Best Semi-Automatic Rifle
Semi-automatic rifles are one of the most popular and highly used rifles on the market, as they’re versatile and a good choice for sports shooting, target shooting, small-game hunting, or self-defense. They’re often made of durable and lightweight materials, they’re easy to maneuver and built to withstand some of the harshest conditions.
Many of the most top choices for semi-automatic rifles have been manufactured by well-known and established companies, like Ruger Firearms, Springfield Armory, FN, and Kel-Tec.
What Is a Semi-Automatic Rifle?
If you’re a novice shooter, you may find yourself asking what exactly a semi-automatic rifle is and how it’s different from the other types of rifles such as pump-action rifles, lever-action rifles, and bolt-action rifles.
Semi-automatic rifles are firearms with a mechanism that automatically loads a cartridge into a chamber after one is used. You have to manually pull the trigger to fire it.
By comparison, bolt-action rifles are precision rifles where cartridges are extracted and ejected using a bolt handle. Pump-action rifles have fore-ends that can move backward and forward in order to eject a spent round of ammunition and chamber a fresh one.
Lever-action rifles have a lever that’s located near the trigger guard (which may include the trigger guard itself) that allows you to load the chamber with a fresh cartridge.
Semi-automatic rifles are beneficial because they are the fastest shooters of these rifle types and as strong as bolt-action rifles. They also have dependable accuracy, although the most modern semi-auto rifles can be exceptionally accurate.
Some of the most popular semi-automatic rifles on the market include the FN SCAR 17S, Ruger 10/22, Ruger AR-556, DS Arms SA58, Springfield M1A, Steyr AUG A3 M1, and the Kel-Tec RDB among the ranks.
FN SCAR 17S
The FN SCAR 17S, which is modeled from a service rifle used by the U.S. Special Operations Command, is a semi-automatic rifle with long-range accuracy, a high level of power, extreme reliability, and versatility.
This model has a free-floating, chrome-lined, cold hammer-forged MIL-SPEC barrel, as well as fully-ambidextrous operating controls that allow it to be adapted to any shooter or shooting position.
Other features of the FN SCAR 17S include a receiver-integrated MIL-STD-1913 optical rail, along with 3 accessory rails in order to customize it with everything from scopes to red dot sights. In addition, it has a telescoping, side-folding polymer stock, an enlarged trigger guard for those wearing gloves, and a 10-round or 20-round magazine with a low-friction follower.
Ruger 10/22 and Ruger AR-556
There are 8 different models in the Ruger 10/22 series: The 10/22 Carbine, the 10/22 Takedown, the 10/22 Takedown Lite, the 10/22 Target Lite, the 10/22 Compact, the 10/22 Tactical, the 10/22 Sporter, and the 10/22 Competition.
The Ruger 10/22 Carbine is one of the most popular models among shooters. The Ruger 10/22 Carbine has 20 different versions, but each of them has a detachable 10-round rotary magazine, a cold hammer-forged barrel, and a combination scope adapter for a Weaver-style or .22 tip-off scope. A durable firearm, it’s abrasion-resistant and can withstand harsh environments.
The Ruger AR-556 has 11 different models in the series but the AR-556 Model 8500 is a rifle fan favorite.
Built with an AR platform style, the Ruger AR-556 has a 30-round magazine capacity. It also features a Ruger Rapid Deploy folding rear sight to provide windage adjustability, handguards made from heat-resistant glass-filled nylon for comfort and durability while shooting, along with a single-stage trigger set inside of an enlarged trigger guard. Another key feature of this model is medium-contour, cold-hammer alloy forged barrel with 1:8” twist rifling to improve accuracy.
It accepts a number of different types of ammunition: Bullets from 35 to 77 grain, 5.56 NATO ammo, and .223 Remington ammo.
DS Arms SA58
The DS Arms SA58 has 6 different semi-automatic rifle series: The SA58 Classic Series, the SA58 Improved Battle Series, the SA58 Modern Series, the SA58 Range Ready Series, the SA58 Traditional Series, and the SA58 Warrior Series.
If you’re looking for a tactical rifle, the SA58 Improved Battle Series has excellent downrange power, a very durable design, and ambidextrous operating controls that are both simple and ergonomic. The receiver has MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny Extreme Duty Scope Mount in order to allow it to mount a wide variety of scopes, and the length-of-pull and comb height are both adjustable.
This is a versatile firearm that can be used for target shooting, shooting competitions, or tactical home-defense use.
The Springfield M1A series houses numerous battle rifles: The M1A SOCOM 16, M1A Scout Squad, M1A Standard Issue, M1A Loaded, M1A National Match, and the M1A Super Match.
M1A Standard Issue rifles descend from the classic M14 rifles that were used by the military from 1959 to 1970. Among other features, the M1A Standard Issue rifle has a rear sight that can be adjusted for windage and elevation and a 2-stage military trigger. These models are highly suitable for the gun range and competition shooting.
M1A SOCOM 16” barrel rifles have a proprietary muzzle brake to significantly lower the recoil, a scout-style Picatinny rail for customization, and a front sight with an XS Sights tritium insert.
Steyr AUG A3 M1
The Steyr AUG A3 M1 is a bullpup semi-automatic rifle. This rifle gives the shooter a choice of a short or extended Picatinny rail for mounting accessories, and the choice of an integrated 1.5x optic or 3x optic. Other ways to customize this firearm include a quick-change barrel and a collapsible forward grip.
The Steyr AUG A3 M1 has a single-stage trigger, a 30-round magazine capacity, and is chambered in .223 Remington ammo or 5.56 NATO.
The Kel-Tec RDB is an ambidextrous bullpup rifle because of its downward-ejection, ambidextrous rotating safety, reversible operating handle, and magazine catch and release placement. Other benefits of the KeltTec RDB are its adjustable gas piston system which reduces excessive recoil and ensures reliability.
This particular series has 4 models: The RDB17, the RDB Hunter, the RDB Survival, and the RDB Defender.
The standout feature of the RDB17 is that it has a built-in Picatinny-style rail on the bottom of the forend for mounting accessories and a 20-round magazine. What differentiates the RDB Hunter from the others is that it has a swivel stud bipod mount, along with a longer barrel (20.5”) and lower magazine capacity (10 rounds).
Although the RDB Survival model is the shortest of the RDB series with an overall length of 26.1”, it also has a 20-round magazine. Meanwhile, the RDB Defender has an M-LOK handguard and is ideal for home defense.
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Semi-automatic rifles are rightly one of the most popular rifle types on the market and they’re arguably the most fun to shoot as well.
If you’re looking for a semi-automatic rifle for your days at the range, shooting competitions, big game or small game hunting, or even home defense, IFA Tactical has a wide range of semi-auto rifles to offer from many of the most respected and well-known manufacturers. Located in Sterling Heights, MI, IFA Tactical can be reached by phone at (586) 275-2176.