A rifle that a soldier takes into battle. It is not officially called a battle rifle, however, as that is actually the name of one of the human weapons in the popular X-box game Halo 2. That is a very awesome game, by the way.
Rifles have been used in military battles since the 1770s, but they were few in number, and only performed half as well as rifles in the mid-1800s. Battle rifles truly gained widespread use and acceptance during the Civil War, when whole brigades and army divisions were armed with famous guns known as Springfields, Enfields, Sharps', Colts, Spencers, and Henry's. The last two mentioned were the first repeating-fire weapons, and led to further technological developments in the future.
The American World War II Infantry private provided cover-fire for his comrades charging across the beaches at Normandy with his M-1 Garand Battle Rifle.
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