In today’s epic video we are counting down the Best Military Rifles You haven’t seen it before. Where does the famous AK-47 rank against the powerful SIG SG550? You will have to watch to see which rifle ranks at the very top of the list.


Best Military Rifles You haven’t seen it before.

History has repeated itself again.

Food shortages.

Scarce oil reserves.

Political infighting.

Nobody knows for sure why but the world finds
itself on the precipice of another World War.

As all the armies of the world come together
to fight across every forest, field, sand

dune, swamp, and mountain on earth the one
question on everyone’s mind is what tools

will enable them to win.

Despite all the advances of modern weaponry,
at the end of the day this war will be fought

and won by the common infantryman.

But in this epic contest of everyone versus
everyone, which infantry rifle would give

a country the competitive edge needed on today’s
most technologically advanced battlefields?

Number Ten: The Galil
Starting off this list is one of the most

popular yet unheard assault rifles in the

The Galil was Israel’s response to the prolific
use of the AK-47 by Arab nations they were

at war with.

They wanted a rifle that could operate in
the sand and dust of the Middle East but was

still fine tuned and accurate.

Their solution was to build the Galil off
the Finnish Valmet, which was a direct clone

of the AK-47.

The end result was a rugged rifle that was
chambered in both the 5.56 NATO round and

could fire the heavier 7.62x51mm NATO machine
gun cartridge.

The larger caliber Galil was meant to be a
squad automatic weapon while the lighter Gailil

was for the average infantryman.

Both of these rifles served well, but they
only saw limited action due to the Israeli

Defense Forces acquiring large numbers of
M-16s from the US.

The Galil also suffered from accuracy issues
since its effective range was only about 400


But despite the limited use by Israel, the
Galil was exported in great numbers and is

currently in service with dozens of countries
making it one of the most prolific, combat

tested rifles in the world today.

Number Nine: The FAMAS [NARRATOR NOTE: Pronounced

Another obscure but combat proven rifle you
may never have heard of is the FAMAS.

The FAMAS was first made for the French military
in 1978 as a way to replace its aging semi-automatic

rifles still in use since the end of World
War Two.

It was an innovative design for the time becoming
the one of the first mass produced “bull

pup” style rifles meaning the magazine was
placed behind the trigger.

This was done as a way to increase maneuverability
and produce a more balanced feel, which improved


The FAMAS takes the standard 5.56mm NATO cartridge
and has select fire modes of semi-automatic,

three round burst fire, and fully automatic.

It can also be equipped with a grenade launcher
and comes fitted with a bipod on the barrel

to provide for incredibly long distance shots.

The barrel is also unique in that it only
has three grooves compared to most rifles

which usually have between 4 to 6.

This is important since the grooves are what
makes the bullet spin after leaving the barrel

making it a real possibility that the FAMAS
would not have as tight of groupings as other

rifles at longer distances.

Another downside are its magazines.

The FAMAS only works with proprietary 25 round
magazines and will not fire properly with

standard 5.56 NATO magazines used by many
countries around the world.

So if you are using this and need a spare
magazine from an ally you might be out of


Number Eight: The FN SCAR
The Fabrique Nationale SOF Combat Assault

Rifle or SCAR was first designed in 2003 as
a way to produce a deadly accurate, reliable,

and long-range assault rifle for use by American
Special Forces.

What emerged was truly a feat of modern engineering.

The SCAR comes in two versions: SCAR-Light
and SCAR-Heavy.

The light version shoots the standard 5.56
NATO round while the Heavy version shoots

the larger 7.62 round.

It can lay down deadly accurate fire in either
single shots or fully automatic modes of firing.

What makes the SCAR really impressive is its
reliability and versatility.

In a test conducted by the US Army in 2007
the SCAR outperformed the M4 carbine by a

wide margin and beat out most of its competition
in regards to the fewest number of misfires.

The SCAR is also an ambidextrous weapon meaning
it can be easily modified for left or right

handed shooters to use it with ease.

The only downside to the SCAR is its cost.

