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Automatic Weapons

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 3/26/2014

An automatic feed feature coupled with a high-capacity magazine separated the original service rifle from more modern offerings.

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The German Army gave birth to the modern day assault rifle with the development of their World War Two-era MP44 - often regarded as the "father of assault rifles". In fact, the system would be directly responsible for the design of the hugely successful Soviet Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifles that are still found - and in many cases copied - throughout the world.


The advent of the automatic rifle would make the assault rifle the principle infantry weapon for the next century, incorporating facets of pistol, submachine gun and machine gun design into on complete and lethal package. Automatic rifles have evolved to a high level in today's markets. Systems that solely relied on man-stopping rounds, high rates of fire or large ammunition capacities are now melded together into complete products that can still be furthered in their lethality with the addition of grenade launchers, laser sights and telescopic lenses. Automatic rifles, without a doubt, have taken center stage in any conflict the world over.


There are a total of 163 Automatic Rifles in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




1978
Al-Qadissiya Tabuk DMR
The Tabuk DMR, produced by Al-Qadissiya Establishments of Iraq, is classified as a "Designated Marksman Rifle" (abbreviated a...
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1975
APS (Avtomat Podvodny Spetsialny)
Since special infantry elements require special weapons to achieve their given tasks, Soviet engineers designed the APS ("Avt...
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2012
Ares Defense Ares-16 Small Arms Family
The automatic rifle has evolved considerably from its rather single-minded battlefield role to become a modular infantry-leve...
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2002
Ares Defense Shrike 5.56 Advanced Weapons System
Ares Defense of the United States produces the impressive Shrike 5.56 "Advanced Weapon System" (AWS). The Shrike 5.56 shares ...
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1958
ArmaLite / Colt AR-15
The ArmaLite / Colt AR-15 is one of the most favored automatic rifle systems in the world today. The type is considerably enj...
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1963
ArmaLite AR-18
With Eugene Stoner's AR-15 rifle design firmly entrenched as the M16 under production by Colt, his Armalite firm turned to th...
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1987
AS Val (Avtomat Special'nyj)
The AS Val is a specialized automatic firearm of Soviet-era origin - essentially an assault rifle weapon system with a perman...
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2000
ASM-DT (AAR)
The ASM-DT was developed as a combination assault rifle / underwater weapon to serve specialist Russian forces (these element...
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2007
Barrett REC7 (Reliablity-Enhanced Carbine 2007)
Barrett Firearms Manufacturing is largely recognized for their massive, 0.50 caliber semi-automatic M82 anti-material rifle s...
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1985
Beretta AR70
The Beretta AR70 series serves as the standard-issue service rifle of the modern Italian Army. Design work on a new, NATO-com...
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2008
Beretta ARX-160
The Beretta ARX-160 is a new entry into the modular automatic weapons field intended for military and security/law enforcemen...
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1959
Beretta Model 59 (BM59)
The original M1 Garand became the world's first standard-issue self-loading rifle and served in the millions with American an...
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1918
Browning M1918 BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle)
The M1918 BAR ("Browning Automatic Rifle") was born out of the World War One idea of a single soldier armed with the power of...
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1992
Bushmaster M17S
The M17S was a commercial "bull-pup" rifle system sold by the Bushmaster Firearms company of Windham, Maine, in the early-to-...
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1921
Carl Gustav m/21-m37 (Kulsprutegevar KG m/21-m/37)
The Belgian concern of Fabrique National began license production of the famous M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) in 1920 ...
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1942
Carl Gustav m/42 (Automatgevar m/42 / AG m/42 / Ljungman)
While remaining neutral during World War 2, Sweden did not rest on its laurels when fearing invasion from the Germans in the ...
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1993
Ceska Zbrojovka CZ2000
After design work began in the early 1990s, a new Czech automatic assault rifle - showcasing the distinct lines of the famous...
