What is a Battle Rifle? Post By Kyle Eggimann luckygunner.com
As gun enthusiasts, most of us are probably familiar to some extent with the term battle rifle. While at first it might seem as though that term would refer to any rifle used in combat, it actually has pretty narrow definition in common parlance. Battle rifles are autoloading rifles firing so-called “full-power” ammunition, such as .308 Winchester, and utilizing detachable magazines. The most famous battle rifles are the M14, FAL, and the G3, but there are many others.
For me, the battle rifle has always been an artifact of small arms design which marks the point where modern firearms development fell just short of understanding modern warfare. The battle rifle was often too much gun in practical applications, and yet, just as modern militaries had seen the light of the intermediate cartridges like 5.56 and 7.62x39mm, they also realized that they might just have had the right tool at the wrong time.
Birth of the Battle Rifle
While most battle rifles are post WWII designs, the first saw combat in World War I…
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