TFBTV: Top 5 Best Assault Rifles

An assault rifle has to meet a certain set of criteria: It must be select-fire and use an intermediate cartridge. In this video we explain what our favorites are, factoring in accuracy, controllability, and of course how easy it is to shoot.

Also I anticipate this, so let me state it here: The AK is not included because a select fire AK is not controllable nor user friendly, even to an experienced shooter. This is a myth perpetuated by Hollywood and whoever else, but they are just brutal to run. Also had to ding it for a myriad of other reasons that may be hit on in another video. (Puts on flamesuit)

Hell, if this video gets 500 thumbs up, Patrick and Alex will shoot an AK74 until it catches on fire or blows up. Whichever comes first 🙂

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The full english transcript …

– Hey guys, I’m Alex C.

– And I’m Patrick R.

– We’ve got another episode of TFB TV, and it’s another top five coming at you.

Today’s topic is the top five best assault rifles.

What you see on the table are, in fact, assault rifles.

– They are.

These are all assault rifles, true to the definition.

– They meet the lexical definition of an assault rifle, that is to say, intermediate caliber, – Correct.

– Select fire, and, yeah, magazine fit and whatnot.

I guess you don’t have to have magazine fit.

– No, I don’t think it’s part of the definition.

– No, whatever.

But, it’s kinda part of the colloquial definition.

– Right, right, the big black scary rifle kind of thing.

– Absolutely, kinda unfortunately.

But some people will tell you an assault rifle is a semiautomatic modern sporting rifle.

Those people are wrong.

Don’t listen to those people.

– Right. – They’re foolish and they don’t know what they’re talking about.

– Also, I do wanna add, “AR-15” does not stand for “Assault Rifle 15”.

– Right. Unless you’re wrong, which, you know…

– Well, you’re still wrong. (laughing) – Right, right.

Anyways, so let’s start from our left to your right.

It’s only suiting that we start with the granddaddy of the modern assault rifle.

That’s known generally as the Sturmgewehr.

Sturmgewehr translating to “assault rifle” or “storm rifle”, this is of course an MP 43, which predates the MP 44, StG 44.

Legend has it Hitler renamed it the Sturmgewehr as kind of a propaganda type deal.

Whether he did or not is debated by some, but I can tell you one thing, it’s a fantastic rifle.

It’s served as great proof of concept, and it showed the world that assault rifles had a valid place on a battle field.

And World War II was a very fast-moving modern battlefield.

– It was, it was.

– Today, even at our military training, still they employ some of the tactics that were used, some squad-based tactics and things like that.

– That’s very accurate.

– Used then. So, yeah.

– Let’s talk a little bit about the rifle.

I mean, the actual shooting experience.

– Sure, sure.

– It’s got a real low cyclic rate, so it’s kinda a chugga chugga chugga full auto to it.

It’s really controllable, really an enjoyable gun to shoot.

– I would say the controllability is what made this gun make it onto the table.

It’s so easy to hold on target with that low cyclic rate, and with the modern ammo that’s not too under what they would have loaded back then.

But it’s ludicrously controllable.

I have a buddy who’s also a machine gun enthusiast who says this is his favorite one.

And it’s because of that that it made it onto the table, combined with great accuracy, easy to clean, easy to use, easy to maintain, and it’s reliable as hell.

– True, true, but we can’t ignore the fact that it kinda gave us the rest of these.

– It did. For one reason or another some people will learn you on the fact that it may not have been the first assault rifle, but it’s definitely, like I said, the granddaddy of the modern assault rifle.

– Yes.

– Next up, this is probably familiar to a lot of you guys.

This is an HK33, which is the big bad grandpa of the 93, which is the semiautomatic copy.

The reason I chose this gun is because I really like the G3, I like the handling characteristics, the way the G3 functions, the reliability, the accuracy, and the 33 is a 556, so it’s just the assault rifle version of the beloved G3 rifle.

