Can You Ace This Rifle Quiz?

By: Robin Tyler
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About This Quiz

History tells us that the first rifles were invented in the late 1400's. These firearms were muzzle loaders and not particularly accurate. As time advanced and tradesmen understood how to make a rifle more effective, this weapon became a crucial part of the family of firearms.

You would agree that its bulkiness doesn't allow for it to be carried and concealed the way a smaller gun could but it comes into its own in the great outdoors. And over the years, this has often been the weapon of choice for those people who spend much of their time outside.

Looking at American history, for example, early frontiersman carried a range of rifle models. Think of cowboys in the old West and their repeater rifles. These were not only seen in the cinema. They were often a weapon of choice along with their trusty six-shooters. But perhaps the greatest impact these weapons have made are on the battlefield. 

Here, as technology has progressed, the ordinary rifle has been turned into a weapon with great killing power, particularly semi-automatic rifles, but sniper rifles and infantry rifles from the Second World War as well.

Would you be able to name a rifle from just a single image? Only one in 32 people can. Let's see how you fare. 

The rifle choice in the old West, the Winchester repeater rifle was first made in 1866. They are still made to this day and more than 720,000 have been produced over the years.

Possibly the most famous assault rifle ever made, the AK-47 was designed by Mikhail Kalashnikov in 1948. It is still used all over the world to this day thanks to its ruggedness. More than 75 million of this model have been produced over the years.

One of the most famous assault rifles ever made, the M-16 was introduced in 1963 and became the standard rifle for American troops around the world as well as other armed forces. Eight million have been produced.

A standard issue to U.S. military troops in the early 1900s and until it was replaced by the M-1 Garand, the Springfield 1903 was a bolt action rifle. It remained a popular sniper rifle option - with a scope, of course - right up to the Vietnam War.

The standard rifle issued to U.S. armed forces during World War II, the M-1 was introduced in 1936. It was also semi-automatic, the first of its kind. More than 5 million were made.

Designed by Colt to compete with the Winchester repeating rifle, the Colt-Burgess Rifle, often simply called the Burgess rifle, was produced between 1883 and 1885. More than 6,000 were made.

First produced in the 1960s, this is the definitive .22 caliber rifle. Still in production, more than 5 million have been made.

This bolt action rifle is one of the most popular in the world today, despite the fact it was first made in 1962.

First introduced in 1948 and still manufactured today, the Marlin Model 336 is a lever action rifle with a range of bullets (often dependent on the model). It was designed by L.L. Hepburn and T.R. Robinson Jr.

This recreational rifle was introduced in 1960 and is the most popular recreation rifle in the world with more than 11 million sold. It has an effective firing range of 100 yards.

A design of Roy Weatherby, the Mark V is still popular today despite it hitting the market in 1957. Many say it's the incredibly smooth bolt action that sees it in such demand.

A 'battle rifle' the M-14 replaced the M-1 Garand in the U.S. armed forces from 1959. It remains in use in certain sectors today.

Produced from 1895 onwards, this bolt action rifle saw service with British and Commonwealth forces during World War I and into World War II. It remained in service with British forces until 1957. Around 17 million were produced.

Produced from 1898, this bolt action rifle saw service in the German army for much of World War I. Designed by Paul Mauser, over 9 million were manufactured.

- The Spencer repeating rifle became the first repeating rifle to be adopted by the U.S. military. It was introduced in 1860.

Often called 'Brown Bess' this was used by both the American colonialists and the English forces hell-bent on stopping their independence.

Introduced in 1895, the Arisaka rifle was the standard military issue bolt action rifle issued to the Japanese Army. It was used until 1945 with many finding their way to the United States thanks to the spoils of war.

A product of Italy, this short-barrelled rifle was first made in 1890. Gas powered, it could be fired either as a single shot rifle or offered a fully automatic option. Some prototypes had magazines that could hold 50 bullets.

Used by a number of armed forces between 1924 and 1950, including Nazi Germany, the Mauser M1924 was a bolt action rifle with an effective firing range of around 500 meters.

Released in 1855, the Colt Revolving Rifle was essentially a Colt handgun with a longer rifle barrel and extended stock. In fact, they were based on the Colt Sidehammer Pocket Revolver. It was produced until 1864.

This German bolt action rifle was first introduced in 1888. It used a five-clip magazine and even saw action in World War II.

