The Battle Rifle

Development and Use Since World War II


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About the Book

While the 20th century brought many technological advancements to the battlefield, a key weapon of warfare remains the soldier and his rifle. This volume chronicles the historical development of the modern service rifle after World War II and examines its resurgence in Afghanistan after generations of absence following the introduction of the assault rifle. Individual chapters survey the most combat-tested models—including the FN FAL, U.S. M14 and HK 417—in technical detail, emphasizing key points in the evolution of rifle technology and ammunition. Also explored is the development of the current M16 series rifle, and how recent difficulties in Afghanistan have led to an increasing reliance on the venerable M14.
Providing a strong knowledge base of the various weapons now in service throughout the world, this instructive work demonstrates that the battle rifle has not outlived its usefulness.

About the Author(s)

Russell C. Tilstra has a degree in history from California State University–Fullerton and served in the U.S. Navy. He works as a machinist and lives in Ladera Ranch, California.

Bibliographic Details

Russell C. Tilstra
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 192
Bibliographic Info: 12 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2014
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7321-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1564-6
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface 1
1. Post–World War II Western Rifle Development 5
2. FN FAL 16
3. HK G3 38
4. U.S. M14 51
5. SIG SG542 61
6. Galil 7.62mm NATO 71
7. FN ­SCAR-H (Mk17) 79
8. HK 417 87
9. Galil ACE 95
10. Post–World War II Combat Cartridge Development and Performance 100
Conclusion 159
Chapter Notes 169
Bibliography 175
Index 179