Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Military Rifles

Despite drastic changes in battlefield tactics and absurd advancements in weapon technologies, a rifle still remains a soldier’s best and closest companion. It all started in the 15th century and continues to survive with ever more firepower to this day. Today, we take a look at the 10 best combat rifles of all time.

No 10. M14 – USA

TypeSemi or Fully Automatic Rifle
Caliber7.62 x 51 mm
Muzzle VelocityApproximately 2,799 feet per second
Rate of Fire700-750 rounds per minute
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At the end of World War II, the US army decided to make a weapon that could serve with multiple kinds of ammos. The M14 was first fielded in 1957 and it was used heavily in the Vietnam War. It was eventually phased out in favor of the M16, which was lighter in weight compared to the M14.

No 9. STURMGEWEHR 44 – Germany

TypeSemi or Fully Automatic Assault Rifle
Caliber7.92 x 33 mm
Muzzle VelocityApproximately 2,133 feet per second
Rate of Fire500 rounds per minute
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During the 2nd World War, in response to the Russian automatic weapons, the Germans came up with the revolutionary STURMGEWEHR 44. Its shorter 7.92 mm rounds allowed for enough automatic fire but it couldn’t play any significant role in the war due to its late introduction.


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