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2009
Ceska Zbrojovka CZ805 BREN
Since 1959, the Czech Army relied on their venerable vz. 58 assault rifles, these weapons externally resembling the famous So...
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1959
Ceska Zbrojovka vz. 58
Czechoslovakia was "reborn" following World War 2 but fell under the Soviet sphere of influence through the post-war Warsaw P...
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1942
Charlton Automatic Rifle
Any study in World War 2 firearms largely covers those of the major participating world powers of the time. This naturally le...
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1999
CIS / ST Kinetics SAR-21
Singapore conducted several attempts in the 1980s to produce an indigenous assault rifle worthy of their army however both th...
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1984
CIS / ST Kinetics SAR-80
The Armalite AR-15 assault rifle was already in circulation with the Singapore Armed Forces throughout the latter half of the...
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1984
Colt Canada / Diemaco C7
The C7 assault rifle stemmed from the Canadian decision to go with the NATO 5.56mm cartridge as the standard ammunition of th...
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2013
Colt LE901
The Colt LE901 line is geared towards the medium/large game enthusiast and features a semi-automatic action chambered for the...
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1983
Colt M16A2
The M16A2 became the follow up design to the much-maligned M16 debuting with American forces from 1959 onwards (particularly ...
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1990
Colt M16A4
The M16A4 is the fourth incarnation of the now-successful M16 series of automatic assault rifles. The M16 system that debuted...
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1994
Colt M4 Carbine
The M4/M4A Carbine is a 5.56mm compact, lightweight, gas-operated, air-cooled, magazine-fed weapon system with selective fire...
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1993
Colt M4A1 SOPMOD
The M4A1 SOPMOD is a derivative model of the base M4 Carbine of the United States military. The M4 Carbine itself is a compac...
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2014
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1987
Daewoo K2
The Daewoo K2 series assault rifle is the standard assault rifle of the South Korean Army. The weapon shares some outward and...
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2004
DIO KH2002 (Khaybar)
In the 1980s, Chinese manufacturer NORINCO (NORth Industries COrporation) began local production of an American-originated, A...
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1963
Dragunov SVD
The Dragunov SVD sniper rifle is an automatic rifle based on the Kalashnikov rifle series. The weapon system was the standard...
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1954
Enfield L1A1 SLR (Self-Loading Rifle)
The L1A1 was the standard British Army infantry assault rifle from the mid-1950's through to the late 1990's, ultimately bein...
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1985
Enfield L85 IW (Individual Weapon) (SA80)
After British participation in World War 2 (1939-1945) had ended, thought was given to modernizing Army infantry with a new s...
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1966
Fabrique Nationale FN CAL
In 1962, the United States adopted the famous M16 assault rifle and, along with its selection, came widespread use of the acc...
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2001
Fabrique Nationale FN F2000
Introduced in 2001, the FN F2000 was billed as a next-generation weapons system with modularity of design being the key selli...
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1953
Fabrique Nationale FN FAL
Origins of the famous FAL lay in Fabrique Nationale's previous design, the SAFN/Modele 49, a self-loading, semi-automatic rif...
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1978
Fabrique Nationale FN FNC
The Fabrique Nationale FNC ("Fusil Nouveau Type Carabine") emerged from the commercial failure that was the FN CAL. The FN CA...
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1930
Fabrique Nationale FN M1930 (BAR)
The original Browning Automatic Rifle was developed for the US Army during World War 1 to replace the French Chauchat and Hot...
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1932
Fabrique Nationale FN Mle D (BAR)
The original John Browning M1918 BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle) was introduced during World War 1 with American forces and sa...
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2009
Fabrique Nationale FN SCAR (Mk 16 / Mk 17)
The Fabrique Nationale FN SCAR (Special forces Combat Assault Rifle) will feature prominently in the future of the United Sta...
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1949
Fabrique Nationale Model 1949 / SAFN (FN-49)
In the lead up to World War 2 (1939-1945) (and during the war), there was a noticeable shift towards Self-Loading Rifles (SLR...
