Iran Introduces Heidar Semi-Auto 50 Caliber Rifle

The Iranian Ground Forces introduced a new .50 caliber self-loading rifle named the Heidar. The Heidar is a .50 caliber five round magazine side-fed, gas operated anti-material rifle with an effective range of 1,600 meters, maximum effective of 2,000 meters, and maximum range of 3,000 meters. It weighs almost 40 pounds loaded and is 53 inches in length. The gas system looks to be direct impingement is mounted on the right side of the rifle. It also sports a massive muzzle brake. Interestingly it utilizes an MG42 inspired pistol grip as well. The magazine is fed from the left side of the rifle but far enough forward that it isn’t quite a bullpup design. Stock is adjustable for length of pull and it has a non-adjustable monopod on the bottom. The rifle sports a picatinny rail at the 12 o’clock position for the mounting of various optics. There isn’t anything specified on whether or not the caliber is .50 BMG or 12.7x108mm but I assume it is the Russian cartridge due to wide Iranian usage of the 12.7x108mm. The rifles name Heidar bears similarity to the Iranian Ground Forces Commander, Brigadier General Kiomars Heidari, with only the Farsi “i” missing from the end. It could be named after the General, or it could be a coincidence.

My initial suspicion is that this anti-material rifle isn’t designated for Iranian forces at all. Instead, it is intended for Iranian-supported groups and advisors on the ground in Syria to combat the SVBIED threat posed by the so-called Islamic State or the vast distances that forces are finding themselves engaging each other in the Syrian civil war. The reason why I say this is that there isn’t an adoption notice of the rifle by the Iranian Ground Forces and the Iranians already have a number of more advanced anti-material options at their disposal. Such as the Shaher .50 Cal rifle or the 20mm Arash, or even the locally produced versions of the Steyer HS 50.


caliber: .50 in
useful range: 1600 m
maximum effective range: 2000 m
final range: 3000 m
muzzle velocity: 1734 m/s
empty weight without magazine and accessories: 11.057 kg
fully loaded weight: 17.5 kg
rifle length without accessories: 110 cm
rifle length with accessories: 134.86 cm
barrel length: 81.28 cm
body length: 33.6 cm
barrel life: 5000 shots


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  • 22winmag


    Now show me the good stuff.

    • Rooftop Voter

      That is it, their Hail Mary play right there.

  • jono102

    So they pulled the 0.50 cal spotting rifle off side of the M40 106mm recoilless rifle stuck a scope, bipod pistol grip and stock and “Invented” a new rifle. Must be from the guys who invented their “New” stealth fighter.
    Bares “Some similarities” one could say …….

    • SGT Fish

      i thought it looked familiar! not only did they just stick a pistol grip on it, they stuck a MG-42 grip on it! haha. The shells don’t look like 50 spotter though

  • SGT Fish

    why do you say it looks to be direct gas impingement? do you know how few rifles actually use direct impingement? And the tube going back to the receiver is straight, which makes me think its a piston rod of some sort. possibly short stroke gas piston with the piston end in that cylinder at the gas block

    • yodamiles

      Considering that AS 50 is a direct impingement and China or Iran (not sure which one) make an exact copy of that rifle. It is possible that they might reverse engineer it that design. But that is just my speculation….

      • roguetechie

        China also builds DI 12.7X108 guns already, and has been for a long long time.

    • roguetechie

      You mean the Chinese 12.7×108 machine guns that Iran has had at least some of for years don’t actually exist?

      Oh…. Yeah

      • SGT Fish

        ? What does that have to do with anything I said?

        • roguetechie

          It means that a DI Iranian 12.7×108 semiautomatic rifle would actually make a bunch of sense since they have these guns already in at least limited quantities.

          New guns do not develop in a vacuum.

  • Blake

    Comes with a free Luger mounted under the receiver 🙂

  • Ello m8

    Why the MG42 pistol grip?

    • Iran licensed production of the MG3 back during the reign of the Shah.

    • wetcorps

      Why not?

    • Ken

      It’s just a grip stick for an open bolt, so it wouldn’t be difficult to adapt it to release a striker and probably have a disconnector as well.

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  • Big Daddy

    I am no expert on long range shooting in fact despite what some people think I am no expert on anything. But I do know a thing or two and I know totally ineffective junk when I see it.

    I have more questions than answers with this one, including barrel harmonics. What so groups look like? I don’t think it could hit a hummer at 1000 yards even if it wasn’t moving.

    Iran is a North Korean paper tiger.

    • Halz

      Maybe this rifle is only made to engage targets out to just several hundred meters out, and this rifle is cheap to mass produce. Its main target may just be VBIED’s and other such large targets.

      • Big Daddy

        Did you see the barrel whip?

      • jono102

        This will struggle over a couple hundred meters let alone 700 and any VBIED would need to be immobilized or static to have a hope in hell of any effect. It will end up the same as most the other converted large cal rifles, used to plug away at each other from more often than not at small arms range.

  • USMC03Vet

    Miles, why do you keep referring to ISIS as the “so called Islamic state”?

    • Evan

      Because that’s what they’re called. “ISIS” is a moronic name invented by the media because it’s a cool sounding acronym, it has never been an accurate name. Before 2014, they were Dawlah al-Islamiya fil Iraq wa Sham, which translates to “Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant” (the word Syria in Arabic is Suriya, and was never a part of their name), and then in 2014 they dropped the “fil Iraq wa Sham” bit and have been simply Islamic State ever since.

      • jcitizen

        I think the news media likes ISIS, because it rhymes with crisis!

  • Evan

    Anyone else notice how the bipod is attached directly to the barrel?

    • Friend

      Lol yes.


    • Wow!

      barrel mounted bipods are actually accurate, since it is providing the same amount of tension on the barrel every time. The issue occurs when you don’t fire from prone or when you don’t use the bipod, your POI drastically changes past 400-600 yards. But it is a sign of a poor mfg.

  • Goody

    I must admit I’m not a close follower, but it comes as a shock to me that Royal Nonesuch has visited Iran.

  • Voice from East

    “muzzle velocity: 1734 m/s”
    Like… wut? Sabot?

    • Rooftop Voter

      5800 fps or 3900 mph. Uh, no.

  • Sledgecrowbar

    Iran Introduces a mishmash of black-spray-painted Home Depot items and parts from the dusty junk drawer of a gunsmith.

  • Rooftop Voter

    I believe that even Wile E. Coyote could have made something better from all the parts he gets from the Acme.

  • Mr. Privilege

    Brought to you by the same folks who constructed a cardboard “stealth fighter” and photoshopped it flying over Mt. Ararat. Persians should stick to what they know best – things like wearing gaudy silk shirts unbuttoned to their hairy navel, bathing in drug store cologne, and rocking enough fake gold to make Mr. T look conservative.

  • Benjamin Goldstein

    This reminds me of their Stealth Fighter with the Sony Playstation Joystick .