20 Most Powerful and Dangerous Guns Of All Time

Guns can be deadly, life taking, can do serious demolition, but at the same time it is lifesaving. Either in a gang war or world war or just in a museum, modern guns represent the technological innovations and modification by which they became more lethal to other. In this special article, we accumulate 20 most lethal guns, from pistols to the heavy machine guns.

There are several different types of Caliber rounds used in pistols and revolvers. Here we are showing the 9mm (or .375 in.) caliber round, which is accepted the best by many agencies and pistols experts around the world.

5. Glock 17 4 Gen

Glock 17 4 Gen

The Fourth Generation Glock 17 is one of the world’s most popular pistols. The semi-automatic pistols are designed and manufactured by Glock Ges. m. b. h in Austria. Weighing just 10g (32.12Oz) and having a muzzle velocity of 375 m/s (1,230 ft/s), Glock 17 is one of the favorite side arm for many security agencies all over the world.

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4. Sig-Sauer P226

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The SIG Sauer P226 is a semi- automatic pistol manufactured by SIG Sauer. It is developed for higher capacity, staggered-column magazines in place of the single-column magazines in earlier versions. It is chambered for the 9×19mm Parabellum, .40 S&W, .357 SIG, and .22 Long Rifle. There are several variants of P226, which are in service with numerous law enforcement and military organizations all over the world. Mostly, it is used by the U.S Navy Seal officers.

3. Baby- Eagle 2 BE9915R

Baby- Eagle 2 BE9915R

The 9mm Baby Eagle 2 is product of Desert Eagle family marketed by Magnum Research Inc. It is a semi-automatic pistol with 9mm Luger caliber cartridge. The grip design is exceptionally comfortable, with both double action and single action, having a short recoil design which is majorly influenced by CZ 75 SP-01 and also available in two other popular calibers (.40 S&W, .45 ACP).

2. EAA Witness Elite Match Tanfoglio

EAA Witness Elite Match Tanfoglio

Witness Elite Match Tanfogilo 9mm, is one of the well-known products of European American Armory Co. based in Rockledge, Florida. It’s a highly modified clone of CZ 75 SP-01 that features a short recoil system, locked breech semi-automatic using a Browning Hi-Power alike linkless system.

1. CZ 75 SP – 01

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The CZ 75 SP-01 of CZ-USA by many regarded as the best 9mm pistol around. Its short recoil system, long sight radius and higher magazine capacity with great balance make CZ 75 an all- rounder. It works on a short recoil mechanism. The CZ 75 is trusted worldwide and because of its Czech origin, it’s the most common handgun in the Czech Republic.

Assault Rifle

6. Heckler and Koch G36

Heckler and Koch G36

The G36 is designed and marketed by Heckler & Koch (H&K). It is originally produced as a replacement for heavier 7.62mm G3 battle rifle. With the muzzle velocity of 920m/s and an effective range of 800 meters, it is one of elite class rifles. But in the recent past, because of lack in accuracy when overheated, Germany announced that the G36 has ‘no future in the German army in its current state of construction’ and opted for HK416.

5. ACR


The Adaptive Combat Rifle (ACR) also known as Masada Adaptive Combat Weapon System, designed by Magpul Industries in Austin, Texas. It works on gas operated rotating bolt system. ACR has an excellent muzzle velocity of 900 m/s (.233) caliber. It can engage any target within an effective range of 500m. ACR is one of the important assault rifles that have been used by U.S in Afghanistan war.



The Steyr AUG is a 1960s Austrian made bullpup assault rifle, made by Steyr Mannlicher GmbH & Co KG. The AUG Armee-Universal-Gewehr, has a conventional gas operated piston action which fires from a closed bolt. It weighs around 3.6 kg, and has a muzzle velocity of 970 m/s. Its popularity can be measured by the fact that many countries rely on AUG for defense purposes.



The Special Combat Assault Rifle (SCAR) is a modular rifle made by FN Herstal (FNH) designed in Belgium, for the United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM). The FN SCAR comes in two main variants, SCAR-L also known as MK16, chambered in the 5.56×45mm NATO cartridge and the SCAR-H (MK17), fires 7.62×51mm NATO.
SCAR-L (standard) weighs around 3.29 kg (7.3lbs), with the muzzle velocity of 870 m/s (M855) and has a maximum shooting range of 550 yards. Although, SCAR-L is light and has a greater muzzle velocity, in 2013, U.S special operation forces opted for MK17 SCAR-H with enhanced Granade Launcher Module for battle advantage and more accuracy.

2. Heckler and Koch HK416

Heckler and Koch HK416

The HK416 is a major assault rifle, manufactured by Heckler & Koch in Germany. Based on the AR-15 platform, and M4 carbine family, its worldwide acceptance and usage make the HK416 one of the most lethal Rifle of the modern era. HK416 has a maximum firing range of 400m with 5.56×45mm (NATO) caliber cartridge. The HK416 was used in Afghanistan and Iraq war. Also, Navy SEALs used this weapon to kill Osama Bin Laden.

