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Automatic Rifles

Last Updated: 5/26/2015

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


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 (166) Automatic Rifles in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below by alphanumeric order descending. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




1978
Al-Qadissiya Tabuk DMR
The Iraqi Tabuk Designated Marksman Rifle has proven a very lethal performer in an urban battlefield environment.
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1975
APS (Avtomat Podvodny Spetsialny)
The APS was specifically designed from the outset as an assault rifle that could fire a 5.66mm dart from its 26-round magazine.
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2012
Ares Defense Ares-16 Small Arms Family
The Ares-16 uses a modular design allowing for a carbine, assault rifle and light machine gun form to suit operator requirements.
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2002
Ares Defense Shrike 5.56 Advanced Weapons System
The Ares Shrike 5.56 Advanced Weapon System can be configured to fulfill a variety of battlefield roles.
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1958
ArmaLite / Colt AR-15
While the Colt M16 service rifle originated with the ArmaLite / Colt AR-15, the AR-15 originated from the AR-10.
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1969
ArmaLite AR-18
The Armalite AR-18 was a complete redesign of the classic AR-15 automatic rifle and meant for simplified Third World license production methods.
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1987
AS Val (Avtomat Special'nyj)
The AS Val is a specialized suppressed assault rifle used primarily by Russian forces.
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2000
ASM-DT (AAR)
The ASM-DT became a modernized replacement for the Cold War-era APS Underwater Assault Rifle.
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2007
Barrett REC7 (Reliablity-Enhanced Carbine 2007)
The Barrett REC7 has proven a fine and reliable carbine system and its further evolution may someday replace the M4 Carbine for the US military.
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1985
Beretta AR70
The Beretta AS70/90 system has seen issuance to over a dozen world militaries and police forces.
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2008
Beretta ARX-160
The Beretta ARX-160 was introduced during 2008 with the Italian Army and has seen combat service during the War in Afghanistan.
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1959
Beretta Model 59 (BM59)
Beretta familiarity with producing the war-winning American M1 Garand led to the evolution that was the BM59 Battle Rifle.
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1918
Browning M1918 BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle)
Though introduced as early as 1918, the M1918 BAR more than proved its worth in World War 2.
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1992
Bushmaster M17S
Born in Australia, the M17S was raised in the United States by Bushmaster Firearms International of Maine.
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1921
Carl Gustav m/21-m37 (Kulsprutegevar KG m/21-m/37)
The Kulsprutegevar KG m/21 and m/37 guns were nothing more than modified Swedish Army versions of the famous American Browning Automatic Rifle.
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1942
Carl Gustav m/42 (Automatgevar m/42 / AG m/42 / Ljungman)
Remaining neutral throughout World War 2, the Swedes still worked to stock their armed forces with viable weaponry including the Automatgevar m/42 self-loading rifle.
Thumbnail picture of the Carl Gustav m/42 (Automatgevar m/42 / AG m/42 / Ljungman)

1993
Ceska Zbrojovka CZ2000
Despite its promising design, the CZ2000 family of automatic weapons failed to become the next Czech Army service gun.
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2009
Ceska Zbrojovka CZ805 BREN
The new CZ805 BREN series assault rifle was developed to replace the aged vz. 58 series which appeared in 1959.
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1959
Ceska Zbrojovka vz. 58
Despite a superficial external appearance akin to the Soviet-era Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifle, the CZ vz. 58 was of a wholly indigenous and unique Czech design.
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1942
Charlton Automatic Rifle
The Charlton Automatic Rifle was developed to stock New Zealand military units with a capable Bren-like automatic weapon.
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1999
CIS / ST Kinetics SAR-21
The SAR-21 Assault Rifle features a laser aimer as standard.
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1984
CIS / ST Kinetics SAR-80
With experience in manufacturing the American AR-15 and M16, Singapore developed the indigenous SAR-80 Assault Rifle.
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1984
Colt Canada / Diemaco C7
The Canadian C7 is similar to the American Colt M16A2 though with a few notable alterations to suit the Canadian military.
Thumbnail picture of the Colt Canada / Diemaco C7

