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Bolt-Action Rifles

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

The bolt-action rifle changed the face of warfare heading into the 20th Century and, amazingly, still holds a place on the battlefield even today.

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Bolt-Action Rifles have long been a part of the battlefield and has seen consistent combat service throughout their history including both World War 1 and World War 2. In today's military environment, which is largely dominated by automatic weapons, the bolt-action rifle is still a proven measure of subtle offense when considering high-value targets at range, thusly falling into the tool box of snipers and sharpshooters across the world.


There are a total of 48 Bolt-Action Rifles in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




1982
Accuracy International L96
The L96A1 is an Accuracy International-produced sniper rifle and currently the sniper rifle of choice for the British Army. T...
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1964
Anschutz Model 64 MP-R Multi-Purpose
The German Anschutz Model 64 MP-R was a bolt-action rifle appearing in 1964 and popularized through its use in vermin game hu...
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1905
Arisaka Type 38
The Arisaka Type 38 (Rifle, Meiji 38th Year) was the standard rifle issued to the Imperial Japanese infantry. The weapon had...
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1939
Arisaka Type 99 (Rifle)
The Type 99 was one of the standard bolt-action combat rifles to be utilized by the Empire of Japan during the Second World W...
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1892
Carcano Modello 1891 (M91)
The Carcano Modello 1891 (Model 1891) was the standard Italian Army service rifle of both World Wars. The design emerged from...
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1924
Ceska Zbrojovka vz. 24
The Czech city of Brno has long served as a hub for quality small arms design, development and production. In concert with ot...
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1941
Degtyarev PTRD 1941 (PTRD-41)
The Degtyarev PTRD 1941 (or "PTRD-41", shortened from "Protivo Tankovoye Ruzhyo Degtyaryova") was the most available anti-tan...
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1935
FEG 35M (Mannlicher M1935)
Following the end of World War 1, the Austro-Hungarian Empire was no more, giving rise to the "Kingdom of Hungary" in 1920 an...
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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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1989
Harris / McMillan M89
The Harris M89 Sniper Rifle is billed as one of the most accurate, resilient and robust gun platforms in its class. Outwardly...
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1889
Infantry Model 1889 (Belgian Mauser)
The Belgian Model 1889 "Mauser" became the first bolt-action service rifle of the Belgian Army. It was based on the proven Ma...
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1998
Izhmash SV-98
The Russian SV-98 sniper was brought about to replace the ages-old SVD series in some Russian agencies. While the SVD series ...
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1894
Krag-Jorgensen Model 1894
The Krag-Jorgensen was a bolt-action, repeat-fire rifle of Norwegian origin designed in the latter half of the 1800s. It was ...
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1887
Lebel Model 1886
The Lebel Model 1886 (more formally as the "Fusil Modele 1886 ") was the standard infantry rifle of the French Army before an...
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1888
Lee Metford (Magazine Lee Metford / MLM)
After nearly a decade of development and trials, the British Army adopted the Lee-Metford (or "MLM" for "Magazine Lee-Metford...
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1895
Lee-Enfield (Series)
The Lee-Enfield series of rifles is one of the most successful bolt-action rifles of all time. First debuted in November 1895...
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1917
M1917 Enfield (American Enfield)
Britain had already begun the task of replacing their Short Magazine Lee Enfield (SMLE) infantry rifles in the years precedin...
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1886
Mannlicher Model 1886
The Mannlicher Model 1886 became the first service rifle of the Austro-Hungarian Army to feature a magazine. Design of the we...
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1888
Mannlicher Model 1888
The Mannlicher Model 1886 straight-pull bolt-action service rifle was the first such rifle adopted by the Austro-Hungarian Ar...
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1895
Mannlicher Model 1895
In the mid-1880s, the Austro-Hungarian Army sought to modernized their infantry regiments with a new service rifle. This crea...
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1936
MAS 36 (modele 36 / mle 36)
The MAS 36 was a solid, if unspectacular, French Army service rifle appearing in small quantities before the start of World W...
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1966
