In the recent past we featured an article on the top 5 best mil surplus pistols that were available on the market at the time. Now on the website we decided to dive a little deeper into the subject and tackle the issue of military surplus long guns and why at least one should be in everyone’s firearms collection.

There was a time not entirely too long ago that I refer to as the “Golden Age” of military surplus firearms sales and trust me when I say this that those days were glorious. Sadly those days are gone and never to return again. In the early 1990’s a person could walk into any gun mom and pop style gun shop and for under $200 could walk out with a huge list of firearms that were still packed in cosmolene. Not just .22 caliber plinkers or old pump shotguns, but rifles in heavy hitting center fire calibers like .303 British, .30-06, 7.62x54R and 6.5x55mm.

I have stated that it is in my opinion as a writer, collector and enthusiast of almost all things related to firearms that I think that everyone should own a military surplus long gun. That fact is well established, but some people might ask why do I think that way? And if someone was going to get a military surplus rifle what should they get. Those questions are going to be answered in this article.

Why Collect Mil Surplus?

There are several reasons for collecting or owning at least one military surplus rifle and I will try to address them as best I can. The first reason is supply and demand. The total numbers of available rifles on the market shrinks each year, which drives the cost of these rifles up accordingly. If you don’t believe me just go into Gunbroker.Com or some other firearms sales page and type in Lee-Enfield and look at the prices. The prices you see are considerably higher than the $79=$99 I use to pay in the early to mid-90’s. These guns in decent condition are becoming scarcer as each day passes.

A second major reason to collect and own mil surplus rifles is the historical connection aspect of the firearms. When I hold my 1943 M1 Carbine it’s made of wood and steel and has a patina to it that in uniquely its own. The weapon was part of an arsenal that defeated Fascism and Nazism, and is a direct connection to a historical era. TO many of us in the firearms community it’s a major point of interest. The weapon connects us to the era of our grandparents, and was made on machines that relied more on manual operations than computer controlled CNC machines and three axis mills and lathes.

I could go on for days for the reasons why I am so big on everyone owning functional and working pieces of firearms history, but in the interest of time management I will move to the an important part of this article “What mil surplus rifle to get?” In order to be the reader friendly website that strive to be, we decided to make things easier and give you The Arms Guide recommended list of military surplus rifles that everyone should own. We aren’t saying you should own all of the rifles on our list but one or more of them would help complete your collection. We took into consideration ammunition availability, historical context, and price while compiling our list. So without any further delay, we present in no particular order, Our List of recommended military surplus long guns