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Best Assault Rifle (Poll)

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Nolo, Jul 19, 2007.


Which combat rifle do you think is the best?

  1. Steyr AUG

    15 vote(s)
  2. FN FAL

    54 vote(s)
  3. H&K G36

    15 vote(s)
  4. IMI Galil ARM 5.56

    8 vote(s)
  5. IMI Tavor TAR-21

    4 vote(s)
  6. AKM

    58 vote(s)
  7. M16A2 and M4 Carbine

    124 vote(s)
  8. M14

    65 vote(s)
  9. G3A3

    14 vote(s)
  10. H&K G11

    4 vote(s)
  11. FN SCAR-L 5.56

    14 vote(s)
  12. H&K 416

    9 vote(s)
  13. FN F2000

    5 vote(s)
  14. AK-74

    43 vote(s)
  15. AR-10

    19 vote(s)
  16. FN FNC

    5 vote(s)
  1. Nolo

    Nolo Well-Known Member

    I know that there already is a "Favorite Assault Rifle" poll, but I figured this one was different enough to warrant a new post. For starters, I'm giving you sixteen options (the maximum allowed), and I'm also asking everyone to post on the thread the reasons for their choice, along with suggestions for what would make their choice better. Consider new technologies (like balanced actions), features from other weapons (like quick change barrels) and other calibers, as well as anything else you can think of. I apologize if I did not include your first candidate for the best assault rifle, there was a limited amount of choices I could have, but I have tried to cover most of the bases with exemplaries from each category.
  2. UKarmourer

    UKarmourer Well-Known Member

    Thats the second time today someone has missed out a rifle currently in daily use on operations around the world
    The L85A2
  3. Trojan6

    Trojan6 Member

    My decision was based on having carried four of your choices in combat. Each have advantages and disadvantages, but I like the M14 best due to the bullet and reliability. Every little insurgent I've seen shot with an M14 sat down right there. Not always the case with the others. I know shot placement is key, but it's not always that easy. The Steyr Aug was hands down the best in an urban environment, but I'll take the .308 all things considered. My .02

  4. Guitargod1985

    Guitargod1985 Well-Known Member

    I selected tha AKM for variuos reasons.

    -Lightweight (compared to the FAL, for instance)
    -Ease of operation
    -Ease of assembly/disassembly
    -Requires little maintenance
    -.30 caliber (not much of a fan of 5.56/.223, sorry)

    And, frankly, it just looks cool.
  5. Medusa

    Medusa Well-Known Member

    Tools I need for my trade:

    #1 close to AR-10: Mk.11 Mod.0
    #2 M14 in good stock (JAE-100 or VLTOR)
  6. Gewehr98

    Gewehr98 Well-Known Member


    The best assault rifle is the one used in an assault.

    (I won't propogate a gun term coined by anti-gunners, myself) :scrutiny:
  7. Medusa

    Medusa Well-Known Member

    Or FAMAS, which is pretty good rifle, after all, and get's used extensivly.
  8. UKarmourer

    UKarmourer Well-Known Member

    FAMAS seems ok, never fired it myself so cant comment, fired a few on the list though, and i still love my SA80
  9. bartsimpson123844

    bartsimpson123844 Well-Known Member

    What is the difference between the SA80's and the L85's?
  10. Correia

    Correia Moderator Emeritus

    This is one of those fascinating polls, where 95% of the respondents will have only used maybe 5% of the guns.

    For example, the people voting for the HK416. Why is it so great? Have you actually used one?

    Nope, hardly anybody has. But by golly, HK's marketing department told us how AWESOME it is. So it must be true.

    The G11? I'm a professional gun fanatic. I live this stuff. And even then I've met maybe three people in my life who've actually shot one.

    If you aren't voting for a gun that you've used, you're basing your opinion on what is the best based on conjecture and other folk's opinions.
  11. UKarmourer

    UKarmourer Well-Known Member

    Bart, sorry, my bad,

    the L85 is the official designation for the rifle commonly known as the SA80, the L86 being the light support weapon (bipod and longer barrel)

    I have personally used the FN FAL, the M16A2, the G3 and the AK-47 as well as my baby, all were fun and 7.62 does the business, but to live with and use in combat, gimme my green gun!
  12. Don't Tread On Me

    Don't Tread On Me Well-Known Member

    Which is the best color?

    Which food tastes the best?
  13. trbon8r

    trbon8r Well-Known Member

    The problem with the L85 is that it suffered from a bad reputation early on. I've heard the problems were sorted out, but I don't have any experience with the rifle.

    When a rifle suffers from considerable problems early on, it takes time to get over that. Look at the M16, it's been a solid, reliable piece of equipment for many years now and some folks still swear that it's junk.
  14. Daemon688

    Daemon688 Well-Known Member

    How about a compairson between rifles that people can actually buy? Then again, topics like these have been debated over a million times on this board. These rifles are all ones I have physically seen, touched, and it seems that many people actually own and have fired these weapons.

    AK all types
    AR all types
    FN FAL
    HK 91
    FN FS2000
    Steyr AUG
  15. Gordon

    Gordon Well-Known Member

    I used a G-3 extensively in the 80s and NEVER had a failure and it was very accurate also!
  16. Chuck R.

    Chuck R. Well-Known Member

    I’ll go with what I know.

    While I think my SA58 Para FAL is an awesome rifle, if it came right down to a situation where I needed a rifle bad, I’d pick up my Colt 6920.

  17. That shows what you know, Correia. It's no doubt based on video games. :)
  18. Correia

    Correia Moderator Emeritus

    Oh, thanks Jorg. In that case, I want an OICW. Because on Ghost Recon, I'm one bad mother with that thing. I also want an MG3, because I can shoot it from the shoulder quickly, even though it weighs 30+ pounds, and it is totally controllable at 1,200 RPM. :)
  19. Eyesac

    Eyesac Well-Known Member

    Well I've only ever shot:


    But I can form an educated opinion and go with AR can't I? Or is that bad?:neener:

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