x99 mm round (.50 BMG) consists of a penetrator that has both high explosive and incendiary effect. The rifle can be used to disable vehicles and in some cases stationary aircrafts by shooting at strategic places such as the engine. Rifle is also suitable for counter sniper operations and clearing IEDs and mines from distance.

   The Arctic Warfare rifle has a free floating steel barrel. It is fed from detachable box-type magazines, containing 5 rounds. The frame is all aluminum.

   AW50 can host a wide range of sights  as SuB 3-12x50 MKII, Simrad KN series and Hensoldt NSV 80, and equipment due to its standard MIL STD 1913 sight rail.

   This rifle comes with an adjustable third leg which can be used to support the shooter to increase stability and accuracy.




   Arctic Warfare 50F (AW50F). The "F" letter in the designation denotes a folding stock. This features increase the ease of handling while in traveling order. This weapon was adopted by the Australian military.


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Arctic Warfare 50 (AW50)

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