1. M16


The M16 is one of the most popular rifles, first used in Vietnam War in 1963. Since then, it’s been a part of the U.S Military standard services. The M16A2 fires 5.56×45mm NATO cartridge, with an amazing effective range of 800m (875yards). It fires at the rate of 700-950r/pm and has a muzzle velocity 948m/s. However, it has a drawback – it’s quite heavier (weighs 4kg when loaded) than other guns.

Sniper/ Precision Rifle

5. AS50


The AS50 is manufactured by a British firearm producing company, Accuracy International. It is a multipurpose, sniper/anti-material rifle, using a .50 BMG caliber rounds. The AS50 is enabled to engage targets at a very long range with high accuracy. AS50 employs a gas operated semi-automatic action and muzzle brake, allowing lower recoil for faster target acquisition. The total weight of the rifle is 14 Kg which is easily transportable and ergonomic.

4. Dragunov SVD

Dragunov SVD

The SVD, popularly known as Dragunov, is a semi-automatic sniper Rifle chambered for 7.62×54mm R cartridge, developed in the Soviet Union Russia. The Dragunov doesn’t need any kind of formal introduction – today most the FPS games, or any kind of shooting games showcase the iconic SVD more than any other sniper Rifles. Apart from that, it runs on a gas operated rotating bolt, and has a maximum range of 875yards. It had been used in many wars, as it’s reliable and efficient.

3. Barrett 82A1

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The Barrett 82A1 is a recoil-operated, semi-automatic, anti-material rifle developed and marketed by the Barrett Firearms Manufacturing company. The popular sniper rifle is chambered for two cartridge variant, .50 BMG (12.7×99mm NATO) and .416 Barret. Barret model 82A1 has an effective range of 800m.

2. CheyTac 408 M300

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CheyTec 408 M300 Intervention is a long action sniper rifle, fire rounds of the .408 caliber, manufactured by CheyTac LLC. It had an amazing range of 2500 m and weighs around 21lbs.

1. AWM 338 L115A3

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Arctic Warfare Magnum (AMW) 338 is a Bolt action sniper rifle manufactured by Accuracy International. AMW 338 also designated as L115A3 work with Larger-length cartridges such as the .300 Winchester Magnum and the .338 Lapua Magnum. The .338 Lapua Magnum cartridge has a greater firing range of 1500 m than the .300 Winchester Magnum’s 1100 m. The L115A3 in 2009, recorded the longest ever kill from a sniper rifle at a distance of 2,475 m (2,707yards).

Heavy Machine Guns

4. CIS 50MG

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CIS 50MG is developed and manufactured by Chartered Industries of Singapore, now known as ST Kinetics. It is a gas-operated, air-cooled, belt-fed weapon which operates on dual gas pistons. The CIS 50MG is chambered for 12.7*99mm cartridges. The total weight of the gun is around 30 kg (66.14lbs) and has a decent firing rate – 400 -600 round per/min.

3. M2 Browning

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Developed and produced during the end of World War 1, the M2 Gun or Browning .50 Caliber Machine Gun is one of the oldest and best Machines guns produced in the U.S. It was chambered for the .50 BMG (12.7*99mm) cartridge. This is in fact the first machine guns which fires a .50 BMG caliber cartridge. It is effective against infantry, unarmored vehicles and boats, light fortifications and low-flying aircraft. M2 has an amazing range of fire, from 485-635 to 750-850 rounds per min.
The Browning .50 caliber machine gun has been used extensively by the United States from the 1930s to the present. It was intensely used during World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Falklands War, the Iraq War and the War in Afghanistan in the 2000s and 2010s.

2. NSV machine gun

NSV machine gun

The Russian NSV (НСВ Никитина-Соколова-Волкова) is a 12.7*108 mm caliber heavy machine gun, named after designers, G. I. Nikitin, Y. S. Sokolov and V. I. Volkov.
The NSV weighs 25 kg, has a fire rate of 700-800 rounds per minute, and an effective ground range of 2,000 meters. Many versions of NSVT are in use with T-72, T-64 and T-80 tanks.

1. Rheinmetall MG 3

Rheinmetall MG 3

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The Rheinmetall MG 3 first produced in West Germany during the 1960s. It is featured as a Heavy Machine gun, which is also classified as a general purpose machine gun. The MG 3 was adopted into service with the German Federal Forces, where it continues to serve till today, as a squad support weapon and a vehicle-mounted machine gun. Rheinmetall MG3 works on recoil operated roller locker mechanism. The firing range of approx. 3000 m makes the MG 3 one of the dangerous machine guns on earth. That’s the reason why many armed forces all over the world still use the MG 3 with certain modifications.

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