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1942
Fallschirmjagergewehr 42 (FG42 / FjG42)
The Fallschirmjagergewehr 42 (FG42) was developed specifically for the lightly armed and mobile German paratrooper element ar...
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1981
FARA 83 / FAA 81 (Fusil Automatico Republica Argentina)
For decades the Argentine Army (and many militaries around the world for that matter) utilized the excellent Belgian Fabrique...
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1915
Fedorov Avtomat M1916
While bolt-action rifles were the call of the day at the turn of the century and leading into World War 1 (1914-1918), Vladim...
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1977
FEG AK-63 / AMM
Hungary, falling under the Soviet sphere of influence during the Cold War, made extensive use of the world-famous Kalashnikov...
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1963
FEG AKM-63
The Hungarian AKM-63 was a modernized version of the fabled Soviet Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifle series - in much the same ...
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1967
FEG AMD-65
With the AKM-63 firmly entrenched as the standard-issue Hungarian assault rifle, attention was given to developing a like-min...
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1917
Fusil Automatique Modele 1917 (Model 1917 RSC)
The culmination of work begun by French arms experts in the early 1900s produced the now-largely forgotten "Fusil Automatique...
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2008
Fusil FX-05 Xiuhcoatl (Fire Snake)
Seeking to upgrade their supplies of standard-issue HK G3A3 series assault rifles, Mexican authorities centered in on the HK ...
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2010
Grad AR
The Grad Assault Rifle is a North Ossetian bullpup evolution of the long-running Soviet-Russian Kalashnikov AK-47, modernized...
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1945
Gustloff Volkssturmgewehr 1-5 (VG 1-5)
The desperate situation of late-war Germany in World War 2 (1939-1945) was embodied in the "People's Assault Rifle" born from...
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1950
Hakim Rifle
The original Swedish Ljungman AG 42 semi-automatic rifle was a strong firearm of good quality, designed in 1941 and produced ...
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1961
Heckler & Koch HK 21
In 1949, Heckler & Koch GmbH was formed at Oberndorf am Neckar in West Germany to become a small arms weapons designer and ma...
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1962
Heckler & Koch HK 32KA1
The Heckler & Koch HK32KA1 carbine was designed for the military market that revolved around the firing of the Soviet 7.62x39...
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1985
Heckler & Koch HK 33E
The HK33E series was a direct replacement of the earlier HK33 automatic rifles and is basiclaly the 5.56mm equivalent of the ...
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2005
Heckler & Koch HK 416
Heckler & Koch unveiled the HK416 automatic rifle family in 2005 as a potential replacement for the M4 family series of carbi...
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2006
Heckler & Koch HK 417
The HK 417 began as a privately-funded company venture intended to supply US special forces with a modular battlefield weapon...
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1987
Heckler & Koch HK G11
The Heckler & Koch HK G11 assault rifle design was, in every way, a revolutionary firearm departing from several traditionall...
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1959
Heckler & Koch HK G3
At the end of World War 2, German engineers were working on perfecting a new breed of service rifle known as the "assault rif...
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1996
Heckler & Koch HK G36
The Heckler & Koch HK G36 series assault rifle was designed and developed to an exacting German Army requirement of the 1990s...
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1987
Heckler & Koch HK G41
The HK G41 was based on the pre-existing HK G33E system but fitted with a three-round burst capability to compliment the full...
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1972
Heckler & Koch HK PSG-1
The Heckler & Koch PSG-1 semi-automatic sniper rifle was introduced in 1972 and primarily marketed towards police and securit...
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1998
Heckler & Koch HK SL8
The HK SL8 (SL8-1) is nothing more than the HK G36 assault rifle in civilian guise with semi-automatic fire. Both weapons are...
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1995
Heckler & Koch HK XM29 OICW
In the 1990s, the US Army undertook formal evaluations of several competing automatic rifles to replace the long-running M16 ...