Introduced in 1860, the Henry repeating rifle fired a .44 bullet. This weapon was used by the Confederates and the Union during the American Civil War but in small numbers.

The Browning BLR, first introduced in the 1960s, comes in a variety of variations and calibers. It was designed by Karl Lewis.

This gas powered rifle was the main weapon of the French Army towards the end of World War I. Close to 100,000 of these semi-automatic weapons were produced. Today, they are highly sought after collector's items.

Manufactured in the United States, the model 1861 was the first mass-produced breech loader made by the Springfield Armory. These models were used during the Americal Civil War.

This bolt action rifle was produced in the United Kingdom between 1888 and 1926. It had an effective range of 800 yards and a maximum range of 1,800 yards. Today, it remains in ceremonial use with the Atholl Highlanders.

First introduced in 1948 and still manufactured today, the Marlin Model 336 is a lever action rifle with a range of bullets (often dependant on the model). It was designed by L.L. Hepburn and T.R. Robinson Jr.

This British automatic rifle was first introduced in 1924. It fired .303 ammunition.

This Italian infantry rifle was produced before the turn of the 20th Century. Featuring a bolt action, the Caracano was even produced by the Italians for use by the Japanese Navy. Between 2 million and 3 million were manufactured.

Produced in 1937, the Winchester Model 70 was a highly popular bolt action rifle. It is still produced today and is often called the 'rifleman's rifle.'

This was a Chinese copy of the German Mauser M1924. First produced in 1935, this rifle stayed in use until around 1980 with about 600,000 manufactured.

This breech-loading rifle was used by the Prussian army from 1841 to 1873. It got its name due to the fact that the firing pin looked similar to a needle.

This .303 rifle is a regular Lee Enfield that has been converted to fire in an automatic manner.

Manufactured in Germany between 1943 and 1945, the Gewehr 43 was a semi-automatic rifle used by Nazi forces during World War II. Much of the gun was designed with mass production in mind leading to more than 400,000 made.

Designed by the Hawken brothers, this rifle was a popular gun in the region of the Rocky Mountains, especially among frontiersman. It fired a lead ball using a flintlock mechanism with a percussion cap. Hawken rifles were used for more than 50 years.

Produced in China from 1919 to 1959, this rifle was named after its designer. It could fire in two ways, either as a gas-powered semi-automatic or as a bolt action single shot rifle.

First introduced in 1935, the Karabiner 98k was an infantry weapon used by Nazi Germany during World War II. More than 14 million were produced.

This Italian rifle was used by the Italian army toward the end of World War II. Designed by Gino Revelli, only about 500 were ever built thanks to the Italian surrender to Allied forces.

- A product of the United States, the Kel-Tec RFB is a semi-automatic rifle that fires 7.62mm ammunition. It has an effective range of 500 meters.

This semi-automatic rifle was introduced in 2000. It fires a standard 7.62×51mm NATO bullet and has an effective range of 800 meters.

A muzzleloader, the Mississippi rifle was produced between 1841 and 1861 and fired a .54 ball. It saw action in both the American Civil War and the American-Mexico War.

Introduced in 1997, the Model 597 is a semi-automatic rifle with a maximum firing range of two miles. Depending on the bullet used, it either has a 10 or eight round magazine.

Produced in France in the mid-1930's, the MAS-36 was intended to be the standard infantry weapon for French forces. By the Battle of France, however, only 250,000 had been produced. This bolt action rifle had an effective range of 400 meters.

The Smith & Wesson M&P15-22 is a semi-automatic rifle that fires .22 rounds. It uses either a 10 or 25 round magazine.

Developed in Nazi Germany in the final year of the war, the 'The People's Assault Rifle' was a collective name given to a range of simple weapons that were easier to manufacture despite a lack of resources. One such example is the Gustloff Volkssturmgewehr.

First produced in 1891 and available in a range of different models and configurations, the Mosin-Nagant was the primary infantry weapons of Russian forces during World War II. It was still in production up until 1965 with more than 37 million manufactured.

Known as the StG 44, this is largely recognized as one of the first assault rifles ever designed. More than 425,000 were manufactured. The StG 44 fired 7.92×33mm Kurz ammunition at a rate of 500 rounds per minute.

Using a bullpup design, this semi-automatic rifle fires .22 long rifle bullets. Due to its design, it cannot be fired by left-handed shooters.

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