The Alaskan Pipeline has two layers of armor and several inches of insulation, yet was penetrated by a hunter's rifle firing a .338-caliber round. And anybody can buy the video "The One Mile Shot" by G. David Tubb showing him hitting targets at a distance of one mile, not with a .50, but with a 6.5x284 (.260-caliber). Of course anybody who thinks all you need to hit a man-sized target at one mile is the right rifle should try it sometime.o "terrorist weapon": The The Violence Policy Center's claim of being motivated by the .50's use in the hands of a terrorist is a flat-out lie. Tom Diaz outlined his plans to push for the outlawing of this class of firearms as early as January 20th, 1999 in a broadcast of "Fresh Air" on NPR radio. No mention of terrorism was made in connection with the .50 until after 9/11.o On the "weapon of war": Modern .50BMG precision rifles were developed (using a century-old cartridge) by civilians for civilians exclusively for sporting purposes. See Barrett's history of the M82A1. Included in Senator Feinstein's list of protected sporting firearms (signed into law by President Clinton) are the Barrett model 90 and the McMillan Combo M-87/M-88 -- all .50BMG rifles. When the good Senator introduced a federal bill in 1999 to ban all .50-caliber rifles as weapons of war I wrote to her - twice - to ask her about this apparent contradition. I never received a reply.