Remington has a new offering in .50 BMG!
It is not often that we hear about a brand-new .50 BMG platform coming onto the market. It is something of a specialty market for these firearms after all.
Remington just announced the new R2Mi bolt-action rifle chambered for .50 BMG. This is one of the more interesting bolt-action rifles we have seen recently. Remington decided to put the bolt on the left side of the gun. The idea here is that the shooter will not have to lift their head to cycle the next round. There is no word on whether a variant with the ejection port and bolt flipped for southpaws is in the plans.
The R2mi features a 30-inch free-floating barrel with a 1:15 rate of twist. The barrel is fitted with an AAC muzzle brake and is made to accept a suppressor right out of the box. While .50 BMG has never been known as a high precision round, Remington says this new rifle is capable of sub MOA accuracy. It will be interesting to see what the first shooting tests with this firearm produce.
If you think this new rifle bears a resemblance to the Barrett .50 BMG, you probably are not alone. It is comparable in overall length at 57 inches and features a steel bipod much like the M82. Remington has not given specifics on weight, but we imagine it must be close to the 28-pound weight of the Barrett M07. Mainly because much like that rifle, the receiver is machined from aluminum which should help cut the pounds down a little and make the weapon easier to handle.
The aluminum parts are covered with a green hard anodized finish. The barrel has a manganese phosphate finish. For optics, the R2Mi features a MIL-STD 1913 picatinny rail will allow you to mount your choice of optics for long-distance shooting.
This new Remington has a magazine capacity of 10 rounds and the company is including two of them standard. Remington says the gun is made to quickly disassemble AR-style for easier maintenance and cleaning of such a large firearm.
As a nice bonus, Remington is shipping these guns with hearing, eye protection and a cable lock included. They are even including a custom Pelican case to carry this awesome new firearm in.
At this point you are probably wondering about the price. Well, it is a .50 BMG, so you should already know that it is not going to be cheap. Remington says the MSRP is $4,559. We cannot say for certain, but we expect the street price will probably be much less than that. Considering that a brand-new Barrett costs anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000, it is a more affordable option for anyone looking for their own .50 BMG platform.