Let’s face it — the Barrett M82 .50 BMG is sooo 2009. I mean, all that range and knockdown power is great, but who wants to lug around a 57-inch long, 30-pound light artillery piece?
If this kind of problem keeps you awake at night, Micor Defense can lighten your heart, your combat load and your wallet all at the same time with their ‘Leader 50’ semi-automatic .50 BMG bullpup. Micor boasts that the beastly bullpup has a “low recoil impulse” which I find somewhat hard to believe. But the design’s weight and portability advantages are fairly obvious even though Micor doesn’t actually provide the rifle’s length or weight on their website.
The Leader 50 lists for $7996, and I like that price point because an even $8k will buy you the rifle and a single round of ammo to practice with.
Micor’s press photo, though, is a fail on so many levels: the insufficient hearing protection, the CQB reflex sight on a .50 BMG, the chrony and the stuff on the table about to be blown to Eastern Kansas by the muzzle blast.
But I don’t care. I couldn’t afford to feed a Leader 50 and I’d have nowhere to shoot it, but I’d still love to beat myself senseless with one, wouldn’t you?