List of individual weapons of the U.S. Armed Forces

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This is a list of weapons served individually by the United States armed forces, sorted by type and current level of service. 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 understood to be crew-served, as the operator of the weapon (identified as a sniper or as a SAW gunner) 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[edit]

In active service (some branches or limited roles)[edit]

Out of service (obsolete)[edit]

Grenades[edit]

In active service[edit]

In active service (some branches or limited roles)[edit]

Out of service (obsolete)[edit]

Handguns[edit]

The M1911A1 and M9 pistol.

In active service[edit]

In active service (some branches or limited roles)[edit]

Out of service (obsolete)/Cancelled experiments[edit]

Experimental[edit]

Less-lethal[edit]

In active service (some branches or limited roles)[edit]

Out of service (obsolete)[edit]

Rifles[edit]

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

Weapons from Vietnam and Desert Storm at the National Firearms Museum.[13]

In active service[edit]

In active service (some branches or limited roles)[edit]

Out of service (obsolete)/Canceled experiments[edit]

Experimental[edit]

Carbines[edit]

In active service[edit]

In active service (some branches or limited roles)[edit]

Out of service (obsolete) including canceled experiments[edit]

Shotguns[edit]

In active service[edit]

In active service (some branches or limited roles)[edit]

Out of service[edit]

Experimental[edit]

Submachine guns[edit]

In active service (some branches or limited roles)[edit]


Out of service (obsolete)[edit]

Anti-tank/assault[edit]

In active service[edit]

In active service (some branches or limited roles)[edit]

Out of service (obsolete)[edit]

Experimental[edit]

Mines[edit]

In active service[edit]

Swords[edit]

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[edit]

Out of service[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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