List of weapons of the United States Marine Corps
This is a list of weapons used by the United States Marine Corps:
The basic infantry weapon of the United States Marine Corps is the M4 Carbine. Suppressive fire is provided by the M249 SAW, which is being replaced by the M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle, and the M240B machine gun, at the squad and company levels respectively. In addition, indirect fire is provided by the M203 grenade launcher in fireteams, M224a1 60 mm mortar in companies, and M252 81 mm mortar in battalions. The M2 .50 caliber heavy machine gun and MK19 automatic grenade launcher (40 mm) are available for use by dismounted infantry, though they are more commonly vehicle-mounted. Precision fire is provided by the M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System and M40A3, A5, A6 sniper rifle bolt-action sniper rifle.
The Marine Corps uses a variety of direct-fire rockets and missiles to provide infantry with an offensive and defensive anti-armor capability. The SMAW and AT4 are unguided rockets that can destroy armor and fixed defenses (e.g. bunkers) at ranges up to 500 meters. The FGM-148 Javelin and BGM-71 TOW are anti-tank guided missiles; both can utilize top-attack profiles to avoid heavy frontal armor and are heavy missiles effective past 2,000 meters that give infantry an offensive capability against armor.
Marines are capable of deploying non-lethal weaponry as the situation dictates. Part of a Marine Expeditionary Unit earning the Special Operations Capable designator requires a company-sized unit capable of riot control.
Automatic Rifles and Carbines
- M16A2 - being replaced by M27.
- M16A4 - select fire. Safe, semi, burst. Being replaced by M27.
- M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle - Support weapon based on the Heckler & Koch HK416 (itself a piston-driven M4) using a free-floating barrel. Initially issued as a replacement for the M249, in 2018 the decision was made to adopt the M27 as the standard USMC battle rifle.
- MK18 Mod 1 - Modified M4 with 10.3-inch barrel. Used by MARSOC
- M4 Carbine - Being replaced with M27.
- M4A1 Carbine - Being replaced with M27.
- Mk 17 Mod 0 used by MARSOC
- Mk 16 Mod 0 used by MARSOC
Designated Marksman Rifles
- Mk 11 Mod 0 - 7.62×51mm sniper rifle based on the M16 direct impingement gas system.
- M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System - Improved version of the Mk 11, replacing the M39 and Mk 11.
- M40 rifle - M40A3, M40A5 and M40A6 variants in use as sniper rifles.
- Barrett M82 - in use as the M82A3 and M107 variants. The M82A3 being an upgraded M82A1A, and the M107 being a variant made in response to requirements issued for an anti-materiel rifle.
- M21 - modified M14 rifle
- Remington Model 700
- MK-13 30 cal
- M2HB - heavy machine gun chambered in .50 BMG used primarily as a secondary weapon on the M1 Abrams and other vehicles.
- M240L - 7.62×51mm medium machine gun used in the M1 Abrams, light vehicles, and helicopters.
- Mk48 Mod 1 - 7.62×51mm light machine gun, uses by US MARSOC.
- M249E4 - 5.56×45mm light machine gun, infantry support weapon. Not replaced, but being supplanted by the M27 IAR.