Coming in at over $3,000 per rifle it is the
most expensive one on this list and is not

an affordable option for equipping larger

Number Seven: The H&K G36
A more affordable option compared to the SCAR

as a lightweight, accurate but reliable replacement
is the G36.

In the 1990s, the German army was looking
for a modern replacement for its reliable

but outdated G3 battle rifles.

Their solution was to build an entirely new
design to make it more compatible with other

NATO countries.

The rifle was designed with the standard gas
blowback system where the expelled gases from

fired cartridges pushed the bolt back.

This was a drastic departure from previous
designs of H&K, which used a series of rollers

to push the bolt back.

Such a new design made the rifle lighter and
more accurate since there was not as much

recoil using the smaller 5.56 round.

The smaller round also enabled troops to carry
more ammunition so they could sustain greater,

more accurate volumes of fully automatic fire
than before.

The rifle also came standard with a 1.5x zoom
scope and red dot sight permanently attached

to the plastic carrying handle above the receiver.

But these new sights have not come without

Troops in the field have frequently complained
that when the rifle gets extremely hot its

accuracy diminishes by a good amount.

This is due to a combination of the sights
becoming easily dirty in foul conditions like

sand and the plastic handguard up forward
becoming unbearably hot to the touch.

Number Six: The SIG SG 550
The brainchild of the Swiss army who were

looking to combine the ruggedness of the AK-47
with the precision accuracy of the American


The result of that was the three foot long,
nine-pound SIG SG 550.

What makes this rifle stand out is that it
actually delivers as promised.

During its trial phase, the rifle went through
some of the most punishing tests including

having water poured down the barrel, sand
pushed into the receiver, submerging it in

mud, and shooting tens of thousands of rounds
without stopping.

Nothing the Swiss army could throw at it could
seem to make this rifle skip a beat.

What makes it even more versatile is the fact
that it has a folding stock giving the average

soldier more maneuverability in close quarters
combat and can be attached with a bipod allowing

for accurate, sustained fire at long distances.

It is also fully automatic and has a three
round burst capability.

Its main drawback might be its ammunition
and magazines.

The SIG SG 550 shoots the same 5.56 NATO round
as the M4, which might seem pretty underpowered

for such a heavy piece of equipment.

The magazines also only hold 20 rounds and
during testing were the only part of the rifle

to fail consistently which might mean trouble
for users if they are constantly having to

change magazines, or worse find, one that

Number Five: The Type 95
An equally innovative rifle, the Type 95 emerged

in the 1990s as China’s solution to, like
the Swiss with the SG 550, adopt a modern

rifle capable of beating both the AK-74 and

One of the main ways they did this was creating
a new kind of ammunition, 5.8x42mm.

This special kind of ammunition has been shrouded
in mystery since though the Chinese government

claims it has superior velocity and accuracy
compared to the 5.56 and 5.45 rounds, no outside

entities have been allowed to do transparent
testing to confirm these claims.

What is certain is that the Type 95 is a simple
rifle requiring little training to become

proficient at using it.

One of its simplest features is its striker-firing

Most rifles and pistols use a hammer method
where the hammer strikes the firing pin, which

ignites the primer and fires the bullet.

With a striker method, the hammer and firing
pin act as one unit.

This greatly reduces the amount of parts needed
making it easier to take apart and clean in

the field or repair in the armory.

The Type 95 is also a well-balanced rifle
taking into account a low center of gravity,

which would give the shooter a smaller profile
in combat.

But that of course is still a theory since
the Type 95 has never seen actual combat yet

so its performance against other rifles has
yet to be truly determined.

Number Four: The L85A2
Beginning in the 1980s, the British wanted

to replace their aging rifles with something
more modern that provided sustained, accurate

fire in a lightweight and ergonomic package.

After years of testing, their end result was
the L85A1.

But this initial model with its stamped receiver
and three position gas regulator for adverse

conditions had too many design flaws mostly
with its faulty magazines.

