Semi-automatic rifles are not always classified as assault rifles as some do no not have the capacity to carry more than 10 rounds or designed for military use. However, in media firearms reporting the term ‘assault rifle’ usually refers to visual appearance rather than internal functionality. Similar full sized weapons, with full-auto capabilities chambered in full-sized rifle rounds, are known as Battle rifles. Here is
10. FN SCAR
Place of origin: Belgium & USA
The FN SCAR systems completed low rate initial production testing in June 2007. After some delays, the first rifles began being issued to operational units in April 2009, and a battalion of the US 75th Ranger Regiment was the first large unit deployed into combat with 600 of the rifles in 2009. The US Special Operations Command has currently cancelled their purchase of the Mk 16 SCAR-L and are planning to remove the rifle from their inventory by 2013. However, they plan to purchase 5.56 mm conversion kits for the Mk 17, supplanting the loss of the Mk 16. The SCAR is now one of the competing weapons in the Individual Carbine competition which aims to find a replacement for the M4 Carbine.
9. FAD assault rifle
Place of origin: Peru
The Dual Automatic Rifle was designed by Salomón Braga Lozo of SIMA Electronica, a division of the Peruvian state-owned SIMA shipyards, based in the port of Callao. It is an assault rifle centered around the cartridge NATO 5.56x45mm that offers low recoil, low weight and volume while at the same time giving precision, adequate range and ergonomy that is to be coupled with a “pump-action” type 40mm grenade launcher in a single package. It is of the “Bullpup” configuration; being a compact weapon can be easily used by armored crews, as a back-up weapon.
8. Magpul FMG-9
Place of origin: USA
The Magpul FMG-9 is a prototype for a new generation of folding submachine guns. Like other folding machine guns, it would be used for concealed carry and can be disguised as anything from a small package to an extra laptop battery. It is made out of a light-weight polymer material rather than metal, making it very light and easy to carry. It is also small enough even to fit in the back pocket of most everyday pants. It was developed for potential use by personal protection details such as the United States Secret Service. It is still a prototype and may or may not be made in large numbers for law enforcement agencies.
Place of origin: USA
The SR-47 is a modern assault rifle based on the AR-15 family of rifles created by Knight’s Armament Company for USSOCOM. The SR-47 is an outgrowth of the Colt M4 Carbine’s SOPMOD system. Originally it was going to be a drop-in series of parts to convert an M4 or M16 in the field to fire 7.62×39mm ammunition. This requirement was later changed to require the weapon to accept and feed from Kalashnikov magazines. The complexity of this task made the planners rethink this approach and the idea of a complete weapon that could still use standard SOPMOD accessories was born.
6. S&T Daewoo XK8
Place of origin: South Korea
Daewoo XK8, also known as DAR-21 (Daewoo Assault Rifle-21st Century), is a 5.56x45mm bullpup assault rifle manufactured by S&T Motiv intended to replace Daewoo K2 assault rifle in Republic of Korea Armed Forces. However, it was rejected and was not mass produced. This rifle is now offered for export.
Place of origin: Russia
The Kalashnikov AK-12 (АК-200) is the newest derivative of the Soviet/Russian AK-47 series of assault rifles and is proposed for possible general issue to Russian Army, and is currently undergoing testing. On May 25, 2010, Russia’s media published a Russian Defence Ministry statement that the AK-12 rifle was to be tested in 2011. The demonstration model (AK-200) was presented to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin during his official visit to inspect the products of the Izhmash arms manufacturing plant in Izhevsk, was apparently a basic AK-74 in standard 5.45×39mm caliber. On the demonstrator, the traditional locations of cocking handle, safety lever and fire selector remained unchanged, but the AK-12 production model featured revisions to all of these features. The Izhmash demonstrator was fitted with the large capacity 60 round casket magazine.
4. XM25 CDTE
Place of origin: Germany & USA
XM25 CDTE is an air burst grenade launcher derived from the XM29 OICW. It was fielded to soldiers serving in the War in Afghanistan and is projected to enter full-rate procurement in 2013. The XM25 CDTE fires 25 mm grenades that are set to explode in mid-air at or near the target. A laser rangefinder in the weapon is used to determine the distance to the target. The user can manually adjust the detonating distance by up to 10 feet (3.0 m) shorter or longer; the XM25 automatically transmits the detonating distance to the grenade in the firing chamber. The grenade tracks the distance it has traveled by the number of spiral rotations after it is fired, then detonates at the proper distance to produce an air burst effect. These features make the XM25 more effective than traditional grenade launchers at the task of hitting targets that are behind cover or dug into the ground.
3. Colt CM901
Place of origin: USA
The CM901 (Colt Modular) weapons system is based on Colt’s existing M16/M4 military designs. It shares the direct gas impingement operation, as well as much of the action, controls, and basic aesthetics with previous Colt rifle designs. The system’s heart is a common lower receiver housing an enlarged magazine well that will accommodate larger caliber ammunition than NATO 5.56x45mm rounds, ambidextrous controls for the bolt release mechanism, magazine release, and fire selector/safety lever, trigger group, pistol grip, telescopic stock, and buffer tube. The system will accept a series of upper receiver assemblies that contain the respective action required to accommodate the various caliber rounds accepted by the weapon. A re-designed upper receiver firing standard 5.56mm ammunition will be produced in various barrel lengths, all having a monolithic design with a full-length top rail, and three auxiliary rails for mounting accessories, free-floating barrels, and front and rear flip-up sights standard, when not using upgraded optics.
2. S&T Daewoo K11
Place of origin: South Korea
The S&T Daewoo K11 is an assault rifle chambered to fire 5.56 mm rounds, as well as 20mm air-burst shells from its overbarrel launcher. Two conventional 20 mm shells either detonate immediately on impact or on a timed fuse after impact. A third type of shell is controlled by the weapon’s integrated electronics to explode a few meters from the target, yielding an air burst effect capable of killing targets within a 6 m area and seriously wounding those within a 8 m area. Users enter a range at which the shell is to detonate, allowing targets in ditches, in buildings, or behind walls to be destroyed without requiring the shell to strike the target.
1. CZ-805 BREN
Place of origin: Czech Republic
The CZ 805 assault rifle is a modular, multi-caliber design, with an aluminum alloy upper receiver and polymer lower receiver / fire control unit. The magazine housing is a separate detachable unit, which can be replaced in the field as part of a caliber change. The weapon is gas-operated and features a rotating bolt and a manual gas regulator. The CZ 805 also features quick-change barrels, allowing users to change calibers and barrel lengths according to the mission profile. There are short “carbine”, intermediate “standard”, long “marksman” and heavy “squad automatic” barrels available in each caliber. The Fire control unit includes ambidextrous safety/fire selector switch, which permits single shots, 2-round bursts and full automatic fire. Charging handle can also be installed on either side of the weapon, depending on user preferences.