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2003
Heckler & Koch HK XM8
The Heckler & Koch HK XM8 was an experimental modular assault rifle system that underwent trials with the US Army in an effor...
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1964
Howa Type 64
After World War 2, the Japanese were a conquered people with the United States acting as majority overseers. As such, their d...
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1989
Howa Type 89
The Japanese Type 89 was developed by the Howa Machinery Company of Japan for the Japanese Defense Agency and first fielded i...
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2009
HS Produkt VHS (Visenamjenska Hrvatska Strojnica)
The VHS assault rifle saw its origins in the Homeland War / Croatian War of Independence (1991-1995). The conflict saw loyal...
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1985
IMBEL MD-2
The MD-2 is part of a family of standard Brazilian assault rifles serving the modern Brazilian Army. The MD series, as a whol...
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1997
IMBEL MD97
The IMBEL MD97 is a Brazilian made automatic assault rifle developed for both military and security use and has its indirect ...
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1973
IMI Galil ARM / SAR
In the post-World War 2 world, the United Nations partitioned Palestine in 1947. In 1948, the nation of Israel was declared a...
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1995
IMI Galil MAR (Micro Assault Rifle / Micro-Galil)
The Galil MAR (Micro-Assault Rifle) is nothing more than a highly compact form of the excellent Galil automatic rifle system....
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1996
IMI Galil Marksman Assault Rifle Mark 1
In 1996, the original IMI Galil was reworked to fulfill the Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR) role - or squad-level "sharpshoot...
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2006
IMI TAR-21 (Tavor)
For decades the Israeli Army relied upon its trusted and true line of Galil and M16 automatic weapons in its various battlefi...
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1998
INSAS (Indian Small Arms System)
The INSAS family was inducted into service with the Indian Army in 1998 and has already seen extensive combat service, partic...
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2004
Izhmash AK-9
The AK-9 assault rifle is yet another Kalashnikov-related series firearm that can trace its roots back to the original AK-47 ...
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1994
Izhmash AN-94 (Abakan)
The Izhmash AN-94 is the latest in the long line of Russian assault rifles and is intended to replace the long-lasting Kalash...
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1941
Johnson Model 1941
The Johnson Model 1941 faced off against the M1 Garand rifle before the start of hostilities that became World War 2. The rif...
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1996
K-3 (Armenia)
Through an internal initiative, the South Caucasus nation of Armenia has developed its own bullpup-configured assault rifle i...
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1994
Kalashnikov AK-101
The AK-101 was developed from the successes of the original post-World War 2-era AK-47 assault rifle though with foreign cust...
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1994
Kalashnikov AK-102
The AK-102 weapon system exists as a carbine form to the full-length AK-101 assault rifle. The AK-101 was developed by famed ...
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1994
Kalashnikov AK-103
The AK-103 represents a modernized form of the AKM assault rifle from the mind of Mikhail Kalashnikov. The AKM was unveiled i...
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1997
Kalashnikov AK-107
The Kalashnikov AK-107 is another in the long line of available - and modernized - versions of the hugely successful AK-47 as...
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2014
Kalashnikov AK-12 (AK-200)
The AK-47 altered the world military stage by becoming a ubiquitous combat system available to the general masses. The weapon...
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2013
Kalashnikov AK-200 (AK-12)
Since the conclusion of World War 2 in 1945, there has been some version of the ubiquitous Kalashnikov AK-47 circulating abou...
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1949
Kalashnikov AK-47
Towards the end of World War 2, when the Red Army had effectively thrust Hitler's war machine back across Poland and into Ger...
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1978
Kalashnikov AK-74 (M1974)
During the 1970s, the Soviet military sought a new infantry assault weapons system chambered for an intermediate cartridge ap...
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1959
Kalashnikov AKM
The AKM was designed in the 1950s as a modernized successor to the fabled AK-47 assault rifle series of the late 1940s. The o...
