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Difference Between Carbine and Rifle

Difference Between Carbine and Rifle

Carbine vs. Rifle

If you’re new to firearms, you may find yourself wondering about the differences between various guns, specifically the carbine and rifle. This isn’t really surprising since the two are similar in appearance. However, once you use them, you’ll find that the carbine and rifle operate differently.

The most obvious difference between the carbine and the rifle is in their length. A carbine comes with a shorter barrel, which makes it lighter. Hence, some officers like to utilize a carbine during a skirmish because it’s easier to handle. Of course, this doesn’t mean that the carbine is more accurate or effective than the rifle. In fact, with proper handling, there’s no reason why a rifle would be less accurate than the carbine.

Physics, however, plays a big part in the amount of power that backs up a bullet when fired from either a carbine or a rifle. Since the rifle is longer, expanding air has more time to produce energy to increase the impact of the projectile. As a result, the rifle is not only heavier, but the handler can actually feel more power coming from the rifle when they shoot.

The term “rifle” also refers to the fact that the barrel of this firearm is “rifled”, or grooved. This means that when the projectile leaves the gun, it adapts a particular spin that enhances the power behind the shot. For this reason, the projectile becomes more stable as it whizzes through the air, enhancing accuracy. Naturally, the “spin” of the bullet also means it travels a predictable route towards the target. More specifically, a bullet shot from a rifle travels 1-2 centimeters for every 100 meters, as long as there is no wind to affect the course of the bullet. For this reason, individuals who carry a rifle have a much better chance of predicting where the bullet will hit.

On the other hand, bullets shot from a carbine travel slower through air and are, therefore, exposed to outside factors for a longer period of time, making their path less accurate. However, as mentioned above, the difference in accuracy between the two is not very big and could be overcome through proper handling of the firearm.

Some examples of a carbine include the American M4, the Israeli Galil SAR, and the Indian MINSAS.

In earlier years, rifles did not have lines in their barrels and the accuracy of these firearms was not great. For this reason, soldiers were usually told to form a line and simply start shooting. This way, they could be sure to hit enemy soldiers even if they were not certain about the accuracy of their shots.

Some examples of rifles include the American .30-06 M1903 and the Mauser M98. Earlier rifle weapons actually came with bayonets at one end, allowing the handler to “stab” enemies when they were low on ammunition.

Most people mistake an AK-47 – one of the most popular firearms used in movies today – for a rifle. However, the device is actually an assault rifle, which is remarkably different from a regular rifle; specifically regarding the size of the cartridge, which is bigger in the regular rifle.

Essentially, the paramount difference between the carbine and the rifle is the length; some would even go as far as to say that carbines are shorter versions of a rifle. In fact, some carbines are simply modeled after well-known rifle types.


1.A rifle comes with a longer barrel than a carbine.

2.The barrel of a rifle has grooves in it, which gives the bullet a “spin”

3.Carbines are lighter due to their shorter design.

4.The difference in accuracy between the rifle and the carbine is minimal and usually depends on the skill of the handler.

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  1. “Most people mistake an AK-47 – one of the most popular firearms used in movies today – as a rifle. However, the device is actually an assault rifle which is remarkably different from a regular rifle specifically on the size of the cartridge with the regular rifle having a bigger one.”

    This is absurdly wrong. The AK47 is a regular rifle and fires a round commonly used for hunting. To go by your definition, the Vepyr and SKS are both ‘assault’ weapons. I’m hoping you didn’t rely on ‘facts’ presented by Wikipedia or another source not entirely factual.

    • No, thats not right . the sks has a longer barrrel then the ak….so,…that would make it a rifle too.
      iI dont know the vepyr.
      But, my mini 14 ranch ~rifle ~has a 16 in. barrel.

      • Wrong. The K in SKS stands for “karabin” or carbine. Samozaryadnyj Karabin sistemy Simonova, Simonov’s system for a Self-loading Carbine.

        • Was in the 3rd Marines, 3rd Recon for 8 years. Been all over. Seen on this post’s that the K, in SKS stands for Carbine. No, does not. It’s the middle of rifle. Difference between Carbine rifle and regular rifle is really just the length or the barrel. Carbine is shorter making it more light. And more easy to conceal in battlefield. Shorter barrel means less accurate. Due to the muzzle energy not able to fully expand fully due to a short barrel. Personally, I would choose a M-4 Carbine, with a M203A1 launcher underneath. I’ve used both M16A4 rifle and my black ops rifle the M-4 Carbine. Rather have the Carbine. Lighter rifle, easier to work with. 5.56mm NATO round is a good accurate round. Of course, this is just my opinion. We all have ours. Also, HK416 is a wonderful kick ass rifle. Check out the new HK rifles online, for all your rifles lovers. H&k M7 is a small version of the M5.