– Right, right, right.

– They shoot really well, they’re very controllable in full auto.

I could lay down sustained fire with this with relative ease, not that I ever would have to under certain circumstances.

This actually wouldn’t be my go-to gun, but it’s one of my favorites, it’s one of the best, and as far as reliability is concerned, these HK roller-delayed blowback guns are just legendary.

– Yes, I’ll agree to that.

There are a couple downsides to this gun in my opinion.

– Weight.

– Weight is one of them.

Two, is the magazines.

– From a consumer standpoint, yes.

– Yes. – Yeah.

– That’s where I’m getting what I’m getting at.

They are expensive, they are hard to get ahold of.

And even from a military standpoint, they are heavy, and they’ve got snaggy things on the side, which I don’t like.

But it is a great gun.

– It is a great gun.

They actually adapted this at one point into a gun that HK called the G41, that had things like a bolt catch and took AR-15 magazines.

That would have been a really cool gun to have mass produced. – I agree, I agree.

– But it didn’t, or they didn’t, and there’s a lot of these floating around out there on the marketplace.

– There are, I think.

Actually, I think they’re selling some rebuilds right now through Sentry maybe.

– Yeah, a couple different outfits will make you one or are making them, but they’re fantastic assault rifles.

Unfortunately HK is no longer making them at their factory.

– No, they are not.

Now I mean, shooting this gun here, it’s not as smooth and light as the M16, I don’t think.

– It’s very different, whereas this has a smoother, more wandering feel, the M16 has a more chattery kind of pulsating feel to it.

– I don’t know, maybe I’m just used to that.

– You’re definitely used to it.

There’s a reason.

But let’s keep on moving down the line.

That’s a great gun, that’s again the HK33, with the 53 being just a shortened version of that.

Next up, we chose the G36.

Now, this gun’s been in the news a lot lately, because they claim it has a wandering point of impact, they claim the polymer’s melting.

However, in our tests so far– – We haven’t found anything like that yet.

– And we find it odd that countries like Spain, Latvia, Saudi Arabia, namely Saudi Arabia, wouldn’t have reported the same problems…

– Right.

– that the Bundeswehr is reporting.

Now there’s some people that say the politicians involved in that whole deal are responsible for basically fanning the flames.

– Yeah, I mean.

– I would do the same thing if I was looking to advance a political career.

– I agree, but we are no politics here.

– We’re no politics, it’s just that, unfortunately that’s just kind of a fact of the way the military industrial complex works.

– Right.

– Politics work their way in, certain guns get adopted, it happens, so it’s hard to do what we do without hitting on politics at all.

– Right, agreed, agreed, agreed.

– But anyways, back to the gun.

The gun’s fantastic, it’s reliable as hell.

I mean, we’ve shot it a ton, and it hasn’t failed one time.

– No, it hasn’t.

It’s really a great gun.

It’s light, it’s handy.

– I like how it has modern features, it’s a polymer, you can couple the magazines together, they have trigger groups that have two-round bursts and full auto and single, a folding stock.

Easy dis-assembly, it’s very modular, you could put Picatinny rails on the back, the top, the front.

– I would rather have the Picatinny rail on top than the…

– I like that ’90s look personally.

– Yeah, it’s cool, but it’s just not as usable as a modern sight.

But, it is a great gun.

It’s very controllable.

If you take a look at our accuracy tests you can see us do some magnums with it and holding it on targets pretty easy.

– Yeah. Anyways, so that’s the G36.

If you haven’t shot one, go find a range that has ’em for rent and rent one.

– Now, my favorite.

– Patrick’s favorite, and for good reason.

– Yes, M16, and this is an A1.

It’s really, I mean, when it comes to bringing polymer and steel together to build a great military firearm, this kinda paved the way, I think.

But, it’s just such a fabulous gun.

– It borrows a lot of features from a lot of great other guns.

