Anzio Ironworks specializes in high quality 50 BMG Rifles and Ammunition.

Safety Warnings



Don't blow our rights - use this weapon carefully.

The penetration and range of the 50bmg cartridge is quite large and therefore you must be extremely careful of what you are shooting at. What is behind the target you are shooting at? If the bullet goes through the tree, berm, elk, elephant, etc. what will it hit? If the bullet ricochets where might it go? You must factor in the answers to these questions whenever you shoot this rifle.

The backstop for shooting the 50bmg rifle must be extremely thick, debris free and high. Be extra careful of old ranges with a high buildup of old lead - the bullets can hit an old pile of lead and ricochet right over your backstop. When shooting in areas with lots of rock, water or other potentially deflecting items make sure that no people are within at least 6000 yards of your target.

Use extreme caution in choosing and shooting surplus military ammunition. We have experienced very wide tolerance variations from country to country and even round to round from the same lot. We had some surplus Greek ammo that wouldn't even fit in the chamber because it was too long. Also much of this surplus ammo is very old and has been subjected to improper storage which can lead to pressure variations that will effect accuracy and safety.

We do not recommend reloading ammunition. If you are a very experienced reloader with a thorough knowledge of bullets, powder, primers, brass and safety precautions and are tempted to do this -- make sure that you use only high quality new components and practice all current safety measures.

In case of a hang-fire (pull the trigger and nothing happens) you must count slowly to 25 seconds before you open the action. Especially with old surplus ammo the cartridge could go off after even 17 seconds from when the firing pin hit the primer.

The triggers on our rifles can be adjusted to extremely light-weight levels. EXTENSIVE FIRING of the takedown rifle may loosen trigger set screws and create an extremely dangerous light trigger. It is strongly recommended that you loctite in the trigger adjustment screws after you have adjusted them to your weight preference. All future takedown rifles shipped will have loctited screws in the trigger with the trigger preset to the customers weight request.

Whenever you or anyone handles the rifle - use extra caution around the trigger area that nothing brushes up against it and always engage the safety until you are ready to fire. A light trigger is important in gaining high shooting accuracy but also makes the rifle more dangerous when being handled. Don't take the safety off until the rifle is in position and ready to fire. Dropping the weapon, or brushing against an object with the trigger set lightly, can potentially fire the weapon.

Be very careful in choosing your scope. We recommend a minimum of 4 inches of eye relief. On some of the higher power scopes the eye relief can be reduced to under 2 inches which is potentially hazardous. I personally have had a scope impact my forehead with very painful results and lots of blood loss. When shooting lying down on your stomach the choice of scopes with the correct eye relief becomes even more important because your shoulder & body aren't moving with the rifle's recoil as much as if you were shooting from a bench. If the scope you have is too close to your eye then just don't use it.

On 50bmg rifle's especially, be extra careful of the huge amount of gas expelled by the muzzle brake. Use even more caution on our 17" carbine rifle. If shooting with others make sure no one is on either side of you when shooting because large amounts of gas will be sent in their direction. Be careful of any objects that may be on the shooting bench because the gas will send the items flying. We had a sand bag underneath our carbine - a bit too close to the muzzle brake and the escaping gases ripped open the sand bag sending sand all over the area. Make sure when shooting our rifles you always use eye protection.

Any structural modifications to our rifles void the warranty and are not recommended. Only trained gunsmiths/engineers should modify any weapon. Our rifles have been designed & tested to shoot bullets up to and including 750 grains in weight. Do not use bullets weighing over 750 grains in our rifles. Some boreriders and bronze solid bullets can greatly increase the pressure in the barrel to unsafe levels leading to dangerous fatigue conditions. Our rifles were designed to use our muzzle brakes with their performance & low weight. Don't experiment with your gun on an unproven muzzle brake. Any changing of muzzle brakes should be done by a gunsmith and should not exceed the weight of the original muzzle brake. Bolt handle must be all the way forward and down before pulling trigger. Never pull the trigger if bolt & bolt handle are not completely closed.

The 50bmg rifle is very loud and may cause permanent hearing damage if you fire it without hearing protection. Make sure that everyone in the shooting area checks each other to insure everyone is wearing hearing protection before you fire the weapon. The muzzle brake on our take down rifle is not permanently attached. DO NOT EVER shoot our rifles without the muzzle brake. Shooting this rifle without the muzzle brake will cause serious damage to your shoulder area and any other body parts that it may come in contact with.

If you have a weak heart, are taking medication, have osteoporosis (weak or fragile bones), a recent shoulder injury, muscle or joint disease, are susceptible to eye retinal separation, high blood pressure, etc. then don't shoot our rifles. If in doubt check with your doctor if in doubt... Before shooting any large caliber weapon always check with your doctor first - before shooting.

With every shot you are impacting your body as with any other magnum type rifles don't overuse them. If you start to hurt or feel pain after shooting a few rounds then take a break or stop shooting. Every person is different. Some people can shoot large caliber rifles all day long where others hurt after just a round or two. Over using our rifles or any other large caliber weapons may cause joint and bone damage. Again if in doubt check with your doctor.

Always consider the weapon loaded and keep the safety engaged until you are ready to shoot the rifle. Never point the rifle at anyone or anything and assume the weapon isn't loaded. As a gun owner it is your obligation to fully familiarize yourself with the weapon prior to using it. You must always use/posses/transport this or any weapon in a legal manner. If you aren't sure what the local, state and federal laws are -- then find out.

Never shoot this rifle or any other weapon if using medication, drugs or alcohol. You have all heard the commercials "friends don't let friends drink and drive" well the same goes here "friends don't let friends shoot if drinking".

It is vital that the weapon and all ammunition are safely stored away from fire, theft or potential misuse of any kind. Keep all ammunition and weapons locked up and especially away from children. A 50bmg cartridge is a very appealing toy for a child. Leaving even a single bullet out can result in a fatal accident.

Rifles are a tool and if correctly used will bring you years of shooting pleasure. All it takes is one lapse of judgment, one hurried shot or forgetting to heed any of the above warnings and you or someone else could get killed or severely injured. Always think when you put a bullet into the rifle and before you shoot. Treat any firearm with lots of respect to what it can do.

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