11 Most Important Guns in History

RugerFanRugerFan Senior MemberPosts: 1,773 Senior Member
Just read this on Popular Mechanics tonight. What additions/subtractions should be made?


http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/military/weapons/the-11-most-important-guns-in-history?click=pp#slide-1


(I hope the link works!!)

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  • 5280 shooter II5280 shooter II Senior Member Posts: 3,923 Senior Member
    Sharps and Spencer rifles...Walter P-38
    God show's mercy on drunks and dumb animals.........two outa three ain't a bad score!
  • woodsrunnerwoodsrunner Senior Member Posts: 2,725 Senior Member
    This selection is so flawed that it doesn't even deserve a comment! While I have no "Heartburn" on what was selected, it is so far from reality that it deserves no serious consideration IMO.
  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 6,939 Senior Member
    Notable omissions: The Borchardt pistol (first autoloader), the French Lebel (first smokeless military rifle), the Henry (first successfully-fielded repeating cartridge arm), MP18 (first SMG), Colt/Browning M1895 machine gun (first gas operation), Mauser 98 (DUH!!!!), early Sharps (one of the first breechloaders fielded on a wide scale).

    The BAR probably deserves a place as the first serious portable automatic rifle, although the near-useless Chauchat was the originator of the concept.

    I would NOT put the Glock on the list. Good gun, but just a Browning made of plastic (why didn't any aluminum frames make the list?) . .and HK had a plastic-framed gun first.
    WWJMBD?

    "Nothing is safe from stupid." - Zee
  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 10,037 Senior Member
    I can't read the list, all I get is advertisements. Only saw the hand cannon, which I agree with.
    Not too many problems you can't fix
    With a 1911 and a 30-06
  • AntonioAntonio Senior Member Posts: 2,325 Senior Member
    List seems to have been made by someone who knew squat about guns and only spend a few minutes surfing on the web to make up the list.

    Colt 1873? yes, it's very important, but the original Colt Paterson was the one that successfully paved the way not only for that, but for all repeating handguns before the semi-autos were developed.

    How about the Henry 1860, virtually the world's 1st. effective (Both commercially and military) repeating rifle? Another one that traced the line for metallic cartridge long guns.

    No Mauser 1890 or at least 1898?...sheesh!

    Not any mention to any .22 rifle? What about the StG-44, world's first operational military rifle suitable for modern warfare?

    Would only kept the AK and the 1911 of the whole list.
  • 5280 shooter II5280 shooter II Senior Member Posts: 3,923 Senior Member
    "Aye Kay forty seven.....when you absolutely have to kill every mo.fo. in the room!"
    God show's mercy on drunks and dumb animals.........two outa three ain't a bad score!
  • 5280 shooter II5280 shooter II Senior Member Posts: 3,923 Senior Member
    Maybe you should start writing for them.....your picture's already on the G&A Home Page.....lol!
    God show's mercy on drunks and dumb animals.........two outa three ain't a bad score!
  • woodsrunnerwoodsrunner Senior Member Posts: 2,725 Senior Member
    Like I say.....this list is so flawed that it doesn't even deserve comment!
  • 5280 shooter II5280 shooter II Senior Member Posts: 3,923 Senior Member
    Even "no comment" is a comment....
    God show's mercy on drunks and dumb animals.........two outa three ain't a bad score!
  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 10,037 Senior Member
    I wish someone would publish the list, as I can't seem to get to it.
    Not too many problems you can't fix
    With a 1911 and a 30-06
  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,046 Senior Member
    Here you go, Gene. I won't copy and paste the descriptions.

    1. Hand Cannon, 13th Century
    2. Gatling Gun, 1862
    3. Colt Peacemaker, 1873
    4. Maxim Gun, 1883
    5. Colt M1911, 1911
    6. M2 Browning, 1933
    7. M1 Garane, 1936
    8. Uzi, 1848
    9. AK-47, 1948
    10. Glock 17, 1982
    11. XM-21, 2010
    Overkill is underrated.
  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 10,037 Senior Member
    I don't have a problem with that list. Maybe I'd make some changes, but not all that many. I'd add the rifle to the list.
    Not too many problems you can't fix
    With a 1911 and a 30-06
  • bruchibruchi Senior Member Posts: 2,582 Senior Member
    I guess the Russians did not make enough Mosin Nagants to make the list...
    If this post is non welcomed, I can always give you a recipe for making "tostones".
  • mkk41mkk41 Banned Posts: 1,932 Senior Member
    Don't think a mix of handguns , rifles and heavy machine guns can be listed as 1 'guns' topic.
    "There are no victims , only volunteers!"
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 18,656 Senior Member
    I think the world's first "assault rifle" Stermgawhere(sp?)44 deserves a spot,
    along with the Mauser 98
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 10,037 Senior Member
    The 98 Mauser is a fine rifle. It's an improvement on the 95 Mauser, but not an earth shaker. I think the arquebuse deserves a place in line, but maybe not It's a few steps up from the hand cannon
    Not too many problems you can't fix
    With a 1911 and a 30-06
  • KSU FirefighterKSU Firefighter Senior Member Posts: 3,244 Senior Member
    Brown Bess Musket? Did this list come out of some gamer's console?
    The fire service needs a "culture of extinguishment not safety" Ray McCormack FDNY
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 14,825 Senior Member
    Here you go, Gene. I won't copy and paste the descriptions.

    1. Hand Cannon, 13th Century
    2. Gatling Gun, 1862
    3. Colt Peacemaker, 1873
    4. Maxim Gun, 1883
    5. Colt M1911, 1911
    6. M2 Browning, 1933
    7. M1 Garane, 1936
    8. Uzi, 1848
    9. AK-47, 1948
    10. Glock 17, 1982
    11. XM-21, 2010

    Thanks for posting that Bream....as to the content of the list....meh....
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
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