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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.






Accuracy International AW50
Anti-Materiel Rifle (AMR) / Sniper Rifle
Picture of the Accuracy International AW50
001
National Flag Graphic
1999
Accuracy International AWM (Arctic Warfare Magnum)
Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle
Picture of the Accuracy International AWM (Arctic Warfare Magnum)
002
National Flag Graphic
1996
Barrett M82
Anti-Tank / Anti-Material Rifle (AMR)
Picture of the Barrett M82
003
National Flag Graphic
1982
Benelli M4 Super 90 (M1014 JSCS)
Semi-Automatic Combat Shotgun
Picture of the Benelli M4 Super 90 (M1014 JSCS)
004
National Flag Graphic
1999
Beretta Model 92 (M92)
Semi-Automatic Service Pistol
Picture of the Beretta Model 92 (M92)
005
National Flag Graphic
1975
ADVERTISEMENTS
Browning M2 (HMG)
Multi-role Heavy Machine Gun (HMG)
Picture of the Browning M2 (HMG)
006
National Flag Graphic
1921
Carl-Gustav M1948
Multirole, Shoulder-Fired Recoilless Rifle
Picture of the Carl-Gustav M1948
007
National Flag Graphic
1948
Carl-Gustav M4 (CGM4)
Man-Portable, Shoulder-Fired Multi-role Weapon
Picture of the Carl-Gustav M4 (CGM4)
008
National Flag Graphic
2014
Colt / AAI M203
40mm Single-Shot, Breech-Loading Under-Barrel Grenade Launcher (UBGL)
Picture of the Colt / AAI M203
009
National Flag Graphic
1969
Colt M16 (Series)
Infantry Assault Rifle / Assault Carbine
Picture of the Colt M16 (Series)
0010
National Flag Graphic
1963
Colt M1911
Semi-Automatic Service Pistol
Picture of the Colt M1911
0011
National Flag Graphic
1911
Colt M4
Assault Carbine
Picture of the Colt M4
0012
National Flag Graphic
1994
Dragunov SVD (Snayperskaya Vintovka sistemy Dragunova)
Semi-Automatic Sniper Rifle / Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR)
Picture of the Dragunov SVD (Snayperskaya Vintovka sistemy Dragunova)
0013
National Flag Graphic
1963
Fabrique Nationale FN MAG
General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG)
Picture of the Fabrique Nationale FN MAG
0014
National Flag Graphic
1958
Fabrique Nationale FN Minimi
Light Machine Gun (LMG) / Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW)
Picture of the Fabrique Nationale FN Minimi
0015
National Flag Graphic
1982
Fabrique Nationale FN SCAR (Mk 16 / Mk 17)
Modular Automatic Assault Rifle
Picture of the Fabrique Nationale FN SCAR (Mk 16 / Mk 17)
0016
National Flag Graphic
2009
Fabrique Nationale M240
General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) / Medium Machine Gun (MMG)
Picture of the Fabrique Nationale M240
0017
National Flag Graphic
1977
Fabrique Nationale M249 SAW / LMG
Light Machine Gun (LMG) / Squad Support Weapon (SSW)
Picture of the Fabrique Nationale M249 SAW / LMG
0018
National Flag Graphic
1984
General Dynamics / Raytheon FIM-92 Stinger
Man-Portable, Air Defense Missile System
Picture of the General Dynamics / Raytheon FIM-92 Stinger
0019
National Flag Graphic
1981
General Electric GAU-17/A Minigun
Six-Barrel Gatling Gun
Picture of the General Electric GAU-17/A Minigun
0020
National Flag Graphic
1965
General Electric M134 Minigun
Six-Barrel Gatling Gun
Picture of the General Electric M134 Minigun
0021
National Flag Graphic
1963
Glock 17
Semi-Automatic Service Pistol
Picture of the Glock 17
0022
National Flag Graphic
