ArmaLite’s New .50 Caliber Rifle

Not sure what’s up with this, exactly. The Illinois gunmaker put the image on ar15.com for a while, without drawing any speculation from the site’s firearm faithful. Check the fluted barrel. I reckon ArmaLite’s going in for some .50 cal. sniper action. All will be revealed at the SHOT show. Meanwhile, our source within the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (and Really Big Fires) tells us that if the agency’s controversial multiple rifle registration “pilot program” becomes “normalized,” they’ll craft a demand letter to dealers requiring notification for single sales of .50 caliber rifles. What that would do to the market—or how it would help stop Mexico’s drug wars—is unclear. A surge? A crash? But bigger is badder, no?