Battle rifle

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Battle rifle is a rifle that fires full-power rifle ammunition, such as the 7.62×51mm as opposed to low-power ammunition such as the 5.56mm used in the fully automatic M16 and M4 or the semi-automatic AR-15.

The last American "battle rifle" issued in mass to U.S. soldiers was the M14 automatic rifle.

Battles rifles are popular mostly for their durability, accuracy and the high power cartridges they fire instead of low power rounds such as the 5.56 mm. Many battle rifles have iron sights (M14 and M1A) and heavy-duty construction that make them extremely reliable and accurate.

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