For most of the 20th century, Lee-Enfield rifles were the backbone of the British army. The last British service Lee was the L42A1 sniping rifle. Built on the World War II No.4(T), the reliable and accurate L42A1 was retired in the early 1990s.
Since its acceptance for use in the service rifle class of competition by both the DCM and the NRA in 1974, the .308-Win.-cal. M1A and, to a lesser degree, other such M14 clones have risen from obscurity to ubiquity in the hands and minds of shooters ranging from Vietnam vets to ranchers to highpower rifle competitors.
Having a long gun that accepts the same cartridge as your handgun has made good sense for 150 years, but some of today’s modern pistol-caliber carbines take the idea a step further by sharing the same magazine.
Ruger's Precision Rifle took the third-place slot in GunBroker's list of top-selling bolt-action rifles of 2020.