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U.S. Army Special Forces units use a variety of small arms. The principle weapons used in recent years, however, are the same as the regular conventional U.S. Army. The M4, M9, and the M249 light machine gun.


Websites with Info on the M4/ M4A1 Carbine

PEO Soldier / Equipment M4/M4A1 Carbine
www.peosoldier.army.mil/portfolio/#199

"The USA's M4 Carbine Controversies", By Defense Industry Daily.
www.defenseindustrydaily.com/the-usas-m4-carbine-controversy-03289/

"The long guns: History of US military rifles", Fox News Tech, December 22, 2016.
www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/12/22/long-guns-history-us-military-rifles.html


Assault Rifles

Shurkin, Michael. A Brief History of the Assault Rifle, RAND Corporation.
www.rand.org/blog/2016/06/a-brief-history-of-the-assault-rifle.html


Swedish K

The nine-millimeter Carl Gustav M/45 submachine gun was fun to shoot but even more important a good weapon to carry during the Vietnam War. It was often chosen by Special Forces Soldiers over the early models of the troublesome M-16. The Swedish K was a good weapon for close in jungle fighting or urban terrain. In addition to SF, the U.S. Navy SEALs used the Swedish K. The gun was designed in 1945 at the end of World War II and put into production for the Swedish armed forces and offered for sale on the international market. 1. 


Papers and Publications about Small Arms

CNA, Soldier Perspectives on Small Arms in Combat, CNA Analysis & Solutions, December 1, 2006. During Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) individual Soldiers raised concerns with their small arms in combat. This study assessed Soldier perspectives on the reliability and durability of their weapons systems in combat to aid in decisions regarding current and future small arms needs of the Army.
www.cna.org/research/2006/soldier-perspectives-small-arms-combat

 



Endnotes

1. For more info see "The Swedish K Gun Was Commandos' Friend in Vietnam", by Mike Perry, War is Boring, November 22, 2015.
http://warisboring.com/articles/the-swedish-k-gun-was-commandos-friend-in-vietnam/

 

 


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