For example, from the Johnson rifle, it took his rotating bolt design with the multi-lugs, so whenever someone says, “Oh, it’s got a Stoner multi-lug bolt.” that’s a Johnson multi-lug bolt.

Johnson actually worked with Stoner.

It’s also got a high sight plane because it was brought more inline, a characteristic of the Johnson machine gun.

It’s got high use of aluminum, it’s got a hinged dust cover that was borrowed from the StG44.

So a lot of great guns came together in one gun to create the M16, which is a firearm that’s loved by many today.

– I mean, and there is some controversy as far as when they initially fielded this gun.

– For a good reason, when they first fielded it.

– Right, and a lot of people still…

I have no idea why I did that. (laughing) Just a habit of closing the dust cover.

– I’ve talked to a lot of Vietnam veterans who say, “Why would you ever own one of those rifles?” And if I had experience– – There were some legitimate gripes.

– And if I had experienced what those guys had, I would have the same opinion. – I agree, I agree.

But in reality though, it’s a fantastic weapon for an assault rifle’s true purpose.

– Right, you know, it’s had a baptism by fire and emerged just fine.

– And, I mean, I still see.

Armies today are going from things like the G36, or whatever the case might be, to an M16 based weapon system.

– Absolutely, and you know, just like the HK416 that’s the new hotness that everybody wants is this gun, basically, well, it actually does have a G36 piston.

You can take the piston out of a G36 and put it in a 416.

So it combines the great reliability of that piston system with the familiarity of this gun.

So, it’s a very cool hybrid system, and the M16A1 is my personal favorite.

I don’t know about you.

– No, I agree, this is my favorite.

– Well there you go.

There’s something cool about the retro triangular handguards and stuff like that.

– But, with that said, when it comes to the M16 family of firearms, I’m happy with any of them.

– Yeah, absolutely.

They just shoot fantastically.

– Yeah, they handle well, I’m familiar with them, and if I were gonna go somewhere bad, I’d want one of these.

– Well, you know, they’ll be around until we die.

– That’s true.

– Alright, last one on the table.

This is actually my personal favorite.

This is the FN FNC.

The FNC is used by the armed forces of Belgium, it’s used by the armed forces of Sweden as a licensed Bofors product known as the AK5, by Indonesia, and I wanna say there’s one or two more, but I’m not 100% sure.

But the FNC, it’s really cool.

It uses a long-stroke gas piston like an AK but it uses an aluminum lower receiver like an M16 and a stamped sheet metal upper.

And it’s just a really fun gun to shoot, really.

That’s why I put it on the table, more than anything, is because it’s so ludicrously fun.

It folds nice and compact, it’s reasonably light, and I’ve never had a jam, ever, and I’ve owned this for longer than anything else I’ve owned on the table.

It just is so dang reliable that I almost felt bad if I didn’t include it.

It uses that long-stroke gas piston system with M16 magazines, it’s got three round burst and full auto, it’s got basically everything that I would want in an assault rifle.

And, that’s why it made it onto the table.

– Well, one thing it has that I don’t want is some pretty heft weight, for what it is.

Comparative to– – Yeah, it’s reasonably heavy comparative to– – Comparative to like an 04 or even the M16.

It is comfortable in the hand, I will give it that.

– Yeah, it’s got the nice grip angle of an FAL, you can swap that out if you don’t like it.

But they’re very cool, very unique guns.

They shoot almost with a little bit of that AK-47 slop but with kinda the distinctive chatter of an M16.

It’s almost hard to describe.

But they shoot very well.

They’re very fun.

– I guess if it’s good enough for Al Pacino it’s good enough for me.

– Yeah, if you saw Heat, that’s the gun he used in that movie.

But, the last taking point we have is you’re not gonna see an AK on the table, and we came to a point of contingent on this.

The AK is very dated and antiquated, not to say, obviously, that the Sturmgewehr isn’t, it got some extra points for being historically significant and whatnot, but the AK has some serious problems.