MAS FR F1
Until the arrival of the improved FR F2 sniper rifle of 1984, the French Army stocked its sharpshooting ranks with the origin...
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1984
MAS FR F2
The FR F2 is the standard sniper rifle of the modern French Army and serves as a proven bolt-action operated system built upo...
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1888
Mauser Gewehr 88 (Gew 88 / Model 1888 Reichsgewehr)
To remedy their defeat at the hands of the German Empire and North German Confederation in the Franco-Prussian War (1870-1871...
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1898
Mauser Gewehr 98 (Gew 98)
The Mauser Gewehr 98 (formally as the "Infantry Rifle Model 1898") was a manually operated, magazine fed, bolt-action rifle a...
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1935
Mauser Karabiner Kar 98k
With origins dating as far back as World War 1, the famous German Army Kar 98k ("Kar" the abbreviation of "karabiner" transla...
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1872
Mauser Model 1871
The Mauser brothers - Paul and Wilhelm - entered firearms history when their Mauser Model 1871 was adopted by the German Army...
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McMillan TAC-308
The McMillan TAC-308 (McMillan Tactical Rifle) was developed for military and security forces operating in an urban setting. ...
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McMillan TAC-338
The McMillan TAC-338 is a specialized sniper rifle developed to exacting specifications with long range lethality and precisi...
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2005
McMillan TAC-416
The McMillan TAC-416 is the latest McMillan rifle adopted into the TAC line. It is based on the proven workings of the preced...
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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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1891
Mosin-Nagant Model 1891
Like all other world powers of the late-1800s, the Russian Empire sought modernization in its military inventory. This proved...
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1865
Palmer Model 1865
The Palmer Model 1865 Carbine was manufactured under the E.G. Lamson & Company brand label to a W. Palmer patent secured on D...
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1982
Parker-Hale Model 82
The Model 82 was a rifle series produced by the Parker-Hale company of Birmingham (a gunsmithing firm was already famous for ...
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1987
Remington M24 SWS (Sniper Weapon System)
The M24 SWS (Sniper Weapon System) is a principle sniper weapon of US Army. Developed for a US Army requirement replacing the...
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1966
Remington M40
Long-time gun maker Remington introduced their bolt-action "Model 700" rifle series in 1962 to the American public and police...
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1962
Remington Model 700
The Remington Model 700 (M700) rifle series appears in civilian, police and military guises. Production by Remington Arms beg...
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1997
RH-ALAN MACS M3
The MACS M3 is a bullpup evolution of the original MACS M2 born from an RH-ALAN of Zagreb design. The original M2 was chamber...
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1890
Rifle Model 1890 (Turkish Mauser)
In 1890, Turkish authorities ordered stocks of Mauser-based bolt-action rifles as the "Rifle Model 1890" ("Turkish Mauser") w...
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1983
SIG-Sauer SSG 2000
The SIG-Sauer SSG 2000 was introduced in 1983 as a precision long-range sniper rifle for military, law enforcement and sporti...
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1992
SIG-Sauer SSG 3000
Delivered in 1992, the Swiss-German SIG-Sauer SSG 3000 is a modern precision sniping system developed for military and law en...
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1903
Springfield M1903 (Model 1903)
The M1903 "Springfield" bolt-action service rifle was the standard infantry rifle of the American Army throughout its partici...
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1969
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1935
Type 24 (Chiang Kai-Shek Rifle)
Having purchased stocks of the bolt-action German Mauser Kar 98 rifle, itself a shortened form of the full-length Gewehr 98 b...
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1939
Welrod (Assassin's Pistol)
The Welrod was designed in the early part of World War 2 after a very short development period by the British War Office. The...
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1895
Winchester Model 1895 Lee (Navy Lee)
The Winchester Lee Model 1895 rifle (Model 1895) was based on the works of James Paris Lee (1831-1904), a Scottish-born inven...
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1936
Winchester Model 70
In 1925, the storied Winchester Repeating Arms Company unveiled their Model 54 bolt-action rifle for the civilian sporting ma...
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