Top 10 Best Assault Rifles

The Top Ten

1 AK-47

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.

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

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

The "Avtomat Kalashnikova" 47 is a truly amazing gun. Based off of the first assault rifle in the world, the German StG 44, this simple yet powerful design tears the limbs off of it's targets. The AK-47 is especially powerful at close ranges, with it's fully automatic function, yet more accurate than you would think at long distances when using select fire.

Most of the comments here are from people who play Call of Duty and other silly unrealistic games like that. If you want to learn about weapons, go out and shoot one. Or you could try what the United States Military uses, ARMA II, for all the people out there who can't afford an actual gun.

2 FN SCAR

Well I like the Scar and should be 1 First for it's reliability it can tackle most of what an AK-47 can handle not as reliable as the AK is but, the Scars ability to change calibers is great with scar-L and Scar-h from the light 5.56 by 45 or to the powerful.308 and a lot people think that the scar-h is to light to handle the.308 when in truth it's 1 one in the world for fully auto.308 and the recoil is not much really with this rifle also, the scar has the ability to change butt stock with an folding butt stock and ability to attach mounted scopes can put grenade launcher at the bottom and is easy to strip field it can do much more than what I am saying right now so the FN-SCAR has taken my vote.

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

The FN SCAR is the best assault riffle out their because the accuracy on it is the best on the market with out a scope all you fools who think this gun sucks are probably sitting on their butts playing video games there hole life and have never shot a real gun it's got the durability of a AK 47 and its got a huge round in it only best of the best use it in the military mostly navy seals and first class rangers this is my first gun I've ever shot every time I shot the gun I hit the target every time but I was toaght to aim and hold the gun with a rubber dummy gun this gun rocks

P. S do you ever wonder why all the poor and untrained armies use ak's the us army uses m4 and scar riffles HMM?

3 HK416

The HK 416 is the perfect replacement for the standard issue M4 carbine, its piston gas system makes it more reliable and improves the overall life of the rifle by reducing chamber fouling. It is a much better option over any other competitors due to its similarity to the M4 and therefore has a familiar feel for soldiers reducing the time needed for retraining. The HK 416 is more accurate and reliable than the AK-47 and can be thrown into all the dirt mud sand and water you want without jamming or losing the smallest bit of accuracy. It is a hell of a lot more versatile than the AK-47 with full set of rails and a full length top rail allowing for more optics than you could ever need. It is a complement to the world renowned precision German firearms manufacturing company that brought us the famous MP5 and many others. The rifle has been adapted by many special forces world wide including the U. S Navy Seals and the Australian Special Air service.

Light. VERY Accurate. Reliable. Comfortable. The Stick Gun is just wonderful to shoot. Now, given that standing on a range, carrying a rifle while mounted, carrying it on patrol, and fighting with it in an urban environment in the dark when you're tired, when you haven't eaten, when it's hot or cold, when it's loud, are all different experiences. I want something that weighs nothing, is accurate, and infinitely reliable. In a perfect world, carrying, aiming and hiding behind cover with a bullpup is easier, especially when you are very, very tired and your arms just have had it. The Aug is just the easiest point and shoot weapon out there. And if they can simplify the FN2000's (fragile) nylon ejection it's pretty close to the Aug. (That said, when alone on a desert Island, with little hope of rescue, I want an AK because of the sand, salt, and spray.)

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.

People are constantly going off about the AK's poor accuracy. It is really not that inaccurate, saying so is simply trite, fire one for yourself. I know that for myself I can shoot an AK just as well as I can shoot an AR. And a piston system is still a gas system, the M16's gas system is referred to "direct Impingement". The cyclic rate of fire is not nearly as important as you make it out to be, slower cyclic rates help to keep the weapon controllable. Saying this weapon cannot break unless parts are removed is completely absurd, fundamentally a firearm is a mechanical device, as the mechanical complexity increases, so does the risk of failure.

