The world’s best snipers are known to be masters of patience and always well-trained—but without the right equipment, there’s always that potential for shortcomings.
In most cases, that right equipment means having access to the perfect rifle that one can count on to do the job precisely each and every time. And for many top-notch snipers out there, the C15 long-range sniper weapon—commercially known as the McMillan TAC-50—often does the trick.
According to Ian D’Costa at We Are the Mighty, “this is the rifle which has broken the world record for longest kill on three separate occasions over the last fifteen years.”
He continues: “In March 2002 during Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan, Canadian sniper Arron Perry broke Carlos Hathcock’s thirty-five-year record with a confirmed kill at 2,526 yards. Later that month, another Canadian sniper, Rob Furlong, topped Perry with a shot ranging 2,657 yards. Recently, it was reported that yet another Canadian set and holds the world record—now at a mind-blowing 3,540 yards … that’s over half a mile longer than Furlong’s 2002 kill!”
The TAC-50, which was first designed way back in the 1980s, “is a long-range anti-material and sniper rifle, produced by McMillan Brothers Rifles company. Its designation denotes ‘tactical’ and .50 BMG (12.7×99 mm) caliber,” according to the site military-today.com.
MilitaryFactory.com has added that “primary operators of the TAC-50 include the United States Navy SEALs (weapon designated as the Mk 15), the Canadian Army (as the C15 Long Range Sniper Weapon—LRSW), French Navy commandos, Turkish Army Mountain Commandos and Israeli special forces elements. The TAC-50 is primarily marketed towards military and law enforcement agencies and has been in service/production since 2000. It has seen combat action with U.S. forces in the ongoing war in Afghanistan.”
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As for the weapon itself, the TAC-50 tips the scales at twenty-six pounds with an overall length of fifty-seven inches. Meanwhile, the barrel comes in at nearly thirty inches.
“While optics are optional, they are essential in regards to the role of the TAC-50. The standard included sights of the rifle are adjustable while a 5-25x telescopic sight is standard in some military services—particularly with the Canadian Armed Forces,” the site says.
“Effective range with accuracy for the TAC-50 is listed out to two thousand meters and slightly beyond depending on training and operating conditions—nonetheless, an amazing ‘reach’ for such a large caliber weapon. … Beyond penetration of armored targets, the TAC-50 can engage personnel hidden behind masonry walls. The firing action revolves around a manually operated rotating bolt system, consistent with other McMillan rifle designs,” it continues.
Ethen Kim Lieser is a Washington state-based Science and Tech Editor who has held posts at Google, The Korea Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, AsianWeek, and Arirang TV. Follow or contact him on LinkedIn.