Top 10 Best Assault Rifles

The Top Ten
1 AK-47

By far the AK47 is the best assault weapon. I would take the AK47 any place in the world with a back pack full of loaded magazines and feel safe. The AK47 is built to withstand the worst possible conditions. Unlike our foolish M16s the AK47 is not prone to stove pipe jams that cost our troops lives all the time since the vietnam conflict till the present day. If you are firing a lot of rounds the AK47 just says feed me more. I tried to kill one of my cheap romanian variants and after 900 fast fire rounds the the front hand grip just caught on fire and I ran out of bullets. If I had a pot holder and some more bullits I would bet anything it would keep firing till the barrel melted off. It has a large trigger guard to allow winter gloves. The AK47 has an easy to use selector switch for full semi and safe. The AK47 has quick and easy sights that almost beg to be put on target when you sight down the rifle. Do to how simple the design is it comes apart easy and anyone with basic life ...more

Simply put, any assault rifle on this list will beat every other one, as long as it has more ammunition. One could really care less what assault rifle they have, provided they can sustain it with sufficient ammunition to whatever the task requires; hunting, protection, combat, etc. AK-47 with 0, or even 100 rounds sucks compared to M16 with more ammunition. However, AK-47 with equal or more rounds when compared to M16 will most likely be more potent. When one considers a weapon, they should also consider the cartridge it fires. Great, you have your rifle, now do you have your ammunition? No? Then your individual rifle is the worst weapon ever. Which means I would pick a mediocre or moderately decent assault rifle that has more ammunition than the best assault rifle that only has a few rounds any day of the week.

Having made my chosen profession and living in combat, I wouldn't at all disagree with this. First and foremost, It goes bang every time you need it. A rifle absolutely must be reliable to the point that it will outlive several soldiers who wield it, even in the worst conditions. Secondly, any AK in either 7.62x39 or 5.45x39 is going to impart a devastating wound on whatever it hits. It's essential to kill your enemy right now before he kills you. Thirdly, the accuracy is good enough for any sort of firefight that is in assault rifle range. For 500m plus, there are Designated Marksman and Machine Guns for that. Fourthly, it's a real weapon. It does what it is supposed to do without any finesse, apologies, or excuses. It enables the soldier to win the fight, destroy the opposition, and win the battle. I doubt that I would be here without my faithful AKM. 50+ years of kicking ass and it's still with me in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Russia, Colombia, and Moldova. Hats off to my favorite ...more

It may be just a battle rifle to some people, but it's the smallest weapons that make the biggest difference. The AK shows up in virtually every conflict worldwide. AK-47s have been driven over by tanks, filled with mud and water, abused to where they're covered with rust, AND THEY STILL WORK. They require very little cleaning too. No weapon has ever caused more death. They'll be around when all of us are long dead. If any weapon deserves to be known as the best weapon in the world, let alone best assault rifle, it is the AK47.

2 FN SCAR

The SCAR rocks. Dependability and accuracy, in my opinion are the deciding factors. If it jams on you then the rifle is useless. If you can't hit your target, the rifle is useless. The SCAR is accurate ( much more so than the AK 47 in my opinion) AND is extremely reliable. I have owned a SCAR 17s for about a year and have shot over 1500 rounds ( mostly my hand re-loads) this rifle has NEVER jammed or misfired NEVER. Can't say enough good things about this rifle. Once you own one, soon...you will be trying to figure out how to get another one ( no kidding). I'm sure the AK is an excellent rifle, but I'm also sure once you try a SCAR you will like it better than the AK.

Well you really have to look at the purpose of the rifle. How are you planning on using it? Hard or soft targets? At what range do you expect you may need to shoot? I have owned a handful of these rifles in this pole and hands down the Scar 17 takes the cake in my opinion. I have Personallty gotten sub MOA accuracy out of it. There is an ever increasing parts availability for it as well. Check High desert dogs web page. Conversion kits to 5.56 7.62 X 39 and a miriad of other calabers. The piston system in this rifle is like none that I have ever seen. The Bolt carrier group seems bombproof as well. The G36C has a similar bolt carrier group... The rifle breaks down in 2 minutes flat. Easy to work on and clean. Tough rifle that is being fielded by the operators. Some of your guys have it right- the AK47 and M16's times have come and gone. Yeah they will do the job if needed but that doesn't make them the best now does it. Before you argue perhaps you should pick one of these up and ...more

FN SCAR is a good weapon but like the AK74, or the M4A1 the two are better and will never be replaced. The SCAR H 17, MK17 has almost the same effective range as the M4A1. The AK can be buried and dug up still firing. I like the SCAR 17 but the HK416 is the next generation. The 5.56 does nasty damage when it hits a person. Likewise with the AK. The 7.62 will go through a person where the 5.56 will tear organs to shreds. 3 deployments to Afghanistan, 4 deployments to Iraq. IED's killed more Americans than the AK. The M4 has a longer reach with less caliber and that is why it's still in use. HK416 is a great rifle but used more by Marines. The SCAR is a great DMR rifle but don't see it going further.

