A .50BMG Rifle for Under $2000- The Noreen ULR – Review & Range Report

Noreen Firearms ULR – Direct from Noreen $1,999

Manatee Gun Club – 1000 Yard Range Tampa FL

When it comes to guns, cost and quality are usually tightly tied. If you want to charge more for your gun, you had better be using higher quality materials, and/or taking more care in it’s creation. And if you want to sell yours cheaper than everyone else, you better figure out what you are going to cut out that doesn’t effect performance.

That was my big question when I agreed to review the Noreen Firearms ULR, a .50BMG bolt action rifle with a built in heavy bipod, for $1,999. Noreen is known for their AR style firearms in large calibers (up to .338 Lapua). My first Noreen review was their .30-06 Long Range Assassin, and though the price on that gun is reasonable, Noreen isn’t known for guns on the cheap.

If you are new to rifles that shoot .50BMG (which stands for Browning Machine Gun), it is not a cheap niche of the firearms world to dip your toe into. My first 50 review was back in 2012, and it was a Barrett that currently sells for over $10,000. For shooters on a practical budget, the least expensive 50 I had found until now in a complete rifle was in the $2,400 range, and from what I can tell, that company is now gone.

A “name brand” Armalite single shot 50 retails for $3,300, without the bipod, and in a niche dominated by small manufacturers it is rare to find any decent 50 with good reviews under about that price. To me that was what made this Noreen so interesting. If it performs, this is a great deal on an entry level rifle.
So first off, the rifle does reliably go bang every time. In shooting over 30 rounds in the outing you see on the video, no parts shook loose or bent. The primers showed no pressure or headspace issues, and no shell stuck in the gun even a little. That alone is saying a lot in an inexpensive rifle.

I did have two issue with the gun, both of which I think have been answered sufficiently. The first is that the scope rail was not mounted plumb to the bore. This resulted in it being impossible to zero to scope to even the extreme left position on the adjustment turret of my Burris XTR-II 80-40 First Focal Plane scope, with the F-Class reticle. The groups you see here I had to shoot at the 8MOA to the right marking in the reticle. This is not an easily fixable problem, and when I contacted Noreen they admitted that a few guns had gotten out that were not bored correctly. I have had this gun for several months, and it was one of the early prototypes of this model. The problem has been rectified, and they have taken care of the people who got those few guns.

My other issue was the trigger, and you’ll see in the video that I measured it at 10 lbs. For a competition gun, that’s really a killer, and it effected my ability to shoot the gun for accuracy at distance. I forgot to mention the trigger when I emailed them about the rail, and I have since found on their website that the trigger is a Timney, and it is adjustable. To date I have not had the gumption to figure out how the gun comes apart, but I don’t think there is excuse to ship a gun with a 10 lb. trigger regardless. As they are all avid competition shooters, I am sure that the folks at Noreen would agree.

For you, as a potential buyer, I don’t think either of these issues with this particular test gun should be of much concern. If anything, it shows you that Noreen didn’t cherry pick or slick up the gun before sending it out (and I can’t tell you how many guns have come “new” from manufacturers over the years to me for review that were sent from a gunsmith shop, not the factory). These were clearly minor oversights that will not be a factor in a gun you would buy today.

But they did, unfortunately, keep me from shooting the gun at distance. As you can see, I was shooting at a public range in Tampa FL, and it’s a great range, except that they have a few overzealous range officers that make shooting there very unpleasant. As I was trying to narrow down what was going on with the scope adjustment, they hovered as if I was going to shoot rounds over the burm in what I guess in their self inflated minds would be my haste to burn $12 a round Hornady competition ammo. Then of course I couldn’t shoot the gun into less than 3.5″ at 200 yards. It wasn’t a good day, and because it is 4 hrs away from home, my days at that range are few.