2013
Colt LE901
Colt markets their new LE901 series as the perfect accurate firearm for medium-to-large game hunting.
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1983
Colt M16A2
The M16A2 improved upon many of the limitations encountered in the original Vietnam War-era M16 Assault Rifle.
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1990
Colt M16A4
The M16A4 is the latest incarnation of the M16 series of automatic rifles which debuted during the Vietnam War - and the current standard issue assault rifle of American forces.
Thumbnail picture of the Colt M16A4

1994
Colt M4 Carbine
A close-quarters version of the successful M16A2 Assault Rifle
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1993
Colt M4A1 SOPMOD
SOPMOD kits - adding specialized accessories to the base M4A1 - evolve the M4 Carbine family of automatic weapons to new levels.
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1987
Daewoo K2
Though borrowing from both the American M16 and the Soviet AK-47, the Daewoo K2 is decidedly South Korean.
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2004
DIO KH2002 (Khaybar)
The KH2002 is an Iranian-designed bullpup assault rifle based internally on the American M16.
Thumbnail picture of the DIO KH2002 (Khaybar)

1963
Dragunov SVD
The Dragunov SVD was the standard Warsaw Pact sniper rifle and is still in service today.
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1954
Enfield L1A1 SLR (Self-Loading Rifle)
The British L1A1 Battle Rifle makes no attempt to hide its Belgian FN FAL origins.
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1985
Enfield L85 IW (Individual Weapon) (SA80)
The L85 Individual Weapon is the standardized assault rifle of the British Army, utilizing the non-traditional bullpup configuration layout.
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1966
Fabrique Nationale FN CAL
The FN CAL of Belgium failed to find many takers in its attempt to become a popular 5.56mm assault rifle.
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2001
Fabrique Nationale FN F2000
The FN F2000 represents the next step in FN assault rifle design for the new century.
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1953
Fabrique Nationale FN FAL
The sturdy, if unspectacular, FN FAL automatic rifle became a popular standard for NATO-aligned countries during the Cold War.
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1978
Fabrique Nationale FN FNC
The FN FNC was an improved form of the ultimately abandoned FN CAL - both of 5.56x45mm NATO caliber.
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1930
Fabrique Nationale FN M1930 (BAR)
The American M1918 BAR was produced under license in Belgium as the slightly modified FN Mle 1930.
Thumbnail picture of the Fabrique Nationale FN M1930 (BAR)

1932
Fabrique Nationale FN Mle D (BAR)
The FN Mle D was an improved form of the base Mle 1930, which was itself born of the American BAR series.
Thumbnail picture of the Fabrique Nationale FN Mle D (BAR)

2009
Fabrique Nationale FN SCAR (Mk 16 / Mk 17)
The FN SCAR has begun limited service with special forces units tied to the United States Army.
Thumbnail picture of the Fabrique Nationale FN SCAR (Mk 16 / Mk 17)

1949
Fabrique Nationale Model 1949 / SAFN (FN-49)
Design of the Fabrique Nationale SAFN actually began prior to World War 2 but the German invasion of 1940 delayed its introduction considerably.
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1942
Fallschirmjagergewehr 42 (FG42 / FjG42)
The Fallschirmjagergewehr 42 automatic rifle was developed specifically for German paratrooper forces of World War 2.
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1981
FARA 83 / FAA 81 (Fusil Automatico Republica Argentina)
The Argentine FARA 83 / FAA 81 Assault Rifle was only produced in about 1,200 examples before a lack of funding forced its termination.
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1915
Fedorov Avtomat M1916
The Russian Fedorov Avtomat M1916 was introduced during World War 1 and managed an existence into World War 2.
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1977
FEG AK-63 / AMM
The AK-63 Assault Rifle is a local Hungarian copy of the Soviet/Russian AKM series with a few alterations.
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1963
FEG AKM-63
The AKM-63 was nothing more than a Hungarian-modernized Soviet AK-47 assault rifle.
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1967
FEG AMD-65
The Hungarian AMD-65 assault rifle featured changes to the basic AK-47 design that made it useful to vehicle crews and the like.
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1917
Fusil Automatique Modele 1917 (Model 1917 RSC)
The French RSC semi-automatic rifle appeared towards the latter half of World War 1 but managed to see extended service into World War 2.
Thumbnail picture of the Fusil Automatique Modele 1917 (Model 1917 RSC)