          • WRONG!!! and your BS about being ‘RECON’, is exactly that…BS!!

          • Yeah he sounds like he is totally BSing. He doesnt even realize that the carbine that Recon Marines use is the M4 chambered for a 300AAC round, subsonic, usually ~7.5″-10.25″ barrel with a silencer (yes the term is silencer not suppressor). Not to mention if you were going to say your unit you would not just say the base you are on and the battalion, usually you would say 3rd Mar Div (or 3rd Marines), 3rd Battalion, Kilo Company, (or simply 3/3, recon, Kilo company) because an entire battalion will fight in many different battles not all in the same one. Not to mention the 3/3 was decommissioned in the 70’s. In the 1970’s they did not use the M16A4 as the carrying handle was attached and the rifle was full auto and not 3rd burst. When I was in (2002-2007) we used that rifle along with the M203 breach loaded grenade launcher and the M4. You would have had the M16 or the A1/A2 at best. You also used the term “in battlefield”. No Marine says that, I am a Marine, I would know. You would say “in the field” or “during a firefight” or another phrase. You probably literally got this from the video game Battlefield. More likely just to say “combat”, “firefight”, “shootout”, “in the sh*t”, or “getting numbers”. Also you said 5.56 which is what they put in video games because every Marine knows its a 5.56NATO. You would always say NATO or a 5.56×45. This is because this round is very common in M16’s, M249’s and non-special ops M4’s and if you were Recon you are SOC so you would be using the 300BLK for CQC and if you were in Vietnam than it would be the M16 with a 16″ barrel instead of a 20″. This article also has some misinformation. A carbine is a rifle as opposed to a pistol not a rifle. You could say carbine to show that it is not a long rifle but it is a rifle variant. This is due to what gas system it uses and how long the barrel is but more for the gas system. The difference is for difference calibers the round will burn and the gas will push the next round and the gas system has to be correct for the round not the barrel. A 5.56NATO for example uses the full 20″ of burn while a 300AAC does not (usually needs only 7″ but the barrel can be up to a useable 16″ before the pressure drops and the velocity slows) and has a shorter, carbine, gas system. The pressure inside the barrel will throw the bolt back into the buffer and load another round. A carbine is referring to the gas system and not the barrel length but often the two go hand in hand. Some AR’s use a pistol gas system and have different buffers and barrel lengths so they are called pistols. Very short barrel and very short gas system. The M16 with a 20″ barrel is a carbine but a M14 is not because it is a long rifle. Like a sniper rifle today. I am on a tangent now and off topic but there are some Stolen Valor posers here who prob aren’t even in the USMC because Marines would never claim to be Recon or even a Grunt if they weren’t, we have this thing called respect and honor and being a Marine is enough you don’t have to boost your self esteem by saying you were Spec Ops. You just named some video game terms and dont know what you are talking about. Without using the internet I betyou dont even know where the 3/3 was located because it wasn’t in NC, CA or Oki. They were in K-Bay, Hawaii moved from NC. Don’t say you were somrthing you weren’t. It’s disrespectful to the Marines who were in Recon Battalions and other Marines who know what they are talking about. Call of Duty does not tell you everything obviously.

          • False. AR pistols are called pistols because that’s exactly what they are, pistols. You purchase them just like a normal pistol and can conceal it legally in your truck. They have no buttstock and either have just a buffer tube or a pistol brace. An AR pistol can have a standard rifle or mid length gas system as well as and a 14.5 inch barrel, still a pistol if you bought it that way. I own two ar pistols one with a carbine length and one mid length. They are the way to go, can should them like a normal rifle without the ridiculous tax stamp

          • Talk about the bs being piled high and deep, this guy must be an NCO of some sort…oh!, sorry, he IS. His modus operandi is to shower ‘em with technical sounding cra and minor idioms in the hopes that the audience will just flame out and go away.