Unlike the print mags, we don’t make up accuracy numbers and lie so that the gun companies will spend more money advertising with us. That heavy trigger cost me what appears to be potentially sub-MOA accuracy, and the out of plumb bore cost me half the day trying to figure out what was going on. It was funny in a not funny kind of way that it just so happened that another guy was there shooting a small manufacturer’s 50 cal, and he had the same out of plumb issue with his gun. It must be fairly common. His company was already out of business. Noreen will not suffer that fate, because as I said in my last article for them, these guys are genuine lifetime shooters, and they will figure out how to make it right at the reduced cost.

Where I think Noreen did cut corners on this gun is with fit, finish, and standardization of parts. But that is what I find the real value of this gun, because it tells me that they were trying to hit a pricepoint without compromising performance. I saw it as soon as I opened the case when it arrived. There is no fancy AR style stock on the ULR. It is a simple steel plate with a rubber buttpad welded to two guide rods. The guide rods are held in place with removable and ugly pins. The whole gun is butt ugly in fact, and I’m just going to say it. It’s an ugly gun with a big ugly bipod and an ugly stock and an ugly bolt and a paint job that looks like the home camo’d M1A that you’ll find in nearly every gunshop, that was taken in trade because the owner felt bad for the bubba who camo’d it.

But hey, it’s only 2 grand for a real 50 that goes bang every time and doesn’t fall apart when you shoot it. And I betcha that yours will prove to be MOAish with range ammo, and work perfectly.

The .50 Cal Experience

I know a lot of you out there are new to shooting and perhaps only have a plastic pistol and an AR. Of all the guns out there, I think the .50 Cal is the most misunderstood.

There is no destructive shock wave that follows a .50 Cal bullet along it’s path. My camera, as you can see, is only a couple feet off of bore axis, less than ten feet from the muzzle blast. It was not disturbed. So if you have read accounts of “pink mist” on near misses, a miss is a miss with a .50 just as much as any other rifle. Close only counts in horseshoes, hand grenades, and nuclear weapons.

The kick is also not what you’d think. This is a 32 lb. rifle, which is 5 to 6 times the weight of a .30-06 deer rifle, and the .30-06 kicks more as a result. I sat next to this gun to shoot it, which is generally not how you would shoot a .50 Cal. Normally you would shoot prone and get behind the gun. Nonetheless, I could have shot it non-stop and never flinched from recoil. It is that light kicking, due to the extreme weight.

If there was one “classic” .50 Cal thing you’ll see in the video, it is that the action is really hard to open. At first I thought that it was because the shells were sticking, but it was not. As I explained in the video, the bolt appears to be a “cock on open” type, and it takes a good deal of effort to cock. With two hands on the gun, you can get the bolt open with no shell, but with a recently fired round in the chamber, you really need a stick or hammer of some kind to bang it open. The case head is no worse for wear, and as I said, no shells stuck in the chamber even a little bit.

What do you need it for?

Well, for those of you who had to ask that question, perhaps you don’t need one. They are expensive to shoot, and ballisticaly, there are few applications where you could ever effectively use a 50 in practical life as it stands today. That I would grant you.

But for those of us who would never ask that question because it is blasphemous, it all boils down to money, and space. This gun is $2,000. Is it incrementally more firepower than yet another high end AR? Oh yea, it sure is. If you are worried that some day the black helicopters are going to be dropping paratroopers into your neighborhood (ie. the entire state of Texas), some real firepower never hurts.

For space, she’s a beast, but that stock collapses down to a total overall length of 48″. The barrel is 34″ total with the muzzle break, and thankfully the muzzle break is round and doesn’t have those ridiculous wings. If you shoot this at a public range, be aware that the side blast is significant. I enjoy standing in the breeze, but maybe that’s just me lol.

You can find cheap range ammo for usually $3-$5 per round, and sometimes cheaper in quality. Both Lee and Hornady make .50 cal reloading systems, and the Lee press is only like $255. Hodgedon makes a powder specifically for the .50BMG, and there is also a special size primer. The most popular bullet for 50BMG is the Hornady .510 AMAX, at just over $2 a bullet. There are other bullets at $1.50 and up.

