List of battle rifles

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Battle Rifles are selective-fire, full powered rifles that use detachable box magazines. The difference between a battle rifle and a designated marksman rifle is often only one of terminology; many of the weapons below are currently still in use, re-designated as DMRs. For intermediate calibres firearms (eg: 7.62x39mm, 5.56x45mm) see List of assault rifles.

Name / designation Year of introduction Country of origin Primary cartridge primary user Notes Image
Armalite AR-10 1957  United States 7.62x51mm NATO Portugal, Sudan The AR-10 was manufactured by the Dutch firm Artillerie Inrichtingen for sales to Portugal and Sudan. AR-10 in the National Firearms Museum.jpg
AVS-36 1936  Soviet Union 7.62x54mm Soviet Union The AVS-36 was a gas-operated rifle designed by Sergei Simonov capable of both automatic and semi-automatic fire. AVS 36.JPG
Beretta BM59 1959  Italy 7.62x51mm NATO Argentina, Italy, Nigeria The Beretta BM59 is an Italian-made rifle based on the M1 Garand rifle with the main addition of having a detachable magazine. Bm59.jpg
M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle 1918  United States 30-06 Springfield, .303 British, 7.92x57mm Mauser United States, many other countries The Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) was a family of United States automatic rifles (or machine rifles) and light machine guns used by the United States and numerous other countries during the 20th century. It is considered the first successful automatic rifle. Army Heritage Museum B.A.R..jpg
Cei-Rigotti 1890–1900  Italy 7.62x54mm Never in active service The Cei-Rigotti was the world's first automatic rifle. It was created by Amerigo Cei-Rigotti, an officer in the Italian Army, in 1890, and extensively modified until its final form circa 1900.
CETME 1957  Spain 7.62x51mm NATO Spain Based on the prototype Sturmgewehr 45 design, the CETME would, in turn, be influential on the design of the Heckler & Koch G3 family of rifles. The CETME was used by the Spanish military. Spanish sailor with CETME C DN-SC-92-00563.jpg
Fedorov Avtomat 1916  Russia 6.5x50mm Russian Empire, Soviet Union The Fedorov Avtomat was an early automatic rifle designed by Vladimir Grigoryevich Fedorov and made in Russia in 1916. A total of 3,200 Fedorov rifles were manufactured between 1915 and 1924 in the city of Kovrov. Fedorov avtomat.jpg
FG 42 1942  Germany 7.92x57mm Nazi Germany The FG-42 was a selective fire automatic rifle produced in Nazi Germany during World War II. The weapon was developed specifically for the use with Fallschirmjäger airborne infantry in 1942 and was used in very limited numbers until the end of the war. FG42.jpg
FN FAL 1953  Belgium 7.62x51 NATO Many NATO nations and others Widely used for decades, the FN FAL is one of the more successful battle rifle designs with over one million believed to have been manufactured. The FAL has now been replaced in many arsenals by newer weapons, but the design remains popular and is still in service in many countries. 5064-04.jpg
FN SCAR-H 2000s  Belgium
 United States
7.62x51mm NATO United States of America The Special Forces Combat Assault Rifle, or SCAR, is a modular rifle made by Fabrique Nationale de Herstal (FNH) for the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) to satisfy the requirements of the SCAR competition. This family of rifles consist of two main types. The SCAR-L, for light, and the SCAR-H, for heavy. United States Navy SEALs 121.jpg
Heckler & Koch G3 1958  West Germany 7.62x51mm NATO Germany, Mexico, many NATO and others The main service rifle of the Bundeswehr (German armed forces) for several decades. Beginning in 1995, the German army largely phased out the G3 in favour of the newer Heckler & Koch G36, but the rifle remains popular throughout the world and is used, in some capacity, by armies on five continents. AK4OR.jpg
Heckler & Koch HK417 2005  Germany 7.62x51mm NATO Albania, Mexico, France, Netherlands, others Based on the HK416 and rechambered for the 7.62x51mm NATO-cartridge, the HK417 although technically a battle rifle is designed more for use as a "designated marksman" rifle, with its increased cost and accuracy weighed against decreased rate of fire and magazine capacity of normally 20 rounds. For use in support and sustained fire applications though, the HK417 can also be fitted with a 50-round, low profile drum magazine. Australian Army Pvt. Levi Mooney, right, bumps fists with a child during a patrol in Tarin Kowt, Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, July 26, 2013 130726-Z-FS372-401.jpg
Howa Type 64 1964  Japan 7.62x51mm NATO Japan The Howa Type 64 was the main service rifle during the post US Occupation of Japan. It has been replaced by the Howa Type 89 but still used for ceremonial use. The Howa Type 64 was never used outside Japan due to strict export laws. Type 64 Rifle.jpg
L1A1 Self-Loading Rifle 1954  Belgium
 United Kingdom
7.62x51 NATO Australia, Canada (as the C1A1), New Zealand, Southern Rhodesia, United Kingdom The L1A1 is a version of the FN FAL battle rifle that equipped many British Commonwealth countries. SLRL1A1.jpg
M14 1957  United States 7.62x51mm NATO United States and many others A descendant of the M1, modified for 7.62mm NATO calibre and fully automatic fire, with a detachable magazine. M14 rifle - USA - 7,62x51mm - Armémuseum.jpg
SIG SG 510 or Sturmgewehr 57 1957  Switzerland 7.5x55mm GP11 Switzerland, Chile, Bolivia Once the service rifle of the Swiss Army it is now largely phased out in favour of the newer SIG SG 550. It can still be seen in service in the armed forces of Chile and Bolivia. Fass57-diag.jpg
SIG SG 542 1970s  Switzerland 7.62x51mm NATO Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Chad, Chile, Ecuador, France, Indonesia, Jordan, and others The SG 542 and derivatives has entered service with the armed forces of several countries in Africa, Asia and South America as well as numerous law enforcement and security agencies.