Country of origin
12.7x99 mm (.50 BMG)
1 448 mm
Range of effective fire
1 800 m
TAC-50 is a long-range anti-material and sniper rifle, produced by
McMillan Brothers Rifles company. Its designation denotes "tactical" and .50 BMG (12.7x99 mm) caliber. The TAC-50 was designed back in
the 1980s. This weapon is based on the previous designs of the same
company. However this sniper weapon was first adopted only in 2000
by Canadian Armed Forces. This rifle is used by elite military and
law enforcement units in various countries. The McMillan TAC-50 is
used in Canada, France, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Philippines, South
Africa, Turkey and the United States. In Canadian service it is
designated as the C15 Long Range Sniper Weapon. The TAC-50 is used
by the US Navy SEALs, designated as the Mk.15.
TAC-50 can be used as a long-range anti-material weapon. This rifle
can destroy sensitive enemy equipment, like parked aircraft, radar
units, trucks and various other important assets at long range. It
can be also used for remote destruction of explosive ordnance. The
TAC-50 can be also used as a
long-range sniper rifle. It can neutralize enemy snipers at standoff
range. The rifle can be also used to hit enemy soldiers, that are
hiding behind cover and walls, as its powerful ammunition can
penetrate through bricks and concrete.
its introduction the McMillan TAC-50 set two records. In 2002
Canadian sniper Arron Perry made a record kill in Afghanistan from 2
310 meters using his TAC-50 rifle. He broke the 34-year old record
for the longest sniper kill in combat, set by Carlos Hathcock in
1968, during the Vietnam War. Perry's record was surpassed a few days
later. In 2002 another Canadian sniper Rob Furlong made a kill in
Afghanistan from 2 429 meters using the McMillan TAC-50. In 2009
another record of 2 479 meters was set by a British sniper Craig
Harrison in Afghanistan, using
L115A3 sniper rifle. However in 2017
it was destroyed yet again by a Canadian sniper armed with McMillan
TAC-50. Currently the longest recorded sniper kill in history was
made with the McMillan TAC-50 rifle from 3 540 meters in Iraq. The
shot was made by an unnamed Canadian sniper. The kill was verified
by a video camera and other data.
TAC-50 is a manually-operated, bolt action rifle. This weapon comes
with heavy match-grade barrel and is fitted with an effective muzzle
brake, which reduces recoil.
The rifle is
fed from detachable box magazines, holding 5 rounds.
this weapon is made from fiberglass. The stock is adjustable for
length. For storage the stock is removed. The TAC-50 comes with a
bipod and is designed to be used from a bipod only.
has a scope rail and can mount various telescopic or night sights.
Though this weapon has no back-up iron sights for emergency use.
Canadian armed forces use this weapon with 5-25x magnification
sights. This weapon is capable of outstanding accuracy and provides
0.5 MOA groups with match-grade ammunition. That's approximately 15
mm at 100 meters. This sniper rifle has an effective range of 1 800
meters. This weapon outperforms the British Accuracy International
AW50 and AS50 sniper rifles, chambered for the same ammunition.
However the McMillan TAC-50 is not the longest range sniper rifle in
the world. The
CheyTac M200 Intervention, chambered for specifically designed
.408 CheyTac ammunition, has even longer range and is more accurate.
TAC-50 can mount a sound suppressor.
TAC-50 A1 is
an improved version, introduced in 2012. It has a new stock with
integral checkpiece and a monopod. The new stock moved the balance
point for the bipod forward. The TAC-50 A1 rifle has some other
improvements, such as a smaller pistol grip and repositioned
magazine release lever to make the weapon easier to operate while
wearing gloves. It has a new bipod, that is lighter, yet sturdier.
Its legs adjust vertically, as well as forward and rearward.
is another improved version, which was also introduced in 2012
alongside the TAC-50 A1 version. This weapon has a built-in
hydraulic piston in the buttstock, which reduces violent recoil,
generated by the .50 BMG chambering. As a result this weapon is more
comfortable to use for the shooter.
Range Sniper Weapon is a Canadian Army designation of the McMillan
Mk.15 is a
US Navy designation of the TAC-50. This sniper weapon is used by the
US Navy SEALs.