2008
Fusil FX-05 Xiuhcoatl (Fire Snake)
The FX-05 Assault Rifle was first observed in 2006 and entered formal service with the Mexican Army in 2008.
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2010
Grad AR
The Grad Assault Rifle is based on the Soviet AK-74 update though in bullpup form.
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1945
Gustloff Volkssturmgewehr 1-5 (VG 1-5)
The Gustloff Volkssturmgewehr semi-automatic rifle was a late-war German initiative intended to arm the Volksstrum militia for the final defense of Berlin.
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1950
Hakim Rifle
The Hakim Rifle was a locally-produced, licensed Egyptian copy of the Swedish Ljungman AG 42 series.
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1961
Heckler & Koch HK 21
Despite its 1960s origins, the HK21 general purpose machine gun is still in use around the globe today.
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1962
Heckler & Koch HK 32KA1
The HK32KA1 was a short barrel version of the HK 32A3 for export.
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1985
Heckler & Koch HK 33E
The HK33E is a replacement model series for the earlier production HK33.
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2005
Heckler & Koch HK 416
The Heckler & Koch HK416 assault rifle utilizes an improved form of the gas system as found on the HK G36.
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2006
Heckler & Koch HK 417
The HK 417 is chambered for the 7.62mm NATO standard cartridge and is categorized as a Battle Rifle.
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1987
Heckler & Koch HK G11
The West German Heckler and Koch HK G11 was an attempt at a caseless assault rifle design.
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1959
Heckler & Koch HK G3
The German-originated Heckler and Koch HK G3 assault rifle was, and continues to be, a robust and reliable weapon system.
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1996
Heckler & Koch HK G36
The Heckler & Koch HK G36 assault rifle is the standard frontline service gun of the Germany Army.
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1987
Heckler & Koch HK G41
The HK G41 was dropped from consideration at the same time as the HK G11 Caseless in favor of the new HK G36.
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2011
Heckler & Koch HK M27 IAR (Infantry Automatic Rifle)
The Heckler and Koch M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle is based upon the in-service HK 416 series gun and may succeed the storied M249 LMG line in USMC service.
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1972
Heckler & Koch HK PSG-1
The German-made PSG-1 Precision Sniping Rifle went on to find a plethora of operators worldwide - from Albania to Vietnam.
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1998
Heckler & Koch HK SL8
The HK SL8 was developed for German reservists as a comperable understudy to the G36 as used by the Army.
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1995
Heckler & Koch HK XM29 OICW
The Heckler and Koch XM29 Objective Individual Combat Weapon system was formally cancelled in October of 2004.
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2003
Heckler & Koch HK XM8
The promising HK XM8 was born out of the failed OICW program of the US Army.
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1964
Howa Type 64
Though still in production, the Howa Type 64 has since been overtaken in use by the Howa Type 89 assault rifle.
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1989
Howa Type 89
The Japanese-produced Type 89 is a modern small-caliber assault rifle.
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2009
HS Produkt VHS (Visenamjenska Hrvatska Strojnica)
The HS Produkt VHS assault rifle was developed in response to a Croatian Army need for a NATO-standard weapon
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1985
IMBEL MD-2
The IMBEL MD-2 is part of the IMBEL MD automatic rifle line making up the standard Brazilian Army assault weapon.
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1997
IMBEL MD97
The IMBEL MD97 is produced in three distinct versions and is made available to Brazilian police, Army and special forces groups.
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1973
IMI Galil ARM / SAR
The competing Soviet AK-47 was a good start for the Israelis when developing their Galil assault rifle.
Thumbnail picture of the IMI Galil ARM / SAR