            Sounds very much like the … I had for basic in Ft. Hood, TX. 3rd Plation, B Company, 2/81 BN, 1st Armored Division, barracks 11, 3rd. bunk top, right side from front door. Capisch? Or do I have to spell it out further for you?

          • Sgt USMC you have no clue what you are talking about either and clearly don’t understand the things you speak of. Carbine is not referring to the “gas system”. The gas system in any AR pattern rifle is the same. They tune the gas system to the ammo used according to barrel length and other variables. The gas system is DI, not carbine, Pistol or rifle. You clearly have no clue and don’t understand the things you have copied and parroted here in the comments.

          • I read a lot of your comment and as a fellow marine I can say that you made a lot of judgment calls that aren’t very accurate. I’m not going to sit here and debate whether or not this guy was a marine or not but I had no problems With how he listed his unit because I was at K Bay and the early nineties and 3/3was there then. In fact 3rd Marines was divided between oki and Hawaii. I was there a 1995 when Marine Corps air station Hawaii became Marine Corps base Hawaii. That said I am saying that it is not true that they won away in the 19 seventies obviously because I was there and the 1990s and they were there. Again I am not going to debate your many assumptions I am just saying You do make a lot of assumptions that are not very accurate and they do not pertain to all Marines on how they would say something or how they would define something especially as much as whatever command they were under.

          • You did miss one thing that I thought was pretty obvious especially if you are a Marine. How does one stay in the same command for 8 years? Not when I served.

          • Plus a shorter barrel does not make a rifle less accurate. A barrel merely has to match the ammo loaded into it. A longer barrel can increase accuracy in the subjective because you have a linger distance between rear sight aperture and front sight post giving you a better alignment but even a 10″ barrel can be accurate to 200m+ if you adjust for bullet drop, windage and elevation. A heavier bullet will drop more at longer range. A lighter round will go faster hence less drop feeling more accurate but you can have a 3″ barrel and be as accurate as a 24″ barrel if you adjust your sights correctly in free air. A heavier round is less susceptible to wind bc it does not deal with supersonic wobble which makes the bullet tumble more further out. Higher velocity/lighter bullet=less drop, slower/heavier=more drop at distance. Accuracy is up to your marksmanship not your rifle length or barrel length or even the round you use. You can miss a 100m dog target with a .50 if you dont know how to zero it and can hit a 200m target with a .22LR if you know what you are doing. There are also many different effective ranges with ammo and rifles. The same ammo shot out of two rifles can act totally different like a M16 and a SAW. Or a M240B and a sniper rifle with the same round (7.62NATO) which is a civilian .308WIN. I am wasting my time here. Why did I click this link I already know the answer. Semper Fi Marine!

          • I mean talk about BS you even said “Black Ops” which isn’t even a military term its a CIA term. SpecOps maybe. SOC maybe. Special Forces maybe. You are playing video games and if I saw you in person I would punch you in the face and because you aren’t actually a Marine you wouldn’t even fight back. Stolen Valor!!!

  2. You should not list rifling or “barrel twist” as a distinguishing feature of a rifle when camparing to a carbine.
    This article leaves the reader with a strong impression that a carbine barrel is not rifled. Which, of course, it is on most – if not all – modern platforms.

  3. Just a guess, are you about 15?

  4. Neither of you have a clue. #1- an AK47 as we can legally buy is NOT an assault rifle, it’s just a semi auto rifle. In the real world we cannot, by law, own an assault (full auto) AK47. You both need to go back to school and take Guns 101. I guess by you dimwits definition my semi auto 30.06 deer rifle is an assault rifle if I put a larger capacity mag in it. Where do you people come from?

    • Not sure you were referring to me or not, but I come from Connecticut, where we are amidst the strictest tightening of gun laws in years. CT has recently decided to “Crack Down” on Assault rifle bans, by not only increasing the difficulty in legally obtaining one, but by also requiring mandatory registration of “assault rifles” and high(more than 10 rounds) capacity magazines. If that wasn’t enough, they also went as far as re-defining the “assault rifle” Which in CT was already being defined by cosmetic features more than by function. The features they define as qualifying are: Any fully automatic, burst or select fire rifle or any semi-automatic rifle with more than one of the following features: The ability to accept a detachable magazine that could hold more than ten rounds, collapsible stock, pistol grips below the action of the rifle, threaded barrels and flash suppressors, and an attachment point to which a boyonet may be fixed. (They also do not seem to know the difference between muzzle breaks and flash suppressors incidentally and include anti-recoil breaks as if they are also flash supressors – which they are not).

