For five years now, the JARD J50 sniper rifle has been on the firearms market. During this time, the weapon has established itself as a not entirely unambiguous sample, which has both positive and negative qualities. Nevertheless, this rifle is ahead of many other samples of self-loading large-caliber sniper rifles in terms of firing accuracy. In this article, we will try to figure out what is the secret of this weapon, and also try to find the negative qualities of the rifle. Yes, I am harmful, if something cannot be shot, then it must be criticized, suddenly the JARD company organizes special tests of weapons for me personally … Eh … Dreams of dreams … But back to the heart of the matter.
I think that no one will argue with the fact that self-loading rifles will always lose in accuracy and accuracy of fire to rifles with manual reloading, of course, with the same ammunition. There are usually several reasons for the lower accuracy, the first of which is the operation of the weapon's automation, in which the moving parts inside the receiver have a strong enough effect on the effectiveness of the fire, which can be noticed even at medium distances. The second reason is the barrel of the weapon, which cannot be freely suspended in a self-loading weapon, since powder gases are discharged from the barrel bore, which requires additional parts in the design of the weapon that are rigidly connected to the barrel. Or, in the more rare case, when the automation system is built around the movement of the barrel, then the barrel, all the more, cannot show the same results that a rigidly fixed thick-walled barrel shows, which does not touch anything except the receiver. Since it is possible to fight the automation system in self-loading weapons, but it is impossible to completely exclude it from the effect on the accuracy of fire, in order to improve the characteristics of its rifle, JARD decided to try to deal with the barrel, making it free-hanging in a self-loading sample.
The goal set by the designers was naturally unattainable. However, it was possible to approach an almost ideal result, which was done. The solution that was used in the J50 large-caliber sniper rifle turned out to be controversial, but quite effective. It consisted in the use of automation with the removal of powder gases from the bore with the effect of powder gases directly on the bolt carrier, without a piston. In other words, the automation system is similar to the M16, but, of course, adapted for the 12, 7x99 cartridge and the mass of the bolt group. This solution made it possible to fix the barrel of the weapon only in its place of attachment with the receiver, and leave the tube for the removal of powder gases without attachment, fixing it only on the barrel. To protect this disgrace from outside influences, most of the barrel is covered with a casing, but the barrel itself does not touch it. The barrel bore is locked by 9 stops for the breech end.
The appearance of the weapon is rather angular, but in this case it looks interesting and unusual. On the right side there is a handle for cocking the shutter. The fuse, apparently, is a push-button, but I cannot say. Another point of interest is that the weapon can be with different butts. In the first versions, the rifle had a fixed buttstock, without the possibility of length adjustment, but with a height-adjustable cheek rest. In the latest versions of the weapon, the butt has been replaced with a stepwise adjustable length, similar to that used in the M4, that is, without a cheek rest, although no one bothers to put it. In addition, the stock now folds to the left, which reduces the size of the weapon during transportation.
The length of a rifle with a barrel length of 762 millimeters is equal to 1473 millimeters. Weapon weight - 11, 5 kilograms. The device is powered by detachable box magazines with a capacity of 5 rounds.
Well, now about the main thing. Imagine a bucket with two holes, one with a finger and the other with a fist. By closing the small hole, we will, of course, reduce the rate of water flowing out of the bucket, but we will not eliminate it, while the decrease will be such that you will not even notice it. It's the same with this rifle. It seems like one of the reasons for the lower accuracy was eliminated, but the main one remained. Therefore, at least shoot me with the J50, but I will not believe in the effective range of firing at the enemy's manpower of 2000 meters. Unless it will be about 30 people standing motionless in the crowd. So, although the weapon is interesting, it is impossible to talk about its unique characteristics, which is confirmed by those people who happened to get acquainted with this device, noting that this sample does not surpass other self-loading large-caliber rifles in accuracy. Nevertheless, any endeavors are rewarding, so the J50 is a weapon worth considering.