1995
IMI Galil MAR (Micro Assault Rifle / Micro-Galil)
The Israeli Galil MAR is similar in scope and function to the Soviet AKS-74U shortened assault rifle and based on the full-size Galil rifle.
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1996
IMI Galil Marksman Assault Rifle Mark 1
The IMI Galil was slightly modified to become an accurized sharpshooter rifle in the Galil Marksman Assault Rifle
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2006
IMI TAR-21 (Tavor)
The Israeli IMI TAR-21 Tavor Assault Rifle entered service in 2006 and has already seen relatively widespread use.
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1998
INSAS (INdian Small Arms System)
The INSAS represents a family of lethal automatic weapons that began service with the Indian Army in 1998.
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2004
Izhmash AK-9
The AK-9 Assault Rifle makes use of a specialized subsonic ammunition with a silencer and is used exclusively with Russian special forces.
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1994
Izhmash AN-94 (Abakan)
The Izhmash AN-94 is the official successor to the fabled Kalashnikov AK-47 series of Russian assault rifles.
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1941
Johnson Model 1941
The Johnson Model 1941 lost out to the M1 Garand but still saw some 70,000 examples produced and used during World War 2 and beyond.
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1996
K-3 (Armenia)
The Armenian K-3 assault rifle is based on the storied Kalashnikov action though modified in bullpup form.
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1994
Kalashnikov AK-101
The Kalashnikov AK-101 is an export assault rifle in operational service with at least nine nations worldwide.
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1994
Kalashnikov AK-102
The Kalashnikov AK-102 is nothing more than the AK-101 assault rifle in a shortened carbine form.
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1994
Kalashnikov AK-103
The AK-103 is a modernized incarnation of the fabled AK-47 system.
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1997
Kalashnikov AK-107
The AK-107 features major departures from the original Kalashnikov system.
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2014
Kalashnikov AK-12 (AK-200)
The Kalashnikov AK-12 - based on the prototype AK-200 - is the most modern incarnation of the famous AK-47 assault rifle to date.
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2013
Kalashnikov AK-200 (AK-12)
The Kalashnikov AK-200 prototype assault rifle is the latest incarnation of the ubiquitous AK-47 series of the 1940s.
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1949
Kalashnikov AK-47
Since 1949, the timeless Kalashnikov AK-47 Assault Rifle has found many homes - and users.
Thumbnail picture of the Kalashnikov AK-47

1978
Kalashnikov AK-74 (M1974)
The 5.45mm Kalashnikov AK-74 replaced the 7.62mm AKM as the standard Soviet infantry assault rifle in 1978.
Thumbnail picture of the Kalashnikov AK-74 (M1974)