This gun is amazing. I can not believe the military has not picked this as their next rifle system. It is as reliable as the AK-47 and as accurate as the M16. You can even convert existing M16/M4 rifles into this weapon. And, you have got to love that German engineering quality of Heckler & Koch. Overall, this is a fantastic system and should be more widely used and more widely known of. It is also known as the M27, which is the United States Marine Corps designation of the rifle. I hope this has helped to expand some people's smarts on this rifle!

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

Navy seals don't have to buy their weapons m4 is one of the best, watch triggers assault it will tell you wats better

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.

This would be my go to battle rifle! Super light weight even though heavier than other rifles its balanced where you feel none of it! I love this rifle! It never jams and I sighted it in with an acog ta31 just like we used in the marines put the geissele super sabra trigger and waiting for the Lightning bow to come out but this little baby is a beast! Definitely reccomended.

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 M16 has to be the finest assault rifle the world has ever seen and all of the rifles that have been made on the 16's frame are a testament to this fact. Although the AK is a wonderful rifle at close range it is not the be all due all that a weapon going into battle needs to be. Yes, I know the horror stories about the M16 but these go back to the early days of development and have no bases for the rifle used today. One other problem has been the US military asking to much of the design as in the M4 with a gas block placed to close to the receiver causing many problems but the M4 is not the M16 and that fact is often over looked. Could the M16 be improved with adding a simple piston system and high tech dry lube coatings, well yes! But over all the military can find no weapon the is truly leaps and bounds above the M16 or they would buy it. With the way we spend money on the military, spending big bucks for a finer weapon is not a concern. But someone has to build it first.

There actually aren't very many rifles that use the M16's internals, just the ergo features (Some of them) there is a reason for this.

I guess you just ignore the horror stories from places like Wanat which are only a few years ago and have massive relevance to the M4s and M16s used right now.

Actually the US military has tested a number of weapons leaps and bounds better, the main hurtle is money and corruption. The US would rather have fancy expensive new jets that don't work than a reliable effective rifle.

M16 should top this list, it is a very reliable weapon. It has been dulled down from back in the day, by which I mean using a smaller round, in order to be humane. But the United States marine corps use this weapon and it has yet to let us down. Less fire power than the ak but can put 30 well aimed, tight group shots wherever we need to, that doesn't matter. It also uses a 223 and has the rep of being the most deadly round, due to the fact it doesn't just stop in the body, if it hits a bone, it's a pinball machine. Nothing left of the enemy. Ooh-rah!

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

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

Been using the G36C for four years on SWAT and don't have a single complaint. 100 times easier to clean than the gas operated M4 platform. Not a single jam in thousands of rounds fired (semi and full auto). It's slightly less accurate because the G36C has a 9" barrel.

Easily as good as all the others in the top five, certainly beats out the AK in almost everything; everything but ease in building and fixing. So performance-wise it's one of the best. It has a great design and several variants. should be at least two or three places higher.

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

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 FAL shouldn't even be on this list, not because it's a poor weapon, but rather because its not even an assault rifle. Namely due to the fact that it is chambered for 7.62x51mm which is a full size rifle cartridge as opposed to an intermediate round which assault rifle's are chambered for by very definition.

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.

Ak47 will always be my gun of choice over this American garbage

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

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.

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

FAMAS sounds like a gang that ate their last burrito

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.

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.

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.

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).

Carried one of these in combat, best of all world's combined. I can't say enough about how all of its features come together to form an excellent package.

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 ...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

Use a material that doen't melt and it's perfect.

17 AN-94

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.

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.

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

It will destroy all from Gog and Magog.

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.

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

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).

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...

Not well know sadly
But it's better than any of these rifles on the list

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

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

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.

Awesome gun better than ak-47 should be on top

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

Pneumatic valve and rod rifle=less heat and less carbon deposit,longer life span with lesser maintenance.can be fired underwater will function even with sand or submerged in mud.reduced rate of 750 rounds per minute from 900 rounds per minute with a muzzle velocity of 900 miles per second.Used by the armed forces of the Philippines SOC,anti guerilla warfare,Abu Sayyaf muslim separatist,enduring freedom,Afghanistan war.

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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