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The big guns! Anti-tank rifles originated sometime during World War I, alongside the first tanks. The very first anti-tank rifle was the German Mauser Mod. 1918 Tankgewehr, which fired a massive 13.2x92mm cartridge and was used against British armour. It was the only rifle of its kind used in that war. How most anti-tank rifles functioned was that a high-power, high-velocity bullet would be fired towards enemy armour to pierce the iron sheets. Much of the damage would come from the shrapnel from the damaged armour inflicting grievous wounds to the enemy tank crew. Many of the large calibers used were comparable to the .50 BMG round, the same used in the M2 Browning. After the war, many European powers eventually started to design their own anti-tank rifles in time for World War II. Some versions were single-shot rifles, while others with at least five rounds in a box magazine or fed with a clip. Some well known rifles includes the .55 British Boys Rifle, the German Panzerbücase 39 in 7.92x94mm Patronen, the Soviet semi-auto PTRS-41 and single-shot PTRD-41 (the rifle pictured above) in 14.5x114mm, and the Finnish Lahti L-39 in 20x138mmB. Most anti-tank rifles operated with bolt-action like the Boys, but a rare few, like the aforementioned PTRS and L-39, were semi-automatic. They proved to be effective against lightly armoured tanks and armour cars early in World War II, however they lost their effectiveness midway in the war. Due to many tanks being designed with thicker armour, the bullets would not be able to pierce through unless the user landed a lucky shot through an opening. At that point, many soldiers in the war were most likely armed with better anti-tank weaponry, such as the Bazooka, PIAT, Panzerschrek or Panzerfaust. While declared useless in the European Theater, these rifles were still effective against Japanese tanks in the Pacific Theater due to their tanks having thinner armour than their German counterparts. During the Korean War, the US Marine Raiders experimented with the Boys rifle by attaching a scope to be used as a sniper rifle with max range of over 2000 yards. Their legacy paved the way for modern Anti-Material Rifles and even some high-powered sniper rifles where larger calibers would maintain their accuracy at longer distances.
- The Disney wartime film Stop That Tank that was commissioned by The Department of National Defence and the National Film Board of Canada heavily features the Boys Anti-Tank Rifle. The film is essentially a training video explaining the operation of the rifle.
- The Tiger Ace campaign in Company of Heroes has British Sappers using these rifles against you, in a Tiger tank. Of course it's not very effective. The second game has the Soviets and Germans use their respective rifles and a dedicated British sniper uses the Boys Rifle for anti-personal and anti-vehicle roles.
- The Call of Duty series has the Soviets use the PTRS-41 against German armour in the first game and World at War. In the first title, it's a stationary weapon with infinite, exploding rounds. World at War has it portable and functions more as an overpowered sniper rifle, with a scope included. However the weight of the weapon would make it difficult for a soldier in reality to lift the rifle to aim, let alone firing the weapon and dealing with the recoil.
- The first Anti-Tank unit (which they're from the Industrial Age) available in Rise of Nations uses the Mauser Mod. 1918. It's inaccurately depicted with a box magazine.
- The first game in the Red Orchestra series has the Soviets use the PTRD-41 as their anti-tank weapon, as the Germans use a Panzerfaust. Heroes of Stalingrad had both the Germans and Soviets use the PTRS-41 rifle, with the Germans using their designation of "PZB 784(K)". The rifles needed to be deployed first in order to aim, fire, and reload the weapon.
- You can find and use a Boys Rifle in Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault, it functions as a turret as you need to deploy the weapon before you can use it. Truth in Television; the Marine Corps used the Canadian made Boys rifle as their anti-tank weapon before the Bazooka, as they often receive new equipment much later than the Army (for example, they were using the Springfield long after the Army had all but entirely replaced it with the M1 Garand).
- One of the guns available in Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening is a Lahti L-39, modified with a much shorter barrel and a chainsaw-like handle just ahead of the magazine, called the "Spiral".
- The Mauser 1918 Tankgewehr has been given to the German forces in the Horrors of War expansion for Verdun. Odd since there are no operational tanks in this game, and the rifle is pretty much overkill for infantry.
- The Tankgewehr appears in Battlefield 1 in the hands of the Tank Hunter elite class.
- A wide variety of Anti-Tank Rifles unique to each faction's Anti-Tank riflemen appears in Men of War using generic "Anti-Tank Rifle Rounds''. Realistically, they are only useful when hitting critical components of an armored vehicle like it's tracks or really thin armor plating.
- Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker allows the player to develop the PTRD-41 and PTRS-41. Fitted with scopes, they fall under the Sniper Rifle category. Due to their size, both weapons are rather unwieldy and, as a result, are slow to bring to bear and reload. It's possible to break helicopter canopies with these weapons, allowing for earlier exposure of pilots, but due to the aforementioned drawbacks, this is a difficult strategy to implement.
- Strike Witches features several anti-tank rifles depending on the nationality of the witch in question, useful for one-shotting a Neuroi once their core is discovered; rifles used include the Boys rifle (by Lynette in the main series), the Panzerbüchse 39 (by Constantia Cantacuzino of the 505th), the L-39 (Hanna Wind of the Suomus Air Force's 24th), and the Solothurn S-18/100 (Hikari and Takami Karibuchi of the 502nd).
