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    Are .50 Caliber rifles illegal in the states?

    If not, what are the requirements to purchase one
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    LOL ..according to the Barret website, they do civilian sales

    your cost? Only around 8 large for the gun and about $2 per shot.


    you got a shooting range that goes out 2000 meters?
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    Originally Posted by MustangRob View Post
    Let me start off by saying I wanted to get a rifle for awhile now, mainly for fun target practice at the range, living that once long ago passion to become a marine sniper and wanted to get an m24 and an 50 to have and hit the range once in awhile(if thats even possible with a rifle of such a caliber) or set up some targets in the mountains and have some fun(family is from tenn.) Can such rifles still be purchased? And no I dont plan on going deer hunting, there would be no deer left.
    They are LEGAL in MOST states. What state do you live in?

    Yes, they can be purchased. I'm assuming that you are talking about the .50 BMG, and a cheap option is the Serbu. Ammo is very expensive though, and the guns themselves are very pricey also.
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    Originally Posted by svh19044 View Post
    They are LEGAL in MOST states. What state do you live in?

    Yes, they can be purchased. I'm assuming that you are talking about the .50 BMG, and a cheap option is the Serbu. Ammo is very expensive though, and the guns themselves are very pricey also.
    I live in Florida, but go to Tennessee frequently, I was always in awe at the power of such a rifle it would be nice to have as a collection/weekend range shooting in the mountains
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    I was thinking this the other day, I was sure they were strictly for military use.
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    Originally Posted by Sma****Up View Post
    I was thinking this the other day, I was sure they were strictly for military use.
    Nope, I've a friend with one... I think he has over 10K in it though. (Barret + scope).


    After you factor in weapon price, weapons weight, ammo price, and places you can actually shoot it its not exactly a feasible weapon.


    While its a sweet gun, the ammo is what kills it for civi use.
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    I used to be a range officer for a gun range....got to shoot many of the guys guns including .50 Calibers.
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    Originally Posted by guest89 View Post
    Nope, I've a friend with one... I think he has over 10K in it though. (Barret + scope).


    After you factor in weapon price, weapons weight, ammo price, and places you can actually shoot it its not exactly a feasible weapon.


    While its a sweet gun, the ammo is what kills it for civi use.
    $40 USD for 20 bullets lol 2 dollars a round. Fk that
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    Originally Posted by Sma****Up View Post
    $40 USD for 20 bullets lol 2 dollars a round. Fk that
    Gotta pay if you wanna play.
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    Not all .50bmg rifles cost $8000. You can pay that much for a semi-auto Barrett, but you could also pick up a single-shot Serbu for about $2000. Still not cheap, but when you look at what people spend on AR15s, benchrest guns, etc., $2000 isn't too crazy. Of course, if you're doing competition with a .50bmg you can probably expect to spend a lot more than that.

    Also, I don't think there are any scopes that can really hold up to the recoil of a .50cal rifle. It's not a question of IF your scope will break, but WHEN. You're going to pay a lot for a decent scope with good customer service.


    Ammo prices are harsh, I think I've seen it as high as $6 per cartridge. I had some friends that loaded their own ammo, and had a hook-up on once-fired brass... I don't know what it cost them to load, but I bet it was still at least a dollar a round. And that was three years ago, before ammo prices skyrocketed. They thought nothing of shooting 100+ rds every Sunday afternoon. Too rich for my blood.

    And as others have said, finding a place to shoot a .50bmg is tough for some people. I actually live in a pretty good place, with three or four 1000yd ranges within a two hour radius. But I am a member at a private club that only goes up to 200yds and we specifically prohibit .50bmg, as do most small shooting ranges.
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    There are some states such as California (and I believe New York) that have banned them for civillian use and sales. I know in Maryland there's a law stating that you cannot reload .50BMG I do believe.
    I also remember reading something to the extent of you must live in a county or state with a 1000m range in it to be able to operate a .50 rifle.

    I myself am actually looking into getting one.... not so much for shooting, more of collective purposes. I've always wanted one, and think they'll probably be banned from civillian purchase soon (which I kind of agree with... hypocritical I know!), so I may get one and just store it somewhere and then sell it when the price will be up big time! or just keep it for ****s and giggles!

    Anyone interested though, I've found a sight that offers a lay-away plan and offers several Barrett Packages, both with and without scopes:

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    If you click on Barrett, it'll take you right to their options for M82A1'a, M99's, M95's, etc. etc.
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    I shot one once. The guy had a Barret n he paid like $1500. It was like $2 a shot and he could reload for just less than a buck a piece.
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    i shot a .50 cal. was not a barrett though. it was a bolt action single shot. it was fun. but i would rather shoot my AR a ton then a .50 a few times.
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    California ban...

    Yes, and so many crimes have been committed with .50!

    Stupid.
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