Warning: Claiming the AK is the a good rifle is like saying McDonalds makes a good hamburger. The people who voted for Kalashnikovs have a poor understanding of combat rifles and likely don't understand the very nature of combat.

-Smaller than any AR variant.
-More dependable than any AK variant.
-Most modular rifle fielded by any modern military.
-Lighter and more reliable than 416.
-Readily accepts suppressors.
-VERY low recoil in both calibers.
-True OTB capability.
-Reload times faster than SKS or AK.
-Much lighter than M14.
-Sub MOA accuracy even in 10". (Match ammo)
-Simple manual of arms.

It's only real competition is the Tavor. The ARX is a possibility if accuracy in SBR improves.

The 416 is a solid platform but it's heavy and somewhat less dependable than the SCAR. The SCAR has the advantage of being designed from the ground up as a 3rd gen rifle rather than being just another fix for the M4.

3 HK416

HK 416 has proved to be far better than AK-47. The AK has great reliability, but outmatched by HK 416. When you dip your AK into thick mud, you'll need to at least clear the round in the chamber or it will malfunction, while HK 416, just take and fire. It's lighter, much more accurate, and less recoil. You'll never want to carry an AK47 not only because HK 416 is better, but there is also a new model, AK-104. That I will say, tie with HK 416. M4 is unreliable, too many stoppages, even though it is not affecting much. What the internet says are all lies. If you clean it well it won't malfunction except the jamming. Accuracy isn't that great as well, you need to take estimations and the gas system is affected greatly when soaked into water. You won't want to shoot when it is buries in sand or dipped in mud. G36 is great but the area you see is tremendously narrow. Also, it will not be accurate anymore after it overheats, the polymer would change, making it worse.

How is this not the top one? The AK-47 is unaccurate while this thing is targeting. This runs off a piston system while the m16 runs off a gas system and jams or breaks every 30 seconds becuase of it. This shoot ss at 900 rounds per minute while the Kalashnikov and the AR 15 shoot at 600. This can shoot under water, buried in sand or drenched in thick mud. Try any of these three things with another rifle and the gun goes kaboom with the receiver stabbed in your eye. If it overheats, just pop it open, hand the heating rod to someone and it will be ice cold. This weapon cannot break unless parts are removed.

What happens when a top quality German weaponsmith fits the familiarity of the M4 bodywork, the trustability of the G36's gas piston and the experience of a Delta Force operator in the same rifle? The HK416, one of the best ARs today. This awesome gun is very accurate, has a good fire rate and is as tough as an AK47. H&K offers mods for Over The Beach capabilities (the newest A5 model already includes them), and its multiple barrel length options makes this rifle suitable for almost any role in the battlefield. Its full length top rail gives the operator the operator the opportunity to attach a sight wherever he wants. Problems like not accepting plastic mags have been solved with the new HK416A5, so now you will be sure that this is the best assault rifle ever.

I personally own a HK MR556-A1, the civilian version of the HK416. Is my understanding that the main differences are first the MR516 is a semi-auto only rifle and second, the MR516 has a non chrome lined barrel.

Now, downsides I see in the rifle are, first, the rifle is about 2 pounds heavier than my COLT AR15, it requires a special tool to disassembly/assembly, and third is definitely PRICE, a big number in that tag.

That been said, I have to say that in every other concern is the better rifle (light rifle type) I ever had or fired (and I have a extensive collection that includes or have included COLT, FN2000, Tavor, SIG516, SIG716, MSAR, PWS, LWRC, AK47, AK74 and others).