The British government came close to scrapping
the whole project entirely, but instead they

opted to fix them, which resulted in the L85A2,
which has become the standard British army


The L85A2 kept much of the A1 model’s technology
except for its magazines, which were replaced

with the more reliable standard NATO 5.56

The L85A2 was also capable of both fully automatic
and semi-automatic fire.

It was the same bullpup design as the FAMAS
giving users a balanced feel combined with

the standard 4X zoom SUSAT sight gave shooters
great long range capabilities.

While reports from the battlefield are still
mixed, it appears that most of the reliability

issues have been fixed and this combat proven
rifle with more than three decades of service

will continue to be a menace on any battlefield
it is used.

Number Three: The H&K G3 Battle Rifle
The G3 is undoubtedly the oldest rifle on

this list coming into existence in West Germany
in 1961 though the rifle that it was based

off of, the CETME rifle made in Spain, had
its origins to the end of World War Two.

The G3 is chambered in the powerful 7.62x51mm
round or .308 for those that still use the

customary system of measurement.

The G3 quickly became a popular rifle mostly
due to its simplicity.

It has very few moving parts and its receiver
is stamped.

The receiver assembly is like the brain of
a rifle in that it’s what loads, fires,

and ejects spent shell casings.

This differs from a milled receiver, which
is made entirely from a solid block of steel.

Though some say this affects accuracy, there
really is no scientific truth to that claim.

But what does affect its accuracy is its weight
coming in at 11 pounds unloaded making it

the heaviest rifle on this list and not for
the faint of heart.

Despite its weight, that did not stop almost
50 countries from adopting it into service.

It has also seen action in conflicts all over
the world from Africa to Asia and the Middle

East and everywhere in between.

The G3 is still in use with dozens of countries
in numerous conflicts today proving it is

a capable, reliable, and effective weapon
of war despite its immense size and age.

Number Two: The AK-74
The AK-74 is the modern day, combat tested

replacement to the classic AK-47.

The AK-74 was released in 1974 and was quickly
adopted as the main battle rifle of the Soviet


The Soviets wanted to produce a rifle that
was equivalent to the M-16 but could improve

on some of the M-16’s weaknesses like stopping
power and reliability.

Kalashnikov did this by creating the 5.45x39mm

The 5.45×39 round was revolutionary for its

It was a lightweight yet powerful round that
tumbled, or spinned, when flying through the

air which could cause more damage when it
hit the target, that is, if you could hit

the target.

For all the improvements it made over the
M-16, the AK-74 was still as wildly inaccurate

as its predecessor.

Though a trained shooter up to about 400 yards
can still obtain consistent, tight groupings

of shots, after that the accuracy drops significantly.

For every hundred yards past that, it decreases
by about 10% until at 800 yards your chance

of hitting a target is a mere 31%.

Not very good considering most firefights
today take place at such extreme ranges.

Number One: The M-4 Carbine
The M-4 carbine is the standard issue rifle

for US forces.

It was designed to replace the heavier and
fully automatic M-16 rifle that the United

States had been using since the Vietnam War
with a lighter, more compact, and semi-automatic


The M4 Carbine is incredibly light weighing
it at just a little over six pounds fully


It takes a 30 round magazine and can lay down
deadly accurate fire at over 600 yards.

But that firing might prove deadly for its
user too.

Despite all of its advancements in technology,
some studies have shown that in abnormal conditions

of firing thousands of rounds the M4 will
suffer more misfires and jams than other rifles.

There have also been complaints that the 5.56
NATO round it fires does not have enough stopping

power for the more determined fighters with
some reports coming from the battlefield of

people being shot multiple times and still
fighting on.

But as a general rule if you are Joe Private
plinking away with timed, accurate fire the

rifle will perform well and stop most enemies
coming your way.

So there you have it.

The world’s top ten infantry rifles.

Each one is a formidable foe in its own right
but has its own weaknesses as well.

Overall, if the world were at war every country
should be worried about what kind of firepower

the other side brings since everyone has spent
decades trying to improve on the drawbacks

and shortcomings of other countries’ designs.

In short, it would not be a good day to be
an infantryman in this war!

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