1983
Glock 19
Semi-Automatic Compact Pistol
Picture of the Glock 19
0023
National Flag Graphic
1988
Heckler & Koch HK 416
Assault Rifle / Tactical Carbine Weapons
Picture of the Heckler & Koch HK 416
0024
National Flag Graphic
2005
Heckler & Koch HK 417
Battle Rifle / Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR)
Picture of the Heckler & Koch HK 417
0025
National Flag Graphic
2006
Heckler & Koch HK G3
Assault Rifle / Battle Rifle
Picture of the Heckler & Koch HK G3
0026
National Flag Graphic
1959
Heckler & Koch HK G36
Assault Rifle / Assault Carbine
Picture of the Heckler & Koch HK G36
0027
National Flag Graphic
1996
Heckler & Koch HK MP5
Submachine Gun (SMG) / Machine Pistol
Picture of the Heckler & Koch HK MP5
0028
National Flag Graphic
1966
Heckler & Koch HK MP5K (Kurz)
Submachine Gun (SMG) / Personal Defense Weapon (PDW) / Machine Pistol
Picture of the Heckler & Koch HK MP5K (Kurz)
0029
National Flag Graphic
1991
Heckler & Koch HK MP5SD
Suppressed Submachine Gun (SSMG)
Picture of the Heckler & Koch HK MP5SD
0030
National Flag Graphic
1974
Heckler & Koch UMP
Submachine Gun (SMG)
Picture of the Heckler & Koch UMP
0031
National Flag Graphic
1999
Hughes / Raytheon BGM-71 TOW / TOW-2
Heavy Anti-Tank (AT) Weapon System
Picture of the Hughes / Raytheon BGM-71 TOW / TOW-2
0032
National Flag Graphic
1970
Kalashnikov AK-47
Assault Rifle
Picture of the Kalashnikov AK-47
0033
National Flag Graphic
1949
Kalashnikov AKM
Assault Rifle
Picture of the Kalashnikov AKM
0034
National Flag Graphic
1959
Kalashnikov PKM (Pulemyot Kalashnikova Modernizirovany)
General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) / Light Machine Gun (LMG)
Picture of the Kalashnikov PKM (Pulemyot Kalashnikova Modernizirovany)
0035
National Flag Graphic
1969
M18 Claymore
Anti-Personnel Mine
Picture of the M18 Claymore
0036
National Flag Graphic
1960
M72 LAW (Light Anti-armor Weapon)
Disposable Anti-Tank (AT) Rocket Launcher
Picture of the M72 LAW (Light Anti-armor Weapon)
0037
National Flag Graphic
1963
Mossberg Model 590
Pump-Action Shotgun
Picture of the Mossberg Model 590
0038
National Flag Graphic
1975
NORINCO Type 56 (AK47)
Assault Rifle / Assault Carbine
Picture of the NORINCO Type 56 (AK47)
0039
National Flag Graphic
1956
Raytheon / Lockheed Martin FGM-148 Javelin
Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) Launcher
Picture of the Raytheon / Lockheed Martin FGM-148 Javelin
0040
National Flag Graphic
1996
Remington M40
Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle
Picture of the Remington M40
0041
National Flag Graphic
1966
Remington Model 870
Pump-Action Shotgun
Picture of the Remington Model 870
0042
National Flag Graphic
1950
RPG-7
Rocket-Propelled Grenade (RPG) Launcher
Picture of the RPG-7
0043
National Flag Graphic
1961
Saco Mk 19 AGL
40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher (AGL)
Picture of the Saco Mk 19 AGL
0044
National Flag Graphic
1967
SIG-Sauer P226
Semi-Automatic Handgun
Picture of the SIG-Sauer P226
0045
National Flag Graphic
1984
SIG-Sauer P228 (M11)
Semi-Automatic Pistol
Picture of the SIG-Sauer P228 (M11)
0046
National Flag Graphic
1988
SIG-Sauer P229
Semi-Automatic Concealed-Carry Security Pistol
Picture of the SIG-Sauer P229
0047
National Flag Graphic
1993


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