Watch: Top 5 Under-Appreciated Semi-Auto Rifles


Watch: Top 5 Under-Appreciated Semi-Auto Rifles

In this interesting and informative video, Alex C of TFB TV shows us his top 5 semi-automatic rifles that are often overlooked by today’s shooters.

In this list, we look at five rifles that were extremely popular and/or historically significant in their heyday, but have been overlooked almost entirely by a generation of shooters despite often being priced quite low.

1) Remington Model 8

One of the earliest commercially-available self-loading rifles, this gun sports the hump-back receiver shape indicative of so many Browning-designed long guns.

2) 1941 Johnson

This model competed with (and lost to) John Garand’s design, which became the U.S. M1 Rifle, a.k.a. the M1 Garand. It’s funky-looking and unusual, and quite a few of them did see service in Big Rumble 2 (my father’s term for WWII). It loads from the side using stripper clips, which isn’t a bad method at all.

3) MAS-49/56

This French autoloader is simple, ugly, well-balanced, and easy to run.

4) Ljungman AG-42B

This was the first semi-automatic rifle adopted by Sweden’s military, and Ian of Forgotten Weapons has described it as “the first production rifle to use a direct gas impingement operating system.”

5) FN 49, a.k.a. SAFN

A Belgian rifle which failed to gain widespread popularity, but it sired the much-loved FN FAL.


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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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