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In the actual sense of the word, a "rifle" is a weapon with a spiral grooved barrel that imparts a spin on a projectile to obtain better levels of accuracy than a smooth-bore weapon, such as a musket or a shotgun. In the Halo sense of the word, a rifle can have several different meanings.


When regarding human weapons, there are a few forms of the word "rifle" used. An "assault rifle" is a kind of firearm, that may or may not be fully-automatic (and may posses a fire selector), that fires a round between a pistol or battle rifle. A "battle rifle" fires a large full-size rifle round and is usually, but not always, semi-automatic and often has a long full-size barrel. A "sniper rifle" fires a multitude of ammunition, almost exclusively in semi-automatic, in the goal of achieving high levels of accuracy, and typically longer ranges than assault or battle rifles.

Regarding Covenant weapons, a "rifle" is used not to describe the technical of the weapon itself, but in the role it plays on the battlefield. For example, the Plasma Pistol and Plasma Rifle, while similar, are used in two different ways. Basically, a rifle is larger than a pistol, often requiring two hands to use (except while dual-wielding), but is smaller than a heavy weapon like a Brute Shot or Fuel Rod weapon. This applies to the Plasma Rifle, Brute Plasma Rifle and Beam Rifle. The Covenant Carbine is also considered a rifle and the Type-25 Carbine (commonly called a Spiker or a "Spike Rifle") can fit into this list as well.

Currently, there are at least 40 known appearances of a "rifle" in the Halo universe:

United Nations Space Command[]

Assault rifles[]

Assault rifles are military service weapons that that fires intermediate rifle cartridge; merging the light machine gun's firepower with the submachine gun's compact design.

MA series[]

MA5 series[]


Carbines are shortened light-weight versions of full rifles, firing the same ammunition at a lower velocity due to a shorter barrel length.


A Spartan-III wielding an MA5K

Battle Rifles[]

Battle rifles are military service weapons that fires a full-power rifle cartridge; providing greater effective range, penetration, and stopping power than Assault rifles.

BR55 series[]

Designated Marksman Rifles[]

Marksman rifles are military service weapons that fires an anti-personnel/magnum-caliber rifle cartridge. Used to fill the "marksmanship gap" between the battle rifle and the sniper rifle.

Nonlinear Rifles[]


The W/AV M6 G/GNR, More commonly known as the Spartan Laser

Recoilless Rifles (Portable Railguns)[]

Asymmetric Recoilless Carbine-920

The outline of the ARC-920

Sniper Rifles[]

Sniper Rifles are used for a more accurate and long range shots than other small arms.

SRS99 series[]

Other Sniper Rifles[]

Covenant Empire[]

Ballistic Rifles[]

Particle Beam Rifles[]


The Type-50 SRS

Plasma Rifles[]

Deleted Material[]


Hard Light[]

  • Z-250 Directed Energy Engagement Weapon - A Forerunner weapon used by Promethean Knights on Requiem. Analogous to the BR85HB-SR in that it fires a three round burst, although also analogous to the M395 DMR and the Type-51 Carbine in that, while scoped in, it fires a single shot that is more powerful. More commonly called the LightRifle. Appears in Halo 4.
  • Z-750 Special Application Sniper Rifle - A Forerunner weapon used by Promethean Knights on Requiem. Analogous to the SRS99 series in that it is a sniper rifle. More commonly called the Binary Rifle. Appears in Halo 4.

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