I’m watching the Top 10 Combat Rifles on Top Tens on the Discovery Military Channel. As you might have guessed, they’re making a list of the Top 10 Combat rifles in history. Since I’m bored, I’m going to blog it as it goes.
10. The M-14. Interesting choice. Honestly, the M-14 wouldn’t make a top ten list of rifles that I’d put together. Most of the pundits are talking about the stopping power of the M-14, as well as it’s accuracy. I’d agree with both of those points, it is accurate and powerful. There’s a lot of hyperbole about it’s knockdown power and “massive recoil”.
9. The Sturmgewehr 44. Ah, the father of the assault rifle. I’m definitely on board with this pick; the historical value of the StG-44 alone should place it on anyone’s top ten list. On a side note, looking at the StG-44, you can really see the resemblence to the HK G3.
8. 1903 Springfield. Another interesting choice; although at number 8 I can only assume that the Mausers on which it was based will show up higher on the list. There are some good arguments for this rifle, and at number 8, that seems reasonable.
7. Steyr AUG. This is the first choice that I really disagree with. Sure, I wouldn’t have put the M14 on a top ten list, but I certainly wouldn’t have ranked the Steyr AUG above the M-14 on anyone’s list. I’d call this the fanboy vote if I’d call it anything.
6. Mauser Model 98K. The only comment I really have about this rifle is that I’m surprised that it’s not higher up on the list than number six.
5. FN FAL. Unlike the M-14, the FN FAL was a successful 7.62 NATO battle rifle. You can still find FN FALs in the hands of freedom fighters all over the world.
4. M1 Garand. Putting the “greatest battle implement” at number seems like kind of a travesty to me. On any list that I’d put together, the Garand is top three for sure.
3. Lee Enfield SMLE. Pefectly logical choice for number three. I won’t contest the SMLE being in the top three of any list of the greatest rifles ever designed.
– Note: We’re at a commercial break right now, who wants to bet me that number two and number one will be the M-16, and the AK47, in that order? Any takers?
Back from commerical, I knew it, the M-16 is number 2.
2. M-16. You know honestly, I can’t talk shit about this choice. It’s been in service for over 40 years, and has probably taken out more enemy combatants than any other US service rifle in history. Once they corrected the issues with the ammo, it really is worthy of the number 2 spot, and on some people’s lists, the number 1 spot. These days, there are probably more AR-15 pattern rifles being made than almost any other platform.
1. AK47. For the record, I’m typing this before the show actually tells me that the AK is number one, but it’s a foregone conclusion at this juncture. We’re at a commercial right now; so I’m just waiting for my prediction to come true. Oh, we’re back from commericals, and there it is, the Kalashnikov.
Intersting show, although as you can see I disagree with some of their picks. If I were picking, the list would have included the Mosin-Nagant, and not the AUG, and replaced the M-14 with the Israeli Galil. Because you’re going to ask, my top ten list would look like this:
- The M1 Garand – the father of the semi-auto combat rifle
- M16/AR15 pattern rifles
- Kalashnikov pattern rifles
- Mauser 98k
- FN FAL
- ’03 Springfield
Now show me yours.