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1959
Kalashnikov AKMS (AKM-S)
The AKMS is a major variant of the AKM assault rifle line. The AKM itself is nothing more than the 1940's era AK-47 assault r...
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1950
Kalashnikov AKS (AK-S)
The AKS was derived from the base AK47 assault rifle though produced with a folding steel butt instead of the fixed wood stoc...
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1991
Kbk wz.88 (Tantal)
Though appearing as nothing more than a Polish copy of the Russian-made Kalashnikov AK-74S rifle, the wz/88 sports some featu...
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1991
Kbk wz.89 (Onyx)
Like the wz/88 "Tantal, a locally-produced Polish copy of the Russian AK-74S assault rifle, the wz/89 "Onyks" (or "Onyx") is ...
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1991
KBP 9A-91
The KBP 9A-91 was introduced after 1993 and is essentially an assault rifle in a carbine form making for a compact assault we...
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1991
KBP A-91
Though born of the same line of KBP-designed A-91-series assault weapons (to include the 9A-91 assault carbine), the A-91 ass...
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2006
Knight's Armament Company PDW (Personal Defense Weapon)
The Heckler & Koch HK MP5 submachine gun is currently used by most of the world's elite special forces groups. Introduced in ...
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1985
LAPA FA-03 (Fusil de Assalto Modele 03)
The LAPA FA-03 ("Fusil de Assalto Modelo 03") was a private venture by the Brazilian concern of Labpratorio de Pesquisa de Ar...
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2012
Lithgow / Thales F90
The Thales Lithgow F90 is the export designation given to the EF88 ("Enhanced F88") product model of the Australian LAND 125 ...
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1988
Lithgow F88 (Austeyr)
The F88 Austeyr is the Australian Army equivalent of the storied Austrian Steyr bullpup assault rifle (AUG A1) used the world...
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1942
M1 Carbine (US Carbine, Caliber 30, M1)
The American arms industry reached all new heights with its commitment in World War 2. Much of the existing stock of guns wer...
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1936
M1 Garand (United States Rifle, Caliber .30, M1)
Little discussion can be had on the subject of American infantrymen in World War Two without the mention of the highly-acclai...
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2008
M39 Enhanced Marksman Rifle (EMR)
The M39 EMR (Enhanced Marksman Rifle) was developed from the tried-and-true action of the original "M14" Battle Rifle of 1959...
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1951
MAS 49 (Fusil Semi-Automatique de 7.5mm Modele 1949)
A post-World War 2 rebuilding France saw that much work lay ahead of it. The French military, as was the nation, was in rebui...
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1981
MAS FAMAS
In 1981, the French Army gave up use of their MAS Modele 49 self-loading, semi-automatic service rifles in favor of a complet...
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1900
Mondragon Rifle (Fusil Mondragon)
The Mondragon Rifle is noted as becoming one of the first semi-automatic/full-automatic service rifle to be adopted in quanti...
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2015
MSBS-5.56 Radon (Modulowy System Broni Strzekeckiej kalibru 5,56mm - Radon)
The MSBS-5.56 Radon is in the running to become the next standard-issue assault rifle of the Polish Army. The weapon began de...
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1997
NORINCO QBZ-95 (Series)
The QBZ-95 is a family line of assault weapons contoured to operator needs and has been developed (as an economical measure) ...
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1994
OTs-03 SVU
With a growing worldwide move towards the "bullpup" configured assault weapon, the Russian military has since taken delivery ...
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1993
OTs-12 (Tiss)
The OTs-12 "Tiss" (also known as the "OC-12") was an experimental Soviet/Russian assault carbine born from the classic profil...
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1994
OTs-14 (Groza)
While several world powers have embraced the "bullpup" configured assault weapon, it is mainly the United States and Russia w...
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1991
Pindad SS1
In 1984, the Indonesian defense concern of PT Pindad obtained an agreement with the Belgian firm of Fabrique Nationale (FN) t...