1959
Kalashnikov AKM
The AKM was a modernized version of the successful base AK-47 system and some 10.2 million were produced.
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1959
Kalashnikov AKMS (AKM-S)
The AKMS is based on the Soviet AKM though produced with a folding butt.
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1950
Kalashnikov AKS (AK-S)
The AKS system was based on the AK47, but featured a folding steel butt.
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1991
Kbk wz.88 (Tantal)
The wz. 1988 Tantal is little more than a Polish copy of the Russian-produced AK-74S model series with some Polish modifications.
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1991
Kbk wz.89 (Onyx)
The Polish Kbk wz/89 is nothing more than a copy of the Russian AKS-74U with a few changes of note.
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1991
KBP 9A-91
The KBP 9A91 assault carbine is primarily in use with Russian police forces today.
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1991
KBP A-91
The A-91 bullpup assault rifle has seen limited production to date and is believed to be in service with a few select internal Russian units.
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1997
Kbs wz.96 (Beryl)
The Kbs wz.96 Beryl was adopted by the Polish Army in 1997 as a replacement for the Soviet-era AKM and similar automatic weapons then in service.
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2006
Knight's Armament Company PDW (Personal Defense Weapon)
Combining the best elements of a submachine gun and an assault weapon, the KAC PDW intends to fill a niche market for special forces and logistical troops.
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1985
LAPA FA-03 (Fusil de Assalto Modele 03)
The LAPA Modele 03 was an ill-fated Brazilian attempt at a bullpup assault rifle.
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2012
Lithgow / Thales F90
The Thales F90 assault rifle is based on the long-running Austrian Steyr AUG bullpup series.
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1988
Lithgow F88 (Austeyr)
The F88 Austeyr is nothing more than the successful Austrian Steyr AUG bullpup assault weapon with changes made to suit Australian Army needs.
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1942
M1 Carbine (US Carbine, Caliber 30, M1)
The lightweight M1 Carbine proved a reliable and robust American firearm during World War 2 and beyond.
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1936
M1 Garand (United States Rifle, Caliber .30, M1)
The M1 Garand was the principle frontline rifle of American forces worldwide for a time.
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2008
M39 Enhanced Marksman Rifle (EMR)
The M39 EMR is a dedicated marksman rifle but can also be used as a battle rifle if the need arises.
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1951
MAS 49 (Fusil Semi-Automatique de 7.5mm Modele 1949)
The MAS 49 was the culmination of steady progression made by the French concerning self-loading rifles of the 1940s.
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1981
MAS FAMAS
The French-designed FAMAS has not lived up to its billing, resulting in a French Army search for its inevitable replacement.
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2014
MKEK MPT (Milli Piyade Tufegi)
The MKEK MPT Assault Rifle was selected to replace the existing stock of foreign-born HK G3 and HK33 assault weapons in Turkish military service.
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1900
Mondragon Rifle (Fusil Mondragon)
The Mexican Mondragon Rifle was one of the first self-loading service rifles adopted for frontline military service.
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2015
MSBS-5.56 Radon (Modulowy System Broni Strzekeckiej kalibru 5,56mm - Radon)
Currently in development is the MSBS-5.56 Radon, what promises to become the next standard-issue assault rifle of the Polish Army.
Thumbnail picture of the MSBS-5.56 Radon (Modulowy System Broni Strzekeckiej kalibru 5,56mm - Radon)

1997
NORINCO QBZ-95 (Series)
The Chinese QBZ-95 bullpup assault rifle entered service in 1997 and has since evolved into various other forms including carbine and light support weapon.
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1994
OTs-03 SVU
The OTs-03 SVU is a rather unique Russian-originated sniper rifle offering in that it is arranged in the bullpup configuration.
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1993
OTs-12 (Tiss)
For a time, the OTs-12 assault rifle and its subsonic cartridge were evaluated by Russian Internal Troops - no large-scale production followed.
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1994
OTs-14 (Groza)
The OC-14-4A series of assault rifles is a rare bullpup offering adopted by Russian forces.
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1995
PAPOP (PolyArme POlyProjectiles)
PAPOP was a French initiative to produce a usable combination assault weapon offering the benefits of a 5.56mm rifle with the projecting power of a 35mm grenade launcher.
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1991
Pindad SS1
While an Indonesian Army service rifle, the SS1 is based on the Fabrique-Nationale FN FNC series and produced under a local license.
Thumbnail picture of the Pindad SS1

