Used to take down lightly armored vehicles or heavily armored/in cover infantry at short to medium range. Theres a recoil system in place that diminishes 60% of felt recoil, part of that is the muzzle break, which is just as intimidating as it is effective because of the two bright flares of fire it spits out to the left and right of the weapon when fired, giving it a fierce reputation.
what i meant was the magazine position
P.S. .50 BMG doesn't have to be shorter to be fired semi-auto, its the weapon system thatit is used in that makes that; examples are:
1.M2 browning MG
it has a low rate a fire as to not put strain on the internals