The importance of assault rifles in modern warfare depends upon the design concept, portability, efficiency of fire power and accuracy and simplicity of use. There are numerous such rifles that are carried by the infantry of the armed forces of a country the same has undergone several technological and design improvement over the years such that the final outcome of the same is nothing short of unique fire power in the hands of soldiers at war. However, a few rifles do have an edge over the rest of the weapons of the same specie and they are especially marked out to be really good and have been in possession for their extraordinary capabilities especially when put to use in the battleground. These few rifles have also been the most sought after weapon in any infantry combat.
Most Widely Used Models
Most of the top ranking rifles of the world have a distinctive edge over the rest of similar weapons and have been put to use not only by the military, but also by terrorists, insurgents and other militia. The very fact that these rifles are chosen for their overall superiority tells a lot about the way a rifle ought to be manufactured and the way a battle has to be conducted.
In modern times it is stealth and ambushing ones enemy that wins the situation and war may not be in numbers as was used to be in the case of World War I and II. The rifle therefore after its discovery some 500 years back or so has still become a weapon that is envied by the infantry as well as those with large battalion of armored vehicles. There is little doubt that in an open ground the battle may go in favor of the tanks and other armored vehicles, yet where there is thick forest covering and where camouflaging techniques are easily carried out a good rifle always holds its own.
1 Among the top rifles of the world the AK 47 is one of the most worthy of the lot. In fact, it has been a best seller since its was invented by Mikhail Kalashnikov and is always in use even among the hardcore militant groups across the world today. The best thing about this rifle is its simplicity of use that even a boy of 14 or 15 years after a few hours of training would become quite capable of shooting with it. Again, the AK 47 rifle needs hardly any lubrication and very little maintenance.
2. The next best rifle would be the M16 and is effective and a person can shoot up to 550 meters. You may fire 12 to 15 rounds per minute.
3. The third would be the M 240 machine gun and used by US army and marine. It is effective while using it for firing on individual enemy troops and even light armored vehicles. Its 7.62 millimeter bullet which is heavier than most other rifles gives it maximum range of about 1800 meters.
The PK machine gun is almost the same class as that of M 240. It is also equipped with a heavier barrel its frame is made to absorb heat and is capable of sustained fire. Its accuracy and efficiency can be enhanced while it is mounted on a tripod as the case with M 240. The most amazing thing about this gun is that it comes with anti-aircraft capabilities too although this may be to shoot down low flying helicopters and drones. Both the AK 47 and PK are Russian originated guns. The range of PK is around 800 meters.
The QBZ-95 is yet another on the line with awesome fire power although it looks small in appearance. This is mainly because it has the barrel length larger than most other M4 carbine. Yet its overall length is much shorter than other rifles. Again, it has the magazine installed just behind the trigger. It originated from China and is said to be the country’s answer to AK 47.
There are other rifles too that are used although they may not match the firepower or the capabilities of those given above. Yet over time there will be more sophisticated light weight guns that may render these rifles too as outdated.