Add another big bore rifle to the market: the Caracal CS50. The new CS50 is part of the company’s Tactical Sniper Rifle (TSR) line and is chambered in the famous .50 BMG cartridge.
There is not a lot of information yet on the Caracal CS50, but we do know that it is a bolt-action rifle fed from a detachable magazine. The gun uses a 7075 aluminum receiver and stock, with a stainless steel bolt and barrel. The stock is designed to be lightweight and is supposed to fold for easy transport.
As with many .50 BMG rifles, the CS50 is a large, heavy rifle. The barrel length is approximately 31″ and the overall length of the gun is a little more than 60″. Unloaded and without optics or a bipod, the gun weighs in at almost 19 pounds. Compare this to the Bushmaster BA50 that has a 30″ barrel, 58″ overall length and 30 pound weight.
The CS50 has Picatinny rails for the attachment of optics and a bipod. There is also a Picatinny rail on the bottom of the buttstock for the addition of a stabilizing monopod. Caracal states the CS50 has a “recoil absorption system,” but does not describe the system or how it works.
Caracal does not talk about a sound suppressor for this rifle, but the photos show a CS50 rifle with a suppressor-like device in place over the barrel and brake, while another photo shows the same device removed and placed next to the rifle. On Caracal’s website, there is a reference to suppressors in the accessory section, but there are no details or photos of anything that looks like what is in the CS50 photos.
Caracal CS50 Specifications
|standard magazine capacity||five rounds|
|weight (unloaded)||18.75 pounds|
|stock||7075 aluminum, detachable and adjustable|
I would expect to see the Caracal CS50 rifle on display at the 2014 SHOT Show, along with all of the other new guns from this company. The company appears to be revamping their product line, and the CS50 looks to be a solid part of the new line-up.