The rifle is very accurate (most accurate AR15 platform I ever shot), easy on your shoulder, extremely reliable (I have shoot many brands and qualities of ammo through it without a single hiccup), it keeps clean (and I mean CLEAN) after long sessions (up to 800 rounds) in the range, this rifle ...more

4 ACR

It's not called the ADAPTIVE combat rifle for nothing. This rifle can be customized to excel in any mission. Whether it be the AK47's 7.62, or the M4's/M16's 5.56, the ACR can fire it all. Whether it be building, cleaning, or just maintaining a rifle overall, everything is made simple when dealing with the ACR. Engaging in close quarter combat? No problem, the ACR's barrel can be replaced with a shorter one in a snap (and vice-versa for longer barrels). Need different/more attachments? No problem again, the ACR's full-length, universal rail system is there for you. With its adjustable stock, lefty-friendly, ambidextrous controls, light weight, low recoil, and incredible accuracy, taking down targets has never been easier. Although the ACR is relatively new for an assault rifle, and not the most commonly used firearm today, with its unparalleled design, it may soon replace several rifles around the world.

I did not personally shoot this weapon but my father has a marine buddy who was hired to test fire a prototype. He tells me that its one of the best rifles he's ever used-more so than the M16A series, or some captured AKs he used in emergencies. Recoil is practically non-existent, full tactical customization for any situation, a trained shooter can hit a target out to roughly 1.5 football fields, and stopping power rivals that of.44 hollow-point. This is the ultimatum in terms of weapons of the assault kind.

Accurate, precise, virtually no significant recoil, jamming seldom occurs, as versatile in many ways as the number of a Rubik's cube's possible combination (major exaggeration, but you know what I mean, right? ) and the ergonomics are excellent. The ACR is damn near immaculate, and a perfect replacement for the standard-issue M4A1 and other AR-15 platform-based assault rifles. The optimum choice for any combat situation. Hell, the best choice for any firearm-related matter.

I held this gun and taken it into parts, I had to say this gun is the next step of what the current US Army M4,

The redesign purpose was to tune down as few as internal parts as possible while efficiently keeping the same performance and this thing did exactly that. This thing can change and fix new parts within seconds! I can beat the SCAR easy with ease of usage!

5 M4A1 SOPMOD

Well it is a improvement on the rugged reliable m4 which is the improvement of the m16 one of the first assault rifles to be made up primarily of high tech poly carbonates. This feature is not the only reason why most assault rifles that are used in battle, but is a major factor. The m4 family also uses the lighter 5.56 round which does take away some stopping power but allows the soldier/user to carry more rounds, which is invaluable on the battlefield. I am not going to argue the AK is the best assault rifle to be manufactured, all I am saying is the m4 should be ranked in the top 3, it is a rugged battle proven rifle that has origins going back to the 50's.

The M4a1, I try to avoid it whenever I can. Let's run over things people say about it.

#1: It's accurate. So, exactly how often can you exploit that accuracy. War ain't a bench rest precision shooting competition. I've never run into a person who could use the fantastic AR accuracy in combat while running and gunning against other moving infantry. Shooting machine gunners and snipers doesn't count; they're stationary targets!

#2: It's customisable. And the AK isn't? I can put a grenade launcher and an optic and a bayonet on my AK. What else do you want; a pizzeria?

#3: Navy SEALS use it. Here's a dirty little secret: the SEALS and all other such guys do have choice when picking arms. They can have pretty much just about anything you could ask for. However, if they pick anything other than an M4, then the guy has to pay for it out of his own personal pocket. ALso, the military won't supply anything other than 5.56 ammo. So good luck if you picked something ...more

Actually to all you clowns saying the Seals use it, you're wrong about the reason. Yes Seals can choose their weapons, but the military usually only gives them one or two options, anything else and they need to buy it themselves. Also it should be noted that the HK416 is much more popular with the US Special forces community not just seals but delta too and it has been pretty much since the weapon arrived on the scene.

Furthermore the special forces community doesn't suffer from the same problems as the army because they are in combat less, and have time to meticulously maintain their rifles. For a general combat rifle all DI systems have proven themselves lacking in practically every conflict they have been in. But especially in South America, the Pacific and deserts. Any country that can is getting rid of these weapons.

Like all short barrel rifles it has problems at ranges over 300M but so does the AK. As with all ammo, shot placement is key to someone going to the ground. So being accurate is very important and the M4A1 SOPMOD does that well. To make my point, in the Afghan conflict going on now troops where questioned about the killing of prisoners due to the number of head shots that took out the enemy. It was found that the shots had not been made at close range and was due to the training of our troops and how accurate the M4A1 is in the right hands.