Kincaide: Try and stop me, you jumped-up little shit. Now remember what I taught you — don't pull it to the left.
James Bond: I'll do my best.
James Bond: I'll do my best.
The weapon of choice for the Great White Hunter should be, of course, the double rifle - not a specific model of a double rifle since there is no model whatsoever, the rifles of the golden age of African Hunting were mostly tailored to their user like Savile Row suits. As wealthy Great White Hunters were much fewer than Hollywood would like us to think, the number of true large caliber double rifles is small, in the high hundreds for the entire colonial period and an area which spanned 3/4 of Africa. Some non-custom double rifles in smaller calibers also exist, but even they are rare because the demand was just never very high. The closest thing to a "common" double rifle are combination guns, which have one rifle barrel and one (or more) shotgun barrel: from the crude .22 rifle plus .410 bore shotgun barrels for taking small game as a survival weapon, as in the US Air Force M6 Aircrew Survival Weapon, to the Russian over-under designs which are as good at firing as they are ugly.
- Trivia: Even though double rifles were rare, since they were custom-built, they came in a bewildering variety of cartridge chamberings. The most popular were the Jeffery rounds (.333, .400, .475, and .500), the Rigbys (.350 and .416), and the "true" Express rounds used in the Holland & Holland rifles (.470, .577, and .600). As for the "Nitro Express" name, that indicated a cartridge loaded with smokeless ("nitro") powder; the earlier "Express" rounds were loaded with black powder. The Nitro cases were deliberately made about half-an-inch longer than the black powder Express cases, to prevent anyone loading a Nitro Express round into a black powder Express rifle by accident; it was an almost 100% guarantee of a burst barrel and/or breech.
- As stated above, a great many films featuring a Great White Hunter will have him using a high-caliber double rifle to take down his quarry. Examples include The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, The Ghost and the Darkness and White Hunter, Black Heart
- In the climax of Skyfall, Bond carries his father's double rifle, an Anderson Wheeler in .500 Nitro Express.
- Roland Tembo brings with him a .600 Nitro Express double rifle to bag the biggest game of all, a T. rex in The Lost World He almost gets his chance when a T. rex begins attacking the hunter's camp, until he discovers Nick Van Owen sabotaged his rifle. The rifle in question was a B. Searcy & Co. custom rifle made specifically for the movie (and currently owned by Steven Spielberg).
- In Eternal Darkness, Dr. Rovias fights off the servants of the Eldritch Abomination of your choice with a .500 Nitro double rifle. If you steady it first, it throws him far off-balance. If you fire it too soon, it knocks him on his ass.
- A double rifle appears in Far Cry 4 as the ".700 Nitro", though the actual size of the rounds loaded into it appear to be the slightly smaller .600 Nitro Express. It has tremendous recoil, which can make aiming difficult, fires only two shots and takes a long time to reload, but it is guaranteed to kill almost anything in the game in one hit and has ridiculous penetration on top of that allowing one to even take out helicopters in one shot by shooting the pilot. It can be customized with low-magnification electronic optics to make aiming easier. DLC also adds a rather ornate Signature version called the "Elephant Gun", which doesn't get optics but does get a faster reload and even better damage.
- Shows up often in Sandokan. The author, following the Italian use of his time, normally calls them 'carbines', but the description makes it clear they're double rifles.
- A couple are given to Earl and Grady by Burt Gummer in Tremors 2: Aftershocks. Chambered in .375 H&H Mag, Burt warns the two on proper usage of the rifles.
Burt: Hold 'em good and tight to your shoulder, or they'll break your collarbone.
Henry Repeating Rifle
"That damned Yankee rifle you load on Sunday and shoot all week!"
—Various Confederate soldiers, on the Henry.
The precursor to the Winchester line, the .44 Henry Rifle was named after its designer, Benjamin Tyler Henry. It saw limited use in The American Civil War. Many later found their way West, notably in the hands of the Natives in their obliteration of Custer's U.S. Cavalry troops in 1876. The Henry Rifle was quite revolutionary for its time. While there were a few examples of lever-action firearms before it (most notably the Volcanic and Spencer Repeaters), they had serious issues that prevented them from gaining wide acceptance, either using weak cartridges (the Volcanic) or having mechanisms that were complex to operate (the Spencer). The Henry significantly improved upon both. First, it used the .44 Henry rimfire cartridge that had respectable power within the rifle's ideal range of 200 yards or so. Secondly, the Henry's toggle lock system compressed the needed motions to reload and recock the action to one throw of the lever. The 15-shot tube magazine and simple lever-action gave it a massive firepower advantage over the muzzleloading muskets and single-shot rifles of its time, and were also superior to the other repeating rifles available - even the Spencer held less than half the full capacity of the Henry. It was never officially adopted as a military weapon, but a large number of Union soldiers bought Henrys with their own funds during The American Civil War. The Henry made a massive impact in the battles it saw, with Confederate soldiers cursing the Union's "sixteen-shooter".note The Henry was not a flawless weapon however. It lacks a foreend for the supporting hand (which also leads to the supporting hand getting in the way of the magazine follower as it empties), the magazine tube is exposed to the outside and its spring is prone to issues, and reloading the magazine tube is a lengthy process that had to be done with care, lest a cartridge be set off by a primer hitting a bullet already loaded in the tube. The Henry was only produced for a few years, with production ending in 1866 with around 14,000 made in total. Nevertheless, it was very much a case of Short-Lived Big Impact, as the Henry formed the basis of the Winchester lever-action rifles that soon followed, and the rest is history. Note that most Henry Rifles in older westerns are actually Winchester 1866 "Yellowboy" rifles with the foreends removednote , as legit Henrys were rather rare at the time. As reproductions have surfaced in more recent times, legit Henrys have become more common sights in films.
