How Much Do You Know About These Legendary Rifles?

John Miller

What's the intended purpose of the AK-47?

The AK-47 is the most numerous assault rifle on Earth. Produced by the tens of millions, it's been used in countless conflicts since its introduction after WWII.

The Mark V is made by which well-known manufacturer?

Weatherby created its Mark V in the mid-20th century as both a rock-solid firearm and as a conversation piece. It was, and is, often associated with the finer things in life, in part due to a savvy marketing campaign.

What sort of rifle is the Ruger No. 1?

Designed in 1966, the Ruger No. 1 is a famous single-shot rifle. It has a distinctive underlever that cocks the rifle, and it's been chambered for dozens of cartridges in the past few decades.

Who called the M1 Garand "the greatest battle implement ever devised"?

U.S. general George Patton, never one to mince words, was sold on America's WWII battle rifle. He famously called the M1 "the greatest battle implement ever devised."

Which country was the first to adopt the AK-47?

Mikhail Kalashnikov designed the AK-47 for the USSR and its Red Army. Since then, this assault rifle has found its way into killing fields the world over.

Which company produces a famous rifle called the Model 70?

It's often called "The Rifleman's Rifle," and it's the Winchester Model 70. Accurate, reliable and with enough stopping power for war, it's been in production since 1936.

The Marlin Model 60 was introduced for which purpose?

Made from 1960 onward, the Marlin Model 60 might be the best-selling .22 rifle ever created. Created for the recreational market, Marlin has sold more than 11 million of these ultra-common guns.

How do you cock the Winchester Model 1873 rifle?

The Model 1873 is a legendary lever action rifle that found its way into the Old West. Some people even call it "The Gun That Won the West."

The Remington Model 700 is well-regarded, particularly for which characteristic?

The Remington Model 700 is a very accurate gun. Some enthusiasts call it one of the most accurate rifles ever right off of the shelf.

How did the M1 Garand fare in the humid, dirty conditions of WWII's Pacific Theater?

The M1 Garand was no ordinary rifle. It survived, even thrived, in various environmental conditions the world over. It was of the Allies' best weapons of the late war.

Which model was the U.S. Army standard issue rifle during World War I?

WWI was an industrial war that found many forces stuck with slow weapons. The Springfield Model 1903 was a bolt-action rifle that saw about 75 years of service in the Army.

Why is the AK-47 still such a popular weapon around the world, decades after its introduction?

The AK-47 is a pretty reliable weapon. And it's incredibly cheap to build, meaning it’s a good way for poorer countries to arm a lot of people very quickly.

Which company first created the design for the AR-15?

ArmaLite created the first AR-15s but couldn't find a real buyer. So it sold the rights to Colt, which began making updated versions of this gun, which is one of America's current favorites.

Which rifle was intended to replace the M1 Garand as America's standard military rifle?

The M14 hit U.S. service started in 1959, meant as the successor to WWII's iconic M1 Garand. It had a relatively short stint, as it was soon replaced by the M16.

Which famous hunter said of the Holland & Holland double rifle: "“I do not believe there is a better weapon for heavy game"?

Teddy Roosevelt was famously fond of big game hunting. He loved H&H's double rifle concept so much that he said, "“I do not believe there is a better weapon for heavy game."

Which company makes a well-known rifle called the 10/22?

The Ruger 10/22 is easily one of the most successul rimfire rifles ever made. It's a 5-pound semi-automatic gun with a 10-round rotary magazine.

What sort of firearm is the AR-15?

The "AR" in the AR-15 doesn't stand for "assault rifle" or any such nonsense -- it's a reference to ArmaLite, the gun's first maker. It's a semi-automatic rifle.

The M1 Garand is accurate to which range?

It was a deceptively simple rifle in an industrial-age war. The M1 -- in the right hands -- could wallop targets from 1,000 yards (10 football fields) distant.

The Weatherby Mark V uses what sort of action?

In an age where semi-automatics are all the rage, the Weatherby Mark V was a bit of a throwback. Designed in 1955, this bolt-action beast was meant to set a standard, and it did just that, becoming a beloved target and hunting model.

Eugene Stoner is famous as the man who designed which American weapon?

Stoner was the man who designed the M16, the rifle that became a staple of the Vietnam War. His assault weapon is noted for its accuracy and reliability in harsh conditions.

The Springfield 1903 fires which sort of cartridge?

The Springfield 1903 fires a .30-06 cartridge. It was distributed to some unlucky American troops in WWII due to a shortage of M1 Garands.

Which of the following rifles is chambered for the 7.62×51mm NATO cartridge?

The 7.62×51mm NATO debuted in the U.S. military via the M14 battle rifle. It's almost the same as the .308 Winchester.

Most collectors want a Winchester Model 70 made before which year?

After 1964, the beloved Model 70 underwent numerous changes in design and quality. Most collectors seek out copies made before '64.

What was one drawback to the M1 Garand?

The M1 Garand allowed Allied soldiers to fire 30 rounds per minute, a nearly incredible increase compared to WWI-era rifles. But its clip mechanism made it very difficult to add rounds to a partially depleted clip.

The Mauser 98 originated in which nation?

The Mauser 98, from 1898, is a bolt-action icron from Germany. It was the country's standard service rifle until just before WWII.

Since 2014, the Ruger No. 1 has been offered in how many calibers per year?

The No. 1 is an extremely collectible gun, and it's becoming even more so with recent years. Each season (since 2014), the company offers this iconic gun in just one caliber.

Which country created the Lee-Enfield rifle?

The Lee-Enfield is a symbol of British might. It's a .303 that found widespread service in both World Wars.

True or false, was America's WWII rifle, the M1 Garand, designed by an American?

False. John Cantius Garand was a French-Canadian man who moved to America at the age of 11. He designed one of the weapons that helped liberate France from the Germans.

What's a unique trait of the Ruger 10/22?

The Ruger 10/22 is an extremely customizable gun, one with a massive aftermarket components market. You can replace any part of the weapon with a variety of parts made by third-party companies.

Who designed the Winchester Model 94?

For years, John Browning was a freelance engineer of sorts, creating and then selling gun designs to manufacturers. Winchester scored a big hit with the Model 94, a popular Browning concept.

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About This Quiz

Before there were rifles, there were only smoothbore blasters – shotguns and the like, accurate only at short distances, and with relatively low power. Then came rifled barrels and metal cartridges, and the world of warfare, hunting and recreation would never again be the same. All of the biggest gun makers got in on the act, from Winchester to Remington to Springfield and a whole lot more. Grab your magnum cartridges and see what kind of damage you can do in this legendary rifles quiz!

Most sidearms and shotguns are only good for targets closer than 100 yards. For any sort of real distances, you need a rifle. They spin their lead for better accuracy and power, and as such, they helped conquer the Old West, demolish the Axis and devastate enemies of the state throughout the world. Do you know some of the most famous military rifles of the 20th century?

Then there are iconic rifles like the Winchester 1886, or the Model 94. Both found great popularity with big game hunters and sportsmen around the world. Or how about the Spencer repeating rifle, or the famous Henry rifle that appeared in 1860? Blast your way into this legendary rifle quiz now!

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