      They also went as far as to redefine their feature “pistol grips” to also now include thumb-hole stocks. And where the definition according to CT used to allow for two of the above mentioned features, it now only allows one.

      This led to many firearms that did not previously fit the states definition of an assault rifle to now fit that definition and thus be required to be registered. I myself had to register a match target rifle, a Ruger 10-22!! Clearly not an assault rifle, but according to the state law, it has enough of the features (detachable magazines, threaded barrel with compensator, thumb-hole stock, and semi-auto.) that it now qualifies.

      The point I’m making here is you are correct that the AK-47 which is semi-auto is not what a knowledgeable gun owner would call an “assault rifle” but since the government has changed the definition of assault rifle to include cosmetic or comfort features, as well as function, we are now forced to register any gun the uneducated population deems too “scary looking” unfortunately their votes outnumber ours. Also unfortunately, by complying with registration, we are reinforcing and accepting their definition, as if it actually makes sense. Which it clearly does not. next thing you will see is any gun painted black will also be included.

      Unfortunately what they the gov, and uneducated public) don’t seem to realize is that the mentality that allows us to discriminate between “good” or “bad” rifles primarily based on cosmetic features rather than pure function, is the exact same mentality that perpetuated racism for so long. “If it looks scary to me, it must be vanquished.” Problem is – while we can resist, and try to educate the average person that an AR-15 and a Mini 14 are effectively the same rifle, the one that “looks like Grampa’s rifle” will always be accepted by the general public as less harmful than the one that looks like a military or swat team rifle. They will never accept that form does not dictate function, and Ruger 10-22 plinking or target rifles – if they look right- will be called “Assault” rifles.

      Until people realize “assault” is something you do, not a way something looks, we will lose the battle.

      • The term assault rifle is MADE UP! AR does not stand for assault rifle. I live in NY also with really crappy gun laws but I can own a fully auto rifle if I get a stamp. Anyone can get anything anywhere if you have the right license and pay the fees. Full auto is considered an assault rifle to most people but a semi-auto is definitely not. Just because of the platform like AR or AK does not an assault rifle make. They have 12ga AR’s. They have .22LR AR’s. They have 9mm AR’s. Most semi-auto and some even bolt action. Connecticut does suck though. Too bad the govt staged that bullcrap at that closed down elementary school to tighten gun laws. Good thing I don’t care. Build your own and you are good to go. Just dont expect to buy what you want in a store or bring it to strict ranges. But I have no problem shooting my 16″, 30rd magazine, AR with a pistol grip and adjustable stock in NY. If you knew anything about rifles it is that laws are for what you can buy in a Gun Store and not what you can build. Shoot…with a file I can make mine fully-auto if I wanted to. I would get in trouble of course but last time I checked no one was coming inside my home without a warrant to see my weapons, and if they did they would only see the end of my barrel. But I don’t want/need to go that far. I am a Marine and we focus on ammo conservation because we are high speed low drag. One shot one kill markesmen. I was a 5yr rifle and pistol expert and an Aircrewman on a CH53E. But I did swap out my sidearm from the 9mm Colt 1911 for a Glock because they use the same ammo. But I did also have a secondary which was a .45ACP subcompact because I could. There is a lot of misinformation and people who are misinformed or are trying to talk crap on this site I see. But military people can usually spot a fake from however long their effective range is

    • In the real world you can own a full auto weapon. Please be knowledgeable in what you say lest you look the fool saying it.

      • Yes, you can own a fully automatic weapon, but, in the U.S., you have to obtain a Federal Class III Firearms permit to do so legally.

        A couple of other points:

        Both rifles and carbines, as well as pistols, are “rifled”. Only shotguns have non-rifled barrels.

        “Assault rifles” are military hardware. “Assault weapons” are scary looking civilian firearms that well-intentioned ignoramuses try to ban.

        In choosing between the AK 47 style semi-automatic and the AR 15, you should consider the fact that, for home defense, most firearms exchanges take place within 25 feet of the perpetrator, making long range accuracy a moot point.

