Weapons > Small Arms
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
"The USA's M4 Carbine Controversies", By Defense Industry
"The long guns: History of US military rifles", Fox News
Tech, December 22, 2016.
Shurkin, Michael. A Brief History of the Assault Rifle,
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.
1. For more info see "The Swedish K Gun Was Commandos' Friend
in Vietnam", by Mike Perry, War is Boring, November 22,