Any suggestions?

A bit of a departure here–this post is not about gun rights, although it is about guns. Back in April, I wrote about my plan to have an AR type pistol built, chambered for the .50 Beowulf. Don’t ask me why–I can’t really think of a practical use for it. I guess I just liked the idea of upsetting the bed-wetters on three fronts–it would be a handgun (sort of), it would be an “assault pistol,” and it would be .50 caliber (I figure that most of the people I’m trying to upset wouldn’t be aware that the .50 Beowulf has nowhere near the power of the .50 BMG that so terrifies them).

At the time, there actually was a company (Bohica Tool) that offered an AR pistol upper reciever in .50 Beowulf.

A completed gun would look like this:

I could not find a phone number for them, but I emailed them more than once. I didn’t particularly worry about the lack of a response, because I had heard that they could be hard to get in touch with.

Well, by last week (I had kind of put the whole project on the back burner in the meantime), I figured that my original emails would have been answered by then, if they were going to be answered at all, so I looked again for contact information, only to find out that their website (and presumably the company) no longer exists.

So much for that idea. Actually, I had heard that someone at Olympic Arms had built a .50 Beowulf pistol based on Olympic’s OA series pistols (which incorporate the buffer tube into the upper receiver, so it doesn’t stick out the back, therefore saving the extra length of the buffer tube)–Oly Arms’ “regular” OA series pistols (.223, instead of .50 Beowulf) look like this:

I (briefly) thought I had found the insane blaster of my dreams, until I came to understand that it’s not particularly likely to ever hit the market.

So, does anyone have any ideas about how I can make this project, in some form or another, come about? I’m not quite married to the .50 Beowulf caliber–.458 SOCOM, .450 Bushmaster, .475 Tremor, and .499 Leitner-Weis (and probably others) would also be possibilities (although I’m still leaning to the Beowulf).

I have no mechanical skills, and can’t drop a gazillion dollars on something for which I still haven’t come up with a practical use, so I realize this request will be tough to grant, but if anyone has a suggestion, lay it on me.

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7 Responses to “Any suggestions?”

  1. dwlawson Says:

    I figure that most of the people I’m trying to upset wouldn’t be aware that the .50 Beowulf has nowhere near the power of the .50 BMG that so terrifies them

    Dude, they’re terrified of a .50 Musket!
    http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=local&id=5678702

  2. 45superman Says:

    Dude, they’re terrified of a .50 Musket!
    http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=local&id=5678702

    I was thinking of that when I wrote about the number 50 being what seems to frighten them so badly.

  3. opaww Says:

    The only one producing AR style rifles in this cal. is bushmaster but they don’t make them in pistol versions. But they do make the AR-15 in pistol so they might be able to make one in one of the cals you want.

  4. John Hardin Says:

    .50AE perhaps?

    http://www.tromix.com/Tromix_50AE.htm

    Not sure if they’d be willing to produce a pistol variant, tho.

  5. 45superman Says:

    .50AE perhaps?

    http://www.tromix.com/Tromix_50AE.htm

    Not sure if they’d be willing to produce a pistol variant, tho

    Hmm–interesting. I should probably give them a shout. Thanks.

  6. arcticelf Says:

    Well, .50beowulf is supposed to be lower compatible (and mag compatible if you bend the feed lips out a bit). There are (were, I haven’t looked lately) several .223 AR Pistols.

    If you got one of those, and a regular .50beowulf upper you would be most of the way there. Then you can have the barrel cut down to what ever length you want.

    The work on your end should be minimal, as they are _supposed to be_ drop in parts. We all know how well that really works though.

    If I ever get around to building a .50 wulf, or some other big bore AR I’ll shoot you the details on what I did.

    AE

  7. 45superman Says:

    If I ever get around to building a .50 wulf, or some other big bore AR I’ll shoot you the details on what I did.

    I would be much obliged, AE.

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