Military Rifles & Carbines

The rifle has been the basic weapon of ground force infantry since the invention of the weapon. The carbine -- a lighter, shorter rifle -- is carried by specialized troops or officers. In modern military use, the selective fire automatic rifle has replaced earlier bolt action or semiautomatic weapons. This section of covers all the important U.S. rifles and carbines as well as some from other countries.

September 1942 photo of an M1 Garand rifle, then-new M1 steel pot helmet, M-1905 bayonet and web gear
September 1942 photo of an M1 Garand rifle, then-new M1 "steel pot" helmet, M-1905 bayonet and web gear. The M1 seems to be leaning toward the camera, distorting the length of the bayonet and rifle.

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Military Rifles and Carbines

World War II Special Forces Jedburgh has a .30 cal. M1-A1 folding-stock carbine across his chest
World War II Special Forces ("Jedburghs") were dropped into France behind German lines in three-man teams during 1944 to assist the Allies. This Jedburgh, Lt. Jack Singlaub, has a .30 cal. M1-A1 folding-stock carbine slung across his chest, a compact weapon favored for parachute operations. 11 August 1944.

What about Assault Rifles?

There is no category on Olive-Drab for so-called "assault rifles". This really is not a distinct weapon in military terms, so you will find various assault rifles (loosely defined by the media) under rifles or sub-machine guns. To read more about what an assault rifle is and how they came into use, go to Wikipedia.

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