US Smallarms


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US Weapons of the Vietnam War


The vast majority of weapons used by US forces in Vietnam were of their own manufacture. With the exception of Australia and New Zealand, all the major Free World forces used American weapons and equipment.

PISTOLS

  • M-1911A1 Colt .45in Automatic Pistol
  • L9A1 9mm FN Browning High Power

SMGs

  • M1A1 Thompson .45in
  • M3A1 .45in (9mm) 'Grease Gun'
  • Model 45 9mm 'Carl Gustav'

RIFLES and CARBINES

  • M1 'Garand'
  • M-14 7.62mm NATO
  • M-16 5.56mm Assault Rifle
  • CAR-15

GRENADES and RIFLE GRENADES

  • Mk2 Anti-Personnel Defensive Hand/Rifle Grenade
  • M26 Anti-Personnel Defensive Hand Grenade
  • M61 Anti-Personnel Defensive Hand Grenade
  • M-79 40mm Grenade Launcher
  • M203 40mm Grenade Launcher

MACHINE GUNS

  • M1919A4 Browning .30-Cal
  • M2 .50-Cal Heavy Barrel
  • M-60 7.62mm GPMG

ANTI-ARMOUR WEAPONS

  • M20 3.5-inch Rocket Launcher
  • M72 66mm HEAT Light Anti-Armour Weapon (LAW)
  • M67 90mm Recoilless Rifle
  • M40A1 106mm Recoilless Rifle
  • M151E2 127mm TOW

MORTARS

  • M1 81mm
  • M29 81mm
  • M19 60mm
  • M2 60mm
  • M30 4.2-in

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Sources:

Vietnam Weapons Handbook, David Rosser-Owen, Patrick Stephens Limited, 1986, ISBN 0-85059-838-9

Infantry Weapons of the World, Christopher F. Foss and T.J.Gander, Ian Allen Ltd., 1977, ISBN 07110-0734-9

'In Combat', Marshall Cavendish Magazine Collection

'The Vietnam Experience', Orbis Magazine Collection


 

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