6 Tavor TAR-21

Easily the best one out there as not only does it beat it's other bullpup competitors like the Steyr AUG and F2000 in all aspects, but it is also the absolute most versatile assault rifle out there. It is able to convert it's usage to everything in between close-range urban ops and small spaces (like in tanks) to even recon missions and long-range sniping. In addition, it is physical proof that the saying "size doesn't matter" is true as it's smaller, 5.56 mm caliber is accomplish more than any other caliber in any other assault rifle due to the Tavor's unsurpassable and consistent precision. There is a reason why the most highly trained army in the world (Go IDF! ) chooses to use this weapon.

I own a IWI Tavor SAR (the US model) and I also have AK's and AR's but I always enjoy shooting my Tavor the most. I don't try and look at my Top 10 Assault Rifles as if I will be using them in battle, but better yet, defending my Family and my home. Most of the Assault Rifles that people go on and on about and try and give battle tested results don't even realize that those are Automatic weapons with a few different internals from what gets made or imported into the US. There is a HUGE difference between an Automatic Rifle and a SEMI-AUTOMATIC Rifle. I really hate when someone compares apples to oranges to try and further their argument.. Talk real facts and compare Semi-Autos side by side. When it comes to protecting my Family and my home, I would take the Tavor every time. Try entry and clearing excersises with it and then tell me if you would rather lug an AK around the corner of one of the rooms in your house, by the time you enter the room and turn the corner with the long heavy ...more

Travor is the best assault riffle you can use in close combat urban environment. The weapon is abused by the Israel fighters that use it. It remains durable from abuse and is compact enough to lay, hide and wait, or stalk an enemy. This weapon can clear a corner and is very light and the bull pup design allows you stabilize the weapon. This makes the user a moving target. In today's environment you should want to move and shoot it will keep you alive.

As most all Jewish do I spent time in the IDF and there had the chance to use the Uzi, Colt M4, Galil, FN Fal and the Tavor. Although not as powerful as the 7.62X39 this 5.56 mm bullpup weapon was much tested in Gaza by myself and I can report that there are now a few more "bad guys" not going to shoot kasam rockets into Israel anymore. The weapon was supplied with a MARS sight system and overall it was beyond what I had hoped. A true rifle you can bet your life upon

7 Steyr AUG

This should be 1st. Not to sound like a teenie bopper, but ak is overrated and yes reliable, but way to heavy and not accurate. Besides its made almost all the time out of wood, which is once again heavy and expensive with a lot of time to make. It's time new technology came in this world, the Styer AUG is exactly that. Light, tough exterior wich is cheaper than wood and made with ease. There is also not a bunch of metal pipes going every where like the ak. It also comes in different sizes for different area missions. Powerful caliber sizes pack a punch like the ak and more. But out of all things it's reliable because Austria and Germany designed it.

All Bullpup rifles which are the some of the most purchased guns these days owe their existence to Steyr for being the first one to bring a truly incredible quality design to the marketplace that has stood the test of time. Their service record and adoption by Australia, UK, France and others as their standard service rifle speaks to their excellence. They should be #1 ahead of all of them and one of these days they will be as Steyr, TAVOR and the rest of bull pup gang continues to be adopted by countries around the world. I could see China copying their design for their army in the not do distance future. The AUG is a legal SBR and we should be glad we can still own it.

The weapon is Bullpup automatically it should be first the weapon is short yet has a decent length barrel and is also light weight. The weapon also fires the extremely accurate 5.56 mm which is small easy to carry and hardly kicks I know this because I MYSELF have fired it not played a video game with it in. If you have ever fired the AK-47 it kicks to much, you can not fire it full auto 30 rounds without the muzzle lifting up of the target. The ak is also very heavy and not very accurate, the only reason a lot of undeveloped countrys have used it is because of its reliability.

My brother in law used this rifle in the Austrian army, never stops gushing about it. I personally have fired a civil variant and it's a beautiful rifle fits nicely into the shoulder very accurate very reliable, the only thing I could complain about is the sight but hey! They already fixed that with the two newer models. The bullpup configuration is a huge advantage and this rifle brings it out in spades.

8 M16 Rifle

The M16 is the best rifle, no doubt. The AK47 is nowhere near the top spot and I can prove it. The M16 is lighter than the AK47, so you can carry more ammunition. The M16 has a higher rate of fire (950 rpm) than the AK47(600 rpm), so you can get more lead down range and you have a better chance of getting the enemy. The M16 has much higher range, as you are able to hit a point/bullseye target at 1804 feet (550 m), while an AK47 cannot hit an area target at 330 feet (100 m). This was proven in the Youtube video called " AK47 vs M16 Part 1". Also the M16 is has very low recoil, while the AK47 kicks like a mule. The only advantages the AK47 has are lesser jamming and power. However, the M16 is very close to these two advantages, as it's hard to jam and has a much faster bullet (indicating power) so it is still reliable in both situations. There is no possible way an AK47 is better than this.

