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This is a list of weapons served individually by the United States armed forces. While the general understanding is that crew-served weapons require more than one person to operate them, there are important exceptions in the case of both squad automatic weapons (SAW) and sniper rifles. Within the Table of Organization and Equipment for both the United States Army and the U.S. Marine Corps, these two classes of weapons are considered as crew-served; the operator of the weapon has an assistant who carries additional ammunition and associated equipment, acts as a spotter, and is also fully qualified in the operation of the weapon. These weapons are listed under the List of crew-served weapons of the U.S. armed forces.

Bayonets, knives, bayonet-knife models

In active service (some branches or limited roles)

Out of service (obsolete)

Grenades

See also: United States hand grenades and United States 40 mm grenades

In active service

In active service (some branches or limited roles)

Out of service (obsolete)

Pistols & Revolvers

The M1911A1 and M9 pistol.
The M1911A1 and M9 pistol.

In active service

In active service (some branches or limited roles)

Out of service (obsolete)

U.S. Model 1836 flintlock pistol, on display at Sutter's Fort
U.S. Model 1836 flintlock pistol, on display at Sutter's Fort

Canceled experiments and competitions

Less-lethal

In active service (some branches or limited roles)

Out of service (obsolete)

Rifles

Includes muskets, musketoons, etc., as well as rifles

Weapons from Vietnam and Desert Storm at the National Firearms Museum.[14]
Weapons from Vietnam and Desert Storm at the National Firearms Museum.[14]

In active service (some branches or limited roles)

Out of service (obsolete)

Semi and fully automatic

Bolt action

Breech loading

Lever action

Rifled muskets

Smoothbore muskets

Experimental

Canceled experiments

Carbines

In active service

In active service (some branches or limited roles)

Out of service (obsolete)

Canceled experiments and competitions

Shotguns

In active service

In active service (some branches or limited roles)

Out of service/Canceled

Experimental

Submachine guns

In active service (some branches or limited roles)

Out of service (obsolete)

Machine guns

In active service

Experimental

Anti-tank/Assault

In active service

In active service (some branches or limited roles)

Out of service (obsolete)

Canceled experiments

Mines

In active service

Swords

Five U.S. Marine Corps privates with fixed bayonets under the command of their noncommissioned officer, who displays his M1859 Marine NCO sword.
Five U.S. Marine Corps privates with fixed bayonets under the command of their noncommissioned officer, who displays his M1859 Marine NCO sword.

In active service

Out of service

See also

References

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