For my first rifle there was only one choice: the Lee Enfield No 1 Mark III - not just because I already had the bayonet; this really is one of the best rifles ever made:

Then I bought a Carcano 6.5mm rifle, which was the Italian Army's infantry weapon during World War II. One of these was used by Lee Harvey Oswald to assassinate John F Kennedy. I've heard people say he couldn't possibly have fired three good shots in about 8 seconds (make that two good shots as the first round missed), and I've heard people say he could easily have done it. The only way to find out was to get hold of a Carcano 6.5, fit a telescopic sight and have a go myself.

Watch this space for the results. Then we'll know if there was a conspiracy or not!

Next I'll be getting an FN, because it's what I'm used to and because it's much better suited to modern warfare than all the assault rifles that followed it:

Fig 11 targets
Rifle Shooter magazine
Fifty Caliber Shooter's Association
Rifle Manuals firingpin.com
gunbroker.com (a division of ebay)
Gallery of Guns
Auction Arms
Shotgun News nothing to do with shotguns!
Russian Guns and Firearms
South African Bisley Union
Dominion of Canada Rifle Association
Stock Exchange Rifle Club
London & Middlesex Rifle Association
National Small-bore Rifle Association
NRA list of ranges in AR
Join the NRA
The Remington Society of America
Southern Ohio Gun
Hoosier Gun Works
Martini-Henry FAQs
Surplus Firearms Parts & Accessories
Alexander Arms' New "Overwatch" .50 Beowulf review by Gunblast.com
British Army Rifles
7.62mm Tokarev Semiautomatic Rifle SVT40
Collecting and Shooting the 7.62mm Tokarev Self-loading Rifle (SVT-40) - Ammo
The M1 Garand Rifle An American Companion In Three Wars
Eliminating the sticky bolt syndrome in Mosin-Nagant rifles
"Sticky Mosin Nagant Bolt? Making your Mosin Rock part 1" YouTube
2010 Products: Rifles


Carcano 1891/41 Review, 6.5x52mm
Carcno Review Addendum


FNAR Heavy
American Rifleman Review


Wikipedia: FN FAL
Collecting and Shooting the FAL Rifle
7.62mm L1A1 automatic rifle
Derby City FN FAL Owners Association Louisville, Kentucky
History of the FN FAL Talks about which versions are legal in USA and how to get them
FN FAL Review M444 version
Century Arms
M-1 versus AR-15 versus FN-FAL versus 12-Gauge: What to buy in a time of crisis?
Service Rifles forums - buy & sell etc - includes an FN-FAL section
DS Arms STG58A FN/FAL Rifle at We Are Guns
Ammo suppliers
FAL Parts
AIM Surplus
7.62 X 51 mm NATO Stripper Clips
The SLR L1A1 An Aussie veteran writes: The best rifle that I have personaly handled
Technical Data: L1A1 and L2A1
FN FAL Specifications
the Difference between .308 Winchester & 7.62x51mm NATO
gunthings.com extensive parts catalog for FN FAL
gunthings.com FAL accessories
Investment Grade Firearms
falfiles.com - links
Guns America try the DSA STG 58 A .308 Rifle $899 (FN FAL) or search for R1A1 or NATO
Fabrique Nationale Rifles at Guns America
DSA FNs at Impact Guns
FAL rifles at Impact Guns
TapCo L1A1
Fusil Automatique Legere
DSA FALs at Ordnance Outsellers
DSA STG 58 A .308 Rifle at Atlantic Firearms
DSA SA 58 Standard
G1 FAL Collector's Edition 7.62mm FFL required
InterOdnance IMBEL FN rifles and sometimes British
Gas Piston (metric, used) at InterOrdnance
Gas Piston Spring (metric, used) at InterOrdnance
Bolt Assembly & Carrier at InterOrdnance
Verifying 922(r) Compliance on a FAL build anti-Belgian protectionism!
List of Parts on a FAL There are 20 parts on the ATF 922(r) list, of which no more than 10 are allowed to be imported and still be assembled into an assault rifle. Of these 20 parts, a FAL has 17.
FAL Variant Parts (for legality)
Gunthings US-made gas piston, hammer, trigger, sear, floorplate,
FAL parts from TAPCO not much here apart from a US-made gas piston
Midway USA rifle parts
Barrel vice
Barrel vice for $72
Brownells rifle parts
L1A1 parts kits at Colorado Gun Sales
FN/FAL Project
Ammunition for Armor-Testing NATO 7.62mm x 51

