[Lights of India] LethaL Rifles of The World




A weapon that has become the icon of the 21st century. Invented in 1947 it was named after its inventor, the Soviet icon Kalashankov. AK-47 stands for Automatic Kalashankove 47. AK-47 is he lord of war, it has caused most deaths that a single weapon system produced ever. With over 75 million built worldwide, the AK-47 is a firearms legend that has probably inflicted more lethal results than any other single weapon system ever produced. The AK-47 was not only easy to produce and relatively cheap, is also proved remarkably easy to maintain and virtually immune to conditions that could easily take out other guns. Accuracy is average, but the Kalashnikov compensates for this with its ability to unleash a lethal wall of lead. AK-47 and M16 came face to face in Vietnam war and AK-47 proved its supremacy. Even after almost 60 years,it could be heard spitting out shells in every corner of the world.



And at number 2, its M16. Its a weapon that have seen the American troops in the Vietnam war and into the 21ist century. It has proven to be an outstanding performer with superb accuracy, handling, service length and combat effectiveness. The rifle fulfilled the U.S. military's desire to develop a lightweight modern assault rifle that could replace the semiautomatic M1 and M14. Its innovative features include lighter metal alloy and plastic construction, a simple gas reload system and the use of 5.56 mm ammunition, allowing soldiers to carry twice the amount of ammunition for the same weight of 7.62 mm rounds.



A true British classic, a standard infantry weapon of British troops from WWI to the 1956 Suez crisis, the Lee-Enfield SMLE (pronounced "smelly") built its reputation on reliability, accuracy and a phenomenal rate of fire. In the hands of a well-trained infantryman, the Lee-Enfield could perform what was called the "mad minute," i.e., thirty rounds hitting a target 200 meters distant in one minute, a volume of fire that rivals modern semiautomatic weapons.



At number 4, its the Belgian hitting rifle FA FAL. Inspired by the Sturmgewehr 44, the Belgian manufacturer Fabrique National developed FAL. But later on it was modified for NATO and a heavy hitter designed was created. Used in over 50 countries and an icon of the Cold War. This heavy weapon has proved to be tough when used in fully automatic mode.It as used by Australian army in the jungles of Vietnam and Israeli's used it during six day war and in the Falkland Islands.



And here comes Hitler's personal favorite Mauser. This super performance gun originated from Germany. The original model 98 was used during World War I to great effect, but when Germany started rearming in the 1930s the rifle received upgrades that made it lighter and easier to sight and shoot. Inevitably outgunned by automatic weapons, the Mauser nevertheless stands as one of the legendary rifles of the modern age.

1903 Springfield


American modified the German 7mm Mauser, added a few new features and produced a lethal and deadly accurate rifle, the Springfield nicknamed as silent death. It is a magazine-fed rifle that boasted phenomenal accuracy. The rifle was in service through WWII in Korea and even used as sniper rifle in Vietnam.

M-14 Combat Rifle


The M14 rifle originated from United States and is formally called United States Rifle, 7.62mm Caliber M14 is about 50 years old gun which is still in use. It was standard U.S. rifle from 1959 to 1970. These days its mostly used as a ceremonial gun. Prominent users of this gun are Estonia, Argentina, Israel, South Korea and United States.

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