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Robar RC-50

Anti-Material Rifle (AMR) / Heavy Anti-Personnel Rifle [ 1985 ]

The American-made Robar RC-50 was designed with the Anti-Material Rifle role in mind - firing the massive 12.7x99mm NATO standard cartridge.

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Since the 1980s, and the rise of ever-more powerful, stout armored vehicles, there has been tremendous market growth in the field of Anti-Material Rifles. Designs have emerged from around the globe and military parties have been all too eager to trial and accept one form over another. The United States, best known for its Barrett M82 entry (detailed elsewhere on this site), has also become home to several other notable large-caliber guns chambered to fire the .50 BMG cartridge (12.7x99mm NATO) which one such offering being the Robar RC-50 series.

The RC-50 features a precision CNC-machined customized bolt-action system of operation and feeds from a 5-round detachable box magazine inserted into the underside of the receiver in the usual way. The gun weighs a hefty-yet-manageable 25lbs and sports an overall length of 36 inches with a barrel measuring some 29 inches long (a 24-inch barrel is also available). Like others in its field the RC-50 is chambered to fire the massive and powerful .50 BMG which gives it good penetration against light armor and fortified structures at range. Such weapons are useful in disabling armored vehicles by targeting specific components in their design - sensors, track links, driver positions, etc... Additionally, the .50 BMG can have devastating effects against personnel should it be used as a Heavy Anti-Personnel Rifle (HAPR) system.©MilitaryFactory.com
Effective range of the RC-50 system reaches out to 2,000 meters and sighting is primarily through a 16x telescopic scope. The receiver is designed to accept a plethora of after-market scope types to suit mission and operator requirements. Several facets of the rifle are customizable to ensure the shooter receives his weapon of choice for the field of battle.

Externally, the RC-50 showcases the design lines of a traditional sniper rifle - its dimensions simply enlarged for the heavy rifle role. A large, slotted muzzle brake is fitted to the business end of the gun and the shoulder stock is adjustable by the firer. A hinged, folding bipod is fitted under the forend to support the forward mass of the weapon when shooting. The magazine feed sits just ahead of the trigger group and the bolt-action handle is within easy reach of the primary hand.

The guns are fabricated at Robar Companies, Incorporated based out of Phoenix, Arizona. Beyond the standard RC-50 model is the RC-50F which is differentiated mainly by its use of a side-folding stock to aid in transport of the weapon for when the operator is on-the-march.

The FC-50 weapon has been adopted by some special forces groups that include Malaysia's PASKAL units - equivalent to the U.S. Navy SEALs in training, mission set, and weapons inventory.©MilitaryFactory.com
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Anti-Material Rifle (AMR) / Heavy Anti-Personnel Rifle

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Accuracy / Precision
Long-range accuracy / precision capable; suitable for sniping, particularly when equipped with sighting aids.
Anti-Armor / Anti-Tank / Anti-Material
Designed to engage and defeat armor / enemy tanks at range.

Overall Length
914 mm
35.98 in
Barrel Length
735 mm
28.94 in
Empty Wgt
25.02 lb
11.35 kg

Variable Optics to Suit Shooter.


Manually-Actuated Bolt-Action System

Manually-actuated process of managing the bolt lever to eject spent cartridge case, clearing the breech, to introduce fresh catridge into the chamber.
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12.7x99mm NATO (.50 BMG)

Sample Visuals**

Graphical image of a 12.7mm / .50BMG machine gun / rifle round
Rounds / Feed

5-Round Detachable Box Magazine
Cartridge relative size chart
*May not represent an exhuastive list; calibers are model-specific dependent, always consult official manufacturer sources.
**Graphics not to actual size; not all cartridges may be represented visually; graphics intended for general reference only.
Max Eff.Range
6,560 ft
(1,999 m | 2,187 yd)

RC-50 - Original Base Production Model; 24" or 29" barrel length available.
RC-50F - Featuring a side-folding stock

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