- Cool Action: Like the Winchester lever-action shotguns and rifles it preceded, the Henry can also be flip-cocked, though this requires modifications such as an enlarged lever loop to not break your fingers attempting it, and would be criminally unsafe.
- One is used by Django in Django Unchained.
- John Dunbar's main weapon in Dances with Wolves is a Henry rifle.
- Appears in Red Dead Redemption as the 'Henry Repeater'.
- One rechambered for .44 Magnum appears in Fallout 3 as "Lincoln's Repeater", the single most accurate firearm in the game. A more common variant in 10mm appears in the "Point Lookout" DLC, in both regular form and a unique "Backwater Rifle" with boosted stats to make it a middle ground between the lever-action rifles and Lincoln's Repeater.
- Used by many characters in Cowboys and Aliens.
The M1A1 Carbine, a .30 caliber semi-automatic rifle with a folding stock, is commonly issued to paratroopers. Though it lacks the stopping power of larger rifles, it's lightweight, accurate and compact.
—Manual Description, Call of Duty
The "assault rifle" before assault rifles were cool.note The M1 Carbine fires a bullet with the inventively named caliber of .30 Carbine, which was designed to cover the gap in effective range between .45 ACP pistols and SMGs and the .30-06 M1 Garand. Utilizing a short-stroke gas system devised by a no-shit convict,note 15- and later (post-war) 30-round detachable box magazines (when the British Lee-Enfield had only 10, and the iconic Garand had a mere 8), and its own proprietary .30 caliber round, the weapon was a favorite of paratroopers, officers, and vehicle crews. The primary purpose of the M1 was to provide a decent longarm for behind-the-lines troops in case an enemy using blitzkrieg tactical doctrine was able to outmanoeuvre the front line troops and interdict their supply lines. The Nazis, especially the Waffen-SS, also loved captured M1 Carbines. A variant with a pistol grip and a folding wire stock, the M1A1, was actually developed for paratroopers so that they could have a longarm from the moment they hit the ground instead of having to assemble their weapons while people were trying to kill them. It saw extensive use in Korea (where it obtained a significant hatedom due to its perceived lack of stopping powernote ) and was even used through to the end of Vietnam, as well as use by nearly every Western European military.note The M2 variant issued in Korea was full-auto, and the M3 version saw one of the world's first night sights (which was incredibly bulky, and that's not even including its primitive battery which was so large it had to be carried in a separate backpack and attached via cable). In addition to surplus rifles, very slightly modified versions were produced for civilian sales (the main difference being that the wood handguard is usually replaced by a perforated sheet metal one), which for a time were very popular as self-defense weapons.
- Almost every WWII movie, ever. Usually seen anachronistically with post-war bayonet lug and upgraded sights, as M1 Carbines that escaped the upgrades are comparatively rare.
- In Mob City, Joe Teague uses an M1 Carbine that he likely brought back from his service in World War II.
- Indiana Jones (and various mooks) in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
- Charlton Heston in Planet of the Apes.
- Almost everyone in The Green Berets who doesn't have an M16.
- Infamously, was the weapon wielded◊ by Patty Hearst, when she was brainwashed into aiding the Symbionese Liberation Army. Also, Ebony magazine published a famous photo◊ of Malcolm X covering a window with one, when his split with the Nation of Islam turned nasty.
- The original Call of Duty commonly features the M1A1 in its American campaign. As above, it is incorrectly fitted with post-war adjustable sights; given that video games aren't governed by real-life rarity, chances are the programmers simply hadn't seen the genuine WWII configuration. Call of Duty 2 switches to the original M1 with period-accurate sights and lack of a bayonet lug, though it's noticeably rarer this time, only a small handful of American soldiers carrying it over the Garand or BAR (and still called the M1A1 for some reason). It returns in World at War in the same form as in 2, including the incorrect name, and is even rarer than before - almost no appearances in singleplayer and is made the final unlock in multiplayer (except for those who preordered, who get a unique pre-set class that uses it until they prestige to get an extra custom slot). Interestingly, because of that late unlock, it is noticeably more powerful than all of the other semi-auto rifles available in that game, whereas in the original two games it was more in-line with its real-life power (killing in one or two hits at short range, but not able to beat the Springfield or Garand past a few feet).
- The unnamed "Carbine" or "Huntsman" in BioShock Infinite appears to be based on the M1. It would normally be anachronistic within the game's 1912 setting, but the existence of interdimensional "tears" throughout Columbia explains its presence. Its high power and thicker magazine suggest that the Columbian version is chambered in something larger than .30 Carbine.
- In The Zombie Survival Guide, the M1 is named as the best firearm to use against zombies, due to being short and light enough for indoor combat and on the run.
- Added in the Blue Sun mod for 7.62 High Caliber. It doesn't appear very often and it faithfully replicates the gun's attributes: very light and fairly powerful at close range, but not a substitute for a proper battle rifle or assault rifle.