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2006
Pindad SS2
The Indonesian concern of PT Pindad obtained a local-license production agreement from the Belgian firm of Fabrique Nationale...
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2011
Pindad SS3
With growing unrest in the Southeast Asia part of the world, it is only natural to see growing militaries. The nation of Indo...
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2014
Pindad SS4
In the 1990s, PT Pindad locally produced the Belgian Fabrique Nationale FN FNC under license as the "SS1". This eventually ga...
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1960
Rasheed Carbine
The Egyptian Rasheed Carbine (also "Rashid") was born from the Hakim Rifle which, in turn, was born from the Swedish Ljungman...
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1960
Rifle R1
In need of a modern automatic service rifle, the South African government trialed the American AR-10 rifle, the West German G...
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1982
Rifle R4
Long relying on foreign arms to stock its military inventory, the South African national army faced a dilemma of sorts when a...
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1969
Rock Island Arsenal M21 Sniper Weapon System (SWS)
The M21 was developed from the standard M14 rifle, itself a further development of the highly successful World War 2-era M1 G...
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1980
Rock Island Arsenal M231 FPW (Firing Port Weapon)
The M231 FPW ("Firing Port Weapon") was a highly-modified, specialized variant of the Colt M16A1 assault rifle series. Also c...
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1980
Ruger AC-556
The Ruger AC-556 was a variant of the popular Ruger "Mini-14" series of semi-automatic carbine rifles introduced in 1973. The...
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1973
Ruger Mini-14
The Ruger Mini-14 is based on the successful World War Two M1 Garand infantry rifle. In fact, most of the inner workings of t...
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2009
Ruger SR-556
The Ruger SR-556 is a relatively new commercial market addition to the Armalite AR-15 family of automatic, self-loading rifle...
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1995
SAKO RK 95 TP (M95)
Development of a new Finnish Army service assault rifle began in 1988 though, prior to this, the Finnish Army relied on the "...
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2010
SIG SG 516
The SIG516 continues the well-established tradition of operational reliability and ease of use concerning the AR-15 family of...
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1980
SIG SG 542 (Sturmgewehr Model 542)
The SG 542 was a fixed-stock battle rifle development in the SG 540 rifle series except chambered to fire the 7.62x51mm NATO ...
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1990
SIG SG 550 (Sturmgewehr Model 550) / Stgw 90
The SIG SG 550 (Sturmgewehr Model 550) series was born in a Swiss Army initiative requiring an automatic weapon chambered for...
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2011
SIG SG 716
The SIG SG 716 comes from the Swiss gunsmithing concern of SIG Sauer, Incorporated and first debuted in January of 2011. The ...
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1975
Simonov AG-043
In the early-to-mid 1960s, Soviet engineer Sergei Simonov undertook several designs based on the world famous Kalashnikov AK-...
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1986
Simonov AO-63
The Simonov AO-63 was a double-barreled assault rifle engineered in the Soviet Union during the mid-1980s. The design incorpo...
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1945
Simonov SKS (Samozaryadniy Karabin sistemi Simonova)
The Soviet-produced SKS, or the Samozaryadniy Karabin sistemi Simonova, was the design of Sergei Gavrilovish Simonov and is s...
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1959
Springfield M14
The M14, for all intents and purposes, was basically a then-modernized version of the highly successful standard American Arm...
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1992
SR-3 Vikhr (Whirlwind)
CNIITochMash developed a relatively new assault weapon system - the SR-3 "Vikhr" (meaning "Whirlwind") - designed around the ...
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1987
Steyr ACR (Advanced Combat Rifle)
In the late 1980s, the United States Army undertook a program to identify a potential successor to the long-running Colt M16 ...
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1978
Steyr AUG
Like other European nations during the Cold War, the Austrian Army made use of the excellent Belgian FN FAL Battle Rifle firi...
