The Fedorov Avtomat battle rifle

    The Fedorov Avtomat is possibly the first (see comments) an early firearm used in action that would classify as a true self-loading battle rifle.

    Photo by Semen Fedoseev

    It weights in at about 4.4kg compared to the 7.7-8.8kg of the BAR: much closer in weight to that of a battle rifle (rather than a light machine gun).

    3200 were produced and it saw action during the Russian civil war and WWII.

    More about it at Wikipedia and

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