The sights are extremely crude, it’s got a v-notch on it, it’s not particularly accurate.

It’s hell to shoot on full auto, and it’s just not very fun to shoot.

– It is not very fun to shoot, but it does have it’s place in a modern military.

I’m gonna go ahead and challenge you on that.

– Sure.

– And later, maybe we’ll go ahead and have a little bit of an argument as to why it should or should not be included.

– Anyways guys, thanks for watching TFB TV.

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Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • To appease the AK folks: I am prepared for a severe internet lashing! I knew by not including the AK we would take some heat, and in hindsight I probably should have
    highlighted the Galil or Finnish RK 62/76.
    However, with enough thumbs up thrown on the video, Patrick and I will shoot an AK74 until it catches on fire or blows up. Whichever comes first 🙂

    • Don Ward

      When Alex preemptively apologizes for a TFB video, you know the comments section is gonna be great.

      • **Braces for impact**

        • Don Ward

          This is me waiting.

          • LOL! Mr. Ward, we can always count on you for your unique brand of humor you bring to our comment section.

    • hami

      I imagine if we Americans could get our hands on a modern AK variant with a balanced recoil system like the AEK-971 or a 107 it would have a better shot at making the list. Or at least the top 7 or 8 best assault rifles list…

    • Zugunder

      Nah-ah, not gonna buy it.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Just seems odd that the worlds most popular assault rifle, known for its simplicity and toughness on the battlefield would not be included.

    • Understandably so. I hope people take these videos at face value: We are just two men who
      talk about our opinions and experiences with various firearms that we
      happen to like or work well for us. A list stating “5 Most Battle Proven Assault Rifle” would most definitely be different!

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        I’m also pissed that you left out the M41A Pulse Rifle. The Colonial Marines have been using it for years. Come on.

        • Right? Patrick wouldn’t let me include it.

          • Justin Shirley

            That’s the reason, not that you’re leaving out rifles purely to drive views???

          • Well, it is pretty hard to come by an M41A Pulse Rifle.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Especially with that sumbitch Obama in the White House.

    • Zachary marrs

      It was

      • Alex

        I see what you did there. Outstanding job.

    • floppyscience

      It’s a video about the best, not the most popular. You’ll never see Justin Bieber in a list of the best musical artists, or Twilight in a list of the best novels.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        That is an extremely flawed analogy.
        First, people who favor AK’s don’t do so because they have horrible taste.
        Its popularity is due in part to its sheer ubiquity through mass production of the planned economies of the Eastern Bloc but the main reason is because it is an extremely well designed battlefield weapon. And it is remarkable that the basic design has not changed in almost 70 years.

  • Robs

    Yeah, AK is probably the most popular assault rifle in the world for a reason…

    Another big miss in your selection is the SIG 551 (or FAS 90 as we know it in Switzerland), another long stroke piston action gun. Very accurate (we train at 300m with iron sights) and very reliable. Plus the back stock, in its folded position protrudes a little bit forward of the magazine, wich allows to slam it in its deployed position with a flick of the hand. It takes a few tries to get used to it but then you can go from the folded position to proper firing position in a fraction of second.

    • Phil Hsueh

      300m with irons is not bad but in the Corps we’d train with our M16s out to 500 with irons only. At 500 the target looks like postage stamp and they’re about as wide as an average person with their arms spread out, and the black is even smaller.

      • FarmerB

        Some parts of Switzerland call it the StGw 90 🙂

        Yeah – After trying quite a few, I am starting to think that the 551 is just about the best out there – I can sort of agree not to include the ’47, but the 550/551 is just a solid, well built, reliable, ergonomic, accurate and well-thought out platform (and I’m not Swiss).

        Last night in 300 meter practice, with my 550 I scored 94/100 (the 10 is 10cm/4″ across) with military iron sights (not flash diopters) and GP90 ball ammunition. This is an average of 16 cm (6″) circle for 10 shots at 300 meters. Amazing. And the limiting factor is my eye sight.