If you plan to shoot competitively, I have seen independent reviews of this Noreen that put it in the sub-MOA range at long distance. I wasted a lot of ammo trying to figure out what was going on with that rail situation, but by the end of the day I got a few of those groups in the under 2 MOA range with fliers, and as you see in the video, the majority of the rounds in sub-MOA, using factory Hornady ammo, which is the best money can buy.

Competition shooting with a 50, beyond a local periodic fun shoot, is a science unto itself, and I would go visit a well attended shoot before you buy a rifle. With tuned loads, I’m sure this Noreen is capable of competitive performance, but you should go see what people are shooting before you show up with your fugly yet practical Noreen. That’s just my two cents.

Owning a 50 Cal while you can is what I would call mandatory for most of us out here in the choir. If you don’t have one, I think this is a really good investment that will never be worth less than you paid for it. If you Cerakote this Noreen one solid tan color you might even get more lol. I think the looks, performance and price all match up pretty good on the value of the gun, and I would not hesitate to purchase a Noreen ULR.

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  • dale August 24, 2017, 8:38 pm

    I love how people carry on about something they have never experienced a gun they have never shot and ready to trash a gun and company not having any experience with either–i have two noreens ulrs one in 338 lapua and one in 50 bmg—both great guns!!! at 200 hundred yards i can put bullets thru the same hole i have the targets and pics to prove it!! no stuck bolt handles no issues of any kind both guns were sighted in to 200 yards in less than 5 rounds and as of today i have ordered another! they may not be the best looking gun but i am shooting it not dancing with it– if you are interested in a experienced review of the gun email me–i know it from one end to the other–if you are interested in a great 50 bmg—-BUY IT !! you will never regret it—-

    • Lunavation October 27, 2017, 11:15 pm

      “Carrying on” may be something of an overstatement. 200yds with rounds through one hole for a .22lr would be noteworthy. With a reasonably expensive bolt-gun in .338 Lapua or .50BMG, not sure that is aspirational. Not a slam, yes it is a challenge, but not exactly aspirational.

  • Leonard Tozzolo July 4, 2017, 1:16 am

    I am loooking at the Barrett Model 99 for $3500.00 NIB. My 1st 50. What do you boys think?

    Thank You,
    Leonard Tozzolo

  • Warren March 12, 2017, 4:04 am

    Typical Noreen junk. I bought a Noreen BN 308 and it was an over priced, under engineered POS. After 2 trips back to Noreen, changing buffers, springs, and even the style of bolt, and even adding an adjustable gas block, They could not get it to cycle reliably without piercing primers and severely over gassing it. The brass that came out of it, if it came out, was beat to shit. The owner finally told me they got it to function with Lapua ammo, and that no AR functioned with all ammo. Basically told me to get lost. These guys are using their customers for their R&D and should be avoided, even if a few people got some rifles that would run out of them. A RUBBER MALLET SHIPS WITH THE GUN? WHAT MORE DO YOU NEED TO KNOW?

  • Robert Kling January 10, 2017, 10:10 am

    This rifle has been on the market for several years. Youtube has many reviews of it from 2011. So the canted rail should not be called a “prototype” error. It was just lousy QC by Noreen.

    • Paul Helinski January 10, 2017, 1:19 pm

      That was a different gun, and about $1000 more. But to some degree the complaints are 100% valid of course.

  • Gary J January 9, 2017, 6:40 pm

    I have this rifle it was shipped to me with a rubber mallet to open the bolt. I put some gun juice on it when it was new you and it helped,you now tap the bolt instead of beating it. I don’t remember what brand of bipod ?your standard AR bipod is what mine came with and the rubber feet didn’t last long. There is a set screw that holds the ?( guide bar) for the bipod stripped out so now the guide bar/bipod falls off. But with all that I can hit an object the size of a car tire at a mile with it.

