Evolution of the rifle

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    Fun to consider. A bit subjective in its presentation and full of gaps.

    One glaring issue is the switch from a true rate of fire by a adept person trained to use the arm, to a cyclic rate of fire completely unattainable in actual use. A realistic rate of fire is listed up through the M1 rifle but then the more theoretical cyclic rate of fire is substituted beginning with the StG 44.

    Why does the U.S. Springfield Model 1903 show to have a range of 600 meters while the M16 with its paltry cartridge shows to have a range of 800 meters?

    While both cartridge's maximum ranges are considerably beyond those ranges the .30-06 cartridge may easily be used with accuracy at 800 meters from both the Model 1903 and the M1 rifles. The .30-06 round or it's successor. the 7.62 NATO will hit harder at the longer range then the middling varmint round.

    Link to a article penned by Maj. Gen. Julian S. Hatcher on the .30-06: The Rifleman's Journal: Cartridges: A Short History of the .30-06
    “No possible rapidity of fire can atone for habitual carelessness of aim with the first shot.”

    Theodore Roosevelt, The Wilderness Hunter, 1893

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