The Canadian Rangers are one of the most unique military forces in the world … and they require a specialized firearm.
One of the most unusual military forces in the world is the Canadian Rangers. They are a sub- component of the Canadian military’s reserve forces, with a mandate to patrol Canada’s arctic regions.
They are a part-time force made up of volunteers and tasked with conducting surveillance and sovereignty patrols in some of the most inhospitable parts of the world. Many of the members are native people who have an intimate knowledge of the land they live on and how to survive on it. This gives them an ability to act as guides and instructors for regular and special forces working in the far north.
While there are a lot of fascinating facts about the Rangers, of particular interest is a recent announcement that the unit is being equipped with new rifles, specifically suited to their needs.
The issue rifle of the Canadian Forces is a version of the AR design similar to what American soldiers use. But the Rangers, until now, have been issued with Lee-Enfield No. 4 rifles, chambered in .303 British—and you thought they were obsolete 50 years ago! As you can imagine, those rifles are nearing the end of their service life, so the military held a competition to select a new rifle