  • Scott January 9, 2017, 5:50 pm

    Are you F….ng kidding me? You really think this is a good buy? Where do I start?
    1- A 50bmg bolt that cocks on open_ and retains the cartridge as you are trying to manually chamber it! OK!
    2- A 2,000.00 firearm that you have to carry a hammer, or chunk of wood- wherever you go to unlock the bolt!
    3- ANY new high power rifle with a 10lb Timney trigger! Really, you don’t believe any of these issues should be of concern to a potential buyer. Now that’s an UNBIASED review for ya.
    4- A 50 bmg that will only shoot 1-3/4 moa, not to mention a scope rail not parallel with the bore that had to be fixed.
    5- A new rifle with a rattle can paint job, poor fit on the parts, a buttstock retained by cotter pins, with a welded steel plate for
    a shoulder pad. 34 lbs- 34lbs- 34lbs
    Well Paul you can rip me as you have others who have posted here, but your review speaks for itself. I would not own this POS if you gave it to me- period!
    I understand it isn’t a .50 cal, but Savage makes a great .338 Lapua 110 stealth, with a great precision chassis for 1400.00! Oh and by the way, they are magazine fed (not single shot) 11lbs, and sub moa out of the box!

    • Paul Helinski January 9, 2017, 7:04 pm

      I don’t have to trash you. You did it yourself. And I paid a loooooot less for my Stealth lol. Review coming soon.

      • Me August 29, 2017, 1:05 am

        Lol to quote you:
        So first off, the rifle does reliably go bang every time. In shooting over 30 rounds in the outing you see on the video, no parts shook loose or bent. The primers showed no pressure or headspace issues, and no shell stuck in the gun even a little. That alone is saying a lot in an inexpensive rifle.
        Looks like way stuck for a hammer to open the bolt. Over 1 moa on a 2K rifle is crap bud

    • Shepherd2305 April 30, 2017, 12:12 am

      I have to agree with Scott. All the points he makes sound good to me, the big one is you manually load the cartridge onto a COCKED bolt, that’s just dangerous…a close second would be having to use a tool to get it open… BUT its a 50 BMG rifle…freakin awesome! Now the 50 I’ve been eyeballin, just to use for fun, is the Serbu RN-50. Its msrp is $1199 and from what I’ve read, it has sub-moa accuracy.

  • Jim January 9, 2017, 4:08 pm

    For about $700 more you can purchase a GOOD 50BMG. Check out State Arms, from Bancroft, WI. I have their Shorty Action, but replaced the worn out barrel (I’m the 3rd owner and know the 1st 2 owners) with a 35″ Feddersen. It does have a .554 chamber and I only feed it my hand loaded ammo. It is now bedded in a Manners Carbon Fiber Stock, but I can easily put it back into it’s original chassis.

    It too, is a Shell Holder Bolt, and I have never had to use a mallet to open my bolt after firing. And, I pushing some pretty hot 800 gr Brass Boreriders (Lehigh) at 2875 fps. I’ll put this gun up against any FCSA 50 out there.

    • Roger January 10, 2017, 5:17 am

      I’ve got an old State Arms 16″ shorty made by GEOAZ with a titanium break. I never have had a problem removing the spent round with the bolt. A rifle like this is only a little over $2400. But keep in mind the ammo is not cheap and the Scope. Be prepared to go thru several $1000. scopes if you shoot a lot. i also have a single shot Iver Johnson / AMAC – Ultimate Accuracy 50. These were used by the military in the Falklands. paid the same for this as my shorty. Everyone needs to own at least one 50.

  • Oaf January 9, 2017, 2:49 pm

    Get a piece of brass pipe, 8 to 10 inches long, that will fit over the bolt handle to use as a “cheater” to open it instead of hammering it. Seems like that would be far easier and faster than pounding it open. Looks like a 1″ ID pipe would fit over the knob on the bolt. You can even reduce the cheater handle down to 3/4″ by using a 1″ x 2″ long brass nipple to go over the bolt knob and a 1″ to 3/4″ reducer fitting for less bulk.

    • Paul Helinski January 9, 2017, 3:33 pm

      Yea but it is more likely to ruin that great finish on the gun lol.