        • you, sir, are WAY wrong!!!

          the ignoramuses are NOT well intentioned!!! not well intentioned at all (unless you’re referring to the liberals who blindly follow them in their pursuit of gun bans… theyou may be well intentioned ignoramuses…)

        • My 12 gauge shotgun has a rifled barrel for slugs my 410 also has a rifled barrel. Not all shotguns are rifled. Depends on what type of projectile you are firing that will usually make your barrel selection much easier.

        • I think you are right. But both term Assault Rifle and Assault Weapon are nothing-burgers. Its an assault rifle if you assault someone. With my AR10 I dont ambush terrorists I hunt deer and hogs. Because of what it looks like does not make it any different so long as it is semi-automatic. And for home defense go with a 12ga buckshot or 20ga birdshot. The cone will hit anything within 10-25′. Plus birdshot wont go through your walls and kill your kids on the other side. Anyone can throw a reticle on any rifle and use it the same as any other semi. They are just making features illegal which is stupid. A front handle makes you kore accurate at close range why would they want to take that away? Do they love people shooting things they didnt mean to? Pretty soon they will say we can only shoot 22LR bolt actions because of the govt and the useful idiots supporting them. Just buy a lower receiver for an AR and then you can build it for however you want it to be. Just dont take it putside snd eave it around if the features are illegal where you live and if you dont have the license. So dumb because most murders are with handguns and not with AR-15’s or AK’s. More people get killed with granddads shotgun and grandmas .38 special than any semiauto modern weapon anyway. I hate this government. And that is why you need to get yourself as well armed as they are. So when they come to take your stuff you can say no i dont think so. If you have one I can have one that is the point of the 2nd amendment. Unless you prefer to be outgunned by those making the rules. Get a group together too so if S does HTF you have your own little fire team to rely upon because the last thing you will want is the Natl Guard (weekend warriors) to come knocking with M4’s that they arent even great at shooting telling you what to do and to give them your food and gasoline because that is what will happen like in Boston if the people keep pushing these pointless gun laws. Thank god for Gunbroker.

  5. Why you all choose to bicker over what is, or is not considered an assault rifle (Besides, there is no such thing as an assault rifle, it is/was a term made up by the media.) when the real issue concerning this article is the fact it is completely inaccurate and contains only small truths concerning only some carbines. Who ever is moderating these comments should be more concerned about the “facts” presented in the article. You have the emails of everyone who has commented on your lack of facts or a plethora of falsehoods, why don’t you either delete the entire article, as you are only further confusing people looking for information, or contact one of the people who are telling you, you are no where near what makes a carbine different from a rifle!

    • Could not agree more. The article really confuses the issue and those that are not familiar with this type of firearm. I do not call it an “assault weapon” just because that may be the definition in some states (although it is becoming to be the norm unless somehow we put a stop to it).

    • Not quite. Assault WEAPON is the term made up by the media. An assault RIFLE is defined as:
      1. any weapon shooting a cartridge larger and more powerful than a pistol cartridge but less than a full sized rifle cartridge, called: an intermediate round
      2. using a detachable, large capacity magazine
      3. possessing the capacity for fully automatic fire.

      Since what the media refers to as assault WEAPON S, do NOT, in fact, possess criteria number three, they needed to make up a similar term in order to keep the sheep confused and frightened. Thus the similar, misleading, terms.
      OFC, we agree that this article was obviously written by a person who knows near zero about the subject. It is so full of glaring errors that it would take more space to just list them all than this piece is long.

      • Those of you trying to correct the difference between an assault weapon and assault rifle… You seem to have all plucked your information from different erroneous articles.
        Wikipedia defines an assault rifle in one article as a: fully automatic selective-fire rifle that uses an intermediate cartridge and a detachable magazine. etc. (you can read it for yourself) This definition has mixed errors and is based on the following reference materials:
        “Assault rifle.”
        Encyclopedia Britannica. 2010. .
        Taylor The Fighting Rifle: A Complete Study of the Rifle in Combat
        F.A. Moyer Special Forces Foreign Weapons Handbook
        R.J. Scroggie, F.A. Moyer Special Forces Combat Firing Techniques
        Musgave, Daniel D., and Thomas B. Nelson, The World’s Assault Rifles, vol. II, The Goetz Company, Washington, D.C. (1967)

        Although I’ve never read the Encyclopedia Britannica, (we had the World Book encyclopedias as a kid.)
        I have read 3 of the other books, and seen many quotes from The World’s Assault Rifles, vol. II. The problem is none of these books sans the Encyclopedia Britannica were making any attempt to define the term Assault Rifle.

