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Rifles are a class of shoulder-fired/mid-sized weapons. These weapons are much larger than the standard sidearms, but smaller than infantry support weapon systems. 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 smoothbore weapon, such as a musket or a shotgun. However, "rifle" is sometimes also used as a technically erroneous term for certain directed energy weapons.


When regarding human weapons, there are a few forms of the word "rifle" used. An "assault rifle" is a select-fire weapon that fires an intermediate rifle round. 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" can fire various high-caliber ammunition variants, and are almost exclusively semi-automatic. Their goal is to achieve high levels of accuracy and lethality, and have longer ranges than assault or battle rifles.

Regarding Covenant and Forerunner weapons, the term "rifle" is used not to describe the technical nature of the weapon itself, but in the role it plays on the battlefield. For example, the plasma pistol and Okarda'phaa-pattern plasma rifle, while similar, are used for two different purposes. A rifle is larger than a pistol, often requiring both hands to use, but is smaller than a heavy weapon, such as the Brute Shot or fuel rod cannon. This applies to both the plasma rifle and the beam rifle. The Covenant carbine is also considered a rifle and the spiker can fit into this list as well.


Assault rifles[edit]

Main article: Assault rifle

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

Battle rifles[edit]

Main article: Battle rifle

Battle rifles are military service weapons that fire a full-power rifle cartridge; providing greater effective range and penetration than assault rifles.


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

Marksman rifles[edit]

Marksman rifles are military service weapons, built for greater precision than an assault rifle or battle rifle. These rifles are used to extend the reach of a small unit.

Nonlinear rifles[edit]

Recoilless rifles[edit]

Sniper rifles[edit]

Main article: Sniper rifle

Sniper rifles are military service weapons that fire anti-matériel/anti-vehicular rifle cartridges; used for precise acquisition and elimination of individual targets at extended ranges.


Ballistic/Projectile rifles[edit]

  • Type-33 Guided Munitions Launcher - Handheld sidearm, fires homing crystalline ammunition. Better known as the needler. Featured in Halo 1, 2, 3, 4, ODST, and Reach.
  • Type-31 Rifle - Medium-range cousin of the needler. Analogous to the DMR. Better known as the needle rifle. Featured in Halo: Reach.
  • Type-25 Carbine - Handheld spike rifle. Analogous to the SMG. Better known as the Brute spiker. Featured in Halo 2, 3, ODST & Reach.
  • Vostu-pattern carbine - Scaled-down, anti-infantry version of the fuel rod cannon. Analogous to the battle rifle. Better known as the Covenant carbine. Featured in Halo 2, 3, 4, and ODST.

Particle beam rifles[edit]

Plasma rifles[edit]


Hard light rifles[edit]

Ionized particle rifles[edit]

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