Equipped with a Lothar Walther free-floating barrel, the bolt-action R2Mi from Remington is pitched to those who aren’t deterred by distance.
Debuted Thursday but not detailed on Big Green’s website just yet, the new Remington R2Mi rifle has a 30-inch barrel and an overall length of 57-inches, a factor that almost comes as expected with guns chambered in .50 BMG. Using a detachable 10-round magazine, the platform disassembles much the same as an AR-type rifle for cleaning. This, says Remington, makes the R2Mi “one of the simplest 50-caliber rifles to assemble and maintain.”
The easy takedown also allows the gun to be transported in two smaller components.
Shipping sans sights, the R2Mi has a MIL-STD 1913 top rail for optics and comes standard with a manganese phosphate finish on its steel parts and a hard-anodized type 3 green finish on the aluminum parts. The AAC muzzle brake accepts a Cyclops series suppressor.
The rifle ships complete in a custom Pelican case with two mags, a bipod, safety gear, and a cable lock for an MSRP of $4,599. This puts it on par price-wise with the Barrett Model 99, which is a single-shot.
From the outside and specs, at least, the R2Mi seems to be a green-hued reboot of the BA50, which was produced by the company’s now-increasingly scarce Bushmaster brand for over a decade. That gun had an interesting developmental period, with roots that went back to Kennesaw, Georgia.
In early 2003, Georgia-based Cobb Manufacturing teased the market with a rifle, dubbed at the time as the Model 50A1, that used an AR-15 type gas operating system to shoot the 50 BMG round. By that Fall, the gun had morphed to a bolt-action as the Cobb FA50(T) that kept many AR-style features.
Put into limited production, the final version of the gun produced by Cobb was the $7,000 BA50 which, as noted by the company in early 2007, was on the cover of tactical mags and in service with both law enforcement customers and “U.S. allies overseas.”
In August 2007, Bushmaster purchased Cobb and moved the company’s plant from Georgia to Maine and two years later the company put the upgraded BA50 into their catalog in both a rifle and carbine variant.