Top 20 Next-Gen Combat Rifles

Rounding up some of the most advanced fighting carbines and combat rifles for the 21st century!

SIG556 Patrol

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SIG556 Patrol

The SIG556 Patrol from Sig Sauer is a semi-automatic rifle that features a gas piston operating system with a two-position gas valve. The SIG556 is legendary for performing in adverse conditions. The Patrol variant is extremely light due to its redesigned alloy trigger housing.

Gun Review: SIG556 Patrol

The folding stock ensures the Patrol is maneuverable in tight confines even with its 16-inch barrel. The rotary diopter rear sight and folding front sight are rugged and quickly adjust for close-quarter operations out to 100, 200 and 300 meters. The carbine also accepts standard AR-style magazines.

For more information, visit sigsauer.com or call 603-610-3000.

Specifications

  • Caliber: 5.56mm NATO
  • Barrel: 16 inches
  • OA Length: 35.8 inches
  • Weight: 7.5 pounds (empty)
  • Stock:  Folding
  • Sights: Flip-up front, diopter rear
  • Action: Piston-operated semi-auto
  • Finish: Hardcoat anodized black
  • Capacity: 30+1
  • MSRP: $1,266

 

SIG556Xi Standard

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SIG556Xi Standard

The SIG556xi redefines the modular combat rifle design, giving the operator a choice of caliber, barrel length, handguard and stock configurations as well as lower receivers. The SIG556xi is built on the proven SIG556 platform, which uses a gas piston operating system with a three-position gas valve.

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The SIG556xi can be changed to three different calibers—5.56mm NATO, 300 AAC Blackout and 7.62x39mm—by swapping out the barrel, lower receiver and appropriate bolt. The non-serialized lower receiver can quickly be changed so either AK- or AR-style magazines can be used. The upper receiver is the serialized part on the SIG556xi. Optional endplates offer users a variety of stock options.

For more information, visit sigsauer.com or call 603-610-3000.

Specifications

  • Caliber: 5.56mm NATO
  • Barrel: 16 inches
  • OA Length: 35.8 inches
  • Weight: 7.1 pounds (empty)
  • Stock:  Folding
  • Sights: Flip-up front and rear
  • Action: Piston-operated semi-auto
  • Finish: Hardcoat anodized black
  • Capacity: 30+1
  • MSRP: $1,466

 

SIG716 Patrol

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SIG716 Patrol

The SIG716 Patrol offers an operator all the familiar controls found on the 5.56mm NATO SIG516, but in the bone-busting 7.62mm NATO chambering. The SIG716 uses a short-stroke pushrod operating system with a rotating bolt and a four-position gas value, combined with a free-floating barrel for optimum accuracy and dependability.

Gun Review: Sig Sauer SIG716 Precision 7.62mm Rifle: Reliable DMR

 

The aluminum handguard allows numerous accessory attachment points while the collapsible buttstock allows for a custom fit for the end-user. The SIG716 sports a 16-inch barrel and weighs 7.6 pounds unloaded. Also, the magazine release is ambidextrous, and the rifle comes with flip-up sights.

For more information, visit sigsauer.com or call 603-610-3000.

Specifications

  • Caliber: 7.62mm NATO
  • Barrel: 16 inches
  • OA Length: 38.3 inches
  • Weight: 9.3 pounds (empty)
  • Stock:  Collapsible
  • Sights: Flip-up front and rear
  • Action: Piston-operated semi-auto
  • Finish: Hardcoat anodized black
  • Capacity: 20+1
  • MSRP: $2,186

Load Comments
  • 12.7x99mmDaddy

    Fucking Keltec,, i wish this article had been written on paper so i could wipe my ass with it.

  • SansJeux

    What about the LWRC REPR???????????

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  • Acidfix

    Out of them all I like the IWI Tavor… Put a VCOG on it and call it a day.

  • k.h.

    Direct impingement is a flawed design, not a suitable system for a military rifle. AR-18 design was much more promising as a military rifle than a AR-15. G36 is a fine example of a AR-18 based system. Too bad it came too late.

  • Oak

    PTR-91? $2 mag, roller locker system, foward charging handle, low recoil… What’s not to love accurate, reliable, and the mags are $2

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  • Meow Man

    This idiot lists several bull pups without mentioning the best bull pup that is actually time tested and proven, the Steyr Aug. The Tavor is relatively new, along with the other bull pups on this list. The author is an ignorant mall ninja it seems, with little actual firearms experience or knowledge.

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  • Moronerator

    What exactly is the point to this article???
    (outside the criteria for picking up your paycheck that is..)

    It opens with the typical arrogance oriented perspective that everything in existence is automatically antiquated because it was not invented by the ‘next’ generation… then attempts to quantify the need and purpose for the ‘next-gen’ combat rifle by listing everything the current ‘granddaddy’s’ AR already provides… It does not stop there of course. To further reinforce the ignorance of whoever scribed this crap, it provides examples of weapons that not only fail to provide a single feature above what the ‘aging’ AR platform rifle originally provided back in the 60s, the examples fail to provide anything over the AR platform today. Then, as if it were possible to demonstrate any greater lack of perspective, it provides examples of some ‘next-gen’ rifles that do not provide a fraction of the reliability proven by the AR platform and do not even meet the feature criteria quantified at the beginning of the article.

    Thank you for providing your perspective and clarification of what the ‘next-gen’ weaponry fulfills, but more importantly thank you for demonstrating how a false sense of purpose, keyboard, and an internet connection can provide evidence of why we need combat rifles to begin with..

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  • gregory

    The Kel-tec RFB is a POS. Read KTOG, the things do not work. I almost made the mistake of a lifetime by selling my M1A SOCOM 16 to buy one. I changed my mind and decided to deal with the extra weight in exchange for a rifle that functions.

  • Anthony

    Can’t believe that Kel-tec and masterpiece arms are in this list. You may as well give Hi-point a spot also.

    • josh

      There were lots of rifles that should have been listed other than the Kel-tec and masterpiece arms such as LWRC’s PDW for example. And no knock against the M1A Socom II, I’d love to have one but I guess I just wasn’t expecting it on this list. I did notice there wasn’t a single AK variant on the list…

      • dev0311

        The us military will never use ak’s
        Thats why they weren’t on the list

        • josh

          Agreed that the US military would never use an AK, but I didn’t notice that this was specifically the top 20 for the US military.

  • dan

    What about Beretta ar160?

    • josh

      The civilian version AR100 was on the list as these were all civilian models.