        In another Wikipedia the “definition” of an Assault Weapon is: Standard Service Rifles in most modern armies with selective fire and uses an intermediate cartridge and a detachable magazine.

        If one actually is going to take the rifles listed, or included in the books as an example of a definition, then every semi-auto with a removable clip or magazine on the market, including your grandpa’s wooden stock Marlin .22 is an assault rifle.

        The problem is the “new” term for assault rifle and assault weapon are extremely muddied. So grabbing articles or books from 40 or 50 years ago and stating the definitions or references make your argument factual, no matter what your opinion or definition might be, is erroneous at best and ignorant at worst. Federal and State laws do not even agree on what an Assault Weapon nor Assault Rifle is. So to state unequivocally your definition, or my definition is correct is not helping the situation. The term Assault Weapon has made it’s way from a Media Catch Phrase into law books across the country, and introduced as Bills in nearly 50% of our States. The problem with the term Assault Weapon is it includes other weapons besides rifles, and seems to be why politicians have begun to favor the term.
        Minnesota, has introduced measures to confiscate certain rifles, pistols and shotguns deemed to be “assault” weapons based primarily on their appearance.
        Missouri has introduced several Bills to CONFISCATE rifles, and shotguns deemed to be “assault” weapons based entirely on their appearance.
        Lawmakers in Washington State are pushing a measure that would require annual inspections of those who own “assault” weapons to ensure they are sufficiently secured. Who they will deem owns assault rifles will be interesting to say the least, and frightening when one considers this is clearly a violation of the 4th Amendment.
        Iowa state Rep. Dan Muhlbauer (D-Manilla) recently stated semi-automatic weapons should be banned, and proposed confiscating them from law-abiding citizens. His ignorance on the subject is clear from his description: “We cannot have big guns out here as far as the big guns that are out here, the semi-automatics and all of them,” he told the /newspaper/. “We can’t have those running around out here. Those are not hunting weapons.” “We should ban those in Iowa,” he added. (again, if you want to delve into the plethora of ignorance Mr. Muhlbauer demonstrated you can read it for yourself)
        So in general, according to lawmakers that want to take away Assault Weapons/Assault Rifles, black rifles with a detachable magazine are in their sites along with any definition they deem necessary to ban the guns they want to ban, or worse confiscate.

        While we argue about what is or is not an assault weapon, a politician somewhere is thinking up ways to ban our guns, so if you want to write something, write to your representatives and express your concern about banning weapons from law abiding citizens and to make them understand criminals are not going to give a hoot about any of the proposed bans, confiscations, registration laws etc. Laws already on the books concerning weapon ownership by felons are not being enforced, let’s start there.

        As far as the definition between a rifle and a carbine? In reality a carbine is a type of rifle. Often manufactures differentiate a carbine as a shorter lighter version of their other rifles. In general that definition works but is far from a good definition. And “short”, when compared to other non-carbine rifles often doesn’t add up, and neither does the “light” aspect in similar comparisons. In general it is up to the gun manufacturer to decide if their short light rifle is a Carbine or just a short light rifle… Clear as mud eh?

        • Great comment and totally agree. I can’t believe those comments came out if someone who is making laws. Actually I can. Look at the “ghost gun” guy who said you can make it in your kitchen (so ling as you have a drill press in your kitchen I suppose). The term is to scare people plain and simple. It is to lump a bunch of weapons together and soon they will just say you can only own like a idk a shotgun that can hold two shells or maybe just a PCP hahaha. But if you are smart you will just keep a low profile and build a rifle you know how to operate and thats that. For hunting use a .30 rifle. Thats simple. Or a shotgun I guess it you are bird hunting. Handguns are the best self and home defense weapon but those laws are getting insane. Forget about concealed carry, here in NY it now takes over 1yr to get your license alone. And rifle or handgun you can only have a magazine (not clip) that holds no more than 10rd but you cant even put 10rds in it you can only load 7rds and one chambered. So i guess whoever makes the first 7rd magazine will be a rich man very soon.

    • Assault rifle is a real term, and is the definition of a select fire small arm that traditonally fires a rifle cartridge and accepts a detachable box magazine,. It is NOT a semiautomatic weapon of same design or pattern, as our sensationalist media and government control advocates have labled them. An AKM, the M16 series used by our Armed Forces, the SCAR, Galil and many others are assault rifles. The AK’s that are available to the public, AR-15’s and other semiautomatic rifles patterned after assault rifles are just rifles. Cosmetics be damned.