  • CWO John M. Miller (RET) "OLE CRAB" January 9, 2017, 12:22 pm

    I would imagine the designers at NOREEN have studied the accidents with the early “SHELL HOLDER” bolts.
    The firing pin could be knocked from full cock by bumping the bolt in a certain way while trying to load those
    early rifles. Since the cartridge is firmly held by the bolt, the cartridge fired either out of the rifle, or as the bolt
    was being inserted into the receiver with disastrous consequences !!! You can’t hold the bolt part way closed
    against 50.000 PSI with your hand if the firing pin were to trip accidentally !!! This should be investigated
    to see if the design prevents this. Just saying !!! Ole CRAB

  • Jim January 9, 2017, 11:01 am

    Nice article, I’d love to be able to afford one of the $10K plus rifles, and in reality I could but not willing to invest so much for the use I would get out of it. I bought one of the new Serbu RN-50 rifles they brought out last year. Ugly trigger but fun to shoot. The concept of having a break open 50BMG with a chamber cap seems strange but works well for me. No need to hammer the bolt open and with a simple external hammer to cock, pretty simple to operate. I’m also not too worried about what the “Upper Crust” thinks about my or your crude rifle, they work for what they are designed for and I bought it with the understanding that it was an entry level rifle. With that, I’ve been extremely pleased with it and so far have about 60 rounds down the pipe.. Thanks again for an informative article

    • Don January 9, 2017, 11:43 am

      What about accuracy? Did you buy stock, bipod or what are you using?

  • JCitizen January 9, 2017, 10:44 am

    Shoot, if I was going to do that, I’d just get a 50 SHTF upper single shot, for an even cheaper price, and probably still get at least as good performance. Last I shot one at 1000 yards, the accuracy was more than acceptable, and I was using about the worst US surplus .50 cal BMG ammo you could use. I was shooting the magazine fed model though – not sure if that would have any affect on accuracy.

    • Paul Helinski January 9, 2017, 11:26 am

      We are hoping to get the Ferret into our pages here, but so far it hasn’t worked out with them. He makes whole rifles now and they are awesome, but more pricey than they used to be.

      • JCitizen January 9, 2017, 1:28 pm

        Thanks for the review – I wish you all the luck on future articles!

  • Don January 9, 2017, 10:23 am

    What about the recently released Serbu RN50?

    • Paul Helinski January 9, 2017, 11:27 am

      We would love to get it in, but they have been unresponsive to requests.

  • Dave January 9, 2017, 9:39 am

    She’s big. She’s ugly. She’s expensive to shoot. And she’s a pain to load and unload. But they all get pretty around closing time. Let’s face it; the reason for a private citizen to own a 50BMG is bragging rights to the biggest and badest toy on the block. If you can do it for the price of a real nice .223 or .308, and you want those bragging rights, then it sounds like Noreen has done it’s job with the URL.

  • SteveO January 9, 2017, 9:36 am

    I have a 300 win mag. Was shooting Fed GMM 190 grain and the bolt opened fine, no hammering. I shot the ABM 230 grain OT Hybrids and had a tight chamber, had to almost hammer the bolt open due to over-pressure. The head space has to be off on that gun. I have never shot a 50BMG, but I can’t imagine any manufacturing requiring you to hammer the bolt open like what was shown on this video. I would not buy this, if I wanted a 50BMG I would look elsewhere. I guess the review helped me decide against this gun.

  • Kris Parks January 9, 2017, 9:33 am

    Also about the hammer thing I had the same thing happen with my armalite but found out later it was because of overpowered loads from ball ammo federal American eagle. I pulled bullets on an entire box which had three different colors of primer paint. It was what I figured they were loaded on three different presses and all had different powder measures and the one was almost 40 grains heavy which made the neck expand to be too tight in the gun to turn the bolt for extraction. Do not know what ammo the tester was using during the test but it may have just been an ammo thing.

