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Accuracy International Arctic Warfare 50

Anti-material and sniper rifle

Arctic Warfare 50 (AW50)

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

Country of origin United Kingdom
Entered service 1999
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 and sniper rifle of British origin. It is manufactured by Accuracy International. This weapon is intended for highly trained special forces and elite law enforcement units. Since 1999 it is used by the the British Special Air Service (SAS), Royal Marines and various special forces across the world. 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, the 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 accessories but with empty magazine. It has a hydraulic buffer system in its buttstock, so the recoil is reduced. In turn this feature increases accuracy and ease of operation.

   This rifle has an effective 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) has a penetrator with both high explosive and incendiary effect. The rifle can be used to disable vehicles and stationary aircraft by shooting at specific places such as their engines. Rifle is also suitable for counter sniper operations at stand-off range and clearing IEDs and mines from distance.

   The Arctic Warfare 50 rifle has a free floating steel barrel. It is fed from detachable box-type magazines, holding 5 rounds. The frame is made of aluminum.

   The Arctic Warfare 50 can host a wide range of sights, such as SuB 3-12x50 MKII, Simrad KN series and Hensoldt NSV 80. The sights are installed on its standard MIL STD 1913 (Picatinny-type) sight rail.

   This rifle comes with adjustable bipod and monopod. These are used to increase stability of the weapon.




   Arctic Warfare 50F (AW50F). The "F" letter in the designation denotes a folding stock. This weapon is easier to handle in traveling order than the baseline AW50. This sniper rifle was adopted by the Australian military.

   AX50 is a new anti-material and sniper rifle, that replaced in production the Arctic Warfare 50. It is chambered for the same ammunition.


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Arctic Warfare 50 (AW50)

Arctic Warfare 50 (AW50)

Arctic Warfare 50 (AW50)

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