The Noreen ULR Is Your New Favorite .50 Cal BMG Handgun

John Browning designed his .50 caliber Browning Machine Gun round during World War I to punch holes in German tanks and airplanes from a distance.

Today, the famed BMG is still getting it done even a century after the Kaiser vacated his throne. After all, 761 grains of lead on a hotdog-sized bullet are no laughing matter and have managed to endure the test of time. However, using a 100-pound machine gun or a 20-pound rifle to rattle it off is so 20th Century as Noreen Firearms in Belgrade, Montana has just announced a pistol chambered in the venerable .50 BMG.The single-shot Noreen ULR pistol still uses a 16.5-inch barrel to generate a little bit of velocity and a short-action manual bolt to cycle the ammo. Fitted with a Timney trigger and A2 style pistol grip, it also has a threaded barrel for muzzle devices (it comes with a brake installed) or really big suppressors. Weight is in the 16-pound range, so this isn’t an EDC piece by any means. MSRP is $1,500.

By Michael Crites

Michael Crites is el jefe around here. He has spent more than 30 years shooting, learning about guns, and collecting firearms old and new. He holds his Oregon Concealed Handgun License, and enjoys testing products in the back 40 of his farm.

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