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1963
Stoner 63 (Universal Combat Weapon)
While of relatively common practice today, the idea of a single common assault weapon receiver modified to fulfill various ba...
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1942
Sturmgewehr 44 (StG44) / Maschinenpistole 44 (MP44)
The Maschinenpistole 44, or MP44, or still further the StG 44, is more commonly associated as being the father of the modern ...
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1945
Sturmgewehr 45 (StG45(M)) / Maschinenpistole (45 MP45(M))
Towards the end of World War 2, all sides had realized the potential of automatic weapons to a high degree. Automatic weapons...
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1976
T65 (Type 65)
In an attempt to stock its national armory with an indigenous design, Taiwanese engineers developed the T65 (Type 65), an aut...
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2000
T86 (Type 86)
For decades, Taiwanese Army and Marine forces relied on their Armalite-inspired T65 assault rifles. The T65 debuted in 1976 a...
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2003
T91 (Type 91)
The evolution of the standard-issue Taiwanese Army service rifle that began with the T65 of 1976 and evolved into the T86 of ...
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1938
Tokarev SVT-38
The Tokarev SVT-38 was the beginning of the Tokarev line of self-loading, automatic service rifles. The SVT-38 was developed ...
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1940
Tokarev SVT-40
Small arms ingenuity was an area that the Soviets held something of an advantage in over their German counterpart in the deca...
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1956
Type 56 (AK47)
To make the Soviet AK-47 readily available and at a lower procurement cost, the Chinese took to locally manufacturing the ass...
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1956
Type 56 Carbine (SKS)
The Type 56 Carbine (not to be confused with the Type 56 Assault Rifle) was nothing more than a local Chinese copy of the Sov...
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1958
Type 58
During the Cold War that followed World War 2, Korea became a divided nation after the Japanese occupation was ended. The Nor...
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1968
Type 63 / Type 68 (SVS)
The Chinese took to local-license production of the Soviet SKS self-loading rifle (SLR) in the 1950s. The rifle proved reliab...
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1979
Type 79 (SVD)
Once-close political ties between China and the Soviet Union led to closer military ties. As such, much of the Chinese stocks...
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2002
United States Navy Mark 12 Special Purpose Rifle (Mk 12 SPR)
The Mark 12 Special Purpose Rifle (Mk 12 SPR) entered service with the United States Special Forces in 2002 and has seen cont...
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1960
Valmet M60/M62 (RK 62)
After World War 2, the Soviet Union maintained something of a presence in Finland. While not outright occupying the nation, t...
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1976
Valmet M76 (RK 62 76)
Finland fought two major wars against the Soviet Union during World War 2. In the end, the nations signed an accord which all...
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1997
Vektor CR-21
The Vektor CR-21 is an indigenously-designed South African assault rifle meant to compete with the current standard R4 in Sou...
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1941
Walther Gewehr 41 (G41 / Gew 41)
The Gewehr 41 (or "Gew 41" or "G41") series semi-automatic rifle appeared in relatively few numbers for the German Army durin...
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1943
Walther Gewehr 43 (G43 / Gew 43)
The Gewehr 43 (Gew 43) became the next evolution of the Walther Gew 41(W) of 1941 - a self-loading, semi-automatic rifle that...
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1982
Walther WA2000
Following the 1972 Munich Olympic games which ended in the deaths of eleven Israeli participants and a German police officer ...
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1907
Winchester Model 1907
Fresh from a century that saw the Winchester Repeating Arms Company find success with its lever-action, repeat-fire rifles, t...
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1970
Zastava M70
The Zastava M70 was a conventional infantry assault rifle born in during the Cold War with the line still seeing notable serv...
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1980
Zastava M80
Zastava Arms was established in 1853 and has since made a name for itself as a capable small arms provider supplying to dozen...
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1929
ZH-29
Emmanuel Holek designed the ZH-29 as a military-minded automatic service rifle. The rifle was born in the famous Czech Brno f...
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