Got it shot it, reloaded it. Shot it more. Love the thing. Haven't had the real estate to shoot this thing at distance yet, but love the fun so far. Somehow, Serbu make the kick less than my Mosin Nagant. I can only fire about 20 rounds out of that thing, this? I can fire as much as I have the money for rounds.
For purchase, please see our BFG-50 Deposit page here.
The BFG-50™ - the first design from Serbu Firearms - is a bolt action, single shot rifle.
The BFG-50 is constructed using the most modern manufacturing methods and is made from the highest quality MIL-spec alloy steels. In continuous production since 1999, the BFG-50™ was Mark Serbu's first rifle design. It has been thoroughly proven with over 2000 rifles delivered. While the price of this gun is incredibly reasonable, the low quality that one usually expects with a low price is not a fact of life with the BFG-50™. How can this be done? Low overhead, and a design that's optimized for manufacturability as well as performance and quality. The BFG-50™ is a perfect gun for the enthusiast who has always wanted to have a .50 BMG rifle, but doesn't want to spend $3,000+ to get one.
|Caliber||.50 BMG (California-legal .50 DTC also available)|
|Length||51.5" standard, 56.75" for 36" barrel, carbine is 43"|
|Weight||18.75 lbs for 29.5" std BBL, 26.75 lbs for 36.0" heavy BBL, 15.25 lbs for 22.0" carbine (weights do not include scope, bipod, etc.)|
|Barrel||Match grade alloy steel, 1:15 twist, 29.5" (22.0" carbine), or 36" heavy, custom taper - many options available|
|Muzzle Brake||Highly Effective "Shark Brake", Threaded 1.00-14 RH|
|Fire Control||AR-15 trigger and safety, custom hammer, spring-loaded firing pin. Average trigger pull is approx. 6.0 lbs|
|Scope Mount||Screwed-on Picatinny rail. Optional 30MOA base is $50 extra.|
|Bipod||Custom BFG-50™ bipod available (shown above)|
|Finish||Parkerized (manganese phosphate)|
© Serbu Firearms, Inc. 2019. Specifications subject to change.
|Standard Rifle - 29.5" Barrel||$2,395|
|Carbine - 22" Barrel||$2,395|
|Heavy - 36" Barrel||$2,645|
Optional Add-On Item
Shipping Cost (w/case)
|Standard / Carbine Rifle (flambeau)||$100|
|Heavy Barrel (wood)||$125|
Standard Rifle + Bipod + Shipping
Standard Rifle + Shipping
Carbine Rifle + Bipod + Shipping
Carbine Rifle + Shipping
Heavy Barrel Rifle + Bipod + Shipping
Heavy Barrel Rifle + Shipping
© Serbu Firearms, Inc. 2019. Specifications subject to change.
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BFG-50 Exploded View
No matter which scope you get, make sure that it is rated for .50 BMG recoil. The two listed below both are.
SWFA Model SS - approx $350
Millet Model LRS - approx $400-450 depending on when and where you get it.
You want low height rings. We recommend IOR Valdada low rings, however, Vortex is said to make a good set of strong low rings.
Stay away from American Eagle in the black box, if possible. Soft brass getting stuck in the chamber and being difficult to extract has been a commonly reported problem. You're welcome to try it out for yourself, but please be aware of its issues.
Online suppliers such as Freedom Munitions, unammo.com, and 50bmgsupply.com are all great options.
Great ammo we currently test fire with: American Marksman .50 BMG M33 Ball Ammunition, 660 Grain, FMJ.
I recently purchased the BFG-50 carbine and I’m quite happy with it. It’s a very well made rifle for the price. The chamber is a little tight, so be ready for that, work the bolt hard and fast, or bring a rubber mallot. Accuracy with Federal XM33C is about 1.5 MOA and muzzle velocity averaged 2650. The recoil is about like a 12 gauge with buckshot, a good hard shove, so wear elbow pads if you’re planning on shooting a lot from the prone. It was also enough to loosen my scope rings (which were torqued to spec) after only 40 rounds, so be sure to have solid mounts/rings and use some loctite. The muzzle blast is impressive, it’ll throw dirt and grass everywhere, so make sure to inform the people around you and wear some eye and ear protection. I’ll update this as I get to know the rifle better.
