The rifle has undergone so many changes throughout its history. I feel we are now at a crossroads with rifles, at a place where we are still using bullets. At some point not too far away, I think, we will be using other kinds of ammunition.
For now, though, the rifle is still one of the most popular weapons around. There are assault rifles, hunting rifles, sniper rifles. Fully automatic, semi-automatic. Calibers, designs, accessories. It is a wide world of firearms, but there are some which stand out. Here are four of my favorite rifles. Beware – this list is going to be very ordinary. I am a firm believer in the modern classics.
Top 4 Favorite Rifles
Now, to be clear, I am not talking about the original Soviet AK-47, but of semi-automatic variants of this legendary rifle. The full-auto mode is junk anyway, and is not realistic in most encounters. To quote Samuel L. Jackson in Tarantino’s Jackie Brown:
“AK-47. When you absolutely, positively have to kill every MF in the room. Accept no substitutes”.
If Sam Jackson says it, it must be true. And it pretty much is. This is a rifle which is a favorite of many soldiers, freedom fighters, terrorists, and revolutionaries all over the world. It is almost unmatched.
Effective at many ranges, this is a rifle which was developed for the jungles of Vietnam. It underwent many changes over the years, and the modern variants of the AR-15 are lethal and accurate. There are so many models out there, made by companies such as SIG Sauer, Ruger, and Bushmaster. High-quality weapons for protection and self-defense. The recoil is almost nonexistent, giving you more accurate follow-ups, and you can carry a lot of 5.56mm rounds. They are small and deadly, perfect for many different kinds of encounters.
This became one of my favorites after I shot it at a gun show. The IWI in the U.S. is doing great things with the Tavor’s civilian models. Whether you go with the old-school Tavor or with the new X95 model, this is one 5.56mm bullpup which is made for 21st century combat. At least, until we get the hang of those space-age laser weapons, or begin using light sabers. The Tavor is more expensive than the others, but it is light, effective, compact, and accurate – not to mention totally badass.
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This is one which has “beautiful” written all over it. I mean, yeah, it is meant to shoot bullets and kill people and animals, but it is really inspiring. Its design is flawless in my opinion. Unfortunately, this rifle is marketed as a law enforcement and military kind of rifle, which I personally don’t see a need for. I mean, civilians can also get their hands on it, so what’s the point? But that is just a pet peeve. It is a rifle which I don’t actually own, but it is one my favorites, so I am including it here.
Now get on out there, and stay safe. Thanks for reading!