The 5 Rifles That Changed The World [Video]
Contained in this article are 5 rifles that changed the world as we know it, some you will automatically know and maybe one or, possibly two, you won’t. What if I told you that the very first rifle on this list goes back to the late 1880’s and was developed by the French, surprised, well so was I. It just goes to show you, that no matter how much you think you might know, there are still things that you can learn.
Some firearms mentioned here have had such a great impact on global events, that their very silhouette is synonymous with revolution and the forces of freedom. This is a list of 5 truly revolutionary firearms that have helped shape the world as we know it today.
Each and everyone of the rifles mention in the video below,has played a major part in world history. And some of the oldest designs still play a significant part in small arms manufacturing even today.
According to the video below and with a little help and info by Wikipedia they are:
The Lebel Model 1886 rifle (French: Fusil Modèle 1886 dit “Fusil Lebel”) is also known as the “Fusil Mle 1886 M93”, after a bolt modification was added in 1893. It is an 8 mm bolt action infantry rifle that entered service in the French Army in 1887. It is a repeating rifle that can hold eight rounds in its forestock tube magazine, one round in the transporter plus one round in the chamber. The Lebel rifle has the distinction of being the first military firearm to use smokeless powder ammunition.
The Gewehr 98 (abbreviated G98, Gew 98 or M98) is a German bolt-action Mauser rifle firing cartridges from a 5-round internal clip-loaded magazine that was the German service rifle from 1898 to 1935, when it was replaced by the Karabiner 98k. The Gewehr 98 action, using stripper clip loading with the powerful 7.92×57mm Mauser cartridge, introduced advanced infantry weapon features rapidly adopted in the Anglo-American Pattern 1914 Enfield/M1917 Enfield and the Japanese Arisaka Type 38/Type 99. The Gewehr 98 replaced the earlier Gewehr 1888 rifle as the German service rifle, first saw combat in the Boxer Rebellion, and was the main German infantry rifle of World War I and World War II. The Gewehr 98 saw further military use by the Ottoman Empire and Nationalist Spain. Many have been converted to sporting use.
The M1 Garand is a .30 caliber semi-automatic rifle that was the standard U.S. service rifle during World War II and the Korean War and also saw limited service during the Vietnam War. Most M1 rifles were issued to U.S. forces, though many hundreds of thousands were also provided as foreign aid to American allies. The Garand is still used by drill teams and military honor guards. It is also widely used by civilians for hunting, target shooting, and as a military collectible.
The AK-47 (Russian: Автомат Калашникова, translit. Avtomat Kalashnikova, lit. ‘Automatic Kalashnikov’) is a selective-fire (semi-automatic and automatic), gas-operated 7.62×39 mm assault rifle, developed in the Soviet Union by Mikhail Kalashnikov. It is the originating firearm of the Kalashnikov rifle (or “AK”) family.
The M16 rifle, officially designated Rifle, Caliber 5.56 mm, M16, is a United States military adaptation of the Armalite AR-15 rifle.The original M16 was a select-fire, 5.56×45mm rifle with a 20-round magazine.