The first Assault Rifle was the made during
. The design was called the
, and it was made with the objective of being able to offer medium-long range fire with accuracy and precision, but also close range superiority. The MP44 achieved these goals and provided a basic design for other popular Assault Rifles to follow. The weapon was later renamed Sturmgewehr 44, or StG44. Sturm means assault and gewehr means rifle, the term was allegedly coined by Adolf Hitler himself to give the impression that Germany still was on the offensive.
The next major Assault Rifle was the
. Designed shortly after the end of the war,the weapon is superficially similar to the StG44 but functionally distinct. Variations on the design such as the AKM, AKS and Type 56 are the most common assault rifles in the world even today. frequently appearing in third world countries due to the weapons sturdiness and how easy it is to acquire.
Other Assault Rifles include the
series of rifles,
Assault rifles are weapons who fire intermediate cartridges like the 5.56x45 or the 7.62x32, with automatic or burst fire modes, these weapons are often all around rifles since they fire often armor piercing ammunition, and are more accurate than machine guns.