    • The name actually was not made up by the media, but is simply the English translation of the official German designation for the SG (Sturmgewehr) 44, which was the first gun of this type introduced. It was designed to be used during an assault on enemy positions and close combat situations, where the capability to rapidly fire was more important than accuracy. Thus it’s design features.

    • I agree. I commented with my opinion. And of course as always, I was called a liar, I’m not in the US Marine Corps. It’s insane! I agree with your comment. Can’t we all just get along? Bickering and bitching over who’s right and wrong. Not worth it. Cause one guys opinion is different than the other. It doesn’t mean one is any less than the other. Semper Fi to all my brothers, and my family at Camp Schwab.

  6. Excuse me for one moment. Did you even bother to research this? An M1903 IS rifled and IS very accurate, especially when compared to other rifles of the day. It was commonly used as a sniper rifle after it was no longer a main infantry rifle. Similar goes for the 98, and M1891 Mosin Nagant.

    Your description of colonial battle formation dates back to the civil war (1861-1865 since you clearly can’t use google). It was used by almost All major armies of the time and was the preferred method for exactly the reason mentioned, however they used percussion (or earlier flintlock) muzzleloaders, which, until civil war era, were smooth bore. Rifling was introduced around the time of the civil war and revolutionized firearms technology of the time, allowing shorter barrels and infinitely better accuracy.

  7. Ok, both carbines and rifles have groves called rifling, hence where the term rifle comes from.
    In earlier years those firearms were called muskets.

  8. I agree with the folks that point out that this article is terribly inaccurate and misleading, and leaves the reader with the impression that carbines don’t have a rifled barrel.

    It also leaves the impression that soldiers lined up with M1903’s, Mausers due to inaccuracy, which is false. All rifles and carbines have rifled barrels. Those long arms that don’t have rifled barrels are muskets, and _those_ are the ones that soldiers “lined up with” due to inaccuracy.

    Further, the physics and accuracy portion of this article leaves something to be desired. The author should research this topic more and correct the text.

    AK-47’s are not “remarkably different” from other rifles, they just shoot an intermediate power cartridge. There are examples of fully automatic and semi-automatic AK-47’s. The former of which is an assault _rifle_ and the latter is not. Since the term assault _weapon_ is ill-defined, one cannot reliable determine whether an AK-47 falls within that definition or not.

    For the other commenters:

    * Assault _Rifle_ is actually a thing, it is defined as a fully automatic firearm that fires an intermediate cartridge, including (but not limited to) the 5.56×45 (for which the M4/M16 is chambered for) or the 7.62×39 (for which the AK-47 are chambered for).
    * Assault _Weapon_ is the “made-up term by the media, politicians, gun-control advocates” and has no solid definition beyond “firearms that the aforementioned entities don’t like”.
    * It is legal to own a fully automatic firearm _manufactured before 1986_. However, it is quite onerous/expensive to go through the government mandated paperwork and since the supply is small, these firearms command fantastic prices that are typically outside the reach of most people. Thus, most firearms owned by the general public are semi-automatic as opposed to fully-automatic.

    For completeness, a fully-automatic firearm is defined as a firearm that can fire more than one cartridge with a single trigger press, while a semi-automatic firearm is defined as a firearm that is capable of only firing one cartridge per trigger press.

  9. You really should have someone who knows something about firearms rewrite this article.

    That being said, “carbine” is a pretty flexible term, but the only fundamental meaning versus “rifle” is that a carbine is a shorter-barreled and otherwise physically compact version of a infantry soldier’s weapon. It’s intended for use by non-combat soldiers who need a gun to defend themselves, but also need it to be small and easy to keep out of the way while they do their main job.

    Some carbines are literally the same rifle or long gun with a shorter barrel, and others are specialized guns with folding shoulder stocks and short barrels that fire pistol ammunition.

    All guns, except for shotguns or antique muskets, have “lines in the barrel”, called rifling, that make the bullet spin for greater accuracy.

  10. Rule #1 when writing about guns, KNOW ABOUT GUNS!

    This article is just plain sad when viewed by an educated firearms instructor. Just get a real firearms person to write on such subjects in the future, please.

