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1. A. Rem­ing­ton Model 51.

Al­though de­signed by ge­nius John Ped­er­sen, the Model 51 was overly com­plex and po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous. A re­cent im­proved ver­sion—the R51— also failed af­ter a brief in­tro­duc­tion in 2014. The other three pis­tols were all highly suc­cess­ful.

2. C. In­dia’s INSAS.

De­signed and built by vet­eran man­u­fac­turer Isha­pore Arse­nal, the INSAS should have been a run­away suc­cess. Some re­views sug­gest that poor qual­ity con­trol was the prob­lem. The other three ri­fles have been very suc­cess­ful.

3. C. Colt Light­ning.

From first to last, the Light­ning proved trou­ble­some. Al­though built for 20 years, it de­vel­oped and sus­tained a bad rep­u­ta­tion for dis­func­tion. Ex­act repli­cas and “im­proved” ver­sions can’t seem to shake the cloud the Light­ning has lived un­der.

4. D. Mad­sen M47.

An ex­cel­lent de­sign and well-made, the bolt-ac­tion M47 was in­tro­duced into a world awash in post-war bolt-ac­tions. Plus, its .30-06 car­tridge beat up the smaller sol­diers it was de­signed for. Only Colom­bia bought some— and quickly sold them to the Amer­i­can sport­ing mar­ket. The other ri­fles listed were all fan­tas­tic suc­cesses.

5. A. Smith & Wes­son i-Bolt.

When in­tro­duced just over a decade ago, the homely i-Bolt was an im­me­di­ate dis­ap­point­ment. Then, an ur­gent safety re­call of­fered the ven­er­a­ble man­u­fac­turer an es­cape route. The other mod­ern firearms listed are all highly suc­cess­ful.

6. B. 6.5mm Deau­dateau.

This short-lived ri­fle was a prod­uct of in­ter­ser­vice ri­valry. The same is­sue cre­ated the U.S. Navy’s failed 6mm Lee-Navy. The Ja­pa­nese Arisaka was used as a sub­sti­tute stan­dard by the Royal Navy, and the 6.5 Mauser was a Swedish cav­alry car­bine.

7. A. 1883 Winch­ester-Hotchkiss.

This ex­cel­lent .45-70 ri­fle was “too com­pli­cated,” ac­cord­ing to U.S. Army eval­u­a­tors. The other ri­fles listed are all suc­cess­ful sin­gle-shots.

8. C. 1910 Ross Mk III.

Based on the straight-pull 1905 Ross, fail­ure of its bolt lugs led to a fail­ure of con­fi­dence in the mud of Flan­ders. The other two straight­pull ri­fles listed had long, suc­cess­ful lives.

9. A. Si­monov AVS-36.

Un­like most Soviet ri­fles, the AVS-36 was beau­ti­fully fin­ished. How­ever, af­ter just three months of ser­vice against the Finns, they were with­drawn. The Finns dis­carded cap­tured ri­fles as well. The other ri­fles and the DP LMG listed were ex­cel­lent com­bat weapons.

10. B. Ar­malite AR-10.

Built of alu­minum and plas­tic, the AR-10 yielded medi­ocre ser­vice in sev­eral African brush­fire wars. It’s dis­tinc­tive “waf­fle-pat­terned” mag­a­zine stands out in pho­tos of the era. The other ri­fles listed were all suc­cess­ful and were man­u­fac­tured with con­ven­tional steel and wood con­struc­tion.

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