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In a First Day Hike last Jan. 1, park ranger Bob Flippen leads hikers at Virginia’s High Bridge Trail State Park. About 400 such outings took place in all 50 states. More than 600 are planned for this New Year’s Day. (Associated Press)

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A combat rifle is a military service rifle that fires a full-power rifle cartridge, a mainstay of every modern army in the world. See the best combat rifles ever made.