The Evolution of the Rifle: From Muskets to the Assault Rifle

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  1. PO'C October 11, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

    The British ‘musket’ was actually called the Brown Bess musket, and was produced in many variations and easily rivaled the french Charleville model in all categories except for that the Charleville was easier to maintain with its large brackets that allowed for the barrel to be removed and cleaned with ease. The Brown Bess remains to this day, the longest serving weapon of all time. I was just a bit disappointed at how understated the Brown Bess was in this infographic. Not to mention that that wheellock and matchlock muskets(the predecessors to the flintlock) were not mentioned either. However you did a great job with the modern weapons.

    Good work!

  2. -theK- October 11, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

    1) This should be called “the evolution of the American rifle” since two thirds of these weapons have the US flag next to them. This tells only one side of the story.

    2) The “range” stat is completely random. Does it mean the maximum practical combat distance? Or the distance the projectiles (bullets) travel? For example, the last four rifles use exactly the same ammunition, yet their range varies from 300 to 800 meters.

    3) Besides the factual and substance flaws, the “infograph” is quite well made. If only the information was as good as the looks.

  3. Zincorium October 11, 2011 at 5:03 pm #

    I would like to point out that the given ranges are completely inaccurate and inconsistent. Many of the guns, such as the M1 Garand, shoot both farther and more accurately at those ranges than an M16. Also, the M16 is not made of steel like it says, it is made primarily from aluminum and plastic.

    Otherwise, good poster.

  4. Stephanie October 11, 2011 at 7:24 pm #

    Rifles have rifled barrels. Muskets are not rifles. The Kentucky Rifle is an early example of an actual rifle and could have been included in this list of “rifles” in place of the Charleville Musket.

  5. Matt October 16, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

    I’m pretty sure if someone could hit a torso sized target with an m16 at 800 meters they would be the best shooter ever. Also, how does an M16 chambered in the puny 5.56 shoots farther than the ballsier 7.62

  6. Taylor October 18, 2011 at 8:15 pm #

    Wait… you’re seriously trying to tell us that the NATO 5.56 round has a longer range than either the 30-06 or the .308 Winchester? where did you do your research, Wikipedia?

  7. Brian October 18, 2011 at 11:34 pm #

    Effective range of the M-16/M-4 is about 550M, but can make shots over 800M with the right loads and sights. It uses the same ammo as the SCAR and AUG. M-1 Grande uses the same cartridge as the M-14, M1903, and M-60, all of which are know to be able to make 1000 yard shots in the right hands, even with iron sights.

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  9. Big E October 22, 2011 at 6:18 pm #

    the M-14 was used in the latter part of WW2…so it had to have been manufactured prior to 1959

  10. Big E October 22, 2011 at 6:34 pm #

    T20E2; a rifle with remarkable resemblance to the m14 – produced in 1945!

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  14. Jerry November 1, 2011 at 10:33 pm #

    There are several problems with this. Just a couple:

    1. The AK-47 does not have the same effective range as the M-1, I’m sorry but it just isn’t true. Same diameter bullet at lower velocity.
    2. The rates of fire are mixed with some listing their sustained rate while others are showing the cyclic rate.

    I agree this is well done graphics-wise, but the information is inaccurate.

  15. Why Bother November 15, 2011 at 4:56 am #

    When will Americans realize that their country doesn’t provide 80% of everything? Another American-centric load of badly researched nonsense. Looks pretty though.

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  19. 3/6 K1 January 13, 2012 at 6:06 am #

    “I’m pretty sure if someone could hit a torso sized target with an m16 at 800 meters they would be the best shooter ever.”

    – Matt
    Matt,

    They call us U.S. Marines

    The max effective range of an M-16 is 800m, as opposed to an M-4 which is 600m. We used to have “Head sized target” shot competitions at 600m with open sight’s with both weapons.

  20. FREDERICK January 13, 2012 at 7:51 am #

    M 16 AT 800 METERS?! GIVE ME A BREAK! IT CAN BEARLY KILL A DOG AT 200!!

  21. Andrew O January 14, 2012 at 11:27 am #

    To Big E and Brian, the M-14 was not used in WW2 at all, and it does not fire the same cartridge as the M1 Garand or the Springfield, they shoot 30-06, and the M-14 and M-60 fire 7.62×51, or in civilian terms, .308 win

  22. Travis January 22, 2012 at 8:07 am #

    1.) A 5.56 round does in fact fly farther than a 7.62. It’s lighter and has less drag than the heavier bullet. The .308 I’m not sure about, but an m16 does have a greater effective range than a AK-47.

    2.) Muskets are not rifles.

    3.) England, Germany, and many other countries fielded rifles that outmatched America’s at the time. It’s kinda stupid to think only America created rifles.

    Someone needs to get facts straight before making all Americans look more like idiots than we already do to the rest of the world.

  23. Nate February 26, 2012 at 10:37 am #

    why isn’t the m4 branching off of the m16?

  24. CRKToter March 2, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

    Looks cute, but pretty much worthless. They couldn’t even get the accurate pictures of the rifles. I mean, how difficult is it to find pictures of the right side of an 1866 Winchester, an M1 Garand, an AK-47, an M-14, and an M-16? And the discrepancies regarding the range and effectiveness of the .223/5.56x45mm, 7.62x39mm, and .308/7.62x51mm have already been addressed, so there’s no need to step in that muck.

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  28. Loftworthy March 26, 2012 at 3:02 pm #

    This is an incredibly poor representation of the rifle’s evolution. Firstly, it does not go back nearly far enough; the ideal starting point would be the primitive guns and matchlocks used in the far east hundreds of years before firearms made it to Europe. Even then, the matchlock came into military service at some point in the 15th century, a good few centuries before the Brown Bess was thought of (which, by the way, was not around until well into the 1700s).
    Secondly, I have to agree with what others have said about it being a very one-sided (ie, American) interpretation of the rifle’s history. Granted, there have been some important American rifles in history, and most of them are here. But where is the Lee Enfield? Where is the Mosin Nagant, the innumerable Mauser rifles, the Krag-Jorgensen, and all the other rifles of that period? That’s just picking circa 1900. All over history important rifles have been missed off this list, because they’re not American. On a smaller note, the SCAR should not have an American flag next to it; Fabrique Nationale de Herstal is a Belgian company.
    Thirdly, as others have also said, the facts portrayed here are incredibly suspect. The Steyr AUG does in no way have half the effective range of an M4; it has almost the barrel length of an M16, and uses the same ammunition. Even the carbine barrels still match the M4. I would expect to see an AUG easily outrange any M16 derived gun. Also, the 7.62 NATO round in the M14 would go further than all the 5.56 chambered guns; that’s why it is often used as a marksman rifle.
    Fourthly, this examination is not expansive enough. An uninformed reader might think that all rifles have evolved to the status of assault rifle, when in fact they have not. Bolt action sniper rifles are still around and are very advanced. No mention is made of DMRs, or many other rifle variants.
    Finally, the information inclusion is clearly very lazy, which a few marginally relevant facts pasted in off Wikipedia.

    All in all, crap. E-

  29. jojoba April 30, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

    The M16 does not have a longer range than the M14, that is bullshit. I have shot an M1A in competition at 1,000 yards, and did well. An M16 couldn’t possibly reach that distance accurately.

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