The .50 Browning Machine Gun (.50 BMG, 12.7×99mm NATO and designated as the 50 Browning by the C.I.P.) is a .50 in (12.7 mm) caliber cartridge developed for the M2 Browning machine gun in the late 1910s, entering official service in 1921. Under STANAG 4383, it is a standard service cartridge for NATO forces as well as many non-NATO countries. The cartridge itself has been made in many variants: multiple generations of regular ball, tracer, armor-piercing (AP), incendiary, and saboted sub-caliber rounds. The rounds intended for machine guns are made into a continuous belt using metallic links.
The .50 BMG cartridge is also used in anti-materiel rifles. A wide variety of ammunition is available, and the availability of match grade ammunition has increased the usefulness of .50 caliber rifles by allowing more accurate fire than lower quality rounds.

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  1. rangerstx4

    Yellow Tip 50cal identification help

    My grandpa was a rock hound that spent a lot of time in the Southwest. I got an old wooden box of oddball cartridges from him a while back. A lot of 43 head stamped, spent 50 cal cases. Guessing he came across an old gunnery range. One had this yellow tipped round that’s obviously been fired...
  2. tac

    Beautiful new TVM leftie 50cal flinter....

    here - Enjoy! tac
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