Tuesday, May 30, 2006
The Midget and the Monster
The above picture is a Olympic Arms AR 15.
Semi-automatic, chambered in .223 Remington, (5.56X45 mm NATO), it has a 16” barrel and collapsible stock with a 30 round magazine. Except for the addition of a low power scope, its very similar to the military M4 variant of the M 16 battle rifle. This version has a maximum effective range of about 300 yards and weighs about 5.5 lbs empty. This carbine is optomised for close quarters battle.
The above picture is a single shot .50 BMG, Watson 50 caliber conversion on the same lower receiver as the AR 15, fixed synthetic stock and attached bi-pod and a muzzle brake that reduces recoil by about 40%.
(Believe me, you wouldn't want to shoot it without the muzzle brake!)
The rifle weighs in at about 40 lbs and for all intents and purposes, it is impossible to fire from an unsupported standing position. Although the bullet is capable of over 4 miles of travel, its maximum effective range is somewhere around 1.3 miles.
The above picture is a comparison of the cartridges.
Left to right:
.223 Remington (5.56X45 mm NATO)
.308 Winchester (7.62X51 mm NATO)
8mm Mauser (7.92X57mm)
.50 Browning Machine Gun (.50 BMG)
Now let's make a side by side comparison:
The .50 caliber is 60” long.
The AR is mine.
Special thanks to my son for allowing me to photograph his .50 BMG, (and other weapons which will be shown in folloing posts), and helping me take the pictures.