Greatest World War 2 Rifles

The Top Ten
1 M1 Garand

Hands down the best WW2 rifle. If it had been made with a 19 or 20-round detachable mag (could have been loaded with readily available 5-round 1903 Springfield stripper clips), it would have remained the standard US rifle until the 70s.

Devastating gun. Its ammo shows no mercy to the enemy. Very unique gun. Best used for raids. It has high accuracy and good reliability. The gun's ringing sound is very satisfying to hear.

Semi-automatic with an eight-round en bloc clip loaded with .30-06. Superb rifle, faster rate of fire, second-largest magazine capacity, and a compatible cartridge to the bolt guns of the other great powers.

2 Gewher 43

Good weapon. Sad that the Germans didn't mass-produce it and used the Kar98k instead.

3 Browning Automatic Rifle / BAR
4 Arisaka
5 Lee Enfield Smle No.4

Ultimate rendition of the finest bolt-action battle rifle ever.

6 Thompson M1A1

One of the greatest guns. You can even attach a barrel.

7 Springfield
8 PTRS-41
9 Mosin Nagat

I chose this rifle because I have read much about these rifles. I seemed to discover that the Mosin-Nagant sharpshooters had a lot of success.

There, you take Mosin. It is a good rifle. You will kill the Germans with it.

10 MP44

It was the first assault rifle ever. And the Germans made it, so it has to be good.

It's the first assault rifle. It's the basis for the AK-47 and similar guns.

The Contenders
11 Mauser Kar98k

The Mauser Kar98k (Mauser Karabiner 98 kurz) was the main infantry weapon of the Wehrmacht, designed by Mauser. It was the last model of the Mauser carbines and was later retired by the Gewehr 41, the Gewehr 43, and the StG44 (the German version of the AK47) until it was brought back into service by the Volksturm in 1945.

To this day, there are still a few of these wonderful rifles left, and they are something which really deserves this rank on the list.

Shortened GEW 98. These rifles were accurate and nearly indestructible.

12 M1 Carbine

Light, good in the brush, good for jumping with.

13 STV-40
14 Lee-Enfield

Fastest bolt action allowed a high rate of fire (30 rounds per minute). Combined with a ten-round clip, this rifle had amazing firepower. Battle-tested reliability. Good sights and excellent accuracy.

I vote for the Lee Enfield because it is a very good weapon. The Russians used the Mosin-Nagant. A very good sniper, Vasily Zaytsev, used it, but I like the Enfield more.

Classic rifle and everlasting. Still used today in many countries.

15 Krag Jørgensen
16 PTRD Anti-Tank Rifle
17 Carcano
18 Ppsh-41
19 M3
20 STG 44
21 M1911
22 Mouser C96
23 Bren LMG

The Bren Gun, usually called simply the Bren, was a series of light machine guns adopted by Britain in the 1930s and used in various roles until 1992. It could also be used as an effective AA gun and was mounted on many vehicles in WW2. For me, it is the best rifle in the whole war.

Used in WW2 and still in use today by some armies. A wonderful support weapon.

24 MG42
25 MG 34
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