The M-16 works great in a battle. It does need cleaning like all guns do (other than AK's I guess) but you clean your gun between battles. The m16 is light and easy to carry 99% of the time your lugging this thing around... It's also accurate so you can hit what your shooting at... Not just spray bullets like the AK... And my real reason for voting for the M16... The AK does not fit comfortable for me to shoot.. It's the most uncomfortable piece of junk I've ever shot.. I have to pull the little stock ( made for little people? ) right up to my face then the shells almost hit me in the face when they come out. The sights are not as nice as the M16... I bought the AR15 $1600 triple the money an ak costs... But I wanted a gun that was fun to shoot... Not something that is built to just spray bullets

The level of stupidity here is insane.

You can carry 9 mags with either weapon easily, nothing beyond that is reasonable. So no you can't carry more ammo.

The fact that you mentioned rate of fire shows you don't know jack. It's a assault rifle not a machine gun. Having lower rpm is desirable for control and ammo conservation and both weapons will be used in semi by a trained soldier.

The 550m is laughable, best combat performance is generally between 400-500m, usually closer to 400m. 550m is what you see at a range, which is completely irrelevant to combat.

"AK-47 cannot hit an area target at 100m." This lie is disgusting, it shows the poster has NEVER handled or even researched the AK series. Also there are a thousand YouTube videos called AK47 vs M16 most are biased one way or another, and frequently you can tell which weapon the shooter is actually trying with.

The AK47 doesn't kick like a mule, its easy to control even for a small framed woman. ...more

One shot one kill! That ain't happening with an AK 47. been sprayed at many of times with one and luckily never hit. it's also made and used by every communist or terrorist country you can think of. 90 percent of the time the idiot firing the AK can't even control it, horrible fully automatic assault weapon. Can be accurate depending on the shooter laugh out loud. I'll take an m240B and 600 rounds in the prone unsupported alone, right place, right time and get all the junk scrap metal aks any womans little heart could desire. People need to quit playing Call of Duty it's getting to their head. Eat a frag!

9 Heckler & Koch G36

This gun is as robust as the AK-47. It can fire straight out of water or mud, it won't quit on you.

It's more accurate than the M-16/AR-15 series.

It's lighter than most the other guns on the list.

It's ambidextrous. It can be field stripped in under 2 minutes with no tools.

It has several different sights built into it for different ranges.

AK-47 is old and outdated and is definitely one of the worst weapons on here. For those who don't know the AK-47s. 30 round is actually weaker than the NATO 5.56 mm. It's bigger but the 5.56mm flies faster and transfers more energy to the target when it hits. So much so that it actually shatters into dozens of pieces in side the target. So it's actually more powerful than the AK-47 as well.

Sorry guys but this is the best one. It's even been tested in comparisons with the M-16 and AK-47 and came up on top in every different test.

SCAR and F2000 are in the running for 2nd and 3rd. All of the other ...more

G36 is German made. Germans do it better in weapons. Anyway, the g36 is incredibly accurate and lightweight. The SCAR is quite cumbersome when on full auto, the AK is like 50 years old, and the M16 has frequent stoppages. However, the G36 is reliable. You can fire it out of the mud, water, or a desert storm and it'll still shoot. And the G36 can double as a sniper if you count the sights and scopes. Although this is off topic, the G36 is sleek and I have a GI JOE G36 gun to go with Snake Eyes.

***I still play with GI JOES

The G36 is the best assault rifle in my opinion. This gun does considerable damage and have different variants such as MG-36 (LMG), G36c (carbine) and SL9 (sniper). I am worried this weapon is going to be replaced by hk416 or something. Germans should keep this design as their signature weapon like the AK of the Russians. This gun is much versatile than M16 or the AK with many attachments to install.

Best weapon in my opinion, very sleek and performs very well depending on the man or woman holding the weapon. The great accuracy makes this weapon very deadly and 10 trained soldiers going against 100 trained soldiers, if the 10 have G36's and the other 100 have AK-47's M4's or any other weapon, the 10 would win any day

10 FN FAL

Excellent weapon. Very well made but will not tolerate dirt, dust or the like. I carried the weapon in combat in Africa so I know first hand this to be true. With automatic the first round may be on target but all subsequent rounds were progressively shooting at the moon. Only time I used auto was when on point and that didn't included firefights. The 7.62 is an excellent round but one can only carry half as many as the 5.56, which will in itself will do incredible damage. Someone mentioned it was the #1 choice in 90 countries. The key word is "was".

