I was thinking about this the other day after seeing one of the top 10 shows on the History/Military channel (Or as my domestic commander calls it "The damn black and white airplanes channel") Now as it turned out the winner was the AK-47, but I am in total disagreement. A modern army that wants an AK is one that cant afford good weapons and/or training. Sure its cheap and even a cave-man can use it but does it deserve number one billing? I don't think so. I have my opinion on what the all time best battle rifle is, and wonder what yours is.
Criteria: Fire power, Innovation, Design, Length of service, and Historical significance.
Limitations: Shoulder fired, and modern rifle cartridge,