    • Paul Helinski January 9, 2017, 9:59 am

      No. If you had bothered to read and watch, you would see that I used Hornady Ammo, which is the most consistent in the industry. As I explained, it is hard to open even with no shell in the chamber, do to the short bolt handle and a cock on open methodology.

  • Will Drider January 9, 2017, 9:18 am

    Good review of marginal product. By the econemy of design, it is not a firearm that can be quickly reloaded. The unacceptable bolt opening difficulty be it from tight lockup or firing pin cocking is a sale killer. Having to beat the bolt handle can not be good for the rifle over the long term and the lateral shock impact transmitted to the scope could kill it any time. Sliding a pipe over the bolt handle could provide additional leverage to overcome the resistance instead of beating on it. You must also consider the friction/wear on the contacting parts that cause the hard bolt opening: How many cycles will they last? Will it get harder as these cam contact points flatten out? A seperate cocking device may better serve the design. There was no information on a “Safety”. I could not find a Users manual on line. Does it have one? Does it auto reset on cocking?
    If you are willing to endure its flaws, it may be relatively inexpensive to buy now but what will you have down the road?

  • Kris Parks January 9, 2017, 9:18 am

    State Arms .50’s can be had for around 2200 for a short barrel and 2400 and up for long barrel models. I have a rebel which I had Larry put the bigger break from the big bertha on and also had him lower the trigger pull on. I opted for the rebel so I could have the option to shoot all ammo and save money but ultimately you would want to shoot match ammo anyway the ball shoots about 2.5 Moa for me. Even without the match barrel that comes on the bertha model for a couple hundred more dollars I shoot sub moa all day with the same 750 amax hornady ammo used in this review. Which by the way I get at 6.70 a round by buying in 100 round bulk at bobs army navy in clearfield pa. My trigger breaks at 12 oz and it shoots like a dream with the larger break on it. In my opinion this is the best .50 for the money. It shoots nicer than the single shot barrel and I shot better groups than with my original .50 which was the armalite. I have shot sub moa out to 800 yards with it but have not yet shot sub moa at 1000. Admittedly that was more likely my fault and not the rifle.

    • JCitizen January 9, 2017, 11:03 am

      I used to have a State Arms early Klaus Horstkamp built action. It was fun putting different machine gun barrels on that action just to see what kind of accuracy I could get. With a ratty old HBMG barrel I was getting 4″ groups at 300 meters. Not bad for a throw together rig. I loved the iron cross proof marks on the action, as Klaus was sending them to Germany to have them hardened and proofed in those days.

  • cawpin January 9, 2017, 8:42 am

    “Unlike the print mags, we don’t make up accuracy numbers and lie so that the gun companies will spend more money advertising with us.”

    That’s an awful big accusation. I stopped reading right there.

    • Paul Helinski January 9, 2017, 10:00 am

      Well then I have some Florida land to sell you that will be perfect for you to build your dream house. It is time to start calling the presstitutes for what they are.

      • Ricky bobby January 9, 2017, 11:05 am

        What a piece of junk. That rifle should have never left the factory as it was. Even if it was early production it says there qc is crap. Even if they make sure the scope mounting holes are true and they preset the trigger to 4lbs its still a $2k shell holder single shot that shot horriable for the ammo used. There are several ar uppers (safty harbor, farret( yes its ferret not barret for those that dont know) etc ) , with mags, that are cheaper and way better quality. The AR50 may also be a single shot, and $1500 more, but ive never had to jiggle the dam bolt to find the “slot” so it will chamber a round. Should have called it like it is on this one, junk. Heck why not just recommend a Vulcan/hesse to someone. :/

  • Chris Tucker January 9, 2017, 8:39 am

    I needed a lot of dressing to choke down this word salad..
    Your first .50 experience was in 2012 and since you haven’t found one lesss than 10k to eval…? One company falls in mind. Serbu. They would NEVER shill out a piece of crap like this health hazard. EIGHT MOA because of bore issues?!? And released to the public that way.. Wow..
    Guess I’ll leave it there.
    “Plastic pistol, and an AR”… I guess that says it all right there.


