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The Sturmgewehr 44 (StG 44) first modern assault rifle. Note the resemblance between the Russian AK-47 (developed in 1947-50) and this weapon.

The definitive collection of secret Nazi weapons

The StG 44 (abbreviation of Sturmgewehr "assault rifle was an assault rifle developed in Nazi Germany during World War II that was the first of its kind to see major deployment and is considered by many historians to be the first modern assault rifle.

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Type 56 assault rifle is the Chinese variant of the Russian (photo by Papadakos bortner Denu). There's something about an all wood furniture AK with iron sights.

HK G36C 'Compact' or 'Commando' assault rifle, with optional Picatinny rails on forend.

HK 'Compact' or 'Commando' assault rifle, with optional Picatinny rails on forend. Still by far my favorite assault weapon.

FB Radom MSBS (Poland) assault rifle, 5.56x45mm NATO, being developed for the Polish Armed Forces.

FB Radom MSBS (Poland) assault rifle, NATO, being developed for the Polish Armed Forces.

Fallschirmjaeger gewehr 42 & StG 44

Fallschirmjägergewehr 42 & a Sturmgewehr 44 WWII German assault rifles. The 42 is actually a full power battle rifle like the except it has a full auto mode.

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