- Return to Castle Wolfenstein features the M3 carbine, with the massive IR scope, as the "Snooper Rifle"; it's a silenced, far more powerful alternative to sticking a scope on the standard Kar98 or using the FG42, but it holds far less ammunition (15 bullets max, compared to 200 in reserve for the Kar98 and FG42) and you can't get more from dead enemies.
- Men of War features the M1A1 Carbine carried exclusively by the US Airborne paratroopers, while a slightly anachronistic M2 Carbine model with 30 round magazines is issued to US Army Rangers.
- Insurgency initially featured the WWII-era M1A1 paratrooper model as an antique Insurgent weapon. Following the Oct 2015 patch, the weapon model was replaced with a newer, post-WWII M1 Carbine model with full stock and updated adjustable rear-sightsnote , with an added option of using the M2's 30-round extended magazine.
- Day of Infamy features both the M1 Carbine and M1A1 Paratrooper variants for the US Army, used by the Officer and Radioman classes, the former available in every map while the latter is only available in maps based on battles the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions participated in. While both are equipped with post-war sights, Officers can choose to equip the non-para version with period-accurate (and less cluttered) iron sights, alongside other options like slings and bayonets.
- American Airborne troops make good use of this rifle in Company of Heroes, as well as a token member of a Rifleman or Rangers unit.
- Remington-manufactured M2 Carbines are used by mooks in Dr. No. Quarrel uses one to fire at the Dragon tank and near the end, Bond takes out the guards' attack dogs with one. The M1 Carbine shows up in in You Only Live Twice as one of the many guns used by SPECTRE mooks.
- Although it never shows up, a M1 carbine is listed among the many weapons Deadshot is lethal with in Suicide Squad, unique in that it is specifically named while the exact model of the other weapons are not given.
- The "GI Sniper" skin for the McManus 2020 sniper rifle in Saints Row IV is an M1A1 with a foregrip, extended magazine, and bulky sniper scope attached, presumably meant as a Shout-Out to the weapons' appearance in Return to Castle Wolfenstein (especially considering one of its patterns refers to "death incarnate", the Wolfenstein series' perennial Harder Than Hard difficulty).
- In Marvel Preview Issue #2, which presented the origin story of The Punisher, various disgruntled Vietnam veterans used scoped M1 Carbines to carry out assassinations. Frank Castle himself uses an custom M2 Carbine with a folding stock, ventilated barrel and foregrip as his primary weapon in Issue #201 of Amazing Spider-Man, which can be converted from firing .30 Carbine to rubber bullets with the flick of a dial. In Daredevil, Frank finds one in Colonel Schoonover's gun cage at the end of Episode 12.
Mannlicher-Schönauer Full Stock Carbine
Although based on a military rifle designed for export and adopted by the Greek Army by 1906 (why the chronically underfunded Greek Army adopted a rifle that every other army regarded as too expensivenote is unclear), this superb hunting bolt-action rifle-carbine had been built directly for the civilian market beginning in 1903.
It had a complex action with rotary magazine and split receiver and fired proprietary Mannlicher ammo, either 6.5x54mm (M1903), 8x56mm (M1908), 9x56mm (M1905) or 9x57mm (M1910), though non-proprietary chamberings like 7x57mm Mauser and .30-06 were eventually offered (the M1924 and M1956 came in nearly all common rifle chamberings of the era). It acquired a brilliant reputation as a hunting rifle either in the Alps, British Isles or Africa, fired by such figures as Ernest Hemingway and WDM "Karamojo" Bell and proving it could take even the largest African Elephant with a well-placed shot.
The action was the smoothest bolt-action in recorded history and the features that made the gun instantly recognizable also betrayed it as an "aristocratic" weapon: short length, full stock, very straight bolt operation, flat bolt handle and precise triggers (sometimes including a double trigger, with the front trigger being a "set trigger" than would set the main trigger to go off with only the slightest pull) told the gun has been aimed to be carried in a saddle sheath and used in hunting on horseback, like upper class hunters did. The full-length stock was so intrinsically linked to the Mannlicher-Schönauer carbine that even now, decades after it went out of production, such a stock is still referred to as "Mannlicher style" (even though Mannlicher himself had nothing to do with the stock design, it was more his protege Schönauer's doing).
It stood in production until 1972. Steyr-Mannlicher now offers a vaguely similar rifle, the "Mannlicher Classic," which mimics the style of the Mannlicher-Schönauer but replaces the rotary magazine with a less expensive but distinctly less cool detachable box magazine and simplifies the bolt design. The proprietary Mannlicher ammo was also abandoned, even the classic 6.5x54, much to the disappointment of more nostalgic shooters (who would seem to be the target audience of the rifle, leaving one to wonder what exactly Steyr is thinking).
- In the TV show Ramar of the Jungle, Dr. Tom Reynolds carries a Mannlicher-Schönauer.
- Amon Goeth uses a full-length barrel version◊ to take potshots at his Jewish workers in Schindler's List (the Real Life Goeth◊ had the ubiquitous Mauser 98k of the German Army).
- British brigadier Lord Lovat uses one to lead his men onto Sword Beach in The Longest Day.