    • BrandonAKsALot

      I was going to mention that I would have included the 551 in my list as well. I would have also had the AK-74m on my list as well but…

  • Pete Sheppard

    In penance for the criminal snub of the AK, how about a ‘Top 5 AK Variants’ video?
    Then we can all sit back and watch the internet melt!!

    • That is a great idea!

      • Isaac FluffyWolf Rader

        I’d love to see that. An AK is still amazing in its own right.

      • Just say’n

        Please do, and don’t fuhget the SIG 556

        • I have one. Terrible firearm.

          • Just say’n

            But for an AK variant…..?

            (Context is everything)

    • SP mclaughlin

      “AK variants”; ie Galil and Valmet/Sako Rk.62?

      • Phil Hsueh

        Or 47, 74, M, etc.

        • SP mclaughlin

          Given that they talked about sight radius, I was figuring the Finnish and Israeli interpretations of the AK design would score higher according to TFB TV’s criteria.

  • hami

    Details on the HK pictogram shirt, please!

  • Oh man, you sure opened a can of worms with this one.

  • Alex Nicolin

    I would have also added the SIG 550

  • JQPub

    Man, that was a FUN video! That STG is beauuutiful. Wow, would l like to have that in the safe. Would of course love a Pacino-style FNC commando, chopped-down as well. And yeah, you had to include SOME kind of AK variant (maybe a Galil?) but you already took your beating for that lol

  • RickH

    Glad you mentioned the FNC, because I love mine. However as great as it is (construction, gas piston, magazines, etc…) it does have one serious fault that should have never been: no bolt retention after the last round is fired.

    • iksnilol

      That is not a serious flaw. Last round hold open is nice, but it isn’t really common. That the AR has it is more of an exception to the rule.

  • mosinman

    3 out of the 5 are german…. can’t say i’m surprised considering Alex makes these videos

  • Daewoo Dave

    Needs a Daewoo.

  • Ooh, this one I want to translate.

  • Haunted Puppeteer

    Way to be controversial. Maybe the video title should be “Our five favorite assault rifles.”

    Including the G36, but not an AK? Pot stirrers.

    As to the G36 problems – we need more independent testing. Has anybody actually gotten multiple examples and tested them in a controlled way? And then, of course, published the results?

    A mountain of anecdotal data is still just anecdotal data.

  • It’s very, very weird that you haven’t found anything with the G36 yet, Alex, but I think the conclusion that it must be an invention of politically-motivated officials seems reaching. If Ursula von der Leyen wanted to advance her career, why would she create a procurement scandal for herself?

    The polymer doping possibility seems most likely to me.

    • Dennis Meerpohl

      “why would she create a procurement scandal for herself?”

      The thing is how her party (or better her wing of the party) likes to handle things. It is not uncommen for these politicans to provoke a problem, make it “BIG” (supported by the mainstream media) and then “solve” ist. You had to know that her predecessor is/was one of her biggest inner-party rivals in the run for the chancellors office. Now she is depicted as the iron lady who cleans up what Mr. de Maizere has tried to hide in the closet.

      Her ministry says a new rifle or an improvement programme would cost under 200 Million €. Not that much by German standards compared to the publicly known problems with helicopters, tanks, ships, drones, transport aircrafts….things we really need and which won’t be done now because she has to fix the urgent rifle-problem.

      Next thing is, H&K is a small company (700 employees) with a political influence by zero. The other “problem” companies are global players like Airbus and so on. It will have no major injury for her and her party for beating H&K.

      But, in the eyes of most voters for the next election she is someone who has tested her metal and get things done. For the general public she solved an urgent problem which may have cost the life and health of our soldiers.

      That most of the things are made up, and that there are much bigger, more urgent problems doesn’t matter then.

      (Sorry for bad english)

      • This theory would have to account for the Ernst Mach Institute report, wouldn’t it?

