Hello, this is XboxAhoy – and these are the
Weapons of Modern Warfare. In this episode, we’re taking a look at the
AS50. The AS50 is a British rifle, manufactured
by Portsmouth-based Accuracy International. The weapon is intended to fill a long-range,
anti-materiel role – firing a powerful round with a very high degree of accuracy.
The AS50’s roots lie in the British sniper rifles of the 20th century, such as the L42A1:
A conversion of the Lee-Enfield rifle to a NATO calibre.
The L42A1 was the sniper rifle of choice of the British Army from 1970 until 1982, at
which point it was used alongside the Accuracy International Precision Marksman – designated
as the L96A1. By the early 90s, this rifle was refined,
and eventually evolved into the Arctic Warfare series of rifles – with this improved design
given the L118A designation. In the year 2000, the bolt-action AW50 was
introduced – expanding the Arctic Warfare family to fill an anti-materiel role.
The AS50 was introduced in 2007, with a semi-automatic fire mode and improved muzzle brake to permit
much faster follow-up shots than its bolt-action predecessors.
In this sense, the AS50 is similar to the Barrett M82 – as both fill a high-calibre
role with a semi-automatic action. Like the Barrett, the AS50 is chambered for
the .50 Browning Machine Gun cartridge – a devastating round with impressive long-range
ballistic characteristics. Magazines are of a 5-round detachable box
type, and the semi-automatic operation of the AS50 means these 5 rounds are available
in quick succession. The sizeable muzzle brake reigns in the massive
recoil of the .50 calibre round, making this rifle ideal for situations that require multiple
shots in a short space of time. It’s by no means a lightweight weapon, its
role reliant on planning and positioning rather than manoeuvrability – at 14.1kg unloaded,
this is a sizeable weapon. Its 1.4m length contains a free-floated barrel
nearly 70 centimetres long – this length being needed to ensure accuracy in the powerful
.50 BMG cartridge. The AS50 was developed at the behest of US
SOCOM, and it currently undergoing testing with the Navy Seals.
It is a specialist rifle for specialised roles however, and so is unlikely to see widespread
use. Its depiction is unusual in Modern Warfare
3, in that the AS50 is fitted with a low-magnification scope – contrary to the real-life long-range
role. Nevertheless, it boasts substantial stopping
power, reflecting the terrifying ballistics of the round that it fires.
With such power and pinpoint shot placement, Accuracy International’s fifty-cal offering
– is globally precise. Thanks for watching, this has been XboxAhoy.
Join me for the next instalment of The Weapons of Modern Warfare, when I’ll be covering a
weapon named for a warlike tribe. Until then – farewell.