- Interestingly enough, in real life, Lovat and all his men were issued American M1 Garands for that mission, to ensure that they had enough firepower to "hold until relieved".
- Ernest Hemingway, who loved the M1903 and owned at least two of them, put it in the hands of some of his characters: Francis Macomber and his wife (The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber) and Thomas Hudson (Islands In The Stream).
Muzzleloading Muskets and Rifles
These were the Ur-Example of rifles or, more generally, guns in general. A muzzleloader is Exactly What It Says on the Tin. To load one, one must put gunpowder and a lead ball down the barrel. There are three basic types of muzzleloaders. The first was the matchlock. In this, the shooter lit a slow-burning piece of rope attached to the hammer, which ignited the powder when the trigger was pulled. The second was the flintlock. This action had a small peice of flint (hence the name) hitting what's called a "frizzen", which produced a spark to set off the powder. Finally, there was the caplock. Developed in the 1820's, this mechanism used small copper cups called "percussion caps," which had a small charge which ignited the powder. Muzzleloaders were the only types of guns for centuries. Matchlocks stopped being used in the 16th century; flintlocks, 19th. However, muzzleloaders in general are still used by some hunters. And for those wondering, the musket in the image is a Brown Bess, the service rifle of the British Army from 1722 to 1838, and a key weapon of various colonial forces as the British established their empire.
- Uncool Drawback: Matchlocks and flintlocks are notoriously unreliable in bad weather, to the point where they wouldn't fire at all, or worse, cause "hangfires," where the powder is burning yet has not yet set off the main charge. This might lead to some accidents. The percussion mechanism solved this issue.
- Appears in Assassin's Creed from the third game onwards.
- Used in Age of Empires III.
- Used by the Vulvalini in Mad Max: Fury Road.
- The Tanegashima, a Japanese copy of a Portuguese matchlock arquebusnote features as a secret Joke Weapon in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. It's difficult to obtain, note weak, only holds a single round at a time, takes longer than anything else in the game to reload, and forces the player to stand up to do so. However, every shot that connects with an enemy in an outdoors area has a one in three chance of summoning a gigantic tornado, throwing everybody in the vicinity into the air * and scattering tons of items for you to collect.
- A Jezail Musket is one of the rifles the Sniper can have in Team Fortress 2 as the "Bazaar Bargain". It's been modified to be a bolt-action rifle with a magnifying scope and laser pointer.
- A musket loaded with saboted rounds is used by Roberta in Black Lagoon.
First introduced in 1973, the Ruger Mini-14 is a semi-automatic rifle, so named because it resembled a miniaturized version of the M14. Designed to be simple, reliable, and affordable, the rifle was and still is popular among civilians and law enforcement. It achieved the height of its popularity in the civilian market in The '90s due to loopholes in the Assault Weapons Ban of 1994 (namely, it lacked many of the "military-style" features that were targeted by the law) making it one of the easiest semi-automatic rifles to acquire; the expiration of that law in 2004 saw the AR-15 and similar rifles compete with it for prominence. The weapon has many different variants, including the select-fire AC-556, and is chambered in many calibers, most prominently the .223/5.56x45mm and 7.62x39mm (the latter designated the Mini-30). It also comes with a variety of accessories, including folding and bullpup stocks.
- The Mini-14 is well-known as the primary rifle of The A-Team, though they seem to have trouble actually hitting anyone with them.
- One is used by Ken in A Fish Called Wanda.
- Twice in the Grand Theft Auto series.
- A short-barreled Mini-14F appears in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, as a reference to The A-Team.
- Grand Theft Auto V features the Mini-30 with an aftermarket chassis making it resemble the M39 Enhanced Marksman Rifle, as, well, the "Marksman Rifle". Originally implemented in the "Last Team Standing" DLC, the gun can be unlocked in the next-gen version after the Paleto Score. In game, it's classified as a sniper rifle, though it lacks the ability to zoom in with the scope in return for a faster rate of fire, a larger magazine (8 by default, able to be doubled to 16) and, before an update gave them all that ability, the ability to move around while scoped in.
- A scoped and suppressed version appears as George Clooney's main weapon in The American.
- A scoped version appears as the "Hunting Rifle" in Left 4 Dead and its sequel.
- The Morita Mk I rifles in Starship Troopers are based on Mini-14s in Muzzelite MZ14 bullpup stocks. They also have an under-barrel Ithaca 37 shotgun attachment that packs more heat with one or two shots than a five-person squad unloading their mags on a bug. Private Watkins has a scoped variant, and a shorter carbine variant without the underbarrel shotgun also shows up a few times.
- The Mini-30 shows up in Max Payne 3, with a folding stock and the option of a scope and a Laser Sight. By default it has a 10-round magazine, but the golden variant gives it an AK-sized 20-round mag.
- Appears in the "Breakout" level of Kane and Lynch: Dead Men, with a five-round magazine offset by incredible accuracy and power. Sadly, it doesn't reappear for the spike in difficulty after that level.
- Guards at the bank in the Panama level of Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory use the AC-556.
- Both the Mini-14 and Mini-30 show up in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, the former with an aftermarket chassis and an Aimpoint CompM2 red dot sight as the "Copperhead SR7", the latter with the regular stock given a camo paint scheme and an ACOG as the "Mettler M-30".
"Ah-ha. The legendary Sharps."
