50 Beowulf AR: Full Auto .50? Yes Indeedy!

Is there anyone reading this who wouldn’t want to shoot a full auto .50 caliber? If so, why are you here? For the rest of us, check out the guys from Demolition Ranch rock ‘n roll with a full auto 50 Beowulf AR (thanks in no small part to Apache Rifle Works).  

How did they do it? Well, remember Frankenstein and how he was kinda all pieced together in a laboratory? It’s sorta like that.

Demolition Ranch + Apache Rifle Works 

Big bore Beowulf blaster

They started with a .50 Beowulf upper, 16-inch .50 barrel with gigantic muzzle brake, and a free-float handguard. Then they swapped out the semi-auto lower for a full auto version from Apache Rifle Works, blended into a single cohesive unit, and voila!

A 50 Beowulf AR that’ll just. keep. runnin’. 

Demolition Ranch shooting Apache Rifle Works 50 Beowulf AR
Demolition Ranch shooting Apache Rifle Works 50 Beowulf AR.

So what ammo did they choose? They started out shooting standard .50 caliber Beowulf to get the party rockin’ and blow away some bright yellow bowling pins because, well, they were just sitting so innocently on the ground and needed to be shot. So Demolition Ranch contributing guest The Reaper (a.k.a., Nick Irving) tried his hand at the rapid-fire leviathan.

His thoughts?

“It’s stomping, bro!”

Once the pins had been auto-bowled, it was time to change ammo to a frangible round – mostly because all the targets were 15 yards or closer and the dudes all wanted to live to tell the story.

Apache Rifle Works helped with this 50 Beowulf AR

An assortment of target clusters followed, including shaving cream cans, paint cans (which made a horrible mess and accidentally repainted a steel target in the process), watermelons with paint cans wedged between, full Big Red and 2-liter soda jugs, and…a toilet. Yes, a full-on porcelain toilet, complete with seat and flush tank.

The most impressive part of shooting this beast – and the guys mentioned this in the video – is the lack of substantial kick on full auto. Naturally, the muzzle rose a little. You can’t override Newtonian physics. But it wasn’t much more than a standard 5.56 AR.

Hey, after you’ve had fun with the video, check out our selection of M4 mags and accessories for your AR — or read more articles about AR builds!

David Workman is an avid gun guy, a contributing writer to several major gun publications, and the author of Absolute Authority. A logophile since way back, Workman is a quickdraw punslinger and NRA RSO and Certified Pistol Instructor. He helps train new shooters on basic handgun skills and CCW requirements and is a strong advocate for training as much as practicable. "Real-world shootouts don't happen at a box range."

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