Weapons of the U.S. Navy SEALs

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Nothing gives a weapon system more credibility than a stamp of approval by the U.S. Navy SEALs. These Tier 1 operators use an extensive array of weapon systems that, in some cases, were developed specifically for their mission requirements. The controversial Colt M4A1 carbine remains the standard issue weapon for SEALs while pistols are carried as a secondary tool. A SEAL team’s weapons choice is always dependent on mission requirements and what follows is short list of tools commonly found in their kit:

mark-23-li.jpgHANDGUNS:
HK Mk 23 SOCOM .45 ACP

The HK Mk 23 was a pistol developed specifically for the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and was officially adopted in 1996. The Mk 23 was chosen for supreme accuracy, reliable functioning, corrosion resistant properties and terminal ballistics behind the .45 ACP. It stood against various torture tests including a separate unlubricated 96-hour surf and saline mist tests, 30,000-round +P ammunition endurance firing, drop tests, 450 accuracy test firings, submersion in sand, sludge in temperatures ranging between 160 degrees and -60 degrees Fahrenheit. The extended barrel features threading designed to accept a KAC suppressor.

SPECIFICATIONS: Heckler & Koch Mark 23
Caliber: .45 ACP
Weight (w/ suppressor): 4.22 lbs.
Length (w/ suppressor): 16.56”
Barrel length: 5.875”
Magazine capacity: 12 rds.

071019-n-6552m-024.jpgASSAULT RIFLES:
Colt M4A1 5.56 NATO

The Colt M4A1 is a SEAL’s primary weapon and features the SOPMOD (Special Operations Peculiar) accessory kit including a six-position Crane collapsible stock. More compact than the U.S. Navy’s standard issue M16A2, the modular M4A1 can be reconfigured by the user for missions with a grenade launcher, shotgun, various optics, lasers and illumination tools. Capable of both semi-auto and full-auto modes, the M4 has a rate of fire between 750 and 900 rounds per minute and uses a quick-attach suppressor. Additional enhancements are currently being considered.

SPECIFICATIONS: Colt M4A1
Caliber: 5.56 NATO
Weight: 5.6 lbs.
Length: 33” (stock extended), 29.8” (stock collapsed)
Barrel length: 14.5”
Magazine capacity: 30 rds.

070907-n-6477m-113.jpgSNIPER RIFLES:
Knight’s Armament Mk 11 SWS 7.62 NATO

The Mk 11 SWS (Sniper Weapon System) is based on the highly accurate SR-25 also produced by KAC. The Mk 11 was developed to meet a solicitation placed by the U.S. Navy SEALs. Featuring controls like the standard issue Colt M4A1, the Mk 11 is a unique semi-auto-only sniper rifle that can be suppressed and is capable of delivering effective precision beyond 1,000 yards.

SPECIFICATIONS: KAC Mk 11 SWS 7.62
Caliber: 7.62 NATO
Weight: 15.3 lbs.
Length: 45.5”
Barrel length: 14.5”
Magazine capacity: 20, 10 or 5 rds.

m82a1.jpgBarrett M82A1 SASR .50 BMG
Procured in time for the first Gulf War, the M82 made a reputation for long range and deep penetrating effectiveness against hard targets. Adopted as the SASR (Special Application Scoped Rifle), it has expanded capabilities with EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) and as extreme range anti-personnel rifle. This short recoil, rotating bolt semi-automatic rifle delivers high energy and was famously used in Somalia by the SEALs in 1993 against many enemy vehicles.

SPECIFICATIONS: Barrett M82A1 SASR
Caliber: .50 BMG
Weight: 31.0 lbs.
Length: 48 or 57”
Barrel length: 20 or 29”
Magazine capacity: 10 rds.

us_navy_seals_in_from_water.jpgSUBMACHINE GUNS:
HK MP5N 9mm NATO

The compact MP5 continues to be popular among elite counter-terror organizations. Operating from a unique roller-delayed blowback system, the MP5N was developed by Heckler and Koch specifically for the SEALs. This “Navy” model fires from both a closed and locked bolt in semi-auto, burst, or full-auto modes. The 800 round-per-minute MP5 is extremely accurate and provides a superb option for CQB operations earning praise from the SEALs for its controllability, smooth operation and accurate shot placement.