— Elliot Marston, Quigley Down Under
The .52 Sharps series of rifles was one of the most prolific rifle types of the 1800's, and arguably the most popular rifle in use in the Wild West before the invention of lever-action rifles like the Henry repeater. The Sharps rifle is a breach-loading falling-block rifle firing a single cartridge, at first paper cartridges but later versions used brass cartridges. First developed in the late 1840's, the Sharps rifle saw a long career in a number of roles. The military rifle was the weapon of choice for U.S Sharpshooters in the American Civil War and the carbine version was extremely popular on both sides of the conflict.note Meanwhile, the civilian versions gained a reputation as being powerful and accurate hunting rifles, with some going so far as to say that the Sharps rifle was the cause of the near-extinction of the North American bison (hence the nickname "the buffalo gun"). The Sharps rifle is thus an iconic firearm of the Old West, though these days somewhat overshadowed by the later Winchester Lever-Action rifle and Colt Single Action Army revolver.
- Cool Accessory: During the Civil War, the Sharps Rifle Company developed a version with a coffee grinder in the stock for grinding coffee in the field. However, these were not produced for very long and are now days extremely rare and valuable.
- The Sharps 1863 Carbine shows up several times in Dances with Wolves.
- A Sharps 1874 is used by The Man With No Name to shoot the rope Tuco is hanging from in the graveyard in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. It travels back in time about a decade or so to get in his hands.
- One of the most popularly depicted of the Sharps rifles is the 1874 Long Range. It appears in several movies including Quigley Down Under, Legends of the Fall, Up and Wyatt Earp. It also appeared in the television series Lonesome Dove and two video games, GUN and Red Dead Redemption. The "Quigley" rifle was provided by Ace Custom manufacturer Shiloh Sharps, who offers modern-day hand built variants for about $3000.
- In Sons Of Guns, Will starts getting a bit giddy when someone brings in a Sharps Carbine with a coffee grinder stock. It turns out to be a far-less valuable reproduction.
- The Sharps 1874 Cavalry rifle shows up in both the original True Grit and the remake as the Weapon of Choice for Le Beouf. He displays an uncanny accuracy with it throughout both films.
- Appears in Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood as the "Heavy Rifle."
- A Sharps 1874 can be used in Gun as the first of the game's two Sniper Rifles. Clay gives it to Colton to fend off Macgruder's assault on the rebel HQ.
Millions of SKS rifles were produced originally for the Soviet Army in 1945 and in China as the Type 56. The SKS is a popular rifle with civilian shooters, and can still be found in a number of arsenals around the world. A number of aftermarket upgrades are available for the SKS.
—Battlelog Description, Battlefield 3
The Simonov SKS was designed and fielded in the last days of World War 2. Firing the intermediate 7.62x39mm round (which is known for being the same caliber used by the AK-47), it was soon replaced by AK pattern weapons and ultimately forgotten in the Soviet Union. It went on to have quite a long career in the People's Republic of China, the Democratic Peoples' Republic of North Korea, the Democratic (later Socialist) Republic of Vietnam and numerous other former Soviet client states, and it is still quite a popular gun around the world today. Visually, it is very similar to the SVT-40 (actually based on a down-scaled version of the PTRS anti-tank rifle), although not quite as pretty, a good bit more robust (slightly heavier), and 8 inches shorter. The SKS features a fixed magazine with a capacity of 10 rounds which can be filled either by clips, or one at a time. The SKS is slightly more powerful and accurate than the AK because it features a longer barrel and better sights.note The SKS features a fixed magazine with a capacity of 10 rounds, which can be filled either by clips or one at a time. Most have bayonets that fold underneath the barrel, or at least originally did; some (especially from China) had the bayonet removed prior to import. When the Communist Bloc fell, all of a sudden, it was suddenly available for very cheap with crates of Soviet and Chinese ammunition (Soviet variants qualified for "Curio and Relic" status, as do Yugoslavian ones,note along with the ultra-rare East Germannote , North Korean and Vietnamese versions, which bypassed some restrictions on account of being brought home as war trophies), and the fixed magazine meant that they were not at all affected under the Clinton Assault Weapons Ban of 1994) (which when it came to rifles only dealt with those with a detachable magazine), and a large number of people found that the ballistics matched up nicely with those of the .30-30 Winchester 1894 (the "poor man's deer rifle" of the previous century). Frequently susceptible to being "bubba'd" with optical sights (Scoped SKS'es served as urban marksmen rifles in the Bosnian War, but lackadaisical beyond that role), "tactical" accessories (or "tacticool", as some disparagingly call them; these include jam-happy aftermarket detachable magazines) and camo paint. Now it's a favorite of both hunters, as well as mall ninjas on too low a budget for an AR-15. It is also a moderately popular choice of Home Defense weapon, being easy to use, easy to bring to bear, and firing a relatively more powerful round than handguns, shotgun pellets, and the AR-15 (and a round that's readily available at a low price).
