It was invented by“Hitler’s Buzzsaw,” in the year 1942, is infamous around the world as the weapon used at Omaha Beach to mow Americans down, but it was used in Russia to much more vicious effect. It fired 1,200 rounds of 8mm rifle ammunition per minute, which is sufficient to cut a man in half. It was air-cooled, and could melt its barrel if fired non-stop for 5 minutes.
9. Glock Handgun
In modern reliability the Glock is the ultimate. You can pour sand down the barrel and it will shoot. It will shoot underwater. It is commonly used in 9mm, but is chambered for .40 Sig and .45 ACP among others. It is the standard law enforcement sidearm today and will continue to be for a long time.
8. 303 Lee-Enfield
The British adopted it into the army in 1895 and used it completely until 1957. Until the soldiers could perform “the mad minute,” they were drilled ,firing 30 rounds in 60 seconds and hitting 30 targets. This required reloading twice, and working the bolt back and forth in less than half a second. The rifle is accurate to 1,000 yards with open sights, and served in India ,during the Boer War, both World Wars, and many others.
7. 50 M2HB “Ma Deuce” BMG
The Browning Machine Gun is chambered for the most tremendous shoulder-fired cartridge to date. The 800 grain powder load has 14,895 foot-pounds of energy at the muzzle, which is enough to put a full metal jacketed round through three approaching vehicles. It has shot down helicopters with one round.
6. Smith and Wesson Model 29 .44 Magnum Revolver
It was invented in 1955, and is still thought of as one of the most powerful handguns in the world, though it has been eclipsed by the .500 magnum, the Desert Eagle .50 AE, the .454 Casull and a few others. It was made famous by Dirty Harry in 1971 But cannons lacks controlability and comparatively low cost. The .44 Magnum will still run you at least $800 new, which is a lot for a revolver, but very cheap compared to other magnums. It can drop Cape Buffaloes and Polar Bears.
5. The Mauser Model 1893 Bolt Action Rifle
When Paul Mauser and Co. patented the 1893 version in 7mm, the bolt action had been kicking around since 1824. It has become the benchmark, on which all bolt action rifles are based, and against which all are compared. There are three primary bolt action systems: the Lee-Enfield, the Mauser, and the Mosin-Nagant.Of the three, the Mauser system is the most widespread, the most trustworthy, and the most battle-proven rifle mechanism in the world.
4. Colt Single Action Army Revolver
Colt .45 revolver was invented in 1873 and immediately caught on as extremely accurate at close range,. Its caliber can flip a charging man backward off his feet easily. Today it can be used to hunt deer and black bears. The larger powder loads can take down grizzly bears.It’s as famous as the gun of Wyatt Earp, among other Old West celebrities.
3. Henry Repeating Rifle
It is called the granddaddy of all lever-action firearms. Benjamin Tyler Henry invented it in 1860, but neither the Union nor Confederacy wanted much to do with it, as they were afraid their soldiers would fire too quickly and waste ammunition. It fired a revolutionary, self-contained cartridge in .44 caliber, with 568 foot-pounds of stopping power, more than enough to put a man down. It held 16 rounds in a tube magazine, and a good man could fire 28 rounds per minute.
It is accurate enough to do the job out to about 400 yards. AK-47 is the ultimate peak in harsh reliability. It will not break down under fire unless something disastrous happens to it. You can drive a tank over it, throw it against a wall, submerge it in sand, water, mud, and every time it will go right on firing when you pull the trigger.
1. Colt 1911 .45 ACP
This handgun was invented by John Browning for the Colt Company, in 1911, as a sidearm for American soldiers. Its every bit as strong and reliable as the AK-47 .It immediately proved itself a world beater in WWI, again in WWII, and has been a keystone of the American military ever since.
Even untrained civilians can fire it accurately, keep it in working order, and defend themselves skillfully with it. 7 + 1 rounds of fat, man-stopping power perfect for close-range self-defense. The only way to improve on it would be to make it cheaper.