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McMillan TAC-50

Long-range anti-material and sniper rifle

McMillan TAC-50 sniper rifle

The longest recorded sniper kill in history was made from the McMillan TAC-50 sniper rifle

 
 
Country of origin United States
Entered service 2000
Caliber 12.7x99 mm (.50 BMG)
Weight 11.8 kg
Length 1 448 mm
Barrel length 737 mm
Muzzle velocity 805 m/s
Magazine capacity 5 rounds
Sighting range ?
Range of effective fire 1 800 m
Accuracy 0.5 MOA

 

   The McMillan 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.

   The McMillan 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.

   Soon after 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.

   The McMillan 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.

   Stock of 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.

   The TAC-50 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.

   The McMillan TAC-50 can mount a sound suppressor.

 

Variants

 

   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.

   TAC-50 A1-R2 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.

   C15 Long Range Sniper Weapon is a Canadian Army designation of the McMillan TAC-50.

   Mk.15 is a US Navy designation of the TAC-50. This sniper weapon is used by the US Navy SEALs.

 

 
McMillan TAC-50 sniper rifle

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