2006
Pindad SS2
The Pindad SS2 series assault rifle is a modernized version of the original SS1 model, itself based on the Belgian FN FNC family.
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2011
Pindad SS3
The Pindad SS3 is intended to replace the relatively new SS2 family of firearms and utilizes a bullpup arrangement.
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2014
Pindad SS4
The Pindad SS4 will join the SS automatic firearms line for the Indonesia Army in the coming years as a dedicated Battle Rifle.
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1963
Pistol Mitraliera Model 1963 (PM md. 63)
The Pistol Mitraliera Model 1963 was a locally-produced Romanian version of the ubiquitous Soviet AK-47 assault rifle.
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1986
Pusca Automata Model 1986 (PA md. 86)
The Pusca Automata Model 1986 serves as the standard assault rifle of Romanian Army forces today and is yet another AK-47 derivative.
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1960
Rasheed Carbine
The Rasheed Carbine was a shortened version of the full-length Hakim Rifle, though chambered for the Soviet 7.62x39mm cartridge.
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1960
Rifle R1
The R1 Battle Rifle was nothing more than the Fabrique National FN-FAL locally-produced under license in South Africa.
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1982
Rifle R4
The Denel R4 Assault Rifle represents the current standard-issue assault rifle of the South African Army.
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1969
Rock Island Arsenal M21 Sniper Weapon System (SWS)
The M21 rifle was developed from the base M14 rifle which itself was derived from the World War 2 M1 Garand.
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1980
Rock Island Arsenal M231 FPW (Firing Port Weapon)
The M231 Firing Port Weapon was a specialized variant of the M16A1, used by Bradley vehicle occupants through the available firing ports presented.
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1980
Ruger AC-556
The select-fire Ruger AC-556 became a militarized version of the popular Ruger Mini-14 rifle, a design based on the Vietnam-era M14.
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1973
Ruger Mini-14
The Ruger Mini-14 is a mechanical copy of the WWII-Era M1 Garand.
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2009
Ruger SR-556
The Ruger SR-556 semi-automatic rifle is based on a gas-operated AR-15 design.
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2014
S&T Motiv / Daewoo K11
The S&T Motiv K11 assault weapon system uses a dual-barrel approach for general rifle fire and grenade-launching capabilities.
Thumbnail picture of the S&T Motiv / Daewoo K11