- Cool Action: One of the last rifles designed to feed from stripper clips, thus it is designed so that the chamber and the open end of the magazine are clearly visible and reachable when it locks open on empty. If the operator needs to reload with a partial magazine, he would pull the magazine latch allowing it to swing open and drop all the cartridges, close it, and pull the bolt back. Having a dump pouch for those falling cartridges and then being able to be loaded with said loose cartridges one by one makes it ideal for ammo-shortage scenarios. Also helps when the Chinese issued low profile chest-rigs that carry 200 rounds of ammo on stripper clips in 10 pouches, you could theoretically wear two to three of them depending on your shoulder strength for a total of four- to six-hundred rounds on your chest! This can be achieved because stripper clips are lighter than stamped metal magazines. The Czechoslovakian VZ. 58 assault rifle can also be fed via stripper clips alongside detachable proprietary magazines (AK mags won't fit) but lacks the capacity to quickly unload the cartridges in the magazine into a dump pouch.
- Rebels in Tropic Thunder.
- NVA forces in We Were Soldiers, Born on the Fourth of July, and many more movies set in Vietnam (Truth in Television, as the design was exported to nearly all Communist nations).
- Afghan villagers in Rambo III.
- A very good long-range rifle in 7.62 High Calibre, including permanently attached bayonet. In keeping with the Gun Porn styling, you can also get the Type 63 and Type 84 carbines (which use detachable AK magazines, a godsend in a game with no stripper clips for reloads) and the Zastava LK M59/66, which is unique among SKS clones in being capable of fitting a sniper scope.
- Several variants of the SKS have been seen in the Battlefield series:
- In Battlefield: Vietnam, the Type-56 Carbine appears as the standard NVA or Viet Cong rifle, utilizing the stripper clip method of reloading.
- The popular Battlefield 2 Game Mod Project Reality has the SKS in the hands of the Iraqi Insurgents, Taliban and Chechen Militia forces.
- Appears in Battlefield 3's multiplayer mode as a mid-range sniper rifle, equipped with just about every single one of the aforementioned "bubba" accessories. Battlefield 4 features the same weapon again.
- Appears in the DayZ standalone. It is one of the better non modern military weapons, able to mount a medium range PU scope and can kill in 1-2 hits anywhere on the body. Arguably its most useful feature is the fact that it does not need a magazine to fully load it.
- A favored weapon of Imperator Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road, this one modified with a large scope and an extra block of wood under the forestock to accommodate her mechanical left arm.
- In a rare instance of the rifle appearing during WWII, Men of War features an early model of the SKS in the hands of Soviet Red Guardsmen and Spetznaz troops. Truth in Television, as the rifle was developed in 1944 and had documented field-tests during the Soviet's last push into Germany.note
- Nicknamed the "Simonov carbine" in The Things They Carried as one of the weapons that O'Brien's platoon used in combat, possibly captured or looted from dead Viet Cong.
- Used by NKVD troops in their attempt to execute Mr. Piver in Episode 34 of Monty Python's Flying Circus.
Spencer repeating rifle
Handling this replica or a replica even today, you can sense the careful smithing as soon as you pick it up. It has weight to it, and when you move the trigger guard down, the smooth action of the metal components, all expertly fitted, reminds you of a fine watch.
—Chris Kyle, American Gun
One of the first repeating rifles, the Spencer was originally designed in 1860 as an infantry weapon for the US Army, where it saw some use by Union troops in the Civil War (but was still mostly outnumbered by the cheaper single shot muskets the Army already had) but it saw new life in the old west, predating and being cheaper than the more famous Winchester lever-action rifles. Chambered in .56 Spencer rimfire, the gun was unique in that the hammer had to be cocked manually between shots, as the lever action didn't operate the hammer like the Winchesters or Henry rifles did. Nevertheless, the rifle was well-machined and fitted, reliable under combat conditions and skilled users could maintain a rate of 14-20 rounds per minute, which gave Union sharpshooters a strong advantage when attacking Confederates armed with slower muskets.
- Morgan Freeman's gun in Unforgiven, later used by Clint Eastwood in the climax.
- The first rifle you receive in Red Dead Redemption under the name "Repeater Rifle", given to you by Bonnie early on. Also shows up in the earlier Red Dead Revolver as the "Owl Rifle".
- Used by Christian Bale in the remake of 3:10 To Yuma.
- The 1860 carbine shows up in The Magnificent Seven (2016) in the hands of one of the farmers during rifle training, as well as being used by a militiaman during the town's defense.
Winchester lever-action rifle
"There is but one answer to terrorism and it is best delivered with a Winchester rifle."
—Theodore Roosevelt, on dealing with terrorists
AKA "The Gun That Won the West", the Winchesternote is the quintessential lever-action rifle seen in numerous westerns. In real life, the unique design was for its main utility as a horseback gun; the shorter barrel and the repeating lever made it easier for horseback soldiers to fire off of a speeding horse. While The Wild West is long gone, the Winchester rifle and its lever-action cousins are still used today for hunting. The Winchester Model 1894 is the American deer rifle, and remained in production through 2006, then was brought back into limited-edition production in 2011. The competing Marlin Model 1894 and Model 336 remain in full production to this day. In movies, the model in question will almost always be the Model 1892 carbine, due to it having been in production during The Golden Age of Hollywood and looking similar enough to stand in for its predecessors, as well as the ubiquity of the "Five-in-One" blank cartridge that could be chambered and fired in three different calibers of revolver (.38-40 Winchester, .44-40 Winchester and .45 Colt) and two calibers of lever-action rifles (.38-40 and .44-40; rifles chambered in .45 Colt wouldn't exist until decades later). For modern plastic versions of the Five-in-One blank, it's an Artifact Title, with .44 Special or Magnum revolvers and rifles and .410 shotguns make it closer to ten-in-one nowadays. A Model 1866 (with a brass or "yellowboy" receiver) will often have the forestock removed and do double duty as a Civil War-era Henry rifle (the original Winchester levergun, named after the head of Winchester's design team), as until recent reproductions came onto the scene, the "Yellowboy" Winchester was much more readily available.
