I bought my 50 just before the ban went through here in California. I looked at bunch of them at the time including Barrett, Anzio, AR-50 and few others. Now I could not get a semi auto because of the assualt weapons laws that currently existed in California, but also did not want one for the added complexity, weight and accuracy trade offs. So I was looking purely at dedicated bolt guns. In pictures and everything I was really considering the AR-50 until I got to play with one. One of my requirements was that I could carry it into the field and shoot it out on our property. The pure size of the AR-50 made it unwieldy and heavy to transport. It did not seem very useful as a hunting rifle. I ended up buying the Barrett M95 for it size and the fact that is was a repeater. It is my shortest long range rifle and the easiest to put on my quad. I can even shoot it off hand if I wanted to even though I do not do it that often. I do not know what your budget is and what your usage would be that is just my 2 cents. If you are only taking it to the range it will probably be a good rifle because of the added weight will reduce recoil even though the recoil on the Barrett is less than my stock Howa 270 Win. I think the AR-50 is around 40lbs with out the scope and the Barrett 95 is under 30lbs with the scope. I have not shot any of the other 50BMGs but what gets me on the first couple shots from the M95 is the concussion from the muzzle brake. After two shots from the thing I have readjusted to the concussion and things are fine. Maybe the AR-50 with the muzzle brake further away from your face will reduce the concussion blast that the shooter feels.