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This is a list of weapons used by the United States Marine Corps:

Weapons used

The basic infantry weapon of the United States Marine Corps is the M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle. Suppressive fire is provided by 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 bolt-action sniper rifle.[1]

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.[2]

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.

Some older weapons are used for ceremonial purposes, such as the Silent Drill Platoon's M1 Garands, or the use of the M101 howitzer for gun salutes.

Active use

Non-lethal weapons

Bladed weapons

Handguns

Assault rifles, Battle rifles

A U.S. Marine armed with an M16A4 rifle and ITL MARS sight in 2004.
A U.S. Marine armed with an M16A4 rifle and ITL MARS sight in 2004.
A U.S. Marine armed with an M27 IAR affixed with ACOG Squad Day Optic.
A U.S. Marine armed with an M27 IAR affixed with ACOG Squad Day Optic.

Designated Marksman Rifles

Sniper Rifles

Shotguns

Submachine Guns

Machine Guns

Vehicle-mounted M2 .50 caliber machine guns in May 2005.
Vehicle-mounted M2 .50 caliber machine guns in May 2005.

Hand Grenades

Grenade Launchers

A Video of U.S. Marines training with the M32A1

Mortars

Artillery

M777 155mm howitzer
M777 155mm howitzer

Shoulder-fired Missile and Rocket Launchers

HMMWV-mounted BGM-71 TOW
HMMWV-mounted BGM-71 TOW

Vehicle-mounted Weapons

Aircraft-mounted Weapons

UH-1N with GAU-16/A door-mounted machine gun
AH-1W with AGM-114 Hellfire missiles and Hydra 70 rockets
AH-1W with AGM-114 Hellfire missiles and Hydra 70 rockets
GBU-12 500lb. bomb
GBU-12 500lb. bomb
Guns
Bombs
Missiles
Marine emplaces a claymore mine
Marine emplaces a claymore mine

Other

Accessories

AN/PVS-7A
AN/PVS-7A
A U.S. Marine Corps Military Police Special Reaction Team using the MP5-N in February 2004.
A U.S. Marine Corps Military Police Special Reaction Team using the MP5-N in February 2004.

Testing/limited use

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.

Retired

Bladed Weapons
M6 bayonet with sheath
M6 bayonet with sheath
Pistols
M1911A1 pistol
M1911A1 pistol
Rifles, Carbines, & Muskets
early M16 model rifle
early M16 model rifle
M1 Garand rifle
M1 Garand rifle
Submachine guns
M1A1 Thompson submachine gun
M1A1 Thompson submachine gun
Machine guns
M60 7.62mm machine gun
M60 7.62mm machine gun
Explosives & Launchers
M79 grenade launcher
M79 grenade launcher
The U.S. Marine Corps still uses the M101, although for ceremonial purposes only. Here, U.S. Marines are seen firing off a M101 during a ceremony in March 2005.
The U.S. Marine Corps still uses the M101, although for ceremonial purposes only. Here, U.S. Marines are seen firing off a M101 during a ceremony in March 2005.
Aircraft/vehicle-mounted
Other

See also

References

Public Domain This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Marine Corps.
  1. ^ "M40A1 Sniper Rifle". USMC Fact File. U.S. Marine Corps. Archived from the original on 2007-02-25. Retrieved 2008-08-03.
  2. ^ "Tube Launched, Optically Tracked, Wire Guided (TOW) Missile Weapon System". USMC Fact File. U.S. Marine Corps. Archived from the original on 2007-02-11. Retrieved 2008-08-03.
  3. ^ USMC Officer's Guidebook Seventh Edition
  4. ^ "U.S. Marines Add to M9A1 Inventory". Law & Order Magazine. Encyclopedia.com. November 1, 2006. Retrieved 20 February 2010.
  5. ^ Tendas, Pierangelo. "Beretta M9-A1". Armi & Tiro. securityarms.com. Retrieved 20 February 2010.
  6. ^ Matt Gonzales, Marine Corps Systems Command (23 September 2020). "Marine Corps fields first new service pistol In 35 years". United States Marine Corps (Press release). Retrieved 27 August 2022.
  7. ^ "Jane's international defense review: IDR". 36 (12). Jane's Information Group. 2003. ((cite journal)): Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  8. ^ "NAVMC DIRECTIVE 3500.90" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-01-10. Retrieved 2014-06-11.
  9. ^ "Adapt and Overcome". United States Marine Corps.
  10. ^ Cpl. Mark W. Stroud (18 July 2013). "Reconnaissance Marines train with Close-Quarters Battle Pistol". United States Marine Corps (Press release). Retrieved 25 August 2022.
  11. ^ "SRCSGT - 10 - The Marine Corps Systems Command desires to collect information regarding potential rifle scopes to be utilized on Sniper Rifles (M40A3, M107, Mk11, Mk 12, M14 DMR and M39 EMR). - 03-Aug-08 - FBO#2442". www.fbodaily.com.