The FAL is fires the 7.62 x 51mm, which packs more punch than even the Kalashnikov's round, and essentially the FAL is a medium range light machine gun that you can carry in you hands. The FAL is reasonably accurate, has the best stopping power of any assault rifle, and is decently reliable, but still has some jamming propblems from time to time, unlike the indestructable AK system. I think that the FAL is a great rifle, but in an urban enviroment, its not the best weapon to have when in close range combat, because of its monstrous kick. in medium range combat, using it as a support rifle can really be effective

Having used the FN in a war situation I can vote for the FN in the categories of effectiveness. True, it kicks like a mule and is a a bit temperamental when it comes to dirt but there is no doubt in the world I when you hit someone with an FN they are staying down. I can also say from experience it is effective up to at least 800 mtrs open sites albeit in the right hands. Summing up I am an old hand so my comments may be, and probably are bias, I haven't fired the latest weapons.

More affordable than a SCAR. Battle proven. Heavy round turns cover in to concealment. I don't find the recoil that bad. Trigger is awful though.

But it is a full sized cartridge and not an intermediate cartridge like a true assault rifle. This is the king of battle rifles, and I'd say the SCAR 17 is the heir apparent, in 50 years it might be king.

The Contenders
11 M16A4

Yeah guys, you are wrong about this one. First off, this gun has single fire and full auto, the a1 and a3 are the ones with 3 round burst and full auto. Second off, this gun is in serious need of a re-amp or phased out in general, it's slowly being replaced by hk-416s. It only still exists on the battlefield because of its immense ability for mass production.

Standard assault rifle for the us military today, it beats the ak by a lot in accuracy, and its nifty 3 round burst is quite effective.

Umm wow. Ak74 is a better gun then ak47. M4 not better then m16 this is ridiculous. This gun beats ak47 in every way

Best of the best

12 FAMAS

Pretty high accuracy and a good 3 round burst. Low damage. But does that job fast and it is a great gun for less recoil then the ak-47.

Half of the people who voted for this and commented got their experience from video games. "CQB battles"? "low damage"? Really.

The hk416 or a howa type 89 would be a better choice in my opinion, but that's because I have bad experience with frenchie guns.

Short with an extremely longo barrel. It is the perfect rifle for urban scenarios.

13 M14

The M14 is a fairly heavy rifle but not for any reasonably strong male. I carried one in '67/'68 in Vietnam and am thankful I was issued the best semi auto rifle available. It is extremely accurate and was used as a sniper rifle in Iraq. It is at least as durable as any other assault rifle and the 7.62 round is a long range killer round. There are no "fragile" parts on the M14. It is the IMPROVED "son" of the M1, the rifle that George Patton called "the finest battle implement ever devised." The FN FAL is also very good as is the HK G36, but if one needs a rifle able to perform well in all weather and terrain, jungle or open fields and mountains, I would still choose the M14! The civilian version (the standard M1A) is essentially the same as an M14 except it can only fire on semi-auto but Springfield also makes a national match and super match M1A. I own a M1A super match and I would never part with this rifle!

I carried an M14 many, many years ago, but I also now own at present an AR-15, AR-10, FN-FAL, AK-47, SIG 556, FN-SCAR, M1A, HK-91, M1 Carbine, and an M1 Garand. When I was young, the M14 was no problem. At the present time it is way too heavy, but it is still a wonderful rifle that never fails you and is extremely accurate.
If I had to buck one around now, I would choose the SCAR in 5.56.

An excellent, reliable battle rifle. Proven in combat. Never should have been replaced by the m16.

It certainly qualifies, by any objective standard, as among the top 5 or 6 "best battle rifles" on earth.

First weapon I trained with in USMC trained on 500 meter course. in Vietnam only rifle I would carry could hit consistently out ot 800 meters with open sights, gotta agree the punch and range were worth the weight. cxivilian model lacks the properly headspaced bolt (matched to the specific rifle ) ( sereial # on bolt same as sereial # on rifle without this it wasent as accurate also civilian version doesn't normally come with milspec barrel, maby 10 % of manufactured barrels were good enough for USMC M-14 civbilian version any barrel would do, or not do if you get my meaning. Mill spec parts make a huge diference my opinion.

