A complete list of US Special Ops special weapons would be quite extensive. Below, however, are a few of the weapons used by these extraordinary forces and a brief description of each.
Step back in time as you step into the Firearms and Ordnance Gallery at the Armed Forces History Museum. Here, reality awakens within, as you marvel at the weapons and feel the power of destruction housed throughout this extensive gallery. Authentic weapons from around the world (including some used by Special Forces) dating throughout history can be witnessed in this astonishing collection. The oldest piece on display is a rare bayonet from the Revolutionary War.
Gerber Mark II – Dagger – This fighting knife is was designed in 1966 and was carried by many of the US troops during the Vietnam War. This type of weapon would be used during close combat confrontations.
M67 Grenade – This fragmentation hand grenade is used throughout the US military. When detonated, the M67 can inflict injury within a 15 meter radius (or approx. 45 ft.). The fatality radius for the M67 is 5 meters (or approx. 15 ft.).
Sig Sauer P226 – The design as the SIG P220, the SIG P226 differs with its use of higher capacity, stagger-column magazines. Several variants of this weapon are used by various law enforcement agencies and military organizations throughout the world.
M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper Rifle – First produced in 2008, this semi-automatic rifle is used by the US Army’s snipers, spotters, designated marksman and also squad advanced marksmen. It is manufactured by Knight’s Armament Company.
HK 416 Rifle – From 2005 to present, this German assault rifle became the US Navy SEAL rifle of choice. After extensive testing, the data revealed the piston operating system on this new design was shown to reduce malfunctions. Parts durability and accuracy make this rifle a “hands down winner”. It was this HK 416 rifle that killed Osama bin Ladin.
FN SCAR 16/17 – This modular rifle is specifically made for SOCOM (the US Special Operations Command). An estimated 600 FN SCAR 16/17 rifles were first issued to a battalion of the US Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment in 2009.
US Special Ops use a number of special weapons chosen for their accuracy, durability and often, personal preference