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FEATURE | CARTRIDGE

shoot experimental guns. In 1982, a portrait
photographer from Tennessee brought his
ginned up .50 cal. semi-automatic made out of
surplus Browning parts and some goodies of
his own design to try out. We only had access
at the time to a close by 200-yard range and he
only had .50 cal. ball ammo. The creation shot
decently at that time with groups around 3 to 4
inches and it was fun to shoot. In my opinion,
it had real military application. By the way,
the photographer's name was Ronnie Barrett.
Maybe you've heard of him. Of course, the .50
Browning round is well-represented in combat
history and this is just one more operational
element for this effective cartridge. Nowadays,
for civilian precision shooting some really good
match bullets are made for it. And, the big and
awesome .50 cal. is used by the Fifty-Caliber
Shooting Association for their various fun-filled
competitions held around the country. You can
still find surplus ball ammunition for about $3 a
round. However, the .50 cal. has some "minor"
weight, recoil and noise drawbacks if used in
rifles that one can pack around.
A friend, Jerry Haskins who coincidentally
once lived in Rifle, CO, moved to Rogers, AR, in
1983 and called me to see if I would like to test

out his new RAP special operation (Delta Force/
Special Forces) target interdiction .50 and his
.338-.416 Rigby Magnum chambered rifles. I
quickly said yes and his assistant, along with a
batch of .338/416 and .50-cal. Swedish Raufous
ammunition showed up in Colorado. We took
them to a 600-yard range east of Denver.
These stunningly beautiful, ultra-futuristic
looking rifles were decades ahead of their time
in design. The .50-cal. I fired was a single-shot
short-bolt rifle designed for "lightweight"
transport and airborne operations for Special
Forces. The idea: covertly parachute behind
enemy lines and kill enemy radar sites, missile
support gear or the missile itself-hence
the name "target interdiction rifle." Back
then, the special .50s were not intended for
shooting personnel, just equipment. This was
long before hand-held laser guidance, and it
was more quietly innocent to operate than a
750-pound laser-guided bomb, especially in
certain types of covert operations. Weighing in
at about 13 pounds (sans scope), the Haskins
gun was lightweight and yes, it smarted a
bit when fired-but in all the excitement you
would barely feel it bump you.
When Haskins' assistant produced some new
Swedish Raufous rounds, I let one loose at
a 5-inch thick steel plate at 600 yards, and
it lit up with a bright white light from the

This 6.5mm Creedmoor
load from Federal includes
a Berger 130-grain hybrid
open tip match bullet.
Muzzle velocity is 2,875 fps
and at 500 yards, 2,104 fps.

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