As a contemporary combat weapon, thousands of rifles have been effectively applied by the national defense systems worldwide, including battle rifles, assault rifles, sniper rifles, scout rifles, anti-tank rifles, and carbines. Crafted from tough metal and equipped with the cutting-edge technology, these rifles are able to deliver precise hits, and some are still in service with the Army and Forces today.
Named after its designer John C. Garand, an employee of the U.S. Armory at Springfield, Massachusetts, M1 Garand features a semi-automatic and gas-operated mechanism fed with eight-round en-bloc clip. At the time when it was adopted in 1936, M1 Garand was truly the most advanced firearm ever made. Although the M1 is similar in design to the Karabiner 98K, its performance is totally different.
It’s the first successful semi-automatic self-loading operation capable of firing the full-power rifle cartridge. Besides, it reduces the effects of felt recoil so as to reduce the training time for soldiers. As such, America sent the best infantry rifle to the battlefields of World War II, Korean War, and the Vietnam War.
Rate of Fire: 50 – 60 shots/min
Muzzle Velocity: 853m/s
The well-known AK-47 was created by Mikhail Kalashnikov between 1946 and 1948 in the Soviet Union. AK-47 is officially short for Kalashnikov Automatic Rifle 1947 model or Avtomat Kalashnikov 1947 model.
The gas-operated detachable magazine-fed AK-47 features 7.62 x 39 mm, a .30-cal with selective fire capabilities, which combines the power of a traditional rifle cartridge with the fire rate and controllability of a submachine gun into an intermediate cartridge.
As for its design and manufacture, the very first AK-47 and subsequent AKM variants feature a lightweight stamped steel receiver, making the rifle manufacture cheaper, easier, and more inexhaustible in the world.
Before Paul Mauser successfully made his first smokeless-powder gun and secured several patents in 1889, he failed to attempt on several bolt-action repeaters and even was rejected by the German Rifle Testing Commission.
In the next six years, Mauser made several improvements on the 1889, including a non-rotating claw extractor, a three-position safety, a staggered-column magazine, and a bolt sleeve gas flange, which was approved and adopted by the German army on April 5th, 1898.
The Mauser 98 was so successful in design that almost all major military or sporting bolt-action models has adopted the improved version ever since. Even the U.S. Springfield Armory improved the Model 1903 to be a combat bolt-action gun on the basis of Mauser 98.
Lee-Enfield used the bolt and magazine system designed by American inventor James Paris Lee and its predecessor was the .303 “Magazine Lee-Metford Rifle Mk I.” Of all the SMLE production, the 25.2-inch barreled “Short, Magazine Lee-Enfield” and the variants like Mk III and Mk III* were adopted by cavalry and infantry.
The Lee-Enfield features dual-opposed locking lugs towards the rear center of the bolt body and a separate, detachable bolt head, a closing action cocks, a short bolt travel length, and a 60-degree bolt throw. While the SMLE adopted a detachable, double-column, and a box magazine of 10 round capacity. During the World War I, the well-trained British riflemen fired the Lee-Enfields so fast that the Germans thought there were facing machine guns.
Later, a new rifle No. 4s were created with changes in receiver, bolt, sights, barrel, stock, nose cap, and bayonet.
AR-15, AR-10, and other variants are the second most commonly designed rifles after the AK-47. Apart from 5.56 x 45mm NATO calibers, they also come in other types of calibers that cater for different needs. Today, AR-15 with the most popular 16-inch barrel with 5.56 caliber is the best selling rifle in the United States. Most of its prominent manufacturers include Colt, Sig Sauer, Smith & Wesson, Springfield, Daniel Defense, and Ruger.
When it comes to AR-15 rifle, you cannot miss AR15 rifle magazine pouch (Item No.: CY-MP-R). It is made of military-grade polymer, which is wear-resistant, lightweight, waterproof, and sweat-proof, and is available for holding AR-15/M16/M4 magazine. Besides, it is also stacked to carry more rifle magazines by fixing screws. Also, the AR-15 rifle magazine pouch can be used with five different carrying platforms: Quick Release Paddle, Belt Loop, Belt Clip, MOLLE, and Low Ride Belt Loop. You can freely select the carrying platforms based on your mission.
Worth to mention, it is widely applied to law enforcement, shooting training, shooting competition, hunting, and daily use.
The Belgian-made combat rifle FN FAL was produced between 1953 and 1988 and was utilized by most of the Western countries (except the US) during the Cold War when most Communist nations were using the AK-47 or some variants. FN FAL is a .308 Winchester rifle with a self-loading magazine, which comes standard with twenty rounds of magazines and weighs between 4.3 and 5.95 kg.
Rate of Fire: 650 -700 rounds/min
Muzzle Velocity: 840 m/s
Ruger 10/22 is undoubtedly an ultimate survival rifle. It features a recoil-operated semi-automatic action chambered in .22 LR, takedown models, extended magazines, integrally suppressed barrels, stocks, and triggers. Even though it exists for 60 years, it is still a popular predator rifle for hunting coyotes when loaded with CCI Stingers.