Top 10 Most Powerful Guns In The World
Like all other technologies, firearm technology has improved greatly in the last century. It took multiple centuries to go from a single-shot musket with limited range to a repeating rifle accurate out to a quarter of a mile, but it has taken only a century to go from that repeating rifle to fully automatic weapons accurate out to as far as two miles. These advances in technology have created a new generation of incredibly potent armaments whose deadliness is only limited by the user. Here are the top 10 most powerful guns in the world.
Place of origin: Israel
A gun you can't see is especially dangerous, and if that gun can fire off rounds at the rate of 20 per second, watch out. The Uzi submachine gun and its variants package rapid fire deadliness in a tiny package – the Micro-Uzi is only 28 centimeters in length. It is used world-wide, with over 90 countries adopting it for military or law enforcement use. It is popular on the other side as well, with criminals and terrorists choosing it for concealment and plentiful ammunition.
Place of origin: Belgium
A gun that goes by a variety of names, including the M249 SAW, the Minimi is a belt-fed light machine gun that can fire up to 1,000 rounds per minute. Unlike the other machine guns on the list, this can be carried and fired by one man, on the move or from a stationary position. This ability to maneuver makes it a go-to gun for armies around the world – almost 50 have adopted it for use, while a number of other countries have produced unlicensed models for use.
Place of origin: Germany
While the round coming out of this rifle is the same size of the rounds coming out of the M2HB, you'll never see this one coming. These rifles can hit a 2-inch target from a half-mile away, meaning the bullet will hit you before you hear the gun firing. The good news is that they are expensive, and in limited production. Also, they are limited by the abilities of the shooter, and require much more practice than any other gun on this list to master.
Place of origin: Soviet Union
While it does not have the sheer firepower, range, accuracy or ease of concealment of the other guns on the list, what makes the AK-47 the most dangerous gun in the world is simplicity and numbers. The ubiquity of the weapon is scary – there have been over 100 million AK-47 or licensed variants sold since its creation. It is inexpensive, easy to fix, and incredibly durable. The operation is uncomplicated, making it easy for even the least experienced gunman to pick up and use.
Place of origin: Germany
This collaboration between American armed forces and German arms maker Heckler & Koch is slowly encroaching on the territory of the AR-15 platform as the favored assault rifle. A relatively new design that is only beginning to hit the world markets, this will become the main assault rifle of the 21st century. The design has demonstrated better accuracy, better reliability, and longer part lifespan when compared against the AR-15 and its variants. The cost of the rifle and the hesitance of countries to dispose of arms they have already paid for is all that stands in the way of this becoming the prevalent assault rifle of the 21st century.