14 Galil

The Indumil Galil ACE is the best assault rifle because is heavily based on the ak series, has three calibres 5.56x45mm, 7.62x39mm and 7.62x51mm. It can be fitted with a grenade launcher and a silencer. It also has tactical rails in five places for optic mount and the body is made from the material used for making the U. S Rifles unlike the wooden butt and handguard of the ak series. It has the all the qualities of Ak series and U. S Series of rifles. It must be at the top.

Use it as standard weapon for 7 years as a airborne paratrooper in Portugal. Never jammed, really easy to use, to clean. You can even use some parts from the AK47 if needed in battle emergency repair. I was a sniper specialist and had a sniper version of her. Made shoots over 1000m(aprox. 1050 yards or.65 miles), really precise. I believe it should be better qualified in the ranking.

Galil is one of the most durable and heavy-hitting rifles around, an improvement from the low accuracy fo the AK-47 as made in Russia. If anyone knows what they're doing when it comes to assault rifles, it's the Israelis (see the Tavor assault rifle for more examples of such military genus).

Combines AK-47 features with modern lethal caliber 7.62x51, accurate, robust, battle proven, compact with rock solid folding stock. 30 round magazine capacity. Does it all.

15 SG 552 Commando

"Rolex AK" Not so much the 552 but it's replacement the 553 and including the 550 and 551 Many HK enthusiasts will even refer to Swiss arms rifles as being built by the gods. Even the flash hider is milled into the barrel on the 551! With ilaflon coated steel the gun is almost indestructible, unfortunately in this world of everyone owning an m4 or AK these are overlooked. The Swiss arms guns are meant to last a lifetime with barrel life lasting over 60,000 plus rounds think "steel bristle" cleaning kit! Built in tritium sights. Also it is derived from an AK so you can expect near AK reliability very easy to clean, no tools required.
The down side. Not many records of combat usage also very heavy for an assault rifle.

I remember the day when I had to give my SIG 510 (Stgw 57 in 7.5mm) back to get the SIG 550 (Stgw 90).

The SIG 550 was only 4.1kg compared to the 6.1kg of the SIG 510 (during a 50km power march this makes quite a difference). The SIG 510 was a weapon even if it was unloaded, the SIG 550 came with a lot of plastic. We lost a full metal gun in 7.5x55 to a plastic gun in 5.56x45. The SIG 510 was very accurate for a battle rifle and shooting it in full auto was a lot of fun. So not everybody was happy about that change. But the SIG 550 is even more accurate and much better controllable in full auto. And it is very reliable. The only problem is the gas cylinder, witch tends to rust (you have to clean it much more often than an AK. We cleaned it every day an after every use).

I would always rely on a SIG 550, 551 and a 553. The SIG 552 was different (the gas rod is shorter and with the closing spring behind the bolt carrier) and I didn't use it (it isn't in production since ...more

16 XM8

I personally think that the only reason ak is at the at the top is because its an "original" and "tough". I know nothing about firearms nor do I get my facts from first person shooters, but the xm8 is a EXTREME HYBRID. it could be fired as an smg or used as an assault rifle, heck you could probably use the darn thing as a sniper rifle. this was suppose to be the ULTIMATE weapon, capable of adapting to terrain, highly mobile. Truly something of the future.

Supposed to take over from the m4, as reliable as a AK, more accurate than the HK416, as light as a submachine gun, I mean you seriously can't get any better than that, like come on, this should be number 1, what do you guys know about guns. You guys are way better than that! This is the best rifle on the frigging market

Even though its only a prototype its still highly acurate and high rate of fire means its great in a firefigh. I would give it a 9 out of 10 and I would also rank it over the AK-47

It jams less than the m4. g36 and hk416. its accurate. but its heavier. I personaly prefer the xm8 over any other assault rifle. the reason it didn't get used by the us is because its weight and it became expensive. plus hk stopped making them because it was expensive to buy the parts.

17 AN-94

Recoil compensation and 2-rnd burst 1800 rpm mode of fire. Lovely
Really, it's AK based, but it's different. Unlikely for AK series it's accurate and precise, and unlikely for AK series it's fastidious and expensive. It has no base advantages of AK. That's why it's not in the top.

Although it's a more complex weapons that rifle simple outperform anything in his category. The 2 burst shot is by far the fastest and the most accurate to defeat body armor.

Russian assault rifle with extremely accurate two-burst function, so precise with next-gen technology Russia does not export it too any other country.

It's by far the most advanced assault rifle I have seen.
It's 2 rounds burst is hell accurate and it's a true body armor killer.