    • Paul Helinski January 9, 2017, 10:04 am

      The Serbu is like $2,700 with the bipod, and the bipod they sell isn’t as rugged as this one. You probably don’t own one, and yes, I actually own 4 50 cals myself, including the Armalite. When they can sell a gun with a bipod for $2000, it’s a comparison. Otherwise it is not, and you should pull your head out of your ass.

  • Madhatter January 9, 2017, 8:15 am

    Go buy a Safety harbor instead, way better gun same money. No bolt removal or hammer needed.

  • BigC January 9, 2017, 8:08 am

    A $2000.00 zip-gun!!!!! I’ve seen a lot of totally useless, over-priced, crap in my years and this thing is right up there!!

  • Infidel7.62 January 9, 2017, 7:59 am

    I have shot my cousin’s .50 McMillan single shot bolt action .50 and never had a problem getting the bolt open. It’s a little lighter @28 lbs. and I thought the kick was about like 12 ga. 2 3/4″ slugs in an 870.

  • Steve January 9, 2017, 7:57 am

    What a piece of c**p. My Air Force skeleton survival rifle has the same stock configuration.
    With this ” a fool and his money are soon parted”.

  • Pseudo January 9, 2017, 7:38 am

    Yes I had to laugh out loud (LOL) at hammering the bolt out, Mosin Nagant “sticky bolt” anyone?

  • Amir Fazadh January 9, 2017, 7:36 am

    LOL @Draino! You got that right, buddy!

    As far as it being fugly, that has less to do with anything than my ability to afford to feed it. It’s definitely a niche piece, not sure I want to pay $3-12 a shot (reloads notwithstanding)! I can usually zero a long gun in 4-5 shots, so that’s $15 to (gulp) $60 plus range fees just get to zero. I’ll wait a bit, see if one pops up used…

  • Dan Smyth January 9, 2017, 7:16 am

    Take the bolt out to load and then need a hammer to unlock the bolt? That’s no deal in my book.

  • Wayne W. January 9, 2017, 6:48 am

    Please tell me what 50 BMG rifle are you referring to in your article that is not operation anymore.
    I bought a small 50 BMG a few years ago and am wondering which one u r talking about.

    • Paul Helinski January 9, 2017, 9:55 am

      I don’t remember the name. I had never heard of it before.

  • Jay January 9, 2017, 6:06 am

    Give the range guys a break. There’s no telling what they had to put up with before you got there.

    • Paul Helinski January 9, 2017, 9:56 am

      That is the problem. We all deal with bullshit from morons in our lives. You don’t treat everyone like an incompetent fool because you have encountered a few incompetent fools.

  • Joe January 9, 2017, 5:48 am

    A BMG .50 cal $2000.00 Fred Flintstone special…

  • Gary Huffman January 9, 2017, 4:19 am

    Liked the gun till I saw how much trouble it was too load and unload!!! I’d be lucky to get one shot off if Charlie was coming off the ridge!! Not for me!!!

  • Jason January 9, 2017, 2:52 am

    You would think that someone surely must Q.C. their products before they leave?Geez even a $250 Savage axis gets better Q.C.
    Not impressed with their products.Seems to be lots of issues with Noreen rifles.

  • DRAINO January 8, 2017, 8:52 am

    Interesting rifle concept. I bet they will be able to get the price down before too long. They have to do something about that bolt though. $2000 and you need a hammer to open the bolt??? I get the heavy springs are needed for the firing pin…..but DANG!!! I like the simplicity. And if I lived out west where I could exercise it regularly, it would definitely be a possibility. I’d be interested in a review at longer ranges with one that doesn’t have a jacked up scope mount. Good initial review though.

  • DRAINO January 8, 2017, 8:10 am

    Close also counts in common core math….LOL!!!!! May it die a quick death.

    • Steve January 9, 2017, 7:59 am

      Close also counts in horseshoes and hand grenades 😂

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