7 Leading Infantry Rifles of World War II
7 Leading Infantry Rifles of World War II

7 Leading Infantry Rifles of World War II

Maria - June 14, 2016

2. Lee Enfield

7 Leading Infantry Rifles of World War II

Widely used by the British Empire and Commonwealth military forces as their main firearm in the early 20th century, Lee-Enfield is a bolt-action, magazine-fed, repeating rifle. It served as the standard rifle for the British Army from 1895 (its official adoption date) until 1957. Britain adopted a redesign of the Lee-Metford in 1888 to create the Lee-Enfield, which superseded the earlier Martini-Enfield, Martini-Henry and Lee-Metford rifles.

This infantry rifle is still used by the armed forces of some Commonwealth nations, particularly the Bangladesh Police. As such, it is the longest-serving military bolt-action rifle still featuring in official service to date.

1. The M1 Garand

7 Leading Infantry Rifles of World War II

The M1 Garand definitely laid the ground for today’s generation of automatic and semi-automatic weapons. This semi-automatic rifle chambered for the .30-06 Springfield rifle cartridge was widely used by the US Army from 1936 to 1957. It was the very first standard-issue semi-automatic military rifle. The name comes from that of its designer John Garand.

It gave the United States forces a distinctive advantage in various firefights during World War II. Their Axis enemies who relied on the slower-firing bolt-action rifles were no match to these effective standard-issue rifles. In addition to being semi-automatic, the M1 is air-cooled, clip-fed, gas-operated, shoulder-fired weapon. These features make it an exclusive military rifle.


Sources For Further Reading:

Military Trader – The WWII Type 99 Japanese Rifle

Warfare History Network – Was the 1917 Enfield a Good Rifle Compared to the Springfield?

American Rifleman – A Look Back at the 1917 Enfield

National Interest – The Lee Enfield Rifle Is So Good That It Outlasted The British Empire

Military Trader – Tips And Values Of WWII French MAS-36 Bolt Action Rifles

National Interest – The Mosin-Nagant: The Russian Sniper Rifle Nazi Germany Feared Most

Prepare for SHTF – The Mosin Nagant a Great Survival Rifle

The Armory Life – Garand: The Man Behind The Legend

National Interest – The U.S. Army Loved the M1 Garand Rifle, But It Wasn’t the Only Option

Forbes – This ‘Rifle That Won World War II’ Is Likely To Be The Most Expensive Ever

History Collection – 10 Deadly Infantry Weapons of WWII

National Interest – World War I: The Infantry Rifle to End All Rifles