well put-the nagant does have the runs on the board,but not in tmes of service.-still a top military calibreAll of these shows, despite the best intentions, are pretty subjective, and biased. Please don't misunderstand me, as I would love to own one, as a "sporting" rifle, but the '03 doesn't belong on the list.
It just wasn't used in very large numbers. One that wasn't on the list was probably the second most produced rifle in history, the Mosin-Nagant. Certainly not pretty, but very effective. Perfect tool for the particular job it was used for. M-14, probably the nicest, just ahead of the SMLE.
All subjective, but it is an interesting exercise.
your personal opinion is well put and well founded.an ACTIVE view which hits the the spot.p.s.-hate plastic fantastics-styers.give me a SLR with a 303 backup any day,or an m14Didn't see the show but the FN FAL is a great battle rifle that was at one time used by 90+ different countries (carried one in Iraq in 05 and 08). The Steyr AUG, M14 and 03 Springfield don't have the wide spread useage like the Mauser 98, SMLE, Mosin-Nagant, AK47, M16. The M14 use only officially used for 5 years as the standard rifle before replacing (I say that even though I carried a M14 National Match in Iraq in 04, but its usage is a stop gap measure) The M1 Garand had more impact then the product improvement M14. The Henry wasn't the only lever action metallic cartridge rifle used in the American Civil War there was also the .56 cal Spencer. The Civil War also saw another development that we still use in Iraq and Afghanistan in a updated form and thats the Gatlin gun with a electric motor attached and now chambered in 7.62mm NATO, 20mm and 30mm.