        • DennisM

          Sure. But it’s more my observation than a theory. The G36 is just the latest example of politic affairs.
          I just want to state out that Ursula von der Leyen has her way to handle things.

  • To counter Alex’s MEIN DEUTSCHES STAHL list, here’s my top 5:

    1. AK-74M

    2. AKM

    3. Rk. 95 TP

    4. Vz. 58

    5. SKS

    • Lmao!

      • Lance

        Type 63 then for you

      • Tassiebush

        I’ve heard people talk nostalgically about SKK carbines converted using wire to full auto back when such things were legal. Not sure if SKK was or is around in US but it was a Chinese made SKS that took AK mags apparently and quite a lot wound up is Australia. I still hear stories about them from time to time…

  • Lance

    I agree with the M-16 and the G-36 on the table. just like the fixed 2007 dust test did tho the M-4 Carbine the media and politicians are now doing in Germany to the G-36 no problems with the G-36 in many test and semi auto copies here in the US are getting a good review. Think just like Tom Colbern here tried for his financial benefit tried to make the Army scrap the M-4 some German wants to do the same with the G-36. The British SAS uses them, as well as C-7 and C-8s, no complaints from them. As for the M-16 my pic would be the Navy M-16A3. It has the better sights and stock of the M-16A2 but has full auto instead of burst.

    As for other three. Id say add the South Korean Daewoo K-1 and K-2 face it it was one of Asia’s first domestically produced western assault rifles and it shoots very well.Id put it over any Asian commie weapon like a Type 56 or Type 63 any day. the Styre AUG STG-77 would make the list because it was the first mass produced Bullpup I dislike bullpups and think they are not ergonomic but in history the AuG makes the list and its a very simple to maintain design. The last would be a Russian design but its not the 7.62 AK-47 or AKM-47. I think the AK-74 makes the list unlike most military 47s the 74 has scope mounts and negates the simple Iron Sights. The recoil of 5.45x39mm is softer than 5.56mm NATO and has even better wound ballistics (Ask the Afghans about the “poison bullet”) and is accurate out to 300+ Meters. Modern Russian optics like the Kobra or the PO 3.5×21P, PO 4×24P and the 1P78 Kashtan make anti-AK sight argument nill. I agree the Type 56 or the AK or the AKM can be excluded from your list but the Russian made up for it in the AK-74.

    As for the G-3 think its the least best out of the 4 best 7.62 NATO rifles. It has alot heavier recoil than the FAL or M-14 and its not as scope or ergonomic as the AR-10 or FAL and M-14. it destroys your brass and I don’t think a good action needs to burn and rip brass apart to be reliable. Think the L1A1 and M-14 would be the honorable mentions for 7.62mm on my list.

    So thats my list Alex C and Steve.

    • iksnilol

      Where do you get these AKs without scope mounts? Most I have seen have the siderail.

  • UCSPanther

    My top 5 assault rifles using the criteria:

    1. Sig 540
    2. Sa. VZ 58
    3. Ruger AC556
    4. Galil AR (5.56)
    5. Valmet M76

    • Have you ever owned an AC556? That is an example of a sporting rifle that just really didn’t translate well into an assault rifle.

      • iksnilol

        Yeah, it didn’t work well for the A-team (which actually used semi-auto Mini-14s)

  • Sergey

    I thought full auto on modern battle fields was useless. Why have this list at all, when the AK is the most popular assault rifle in the history of the world.

    You’re going to lose a lot of respect with this video. It makes me question your judgement in past and future videos.

    • Mike

      Full auto has a place, AK’s aren’t the most popular just the cheapest and I doubt they’re gonna loose much respect if any at all.

      • Sergey

        Judging by the replies and thumbs down, they are losing something.

    • Zachary marrs

      Most made doesn’t equal most popular

      Nor is popular a good metric to use when trying to figure out which is the best

      • Sergey

        Nor is misnaming a video “best” when it’s clearly a list of their personal favorite assault rifles.

