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 [ 197 ] Automatic / Self-Loading Rifles entries in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order (1-to-Z). Flag images indicative of country of origin and not necessarily primary operator.
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