Assault rifles are the most versatile personal weapons, combine stopping power with high fire rate and a variety of mounted equipment, e.g. grenade launchers, silencers or optical sights.
The AK-74 is the successor to the infamous AK-47, resizing its caliber to 5.45mm, probably in response to the ubiquity of the 5.56mm NATO round. The most visible modification is the muzzle brake. This muzzle brake drastically cuts the already mild recoil of the AK-74 but increases noise and muzzle flash.
The AKM is an upgraded version of the infamous AK-47 rifle developed in the 1950s. AKM is the most wide-spread variant of entire AK series. Compared to the AK-47, the AKM is more highly optimized for mass production. As the result the weight is reduced by 1kg, accuracy is significantly higher and the reliability is greatly increased. The AKS is slightly modified version of the AK-47 rifle. It features a downward-folding metal stock to adapt this weapon for use in vehicles and for paratroops.
The G36 is 5.56mm assault rifle, manufactured by Heckler & Koch GmbH in Germany. This weapon is used in German Armed Forces from the year 1997; and these dayes, many armies used this weapon. The rifle features dual sights: a 3.5X scope sight beneath, and a 1X red-dot sight above.
The M16 assault rifle entered service in 1965 at the onset of the Vietnam War. It answered the Army's need to replace the ill-suited M14 with a lightweight rifle capable of effective automatic fire. The M16 uses a small, high velocity round with low recoil and good armor penetration, effective to about 500m.
The M4A1 Carbine is a shortened version of M16. It sports a shortened barrel and collapsible stock, making it the Special Operations weapon of choice. In contrast to the M16A2, with its 3-round burst mode, the M4A1 is capable of fully automatic fire. Thanks to the SOPMOD program the M4A1 can be modified with a variety of special accessories including optics such as the M68 Aimpoint and ACOG, an easily detachable suppressor, the M203 under barrel grenade launcher, and many others.
The Mk16 is a light-caliber version of the modular rifle made for the US Special Operations Command (SOCOM). This weapon still uses the 5.56x45mm NATO cartridge, but it is designed to operate better in the harsher conditions and can be fitted with numerous accessories: EGLM grenade launcher, silencers or wide selection of weapon sights.
The Mk17 is a heavy version of the modular rifle made for the US SOCOM. The weapon is chambered for more powerful 7.62x51 mm NATO cartridge, but maintains the advantages and modularity of its lighter version.
The Fusil Automatique Léger (Light Automatic Rifle) or FAL is a self-loading, selective-fire rifle produced in Belgium. It was adopted by many NATO armies during the Cold War. It was nicknamed "the right arm of the Free World" because of its prevalence and widespread use among the armed forces of many Western and other non-Communist countries during the Cold War.
The Sa-58 is a 7.62mm assault rifle designed and manufactured in Czechoslovakia and accepted into service in the late 1950s. Despite its comparably old design, it is still used by the Czech army because of its durability and reliability in the extreme conditions. The modernized version with RIS rails can be fitted with standard Western weapon accessories.
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