SPECIFICATIONS: HK MP5
Caliber: 9mm NATO
Weight: 6.47 lbs.
Length:  27.25” (stock extended), 21” (stock collapsed)
Barrel length: 8.85”
Magazine capacity:  30 rds.

m240-2.jpgMACHINE GUNS:
FN M240 7.62 NATO

The M240 is a widely used machine gun that has been seen service ranging from a base of fire to coaxial configurations supporting main guns on armored vehicles. It is known for its high reliability and operates from the open bolt. The M240 features an adjustable gas system that fires between 650 and 950 rounds per minute and the M240B and M240G models feature a bipod. Even though it is heavier than the M60, the M240 is expected to completely replace the M60 due to its easy maintenance and impressive reliability.

SPECIFICATIONS M240
Caliber: 7.62 NATO
Weight: 27.3 lbs.
Length:  49”
Barrel length: 24.68”
Magazine capacity: N/A


 

  • J

    I heard a SEAL officer say during a training course recently that the HK 23 was very unpopular (had to do with size, I gathered). Most SEALs carry the Sig Sauer 9mm, instead, he claimed.

    He was shooting a Glock 9mm for the course.

  • CBec

    Thats true

  • http://www.ninjateez.com/ Brian

    A 9mm. Why on Earth are people still carrying a 9mm. Even the MP5 has been upgraded to .40 and .45 models.

  • Jay

    Most of these are basic army weapons, pretty generic

  • Ryan

    The Seals use the McMillan Tac-50 (Mk-15) not the Barrett. Have been for 20 years. By the way, we did use the sig 226′s (and we had a few of the 228′s in inventory as well). Great guns. Because of my experience with that pistol in the teams, I own one personally today.

  • John Carp

    You forgot the Sig Sauer P226 (MK24) that the Navy has always intended to keep as their primary (back up) side arm.
    Loaded with standard velocity Speer 124 gr. Gold Dot Dive ammunition.
    Even after the SOCOMM announcement and subsequent retraction that all of SOCOMM was looking for a high capacity double action pistol in .45 ACP, the Navy SPECWARGRU and DEVGRU intended to retain the MK 24

  • glen

    what about the m14 or m25,we still use them to this day.great rifles in any weather!

  • http://www.ofallon.mo.us phlash

    Sometime before the SIG P229 was the S&W 66 revolver. It was reliable, stainless, and accurate. The MP-5 in 9mm is so much more controlable in that calibre than the others. Yes, terminal results of one .45 slug is great. But, when you can put a burst of 9mm in a little circle, that is decisive. Glocks are easy to shoot well without much practice. SIG’s, I believe, have a little better longevity and reliability. I may be wrong on this, as I’m relying only on personal experience and discussion with others in the same field.

  • http://www.ofallon.mo.us phlash

    Wrote 229; meant 226. Yes, early teams used 66′s.

  • Jacob

    There’s a lot of misinformation here with these comments, so let me clear something up.

    J is correct in that the MK23 is now unpopular. In fact, I’d go as far as to say it is now unused and obsolete in favor of the P226.

    The SEALs use the M107 and not the TAC-50. As far as I can tell, the SEALs only helped McMillan Firearms Manufacturing to design the rifle with field testing, but did not use it much after that. The Mk-15 might have an NSN and all that, but it is not favored over the Barrett.

    Third, this list is missing M14 variants and the M1014.

    Finally, the MP5 is now just barely used now and has largely if not completely been replaced by the M4A1. The only MP5s not just in the SEALs, but all of military service, are ones that have either not yet been replaced or where the unit specifically wanted to hold on to them.

  • Jason

    There’s a lot of misinformation here with these comments, so let me clear something up.

    J is correct in that the MK23 is now unpopular. In fact, I’d go as far as to say it is now unused and obsolete in favor of the P226.

    The SEALs use the M107 and not the TAC-50. As far as I can tell, the SEALs only helped McMillan Firearms Manufacturing to design the rifle with field testing, but did not use it much after that. The Mk-15 might have an NSN and all that, but it is not normally favored over the Barrett.