FN P90



The Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk III SMLE Rifle
Collecting and Shooting the Enfield No. 4 Rifle
Enfield No. 4 Mk 2 Range Report
No 1 Mk III Disassembly & Reassembly
Lee-Enfield No. 4 Rifle
Surplus Rifles at Southern Ohio Gun
Enfield 2A .308 NATO/7.62x51 Rifles at AIM Surplus
DS Solutions Militaria
British L1A1 Black Plastic Butt Plate, Short at DS Solutions Militaria
Rifle 303 British Enfield - 04/11/09


Romanian kit at Atlantic Firearms $400
Under Folder Rifle on US receiver $589
Under FOlder Rifle: Polish parts on US receiver with bayonet $629
Russian classic with fixed butt $819
AKMS Black Underfolder Polymer Rifle 7.62X39 at JKF inc $540
Ak47 magazines from AIM Surplus
Kalashnikov backs weapons control - 26/06/06
Profile: Mikhail Kalashnikov - 26/06/06
Century Arms Centurion 39 Sporter Rifle - 13/10/10 Here’s a U.S. made, semi-auto version of the most successful 20th-century military arm—the AK-47
A history of the AK-47, the gun that made history - Oct 29, 2010
Russian army ends purchase of Kalashnikov rifles - Sep 27, 2011
AK47 assault rifle designer Kalashnikov dies at 94 - Dec 23, 2013 Free Republic

Hecler & Kock

H&K 416 Carbine

M1 Garand

The M1 Garand Considered one of the finest rifles ever produced by American armories
US Carbine, Caliber .30, M1. Disassembly & Reassembly


M14 rifle
M-14 7.62mm Rifle The US Army selected the M-14 rifle in 1957
Last of the Surviving M-14 Battle Rifles - Apr 29, 2009
Soldiers issued enhanced M14s - Sep 15, 2012
Collecting and Shooting the 7.62mm M14 and M1A Rifles
Springfield M1A Standard SYN $1,600
Springfield M1A Loaded SYN $1,500

M16 / AR15

The AR-15 Complete Assembly Guide
Introduction to Building Your Own AR-15
AR Operating Systems: Gas Impingement vs. Piston maybe direct gas impingement isn't so bad after all
An AR Plinking Good Time Smith & Wesson’s M&P 15 .22 Rifle
ArmaLite M-15 A2 Carbine Exploded view and break-down instructions for AR-platform rifles


5.56mm v .223 Remington
M16 and M16A1 Assault Rifles 5.56mm
Bushmaster .308 Rifle review by Gunblast.com
Bushmaster A2 20in Rifle
Bushmaster A2 20" Target Rifle .223 (5.56mm)
Bushmaster Rifles as AIM Surplus
http://www.gunshopfinder.com/bushmaster/bushmastera2_20rifle.asp High Standard’s New AR-15 Rifles review by Gunblast.com
AR15/M16 FAQs
M-16 5.56mm Rifle in 1965 the Armalite AR-15 was adopted by the Secretary of Defense for use by all branches of the U.S. military as the 5.56mm M-16 rifle
Bushmaster rifles (new) at AIM Surplus
AR30MP 30rnd USGI Magazine with Generation II MagPul Follower $12.00
AR15 Magazines at Copes
Otis Technology AR-15 Rifle Cleaning Kits review by Gunblast.com
Stag Arms Lower Parts Kit $66 inc pistol grip
Stag Arms Stripped Lower Receiver $129
Stag Arms A2 Buttstock Kit $85
Stag Arms A2 Lower Half $285
Stag Arms Upper Half $545
DPMS Lowers $420.35
AR-15 schematic
Stripped lower receivers
Magpul Polymer 30rd .223 AR15/M16 PMAG Maglevel Magazine Black from aimsurplus
Charging Handles for one-handed operation


.308 Bushmaster
Armalite AR-10B .308 20"

Proof Research

Proof Research
New firearms maker opens high-tech facility - Nov 24, 2012 FR Comments

Sig Sauer

SIG SG 550 Wikipedia

Sniper Rifles

Accuracy International Portsmouth
The super sniper: Hero picks off two Taliban from a mile and a half away - 02/05/10
Tac Pro Shooting Center US distributor for Accuracy International
7.62 mm L96A1 sniper rifle
M40A1 7.62mm a militarised version of the commercial Remington 700 sporting rifle
Review of Accuracy International AS50
British Army Sniper Rifles
SAS makes deadly debut with new sniper rifle - 02/12/02 L115A .338
Ultimate Accuracy Arms Lonoke
How to make the ultimate sniper rifle - 13/04/14 Telegraph video about Accuracy International


