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The Most Influential Guns in Service Today

The gun has come a long way from its modest beginnings and, today, these few serve as the most influential designs.

The Most Influential Guns in Service Today

The gun has come a long way from its modest beginnings and, today, these few serve as the most influential designs.

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There are a total of 47 The Most Influential Guns in Service Today in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order (1-to-Z). Flag images indicative of country of origin and not necessarily the primary operator.

This listing showcases those small arms that have proliferated the globe through use by regular armies, special police and special forces units. Their placement here is based on the data collected through our database and interpreted by our panel which places these small arms ahead of others on the world stage right now. These are proven, readily available/accessbile weapon systems that should enjoy healthily long services despite some on this list having been introduced as far back as the last century. If you are going to war, these are the products you are most lkely to encounter on any given modern battlefield.






#1
1999
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Accuracy International AW50
Accuracy International AW50
Anti-Materiel Rifle (AMR) / Sniper Rifle
#2
1996
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Picture of the Accuracy International AWM (Arctic Warfare Magnum)
Accuracy International AWM (Arctic Warfare Magnum)
Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle
#3
1982
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Barrett M82
Barrett M82
Anti-Tank / Anti-Material Rifle (AMR)
#4
1999
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Benelli M4 Super 90 (M1014 JSCS)
Benelli M4 Super 90 (M1014 JSCS)
Semi-Automatic Combat Shotgun
#5
1975
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Beretta Model 92 (M92)
Beretta Model 92 (M92)
Semi-Automatic Service Pistol
ADVERTISEMENTS
#6
1921
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Browning M2 (HMG)
Browning M2 (HMG)
Multi-role Heavy Machine Gun (HMG)
#7
1948
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Carl-Gustav M1948
Carl-Gustav M1948
Multirole, Shoulder-Fired Recoilless Rifle
#8
2014
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Carl-Gustav M4 (CGM4)
Carl-Gustav M4 (CGM4)
Man-Portable, Shoulder-Fired Multi-role Weapon
#9
1969
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Colt / AAI M203
Colt / AAI M203
40mm Single-Shot, Breech-Loading Under-Barrel Grenade Launcher (UBGL)
#10
1963
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Colt M16 (Series)
Colt M16 (Series)
Infantry Assault Rifle / Assault Carbine
#11
1911
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Colt M1911
Colt M1911
Semi-Automatic Service Pistol
#12
1994
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Colt M4
Colt M4
Assault Carbine
#13
1963
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Dragunov SVD (Snayperskaya Vintovka sistemy Dragunova)
Dragunov SVD (Snayperskaya Vintovka sistemy Dragunova)
Semi-Automatic Sniper Rifle / Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR)
#14
1958
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Fabrique Nationale FN MAG
Fabrique Nationale FN MAG
General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG)
#15
1982
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Fabrique Nationale FN Minimi
Fabrique Nationale FN Minimi
Light Machine Gun (LMG) / Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW)
#16
2009
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Fabrique Nationale FN SCAR (Mk 16 / Mk 17)
Fabrique Nationale FN SCAR (Mk 16 / Mk 17)
Modular Automatic Assault Rifle
#17
1977
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Fabrique Nationale M240
Fabrique Nationale M240
General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) / Medium Machine Gun (MMG)
#18
1984
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Fabrique Nationale M249 SAW / LMG
Fabrique Nationale M249 SAW / LMG
Light Machine Gun (LMG) / Squad Support Weapon (SSW)
#19
1981
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the General Dynamics / Raytheon FIM-92 Stinger
General Dynamics / Raytheon FIM-92 Stinger
Man-Portable, Air Defense Missile System
#20
1965
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the General Electric GAU-17/A Minigun
General Electric GAU-17/A Minigun
Six-Barrel Gatling Gun
#21
1963
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the General Electric M134 Minigun
General Electric M134 Minigun
Six-Barrel Gatling Gun
#22
1983
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Glock 17
Glock 17
Semi-Automatic Service Pistol
#23
1988
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Glock 19
Glock 19
Semi-Automatic Compact Pistol
#24
2005
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Heckler & Koch HK 416
Heckler & Koch HK 416
Assault Rifle / Tactical Carbine Weapons
#25
2006
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Heckler & Koch HK 417
Heckler & Koch HK 417
Battle Rifle / Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR)
#26
1959
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Heckler & Koch HK G3
Heckler & Koch HK G3
Assault Rifle / Battle Rifle
#27
1996
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Heckler & Koch HK G36
Heckler & Koch HK G36
Assault Rifle / Assault Carbine
#28
1966
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Heckler & Koch HK MP5
Heckler & Koch HK MP5
Submachine Gun (SMG) / Machine Pistol
#29
1991
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Heckler & Koch HK MP5K (Kurz)
Heckler & Koch HK MP5K (Kurz)
Submachine Gun (SMG) / Personal Defense Weapon (PDW) / Machine Pistol
#30
1974
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Heckler & Koch HK MP5SD
Heckler & Koch HK MP5SD
Suppressed Submachine Gun (SSMG)
#31
1999
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Heckler & Koch UMP
Heckler & Koch UMP
Submachine Gun (SMG)
#32
1970
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Hughes / Raytheon BGM-71 TOW / TOW-2
Hughes / Raytheon BGM-71 TOW / TOW-2
Heavy Anti-Tank (AT) Weapon System
#33
1949
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Kalashnikov AK-47
Kalashnikov AK-47
Assault Rifle
#34
1959
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Kalashnikov AKM
Kalashnikov AKM
Assault Rifle
#35
1969
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Kalashnikov PKM (Pulemyot Kalashnikova Modernizirovany)
Kalashnikov PKM (Pulemyot Kalashnikova Modernizirovany)
General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) / Light Machine Gun (LMG)
#36
1960
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the M18 Claymore
M18 Claymore
Anti-Personnel Mine
#37
1963
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the M72 LAW (Light Anti-armor Weapon)
M72 LAW (Light Anti-armor Weapon)
Disposable Anti-Tank (AT) Rocket Launcher
#38
1975
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Mossberg Model 590
Mossberg Model 590
Pump-Action Shotgun
#39
1956
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the NORINCO Type 56 (AK47)
NORINCO Type 56 (AK47)
Assault Rifle / Assault Carbine
#40
1996
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Raytheon / Lockheed Martin FGM-148 Javelin
Raytheon / Lockheed Martin FGM-148 Javelin
Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) Launcher
#41
1966
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Remington M40
Remington M40
Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle
#42
1950
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Remington Model 870
Remington Model 870
Pump-Action Shotgun
#43
1961
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the RPG-7
RPG-7
Rocket-Propelled Grenade (RPG) Launcher
#44
1967
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Saco Mk 19 AGL
Saco Mk 19 AGL
40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher (AGL)
#45
1984
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the SIG-Sauer P226
SIG-Sauer P226
Semi-Automatic Handgun
#46
1988
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the SIG-Sauer P228 (M11)
SIG-Sauer P228 (M11)
Semi-Automatic Pistol
#47
1993
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the SIG-Sauer P229
SIG-Sauer P229
Semi-Automatic Concealed-Carry Security Pistol