American Rifleman - November 2019 - 44

FAVORITE FIREARMS

The Big 50

D

uring the late-1960s, my dad came across a Mauser
1918 anti-tank rifle action that had been through a
fire. He had it heat-treated and then put a surplus
.50 BMG barrel into it. When all was said and done, it
resembled a conventional rifle and weighed about 35 lbs.
A Tasco 4X scope was mounted onto it, and that optic
stood up to the rifle's recoil for many years. It was fired
by my dad, myself and many of our friends over the years;
I even shot it off-hand a few times-which wasn't bad for
a skinny young kid.
One of my favorite memories regarding this rifle was
the time my dad took it with him during a trip to Oroville,
Calif., for an RCBS open house. Elmer Keith was a guest of
the event, and my dad wanted to show him the "Big 50"
as we called it. Keith was known for liking big rifles and
pistols, so my father figured he'd get a kick out of our rifle.
Attached is a photo I took of my dad and Elmer Keith
at the open house-as you can see, Keith was not a
young man by that time, but he did appreciate the gun.
I have also included a "thank you" letter that my dad
received from Keith for a stock blank that he gave him.
Unfortunately, the rifle is long gone now, but, out of
all the many firearms that my dad and I shared together,
it will always remain my favorite.
DAVID SWENSON, CALIFORNIA

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