Shoulder-fired Missile Launchers
- GAU-12/U 25 mm Gatling gun
- GAU-16/A .50 Caliber Machine gun
- GAU-17/A 7.62 mm automatic gun
- GAU-21/A .50 Caliber Machine gun
- GAU-8/A Avenger 30mm Gatling cannon
- M61A1 20 mm automatic cannon
- M197 20 mm automatic cannon
- CBU-99 Cluster Bomb
- GBU-10 2000 lb laser-guided bomb
- GBU-12 500 lb laser-guided bomb
- GBU-16 1000 lb laser-guided bomb
- MK82 series 500 lb bomb
- MK83 series 1000 lb bomb
- MK84 series 2000 lb bomb
- Mk 77 incendiary bomb
- Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight (ACOG), recently renamed Rifle Combat Optic (RCO)
- ITL MARS reflex sight
- AN/PSQ-18 day/night grenade launcher sight
- AN/PVS-10 night vision sight
- AN/PVS-14 night vision sight
- AN/PVS-17 night vision sight
- AN/PVS-21 night vision sight
- AN/PAS-13 thermal sight
- AN/PAQ-4 IR laser sight
- AN/PEQ-2 IR laser sight
- various suppressors (MARSOC and Reconnaissance units only)
- various tactical lights
- M2 tripod for light and medium machine guns
- M122 tripod for light and medium machine guns
- M3 tripod for heavy machine guns
Marines with MARSOC, Force Reconnaissance, and MEU(SOC)s occasionally use specialized weapons that the rest of the fleet does not. In addition, some weapons are tested and evaluated in select units before acceptance and large-scale adoption. In a few cases, older weapons are brought out of retirement for limited use.
- M45A1 Close Quarter Battle Pistol - issued to MEU (SOC) forces
- High Standard HDM (.22 LR) (USMC Force Recon, limited issue of 10 per company)
- Heckler & Koch MP5-N - MARSOC, Force Reconnaissance and SRT only
- Multi-shot Accessory Underbarrel Launcher - in evaluation
- Mk 18 CQBR - subcompact variant of the M4 carbine which replaces burst fire with fully automatic capabilities - Force Recon
- FN SCAR - MARSOC only
- Mk 12 Special Purpose Rifle - MARSOC only
- Glock 19 - MARSOC
- Bladed weapons
- M9 bayonet
- M7 bayonet
- M6 bayonet
- M5 bayonet
- Raider Stiletto
- M1 bayonet
- M1942 bayonet
- M1917 bayonet
- M1905 bayonet
- M1911 pistol
- S&W Model 10
- S&W Model 66
- M1905 Marine
- 1873 Colt Single Action
- Colt M1861 Navy
- Colt 1851 Navy Revolver
- Harper's Ferry Model 1805
- Rifles, Carbines, & Muskets
- United States Marine Corps Squad Advanced Marksman Rifle (SAM-R)
- Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR)
- M14 rifle
- M1 carbine
- M1 Garand
- M1917 Enfield
- M1903 Springfield
- Springfield Model 1892-99
- M1895 Lee Navy
- Springfield Model 1882 Short Rifle
- M1872 Springfield
- Spencer repeating rifle
- Springfield Model 1863
- Springfield Model 1861
- 1853 Enfield musket
- Springfield Model 1855
- M1819 Hall rifle
- Model 1816 Musket
- Springfield Model 1812 Musket
- Model 1795 Musket
- M1/M2/M3 carbine
- M60 Reising
- Colt Model 733
- Submachine guns
- Model of 1921 Thompson
- Model of 1928 and M1928A1 Thompson
- M50 and M55 Reising
- M1 and M1A1 Thompson
- M3 and M3A1
- Heckler & Koch MP5 (some variants)
- Machine guns
- M1895 Colt–Browning machine gun
- Hotchkiss M1909 Benét–Mercié machine gun
- M1917 Browning machine gun
- M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle
- M1919 Browning machine gun
- M60 machine gun
- Explosives & Launchers
- M61 hand grenade
- Mk2 hand grenade
- FGM-172 Predator Short-Range Assault Weapon (SRAW)
- M79 grenade launcher
- XM148 grenade launcher
- M75 grenade launcher
- M29 mortar
- M19 mortar
- M1 mortar
- M2 mortar
- M101 howitzer
- M102 howitzer
- M114 155 mm howitzer
- M59 Field Gun
- M116 howitzer
- M67 recoilless rifle
- M20 recoilless rifle
- M47 Dragon anti-tank missile system
- Bazooka series rocket launcher
- FIM-43 Redeye anti-aircraft missile
- MIM-23 Hawk anti-aircraft missile
- M2 flamethrower
- Linear Infighting Neural Override Engagement (LINE) combat system
- AN/PVS-4 night vision sight
- AN/TVS-5 night vision sight
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