Weapons of the Navy SEALs
US Navy SEALs utilize a diverse arsenal of weaponry to accomplish their missions. From silenced pistols used to stealthily subdue enemy personnel to the heavy sniper rifles that are capable of disabling enemy vehicles, Navy SEALs are properly armed to handle any kind of threat they encounter in the field. Below are some of the weapons of the Navy SEALs:
The Colt M4A1 is one of the most common weapons used in the US military, specifically by Special Forces. Since the original M4 entered service in 1994, it has been highly customized to fit the role of special forces personnel. The M4A1 features a rail system on which a variety of accessories can be attached, such as a variety of optics, a M203 grenade launcher, flashlights, and Infrared illuminators. The M4A1 fires 5.56x45mm NATO rounds; standard magazines hold 30 rounds, which can be fired semi- or fully-automatically.
The MP5, which was originally designed by Heckler & Koch in 1964, is a submachine gun specifically designed for close-quarters fighting. The gun’s light weight and small size make it perfect for weapon for the Navy SEALs during long-range missions. Navy SEALs typically use the MP5-N, which is a model that was modified to fit their mission profiles. The MP5 can be equipped with optics using a special rail mount and is also capable of attaching a suppressor. Standard box magazines hold up to 30 9x19mm rounds.
Although the M60 has, for the most part, been replaced in US service by the M240, the US Navy SEALs still utilize its firepower to pack a deadly punch when needed. The M60 is a belt-fed machine gun that fires 7.62x51mm NATO rounds at a rate of 550 rounds/minute. The heavier rounds provide additional firepower when dealing with enemy personnel or even enemy vehicles.
The M240B, which has been gradually placed into US service as a replacement for the M60, is a medium machine gun that fires 7.62x51mm NATO rounds at a rate of almost 1000 rounds/minute. The gun is widely popular due to its light weight. Despite its smaller size, the M240B is highly capable of providing heavy firepower for small infantry units such as SEAL teams.
The M14 originally entered US service as early as 1957 although it was never utilized in a relatively large quantity. This rifle fires extremely accurate at long ranges and is able to take out targets easily with its large 7.62x51mm NATO rounds. This combination of range and firepower make the M14 an effective asset to US Navy SEALs. Unlike bolt-action sniper rifles, the M14 can fire semi-automatically and is equipped with a 20-round box magazine.
The M82A1 is a semi-automatic sniper rifle that fires powerful .50 caliber rounds. This gun is renowned for its capability to pierce body armor and even the armor of many light combat vehicles. This firepower, along with the gun’s very long range, can be a very deadly weapon when in the hands of marksmen, making this an essential weapon of the Navy SEALs.
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