  11. This is one of the most inaccurate “articles” I’ve ever read, just for firearms, but ANY article. It is so full in inaccuracies and outright “wrongness” I won’t even bother to list them. If you want real information, please search elsewhere

  12. All of the subsequent comments are far better and educational than the article itself and if you wish to be positive, means that having the bad article has been “worthwhile” in the end.

    However… What is the difference between a rifle and a carbine?

    • “Carbine” means different things to different people, but at its core:

      A carbine is a smaller version of a rifle, where “smaller” might mean a shorter barrel or shoots a smaller cartridge (most likely pistol-caliber).

  13. U guys are babbling on when the question has been hardly answered ( the differents between carbine and rifles ) u are off the point subject

  14. Who knows what to believe with all this googled BS!? This fella has no business trying to tell anybody anything about a firearm.

  15. I live in California (or Kalifornia, kalbakistan, etc) This state is completely nuts. The politicians and media run around telling everyone that the AR in AR15 stands for Assault Rifle or Automatic Rifle instead of ArmaLite Rifle or just ArmaLite. I’ve written to these people to correct them and to explain the differences between the AR15 and M16. Then my state passed a stupid law that made you have to use a tool to eject the magazine because criminals would surely put this on their weapons and not switch over to a normal button if they buy/steal a weapon that has this button that needs a tool to eject the magazines. This button is usually called a bullet button since you can use the point of a bullet as the tool. Then Senator Feinstein goes on TV because she wants to ban Assault Rifles because they have bullet buttons that select the rate of fire. So the law she passed that required the damn bullet buttons now added fully automatic and burst firing options to my semi automatic carbine? We should send her to prison for converting all of the legal ARs into full autos. Lol. It just really amazes me how stupid people are. Oh and don’t forget we can only have 10 round magazines unless you had regular capacity magazines before the law was passed. State is now trying to outlaw the old ones too. Plus you can’t use lead ammo to hunt with because it might hurt the environment. And they are trying to make you have to have a license to buy ammo with all ammo being tracked. And they want micro serial numbers on the ammo. All guns should also have biometric locks. Guns must be stored in a safe (please Mr criminal, can you hold on a sec while I unlock and load my gun). If you suffer from depression or have in the past, they can take your guns, even if you’ve never showed any signs of wanting to hurt yourself or others. So people like me, who have depression because of chronic pain, will not go get the help they need because they will be treated like a felon and not be permitted to keep their guns. Effectively losing our 2A rights through discrimination. Plus many other really stupid laws and bills up for becoming laws.

  16. I meant model of SKS. Not middle. Gotta love Google’s spell checker. Not!

  17. Meanwhile in England (UK) we are still trying to figure out what a ‘cheeky’ Nandos is?

  18. “In earlier years, rifles did not really have lines in their barrels which reduced the accuracy of the firearm.”

    You should rewrite this line. The way you have it written seems like you’re saying the lines in the barrel reduce the accuracy.

  19. So… What defines a carbine?

  20. 98k is all you have to say on that. The 98k has a longer barrel than a lot of modern rifles. It’s barrel is just shorter than the original 98. Generallyple think of carbines as just a shorter version of a rifle, or even a rifle length weapon in a pistol caliber. There’s no true distinguishing between them except on case by case basis.

  21. You guys are playing into the gun grabbers hands by arguing over whether it is an assault widget or an assault gadget. To them at least, the operative word is assault. You are letting them turn a verb into a noun. The correct thing to argue is that while there is no such thing as an assault baseball bat or carving knife both can be used in an assault.

  22. I had made alot of mistakes. But i have never been told by another Marine that i’m not one. It’s a sad day when just because i stated my say, that people want to pick apart my opinion. I stated my opinion in a way that non military and other gun lovers could understand. Maybe next time i should put a copy of my DD214 online when i make a comment. I don’t have any ill will. I understand there’s allot of bulls**iters online. Semper Fi to all my brothers……

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  59. Listen does it really matter? A carbine, assult rifle or rifle indeed. A carbine is typically shorter in length, resulting in lower muzzle velocity, however is lighter in weight, than its longer heavier cousin the rifle. So its really down to personal preference potentially with correct weapon handling accuracy is negligible! Either weapon in the right hands does the same job!
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  60. There is no such thing as an “assault rifle” or “assault weapon”. They’re both made-up terms by the government to scare people into voting for their overly broad, unconstitutional gun grab laws.

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