# TFB's Rifle (And Subgun) Weight Omnibus – How Heavy is Your Rifle? (Part 2 of 3)

by Nathaniel F

(This is Part 2 of the TFB Rifle Weight Omnibus. You can read Part 1 here.)

In October, I traveled out to see my co-writer Alex C. to collect data on the weights of different long guns and some of their components. Over that weekend, I weighed 58 rifles and submachine guns, and numerous magazines, bolts, bolt carriers, and other miscellaneous items. The purpose of this was not only to collate a general list of the weights of different weapons, but to be able to enhance the accuracy of a previous spreadsheet I’d produced showing the loaded “combat” weights of different rifles; that being available at this link.

Note 1. The weights on the scale are in kilograms, period, grams. Therefore, if the scale reads “3.425”, that should be read “three kilograms, four-hundred twenty-five grams”. If the scale reads “3. 25”, that should be read “three kilograms, twenty-five grams”. I realize most of my readers probably are more familiar with pounds than they are kilograms, so the weights have been converted in the text body. The conversion factor I am using, for those who want to check my work – please do, by the way – is 2.205 pounds per kilogram.

Note 2. Where practical, I removed slings before weighing rifles, however, some rifles were weighed with their slings attached. In some of these cases, the slings have their weight bearing on the table, effectively removing them from the rifle, but it still should be noted that the weight of the slings may be throwing off these values, slightly. Where the slings are fully on the scale with the rifle, this should be made obvious by the image. Most cotton and leather slings have a similar weight, so this can be subtracted from the value shown on the scale to give bare rifle weight, if desired. I weighed a USGI cotton web sling, which came out to 0.126 kilograms, or 0.278 pounds. Leather slings will vary a lot, but a USGI leather M1907 sling weighs approximately 0.320 kilograms, or 0.706 pounds.

Now, without further ado, I present my findings on the unloaded weights of these weapons, and the weights of their magazines, in alphabetical order.

31. M1903A3 SPRINGFIELD

Weight, Rifle: 3.944 kg, 8.697 lb

Weight, Magazine: N/A

32. M1917 ENFIELD

Weight, Rifle: 4.350 kg, 9.592 lb

Weight, Magazine: N/A

33. M1941 JOHNSON

Weight, Rifle: 4.648 kg, 10.249 lb

Weight, Magazine: N/A

34. MADSEN MODEL 1947

Weight, Rifle: 3.934 kg, 8.674 lb

Weight, Magazine: N/A

35. MAS 49-56

Weight, Rifle: 3.942 kg, 9.138 lb

Weight, Magazine: 0.202 kg, 0.445 lb

36. MASTERPIECE ARMS MPAR-556

Weight, Rifle: 4.038 kg, 8.904 lb

Weight, Magazine: Same as 8, 0.106 kg, 0.234 lb

37. MODEL OF 1892 SPRINGFIELD-KRAG-JORGENSEN RIFLE

Weight, Rifle: 4.242 kg, 9.354 lb

Weight, Magazine: N/A

38. MODEL OF 1895 LEE RIFLE 6MM

Weight, Rifle: 4.018 kg, 8.860 lb

Weight, Magazine: N/A

39. MP.40

Weight, Rifle: 3.804 kg, 8.388 lb

Weight, Magazine: 0.252 kg, 0.556 lb

40. RASHEED CARBINE

Weight, Rifle: 3.934 kg, 8.674 lb

Weight, Magazine: 0.182 kg, 0.401 lb

41. REMINGTON MODEL 8

Weight, Rifle: 3.714 kg, 8.189 lb

Weight, Magazine: N/A

42. ROBINSON ARMAMENT M96 EXPEDITIONARY RIFLE

Weight, Rifle: 3.994 kg, 8.807 lb

Weight, Magazine: Same as 8, 0.106 kg, 0.234 lb

43. RPK-74 (Bulgarian milled receiver)

Weight, Rifle: 4.478 kg, 9.874 lb

Weight, Magazine: 0.218 kg, 0.481 lb

44. RUGER MINI-14

Weight, Rifle: 3.064 kg, 6.756 lb

Weight, Magazine (30 rd): 0.256 kg, 0.564 lb

Weight, Magazine (20 rd): 0.164 kg, 0.362 lb

45. SAFN-49 VENEZUALAN CONTRACT (7mm)

Weight, Rifle: 4.640 kg, 10.231 lb

Weight, Magazine: N/A

46. SAIGA 5.45×39 (converted)

Weight, Rifle: 3.414 kg, 7.528 lb

Weight, Magazine: Same as 43, 0.218 kg, 0.481 lb

47. SIG-556

Weight, Rifle: 3.976 kg, 8.767 lb

Weight, Magazine: Same as 8, 0.106 kg, 0.234 lb

48. SIG AMT

Weight, Rifle: 4.474 kg, 9.865 lb

Weight, Magazine: 0.296 kg, 0.653 lb

49. SKS (Chinese)

Weight, Rifle: 3.424 kg, 7.550 lb

Weight, Magazine: N/A

50. SPRINGFIELD ARMORY INC M1A (USGI M14 stock, GI profile barrel)

Weight, Rifle: 4.306 kg, 9.495 lb

Weight, Magazine: 0.232 kg, 0.512 lb

51. STEYR AUG A3

Weight, Rifle + Optic: 4.048 kg, 8.926 lb

Weight, Optic: 0.448 kg, 0.988 lb

Weight, Rifle: 3.600 kg, 7.938 lb

Weight, Magazine: 0.124 kg, 0.273 lb

52. MP.43

Weight, Rifle: 4.554 kg, 10.042 lb

Weight, Magazine (blued): 0.398 kg, 0.878 lb

Weight, Magazine (parkerized): 0.392 kg, 0.864 lb

53. TAVOR SAR-21

Weight, Rifle: 3.600 kg, 7.938 lb

Weight, Magazine: Same as 8, 0.106 kg, 0.234 lb

54. TYPE 99 SHORT RIFLE (Early, all features)

Weight, Rifle: 3.908 kg, 8.617 lb

Weight, Magazine: N/A

55. VALMET M76

Weight, Rifle: 3.614 kg, 7.969 lb

Weight, Magazine: 0.282 kg, 0.621 lb

56. VICKERS-PEDERSEN PB

Weight, Rifle: 4.338 kg, 9.565 lb

Weight, Magazine: N/A

57. VZ. 26

Weight, Rifle: 3.122 kg, 6.884 lb

Weight, Magazine: 0.264 kg, 0.582 lb

58. WALTHER MPL

Weight, Rifle: 2.970 kg, 6.549 lb

Weight, Magazine: 0.232 kg, 0.512 lb

Stay tuned for Part 3, where we’ll take a closer analytical look at this data!

Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.

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• Adverse on Jan 16, 2016

It ain't heavy, it's my rifle.

• Gunsandrockets on Jan 17, 2016

Just weighed my U.S. M1 rifle, and the measurement was a surprisingly heavy 10 pounds 3 ounces.

You just can't trust the usual book references for accurate weight specifications.