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Old October 17, 2014, 10:47 PM   #1
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favorite military rifle

what is your favorite WWI-WWII military rifle? and why?

I am fond of many of the old war horses, they each had their place, yes some were much better than others. I am fond of the old 303 brit. I have owned many of them through the past. I now own a #1 mk3 and a #5 mk1 (the jungle carbine). I have owned the # 3,and 4's but my favorite is the #1 mk3. it just seems to fit me better. the 303 has had a long and rather interesting past, and is still in use in several countries, including Canada. to this rifle has proven to be a valuble asset to any colection, besides that it is just a lot of fun to shoot.
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Old October 17, 2014, 10:53 PM   #2
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Finnish Mosin M39. Simply one of the most rugged rifles ever made, that produce outstanding accuracy.
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Old October 17, 2014, 10:53 PM   #3
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Mine has to be the 03 Springfield.

Or, 98 Mauser?
It set the standard to this day.

But I had a lot of fun with M1 & M1A1 Carbines years ago too.

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Old October 17, 2014, 11:05 PM   #4
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Lee Enfield. What's not to love: high capacity, detachable mag, fast firing, poetic caliber name of "three o' three", and unique beauty. The near perfect bolt action battle rifle.
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Old October 17, 2014, 11:22 PM   #5
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That's a difficult one, I like them all so It's hard to pick a favorite, big fan of Mosins and Mausers though, own a 91/30 and have shot a few Mausers, never owned one though. Need to get some more Old milsurp rifles, over the next years I'll probably get 1 or 10
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Old October 17, 2014, 11:24 PM   #6
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Limited to WWI or II, either the M1 or M1C. Overall, the M4, it is the most flexible and best blend of weight, accuracy, length and firepower.
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Old October 17, 2014, 11:31 PM   #7
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I've owned em all and I appreciate how this particular rifle was we final most advanced development of the bolt action battle rifle.

They are amazingly simple, handle and shoot quite well and fire a surprisingly modern round for the era.

They make a mosin look fragile overly complex by comparison
I understand what both sides are saying in the JHP vs FMJ arguments, but the fact remains that no matter what you're getting shot with YOU'RE STILL GETTING SHOT!!!
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Old October 17, 2014, 11:40 PM   #8
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B.A.R. it's a rifle, says so in the name.

Kar98k is a great rifle, but its time was almost past by WW2.

EDIT: I have a 1903A3 and a 98k, I prefer the 98k, I've only fired a Garand a few times, ditto for the M1 carbine. I found the carbine light n handy but the one I shot wasn't terribly accurate. The BAR I fired was just a hoot to shoot, heavy but accurate, full auto was easy to control. My Brno 98k is a shooter.
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Old October 17, 2014, 11:57 PM   #9
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but its time was almost past by WW2
same goes for just about any bolt action, except for use as a sniper rifle obviously.
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Old October 18, 2014, 12:04 AM   #10
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Nothing even close, M1 Garand
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Old October 18, 2014, 12:11 AM   #11
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Only WWI-WWII era rifle I've ever had my hands on was a Mosin, and I don't really like em much.

If I'm "allowed" to select a rifle I've never handled, but have some knowledge of (historical knowledge, not practical working knowledge), it's the M1 Garand.
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Old October 18, 2014, 12:17 AM   #12
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7.62 Israeli Mauser or M1 Garand.
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Old October 18, 2014, 12:28 AM   #13
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My Inland M1 Carbine is far and away number 1.

The closest after that is a toss up between my 1929 Former Dragoon Hex Reciever Mosin-Nagant 91/30 or my sporterized Type 99 Arisaka.
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Old October 18, 2014, 12:28 AM   #14
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I really like my Arisaka Type 38. But I'd love to own a BAR.
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Old October 18, 2014, 12:30 AM   #15
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That is a hard choice. Right now I would say it is a Japanese Type 38 Arisaka carbine. Light recoil, easy operation, and very accurate. But some days the Husqvarna Swedish Mauser in 6.5 is my favorite because of its accuracy although the sights are not my cup of tea, and the Swiss K-31 is also in the running some days. The M-1 Carbine is very much an enjoyable shooter and equally accurate as long as you are shooting at targets less than 100 yards away. The M-1 Garand is also a joy to shoot but I don't like fiddling with the elevation adjustment which is also why I prefer the European rifles over the Springfield for long range shooting. It is a hard choice but whatever I choose I always return with a big smile on my face...... Now what was the question?
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Old October 18, 2014, 12:47 AM   #16
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K98, 1903a3 and of course the M1 Garand. kwg
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Old October 18, 2014, 12:50 AM   #17
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Old October 18, 2014, 12:52 AM   #18
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Old October 18, 2014, 01:00 AM   #19
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1. Love the Springfield Rifle, it was the first HP rifle I ever shot at age 8.
2. M1A, sweet shooter, what more can I say...
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Old October 18, 2014, 01:24 AM   #20
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Cut the limits off and let me pick an older war horse in the sharps carbine...or a newer rifle in the m14. In the WW range I have to pick the rifle designed by Mr Garand. In its oddities and it's function there are some really neat features, and some less than desirable qualities, but overall it feels good, shoots great, and works consistently. It's biggest drawback was weight, but when the gun mattered weight didnt.
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Old October 18, 2014, 01:27 AM   #21
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Because I own two of them.
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Old October 18, 2014, 01:28 AM   #22
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The Enfield #5 "Jungle Carbine. Very portable and handy. With the aperture sight it can be about as accurate as my Enfield #4/Mk. 1 at 100 or so yards. Both LEs have nice rifling.

With a short recoil pad and held in the flesh of a "chicken wing", the #5's recoil seems similar to my Yugo Mauser. If a skinny 5'11" guy can handle it such, then muscular guys can find the recoil acceptable.
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Old October 18, 2014, 01:46 AM   #23
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For me of the rifles that I have fired the 1918 BAR is my favorite. Very easy to control and get hits with at long range. The big problem was the weight but that is what made the rifle so easy to control.

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Old October 18, 2014, 01:54 AM   #24
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Hands-down, the M1A.
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Old October 18, 2014, 02:31 AM   #25
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My favorite rifle of all time remains the M1 Garand
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