Zel Custom 3rd Gen .50 BMG AR-15 Upper

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Zel Custom are just about to put their 3rd generation Tactilite .50 BMG / .416 Barret AR-15 Upper into full production.

Gen-3 Upper

The new Gen-3 receiver is CNC-machined from a single piece of steel. It includes an integrated picatinny which is machined into the receiver.

Zel are also working on a quad rail system for the Gen-3 upper (see photo below).

Shown without coating on the rails
Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • Mike bobier Mike bobier on Apr 12, 2010

    what is the cost of the 50 bmg vs say the 416 and the 338 lapua

  • Michael B. Michael B. on Apr 12, 2010

    With the Lothar Walther std barrel, we've been getting sub-MOA with match ammo and proper barrel maintenance. The .50 BMGs start at $1748, the .338s start at $1348 and the .416s start at $2048. The .416s have been getting a lot of attention, lately.