Top 10 Favorite Rifles

Top 10 Favorite Rifles

This week will be for Top Ten favorites of the Gears of Guns crew. It will be broken up into 4 categories: Rifles, Pistols, Bullet calibers and “other”.

if you have a gun you think we didn’t consider please feel free to share it with us.


The AR-15 is at the top of our list because it is for lack of better wording the ”Barbie” for men. This weapon system is highly customizable to fit the users wants and needs. 

PRO:  The weapon system can be changed to fit the shooter, everything from the caliber to the barrel length, to trigger group, letting the shooter find the perfect combination to fit them.

CON:  Possible malfunctions due to semi-auto action gas system causing them to break. Most of the cons we have for this weapon stems from size of caliber or internal firing mechanisms from different manufacturers.

Remington 700

The Remington Model 700 is number 2 on our list because of it reliability. The weapon has been used by both hunters and snipers. The weapon has been battle proven for years as the M24 Sniper rifle and is an all around a good rifle.

PRO: Multiple calibers and styles to fit the gun to the shooter, the weapon has high accuracy and is designed to last.

CON: Being a bolt action rifle the shooter may have to take their eye off the target to chamber the next round or to reload the 5 round flush magazine.


Knights Armament M110

The M110 is based off of the AR-10 and is a Semi Auto Sniper System (SASS). The rifle fires the .308/7.62NATO cartridge which has an effective range of 800 Meters.

PRO: The weapon is semi-auto letting the shooter acquire the target and keep an eye on the target after they fire the  weapon.

CON: The .308win does not have the range that some of the newer sniper rifles rounds have, such the .338 Lapua or The .408 Chey-Tac and .50 BMG.

Chey-Tac M200 .408 sniper rifle

The Chey-Tac M200 intervention fires the .408 Chey-Tac bullet. This rifle has set its mark in the sniper community as an anti-personnel as well as an anti-material weapon at long range because it has a better ballistics table than the .50 BMG

PRO: Can take out a target at well over 2000 Meters

CON: Same as the Remington 700 in that it is a bolt action.

FN P90

The FN P90 is a killer punch in a tiny package.

PRO: the weapon platform is small allowing for close quarters combat while still carrying upwards of 50 rounds.

CON: If you have a con for this weapon please share it with us.


The M14 is another time proven weapon. This weapon as been in service since 1957 and is still being made. the M14 fires the 7.62NATO round  allowing for the weapon to go from medium range out to long range sniping.

PRO: Semi-auto fire, 7.62NATO round,  800 Meters effective range.

CON: it weighs in at 11 pounds and is not a weapon you could easily use in CQB

H&K G36

Heckler-Koch G36  like the AR-platform lets the shooter customize the weapon to fit how the weapon will be used.

PRO: Reliable and accurate

CON: The weapon only fires the 5.56NATO round which is a small projectile and does not have the stopping power that a .30 caliber projectile has.



FN Herstal SCAR-H MK.17 is similar to the AR. FN makes a few different  versions of the SCAR but the SCAR-H is chambered in the .308/7.62NATO round which has the stopping power and range to take down targets at various ranges.

PRO: quick change barrel and heavy caliber

CON: If you have a con for this weapon please share it with us.


The AK-47 has been used by militaries the world over. The round is cheap and easy to find and has a better stopping power than the 5.56NATO.

PRO: the weapon works dirty filled with sand and water and keeps firing

CON: the weapon is not as accurate as an AR-15 or other similar weapons.

Ruger 10-22

We couldn’t talk rifles without talking about this .22 LR. this is one of the most well known .22s other there. it has been designed to do one thing and do it well and that is shoot .22s all day long.

PRO: cheap. fun to shoot, easy to find ammo and companies make lots of different stocks to let the user have many different looking guns from a G36 to an AR-15 to double barreled “machine” gun.

CON: If you have a con for this weapon please share it with us.

Chey-Tac M200 Intervention

Chey-Tac M200 Intervention


I saved my favorite for last.

Weight: 31 lb.
Length 53” (fully extended  stock)
Barrel length: 29’”
Chambered in: .408 Chey Tac
Action: Bolt
Effective range: 1500 – 2000+ Meters
Magazine: 7-round detachable box


This rifle has been made popular over the past few years from the video game Call of duty and movies like Shooter.

I first heard about this rifle in 2003 and the waves it was making in the ballistic world  with the new (at that point) .408 round and how it can remain supersonic at 2000 meters with the same kinetic energy (at 2000 meters) as a .44 magnum round shoot at point blank range.

Chey-Tac based the design off of the EDM Arms Windrunner .50 BMG sniper rifle in 2001. Rather than designing a rifle around an existing bullet they developed very-low-drag bullets with a new cartridge and then built the rifle to spec around the .408 Cheytac.


left to right: .50 BMG, .408 Chey-Tac, .338 Lapua , .300 Win Mag, 7.62 NATO and 5.56NATO.


Advantages of the .408 Chey-Tac
cartridge over the .50 BMG cartridge
• More compact
• 33% less weight
• Greater kinetic energy (beyond
400 yards)
• Shorter time to the target
• Greater velocity to the target
• Superior accuracy
• Engages targets at greater distances
• Remains supersonic longer for
greater accuracy
• Less primary recoil due to lighter
• Greater raw materials savings in


The Chey-Tac muzzle brake suppressor, manufactured by OPS INC, is a stainless steel suppressor. The all stainless steel construction with no replaceable parts guarantees a suppressor life that equals or exceeds the life of the rifle. When totally filled with water, the suppressor can be drained in 6 seconds which allows use when emerging from water. If the operator chooses to switch to the muzzle brake, a repeatable 6 minute of arc zero change for elevation is required.
(.408 Cheytac)

C14 Timberwolf

C14 Timberwolf



Caliber: .408 Cheytac (or .338 Lapua)
Action: Bolt
Weight: 15.6 lbs unloaded
Length: 47”
Barrel length 26”
Barrel twist:  1-10”
Effective range: 1500 meters
Magazine: 5 +1


This rifle is made by the Canadian arms company PGW Defence Technologies Inc

This weapon does come with a Quick detach muzzle break and supports a tool free suppressor.

I must say I do really like the .408 Cheytac round.

.408 Chey-Tac

.408 Chey-Tac


It would appear we are on yet another single weapon week.

This bullet was designed in 2001 by John Taylor and William O. Wordman.

This round was designed to bridge the gap between the .338 Lapua and the .50BMG  in performance. This round stays supersonic at well over 2000 meters and has the same kinetic energy at a at a mile as a .44 Magnum. (as stated by a Chey-Tac spokesperson)

(50 AP = .50BMG Armor piercing)

This round has the ballistic properties for anti-personnel, anti-sniper and anti-materiel roles.

In  the civilian market this round cost more than the .50BMG ($4 per round) and the .416 Barrett ($5 per round). the .408 is about $7 a round factory made.

Thor XM408

Thor XM408



Caliber: .408 Chey-Tac 
Action: Bolt
Length: Extended stock 54.5in – Collapsed stock 48in
Weight:  24 lbs. (without optics) 
Barrel: 30 inches
Twist rate: 1:13 twist
Magazine: 5-7(+1)


EDM arms teamed up with Thor to design a rifle chambered in the .408 Chey-Tac round.

Nice to see the .408 Chey-tac is making a name for itself in the worlds of weapons.