        “Fun to shoot”
        “Hasn’t failed on us”

  • guest

    BS video, BS article, and longest piece of tl;dr I’ve seen on TFB.

  • Mark Smith

    Agreed with post below, this video is more or less what Bert and Ernie personally own or like. HK G3 in one video,HK33 in this one, MP5 in the hog one and P7 as a carry?! Can we say a HK fan boy? Plus I’m willing to bet Bert is selling out by making bs videos like purposely leaving off the most made assault rifle ever made to get views because he knows his content can’t get them.

    • If I were “selling out”, I would soft ball the list and put out rifles on the table that would be sure to get a hat tip from everyone.

      • Mark Smith

        An Ak is tee-ball not even softball, anyone that knows a decent amount about intermediate cartridge rifles knows that the AK is the most battle proven, reliable rifle that was ever existed. You either are truly ignorant to this fact or you know it but want to run up the views by pissing people off. A sort of Howard Stern of gun blogs.

        • crackedlenses

          Uh, he says at the beginning of the comments feed that this video was his personal list.

          “You either are truly ignorant to this fact or you know it but want to run up the views by pissing people off”

          Or maybe he just doesn’t care for the AK all that much, as he states in the article itself.

          Seriously, the contributors to this site don’t get paid enough to put up with crap from blowhards like you. If I were a mod you would be banned for life.

          • Bill Middleton

            Several commenters have pointed out already that this is def clickbaiting and these guys are trolling to run up views. Read the Youtube comments, too. Plus the title says “5 BEST”, not “5 Favorite” like haunted puppeteer said above. They don’t even use the word “best” if you read the transcript, but they say “favorite” ten times. pure clickbait.

          • crackedlenses

            “They don’t even use the word “best” if you read the transcript, but they say “favorite” ten times”

            Maybe that is because “best” is a relative term, and if they had intended to make a video about the objectively “best” assault rifles they would have named it “5 Most Battle Proven Assault Rifles” as Alex C. states below in the comments feed.

            “pure clickbait”

            More like miscommunication and a bunch of butthurt. If you read more from the writers on this blog their choice of rifles will be less surprising.

        • FarmerB

          I think that’s harsh. There is no such thing as “best” until you know the requirements or limitations. I think the BMW M3 is the best car in the world, but that’s BS if you have six kids to transport, have to drive to work in a forest or only have $20K to spend.
          Similarly, the AK would likely be the “best” assault rifle if you are stuck in Syria with only $100 to spend and surrounded by mountains of Albanian 7.62×39 ammo.

  • jay

    Oh look, another top five assault rifle video.

    2003 called, it wants it’s top five back.

  • That Guy

    “Because you suck, and we hate you.”

  • Jean Luc Picard

    One thing to note is there is no bullpups, no F2000s, no steyr Aug, no F90, no tavor, no vektor cr21, no SAR 21

    Also there is no Sig 550s, no Sig APC 556, no FN SCAR, I don’t mean they should be on the list or anything, it’s just I wonder how they compare to this selection ?
    I believe that some of what I mentioned may be too expensive weapons, but I don’t know I just want to read some information about the comparison if it’s possible ….

  • Davidio flavio

    I want my time back. Nothing but children discussing toys. They must not have had an ak 74 to play with.

    • I have two. Well, two select fire ones.

  • Serdus

    Why is the G36, the MELTING PILE OF JUNK on the table!? If a gun is bad enough to be dropped in this day and age of stagnation, budget cuts, and pork, it is BAD! Your list is a mockery! Call it your favorites; it’s not the best, considering that not even actual experts can agree on what is “best”, what chance have you guys got. I’m one of the people who get on GNat’s case over being an AR fanboy, but even I think this post is a complete crock. Just go post it you YouTube with stock images and some music from 009 Sound System and you’d fit right in.