1995
SAKO RK 95 TP (M95)
The Finnish SAKO RK 95 TP assault rifle series is built upon the tried-and-true qualities of the fabled Soviet Kalashnikov AK-47.
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2010
SIG SG 516
The Swiss SIG SG 516 assault weapon system is built upon the strengths of the American AR-15 design - and thusly related to the classic M16.
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1980
SIG SG 542 (Sturmgewehr Model 542)
The SG 542 represented a less-popular 7.62x51mm alternative to the SG 540 5.56mm SG offering.
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1990
SIG SG 550 (Sturmgewehr Model 550) / Stgw 90
The SIG SG 550 series has seen widespread use by special forces, regular army and security elements worldwide in its various forms.
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2011
SIG SG 716
The SIG SG 716 comes in four distinct forms, each tailored to suit a certain tactical requirement.
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1975
Simonov AG-043
The experimental AG-043 Assault Rifle appeared in 1975 and shared a striking similarity with the world-famous Kalashnikov AK-47 series.
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1986
Simonov AO-63
The Simonov AO-63 was utterly unique in its approach to voluminous fire, utilizing an over-under, double-barreled configuration.
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1945
Simonov SKS (Samozaryadniy Karabin sistemi Simonova)
Approximately 15,000,000 SKS rifles have been produced.
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1985
SOCIMI AR-831
The Italian SOCIMI AR-831 intended to improve upon the reliability of the American M16 by using a Soviet Kalashnikov AK-47-style gas action.
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1959
Springfield M14
The Springfield M14 automatic rifle grew out of the famous World War 2-era M1 Garand service rifle.
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1992
SR-3 Vikhr (Whirlwind)
The SR-3 Vikhr assault rifle is another entry into the long line of Soviet/Russian automatic weapons making use of the 9x39mm subsonic cartridge.
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1987
Steyr ACR (Advanced Combat Rifle)
The Steyr ACR was developed to compete in the United States Army Advanced Combat Rifle program of the early 1990s.
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1978
Steyr AUG
The Steyr AUG was one of the first widely-accepted frontline standard issue bullpup configured assault rifles.
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1963
Stoner 63 (Universal Combat Weapon)
Eugene Stoner pioneered the modular weapon system through his all-in-one Stoner 63 automatic series.
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1942
Sturmgewehr 44 (StG44) / Maschinenpistole 44 (MP44)
The German wartime Sturmgewehr 44 system became the predecessor to the modern day assault rifle.
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1945
Sturmgewehr 45 (StG45(M)) / Maschinenpistole (45 MP45(M))
The StG 45 assault rifle was born from the image of the StG44 series, introducing the innovative roller-delayed blowback system of operation.
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1976
T65 (Type 65)
Taiwanese familiarity with the American AR-18 automatic rifle helped to produce the Type 65 of 1976.
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2000
T86 (Type 86)
Since its inception in 2000, the T86 automatic rifle has not been seen in great numbers.
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2003
T91 (Type 91)
The T91 Assault Rifle has been adopted by the Taiwanese Army to replace the outgoing T65 series.
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1938
Tokarev SVT-38
The Tokarev SVT-38 fired the powerful 7.62x54R Russian cartridge but proved too frail once in practice.
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1940
Tokarev SVT-40
At least 1.6 million SVT-40 rifles were produced, some seeing action even as recently as the 2nd Chechen War.
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1956
Type 56 (AK47)
The Type 56 is nothing more than a Chinese copy of the Soviet AK-47 assault rifle.
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1956
Type 56 Carbine (SKS)
The Chinese Type 56 Carbine was nothing more than a copy of the Soviet SKS semi-automatic rifle.
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1958
Type 58
The Type 58 is the locally-produced North Korean version of the famous Soviet-era Kalashnikov AK-47 Assault Rifle.
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1968
Type 63 / Type 68 (SVS)
The Chinese Type 63 / Type 68 saw considerable use during its operational run, being produced in over 6 million examples.
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1979
Type 79 (SVD)
The Type 79 is a Chinese copy of the Soviet Dragunov SVD semi-automatic sniper rifle.
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2002
United States Navy Mark 12 Special Purpose Rifle (Mk 12 SPR)
The Mk 12 SPR has been used with deadly efficiency in both Afghanistan and Iraq theaters or war.
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1960
Valmet M60/M62 (RK 62)
While easy to dismiss the Finnish Valmet M60/M62 as an AK clone, the series certainly brought some interesting changes to the mix.
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1976
Valmet M76 (RK 62 76)
Like many other modern assault rifles of the world, the Finnish Valmet M76 is based on the Soviet AK-47 design though brought up to a modern standard.
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1997
Vektor CR-21
The CR-21 remains a promising prototype assault rifle design - with no customers on the horizon.
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1941
Walther Gewehr 41 (G41 / Gew 41)
The German Gewehr 41 self-loading rifle was limited in its production during World War 2 and thus limited in combat service.
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1943
Walther Gewehr 43 (G43 / Gew 43)
With help from the Soviets, the Gew 43 improved upon the Gew 41 but was never the semi-automatic rifle envisioned by the German Army.
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1982
Walther WA2000
The Walther WA2000 was billed as an ultimate sniping tool though only ever taken on by select West German police units.
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1907
Winchester Model 1907
The Winchester Model 1907 was pressed into service by some of the world powers of World War 1.
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1970
Zastava M70
The Zastava M70 is a Yugoslavian variant of the successful Soviet AKM assault rifle.
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1980
Zastava M80
The Zastava M80 is a locally-produced Yugoslavian copy of the Soviet-era AKM - similarly available with two distinct stocks.
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1929
ZH-29
The Czech ZH-29 found few takers during various evaluations in the 1930s.
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2005
Z-M Weapons LR-300
Z-M Weapons introduced a conversion kit for AR-15-style weapons to produce the more compact, tactically-minded LR-300 series.
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