By: Friedrich Seiltgen
Copyright © 2022
When you think of long-range firepower, you think .50 BMG. When you think of .50 BMG, you think “Ma Deuce.” When you think civilian .50 BMG, you think Barrett.
Well, think again!
If you need .50 BMG power, then Big Green has another option for you. The Remington R2Mi was introduced to replace the Bushmaster BA-50 rifle during the bankruptcy auction of Remington Outdoor Company.
One of the big differences on this bolt action rifle is the bolt is on the left side of the gun, while ejection is on the right for faster cycling of action. The smooth operation allows comfortable cycling with no need for the shooter to adjust position. It makes sense, so Remington made it happen.
The lower receiver is machined from a billet of T6-6061 aluminum. All aluminum parts are hard anodized with a type 3 green finish, with steel parts getting a manganese phosphate treatment.
The controls, as well as disassembly, are AR-like, and with two pins to take down the rifle, it’s one of the simplest .50 caliber rifles to assemble and maintain. A Magpul PRS Gen 3 adjustable stock, and an AR style ErgoGrip Tactical pistol grip are mounted to handle recoil. Up front, there’s a folding metal bipod attached to the handguard to help with the 30-pound weight.
A Lothar Walther free floating barrel equipped with an AAC Cyclops muzzle brake/thread adapter gives you optimal recoil reduction as well as a suppressor option. The barrel is mounted within a vented handguard equipped with a picatinny rail that gives you more space for accessories.
Action Type: Bolt Action
Caliber: .50 BMG
Magazine capacity: 10 Rounds
Sights: upper receiver and handguard equipped with picatinny rail for your choice of optics
Barrel Length: 30” with 1:15 Twist Rate and AAC Cyclops Muzzle Brake
Overall Length: 57 inches
Weight: 30 pounds
The RM2I comes shipped in a Pelican storm case with two, 10-round magazines, bipod, eye and ear protection, and a cable lock.
If you need sub-MOA accuracy out of the box in a .50 BMG weapon at a great price point, then head over to the Remington dealer and check it out!
That’s all for now folks! Please keep sending in your questions, tips, and article ideas. And as always – “Let’s be careful out there.”
Friedrich Seiltgen is a retired Master Police Officer with 20 years of service with the Orlando Police Department. He conducts training in Lone Wolf Terrorism, Firearms, First Aid, Active Shooter Response, and Law Enforcement Vehicle Operations in Florida. His writing has appeared in RECOIL, The Counter Terrorist Magazine, American Thinker, Homeland Security Today, and The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International. Contact him at [email protected].