Ultra Shot Accuracy Products

New Rifles

Bravo Company USA
High Standard
Model 1 Sales
Rock River Arms

Classic & Used Rifles

Bullseye Guns & Ammo
Fred's Military M14 Rifle Stocks
Gun Envy Store
Ohio Ordnance Works
Sarco Inc

Rifle Ranges

Arkansas Game & Fish Commission Firing Ranges
Arkansas Gun Clubs
Mountain Valley Sportsman's Association, Hot Springs 300m rifle range
Central Arkansas Shooters Association
Sherwood - AR 72124 Phone: 501-666-9488 - 1000yd rifle range
Searcy - Fischer's Shooting Center, 911 S. Booth Road, Searcy, AR 72143. 501-726-4030 400yd rifle range
PRW Civilian Courses 1500 yards
Whittington Center, NM see plan and map
VETS Shooting Crnter Searcy
Collegiate Shooting Sports Initiative

Results from WhereToShoot.org:
Arkansas Game & Fish Comm/Scatter Creek Ridge 2 Natural Resources Dr
Little Rock, AR 72205
501-978-7341 Main
800-364-4263 Toll Free
cleburneclub@cox-internet.com map 100yd
Cleburne County Shooting Club Hwy 5/25 By-pass
Heber Springs, AR 72543
501-887-9946 map
Mountain Valley Sportsmns Assc 15 Ostento Way
Hot Springs Village, AR 71909
501-915-8844 dbuck@ipa.net map
On Target Indoor Firing Range 1225 Blacksnake Road
Hot Springs, AR 71913
501-767-9944 david@ontargetfr.com map 75ft
141 Shooting Range 2879 CR 323
Jonesboro, AR 72401
870-761-9961 shootintrange141@yahoo.com map 100yd
Twin Lakes Gun Club, Inc. CR 1046
Mountain Home, AR 72653
870-425-7640 sportingclays@twinlakegunclub.com map 200yd
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Camp Robinson Range 574 Clinton Rd
Mayflower, AR 72106
501-470-9904 jdhuggins@agfc.state.ar.us map 200yd
Benton Gun Club Inc 5522 Mt Olive Cutoff Road
Baxuite, AR 72011
501-315-3071 Main
877-332-5558 Toll Free
map 300yd
Dixie Sport Shooting Association, Inc. Hot Springs National Park
Hot Springs, AR 71903
501-262-4001 dixieshooters@yahoo.com map 300yd
Peeler Gap Shooting Range Highway 10 East
Danville, AR 72833
501-495-2844 map 100yd
Punkin Center Gun Club 17101 Hwy 1 North
870-578-9700 map 300yd
Bear Mountian Shooting Range 1523 Highway 270 E
P O Box 255, Mount Ida, AR 71957
870-867-2101 map 100yd
Monticello Firing Range 100 Firing Range Road
Monticello Road, AK 71655
870-367-5309 emuniz@apanas.com map 300yd
Pigeon Roost Shooting Range 912 Smokey Bear Ln
Glenwood, AR 71943
870-356-4186 map 100yd

Ballistic Calculators

Whiz Wheel Review: Long Range Ballistic Solver
Accuracy 1st Development Group


History of the 7.62mm Cartridge In 1953 the US 7.62 x 51mm T65 round was adopted by NATO as its standard rifle cartidge
History of the 5.56mm Cartridge The "5.56mm Ball cartridge M193" was officially adopted by the U.S. Army in 1964
Able Ammo
Century Ammo at Impact Guns
Lucky Gunner
7.62 mm caliber
7.62 × 51 mm NATO
The Gun Zone: .308 Win. and 7.62mm NATO Are Not Identical
Outdoor Superstore
.303 at Aim Surplus
.303 at J & C Sales


A Short History of Long Range Shooting in the United States
Brass Catchers


Shooters cheer the 'sunset' of assault rifle ban - 15/09/04
M4 Carbine Fares Poorly in Dust Test - 18/12/07
And here's the rest of the M4 story - 18/12/07
Corps to use more lethal ammo in Afghanistan - 16/02/10
A World-Record Shot - 07/06/10 A British sniper holds the world record for longest confirmed kill
U.S. Army Begins Shipping M855A1 Enhanced Performance Round (M855A1 EPR) - 25/06/10
US Army Announces Carbine Competition Details - Jan 31, 2011 FR Comments
Now you're a sharpshooter: The smart rifle arrives - 25/09/13
Canadian Arctic Rangers get new rifle for polar bear defense - 06/25/15