I have had my Serbu 50 BMG for almost 2 years and I love it. Very fun to shoot, Never had any issues with her so far. I do have a question about the barrel thread size as I plan to get suppressed. Does Serbu recommend any suppressor over another ?
I've run several hundred rounds through this by now. I opted for the 36" heavy...(holy moly heavy). Many people ask what the kick is like, I say roughly that of a 12 gauge (when it's on its bi-pod). I'd say my wife's Mosin Nagant kicks harder (shoulder fired). I haven't been able to shoot at much range yet as Cali is particularly hard to find placed to go. I had to wait for what seemed like forever, but totally worth it. The only down side is finding a freaking case for this thing.
I got the 29.5" barrel, chambered in .50 DTC. Shooting my own handloads (LeHigh 650gr Brass Solids, CCI#35 primers, new RUAG Brass, and 232gr H50BMG) I get >1 MOA!!!! Sub-MOA with a .50 cal. I can't believe it. I wish I could post pictures on here. This gun, is phenomenal in terms of accuracy. If you are gonna get this gun, I recommend upgrading it with a "Hogue OverMolded Pistol Grip AR-15" it's made out of rubber, and overall feels better than the plastic one that comes with the gun. The recoil isn't bad either, I can shoot it prone without a shirt on and it doesn't hurt one bit. It might even kick less than my 30-06, but I can't tell the concussion from the shot is too distracting. However there are two minor "problems" with the gun... The lower wobbles a tad, but nothing to worry about. Secondly, the extractor that grabs the rim of the case doesn't want to move out of the way which causes the "difficult bolt close". The trick is to apply a forward force at the base of the bolt handle and simultaneously apply a rearward force at the top of the bolt handle and close the bolt normally. This helps that extractor get out of the way so you can close the bolt. This problem goes away with normal use though so don't stress it. I use Burris XTR Signature rings in combination with a Vortex Viper PST 6-24x50 scope and I would highly recommend that combination. (Loctite may be necessary.) Overall: Affordable, Accurate (Capable of sub-MOA), durable, and great customer service.
Mark I appreciate all that you and your shop put into manufacturing these 50s. I looked at everything out there and hands down your Carbine model smoked em. So I bought one a couple years ago. Extremely nice gun, quality is second to none. From a Veteran Marine and gun parts manufacturer I'm here to tell you if you're in the market for a single shot 50 the Serbu is the best you can get. In the Corps its shoot move communicate, at 17lbs for my 50 carbine he has that covered in spades.
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I have the carbine version. I had several deaths in the immediate family so it got put into the safe for a few years and forgotten about. It had a problem with the bolt and even after several years when I finally sat down and figured it out, Mark stood behind it and sent me a new bolt. I can't say enough good things about Mark and his company!!! He's been around for some time now and you can buy with confidence. The BFG 50 is a well made rifle and all my friends love it too since 50 cal. rifles are now banned in Ca. thanks to our former governor. (that Nazi Schwarzenegger) A solid 5 stars for this rifle and Mark's company Serbu Firearms!!! I love them and will continue to make purchases into the future!!!!
These rifles are truly a work of art, simplistic in design and yet packed with features other designers wouldn't even think of. I've owned one for many years having put nearly 8K rounds downrange in the time I've owned it and it's still a tack driver out to nearly 2K meters! For a economical target .50 cal. rifle it can't be beat. The average owner of one of these should seriously consider which one of their children will be inheriting it because it will surely outlast the original owner. These are literally Bullet Proof and built like a Tank but, weigh a lot less. It truly is one of my favorite rifles. With the right ammo you can kill, clean, and cook your game.