18 Sig Swat 556

The Sig 556 is the most reliable 556/223 ever made. It can fire reliably between 10K rounds before cleaning. The all metal receiver/fire-control/piston make this the most durable next generation assault rifle available, and it has no plastic receiver parts!

It can be Whatever you want it to be! A long ranged weapon, mid, or even close..

Combines the best of the ak and the m4... It should be higher on the list!

Should definitely be higher on the list! Best rifle I have ever owned, I will never part with mine.

Simple and ergonomic, reliable and tough. Robust ejection.

19 IMI Tavor TAR-21

A great Israeli rifle

20 SA80

SA80 are extremely useful weapons, there bull pup deisign give the British army the advantage of lightweight and compact carbine rifle great QuickDraw in the battlefield, also it 5.56 round are small but quick shot, not to mention the fact that the most elite squadron in the world use them-The Royal British Special Air Service although the original design was terrible this modern gun should be #1 and this is coming from a 12 year old

The reliability of the a1 gave this rifle a bad name but those who have shot it will be astounded at its sheer accuracy, that pretty much leaves every other assault weapon standing (fact) but I would not like to pay for my own one. Ha ha but makes a lot of other weapons feel cheap in comparison. Even the LSW is more accurate than most on this page.

Certainly the most accurate weapon in the world but is also much more practicle for close urban and house to house warfare. The A2 is far more reliable than its predecessor and is also one of the most expensive rifles to produce. This is one of my favourite weapons that I have ever fired (my favourite being the Lee Enfield).

Sa80a2 is a very accurate gun and after the recent modifications that the british army has asked h&k to make on it, has made it a very reliable gun also. I am in the royal armored corps and have had the opotunity to fire many guns. I would also like to point out that the sa80 has a longer effective range than most other assault rifles which gives it a massive advantage over other rifles on the battlefield

21 VHS by HS Produkt

Superior to FAMAS, especially with VHS-2. Very high quality AR, but unlike majority of Western ARs, very reliable. Sturdy design, very light, tested on most extreme weather coniditons. All ergonomical problems with VHS-1 were fully resolved with VHS-2.

VHS is one of the most advanced rifles in the world also newest ones it is on it s way to become standard NATO issue...

This is one of assault rifles that brings many advantages than tavor or French one...

Best assault rifles in world.

22 FN F2000

I've never handled the F2000 but I have handled the FS2000 it's handles beautifully, a bit of a creepy trigger but aside from that it has surprisingly good ergonomics and preforms very well. The only gripe I have is the the sights are not as impressive as they look. It's just got a bulky cover.

Just because it works well in a video game does not mean it works well in the field. Have you ever even fired a weapon in real life?

This weapon is used in Call of Duty mw2, best weapon for all purpose. Although, it could use a little better mounted sight when first getting it.

That is one nice rifle. Fully ambidextrous, pointable, compact, high RPM.

23 AK-74

It's better then the 47 ( 7.62x39) the 5.45 round Ballistics destroy tissue un repairable when the 47's just go through people. Yah the 47 will bust through brick and with a few more shots the 74 will too. If your still alive afer getting shot with a 74 good chance your REALLY gonna be messed up!

Less recoil than an ak47, more accurate than an ak47, the only difference is the fact that it doesn't have as much damage through a concrete brick like the 47's 7.62x39 round compared to the 74's 5.45x39. The 74 is a stealthier weapon in my opinion and is just as good as the ak47 and if not, better. I would take a 74 over a 47 in combat. Does just as much damage to a human's flesh as an ak47 does

Also known as the AK-47's underrated little brother, the AK-74 has the same design but with a skeleton butt that can possibly fold down, if you want it to of course.

More accurate, better ballistics, lighter round than ak47.

24 PVAR

The only rifle that is not gas operated. Undiscovered but someday all guns will be pneumatic valve and rod system. Best discovery by Filipinos

25 CAR-15

I used to be a assault rifle tester for the military and the best assault that I've ever tested before is the Car-15. It is so much better than Ak-47, or any of the FN type guns. The only gun that even comes close to this gun is the M4 but, the Car-15 is amazing. It's accuracy is phenomenal and has an outstanding rate of fire. I can't believe this is ranked no. 17!

Car-15 is an amazing gun. I used to own one before I sold it to my buddy, anyway it has an amazing firing rate and accuracy. I don't know why all special ops teams use this gun. Props to whoever posted this

Used by the Navy SEALS, it has and incredible firing rate, extremely accurate, and very good for close quarter combat. Despite it's name, this gun is outstaanding.

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