- Cool Action: As with the Winchester 1887 shotgun, spin-cocking it is very common in fiction. Don't Try This at Home for the same reasons as with the 1887 — you will break your fingers.
- On the subject of trivia not entirely related to the weapon: Computer hard disks were referred to as "Winchesters" in the 1970s and 1980s. The original IBM designation for their first hard disk drive was 30-30, which is the same as the .30-30 Winchester round developed for the 1894. The name still persists in several programming languages for a hard disk drive.
- Name a Western, any Western.
- Lord Bowler in The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. uses a sawn-off version commonly called a "Mare's Leg," identical to the one used by Steve McQueen in Wanted: Dead or Alive.
- In For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Clint Eastwood's character carries a "Hollywood Henry" (a 1866 Winchester modified as mentioned above).
- Namegiver of and found in a bar in Shaun of the Dead.
- Tom Selleck uses a rarely-seen Model 1876 Centennial .45-60 with a military-style handguard as his Weapon of Choice in Crossfire Trail
- Vincent can use three Winchester rifles in Final Fantasy VII. In addition to a standard Winchester Model 1894, he has access to a "Mare's Leg" version called the "Shortbarrel", and the "Sniper CR" which is simply the Shortbarrel with a sniper scope attached.
- Harry Dresden carries one on the cover of Cold Days.
- Shows up in Fallout: New Vegas as the "Cowboy Repeater", rechambered for .357 Magnum, making it a valuable early-game long arm so long as you didn't waste your stock of .357 trying to fire it from the strangely-useless Ruger Blackhawk.
- The Model 1894 appears in Killing Floor as the "Lever-Action Rifle", where it is incredibly cheap, very useful with its high power per-shot (about equivalent to the Commando's SCAR-H), easy to aim at short- to mid-range (the model uses a rear-tang peep sight), and is one of the few weapons that can be topped up quickly and easily. As of the Sharpshooter update it's available in Killing Floor 2 as well, using the standard sights but otherwise having similar characteristics. The 2017 Summer Sideshow added the similar Mossberg 464 SPX Centerfire, a modernized .30-30 lever-action rifle that can fit AR-15 stocks and sights, fitted with a red dot scope and having higher power than the Winchester to act as an alternative Tier 2 weapon for the Sharpshooter.
- Added in the Blue Sun mod for '7.62 High Caliber''. The Winchester 1892 is available in three different sizes (full size rifle, carbine, and Mare's Leg pistol) and each can be had in .45 Long Colt, .44 Magnum, or .357 Magnum.
- In Jurassic World, Owen uses a scoped carbine version of the similar Marlin 1895 with a shiny nickel finish. Even amongst the sleek, modern black assault rifles used by the In-Gen security forces, it still manages to draw the viewer's eye. It also makes sense, as the Marlin 1895's big, slow, and heavy .45-70 Government round is far more effective against large, dangerous game (like carnivorous dinosaurs) than 5.56 or even .308, while also being much more handy and manageable than the .600 Nitro Express of Roland Tembo's elephant gun.
- The Model 1873 is added as a sniper rifle to PAYDAY 2 with "The Butcher's Western Pack" DLC, as the "Repeater 1874". Owing to being a pistol-caliber rifle, it has the lowest damage per shot of the sniper rifles (tied with the "Rattlesnake" and the semi-auto snipers), but it's still damaging enough to one-shot most enemies below Very Hard difficulty (and beyond with headshots, naturally) with higher ammo counts than the others (15 rounds in the mag, 45 total), and being a sniper rifle it still punches through thin materials and shields. It's one of only three sniper rifles that can accept iron sights instead of a scope or other sight (the others being the Mosin-Nagant, the Winchester Model 70, and the SVD), the only one to start with iron sights by default, and the only one to not accept the wide variety of other sights the other sniper rifles get (its only scope option is a unique A5 scope).
- Appears in the Louisiana chapters of BloodRayne as the "Winkesler Rifle."
- Marlin's similar Model 1894 features in Battlefield 4, added with the Spring 2015 patch. It's cut down like the Mare's Leg, with the addition of rails; due to its short size and being chambered for .44 Magnum, it's treated as a sidearm.
- The Winchester Models 1866 and 1873 are very common sight in Westworld. Notably, outlaw Hector Escaton carries a "Mare's Leg" variant.
- Doc wields a Model 1866 "Yellow Boy" in Back to the Future Part III modified with a large loop lever and a massive scope.
- The "Mare's Leg" variant is used by the protagonist in Impasse.
- Skull Face of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain uses a Mare's Leg as his personal sidearm. It's about the only weapon that appears in the game that can't be developed by the player and is only usable by Snake in a cutscene.
- Fitting for a Native American, a Model 1866 is the main weapon of Chief in Wonder Woman (2017).