    Third, this list is missing M14 variants and the M1014.

    Finally, the MP5 is now just barely used now and has largely if not completely been replaced by the M4A1. The only MP5s not just in the SEALs, but all of military service, are ones that have either not yet been replaced or where the unit specifically wanted to hold on to them.

  • http://www.hajisplace.blogspot.com Haji

    There’s only one group of people in Americas armed forces that are called Operators. They don’t work for SOCOM.

    The “controversial M4A1″? Controversial with who? None of America’s SOF complain about it, and the SOF of other nations, such as England’s SAS, use it happily. Guys who can shoot know that the M4 kills bugs dead.

    The Mk 23 is a gun that seemed to be a good idea until the idea was executed. The SEALs apparently requested it, but ended up buying a very small number of them and apparently don’t use them now.

    The Teams have been proponents of the M11 for a long time, with good reason. SIG makes a good gun.

    The coolest pic up there doesn’t have a caption. M134′s are bad ass.

  • JohnB

    I love it when people scoff at 9mm handguns. As if getting one in your eye is annoying at best. Shot placement beats caliber every time.

  • Kyle

    That picture of the SEAL with the “MK11″ is a MK12 SPR. Big difference considering one is a 7.62 and the other a 5.56.

  • Kyle

    Oh, and as a matter of fact all SOF are known os operators,”the ones that don’t work for SOCOM” that you are referring to are known as operatives. These guys work for certain O.G.A.s.

  • Greg

    Hey Brian. Here’s what you do. Go down range oh say 30 or so yards have somebody fire a 9mm and see if you want to catch in your teeth…just a thought.

  • Dasher3

    I was under the impression that the SEALs were replacing the MP5′s with the newer version MP10′s which I dont know the true size of the road fired by this weapon. Anyone have this info?

  • tyler

    wrong just try and buy one if your lucky u might get the chance to shoot one that will change your mind

  • william2177

    Operators are what I’m considerd. There arent many of us and we are based at bragg. Also we don’t shave.

  • http://www.tactical-life.com Cmac

    P226 doesnt carry a lot of punch, but still, gettin hit with one of those=not pretty. still, as brian said,why the crap are we still using 9mm?
    the M16 is still pretty fine, if it werent so big and long.

  • http://www.tactical-life.com Cmac

    i just shot a freakin mini gun! thse things are so badass!

  • Derek

    I love my MK23 an large handgun for large hands the only thing I have read from these posts are nothing but opinions which don’t matter. And 9 mil and .45 both have pros and cons so it’s all about what the user likes not what the teams like, you people need to get real! Oh and the SR25 rocks death!

  • Derek

    I love my MK23 a large handgun for large hands. The only thing I have read from these posts are nothing but opinions which don’t matter. And 9 mil and .45 both have pros and cons so it’s all about what the user likes not what the teams like, you people need to get real! Oh and the SR25 rocks death!

  • Adrian

    the rumor goes that they had a new sidearm during the raid of bin laden. It was something like a Glock 18C with a recoil reduction system in .45 acp caliber with a reflex sight on top of it.I believe it was called the Kriss Kard

  • John

    Adrian,

    I think this is the weapon you are referring to:

    http://www.kriss-tdi.com/

  • FNHKSIG

    This information is outdated, some of it is blatantly incorrect.

    The main two pistols used by the teams are the Sig Sauer P226 and recently acquired, the HK45C (or as the Navy calls it, the Mk24.Mod0). They occasionally use the Sig P329 as well, if the mission dictates a very compact sidearm.

    The HK MP5 is an excellent gun, but is largely outdated. The HK MP7 replaced it in team armories. It has better armor penetration capability as well as accuracy at longer ranges.

    The M4 is still in use, but the HK416 sees use with the teams as well, and it is more refined and reliable.

  • caoimhin07

    I have no idea where you came up with all this, but the Sig Sauer P226 is the primary side arm for the SEALS and to my knowledge the powers to be have no intention of replacing it as the Navy and SEALS primary sidearm with the H&K. In fact that is pure balony. Even though the 9mm is the primary round, many SEALS have adopted the 40 caliber as well. The M4A1 and its many variations as personal preference dictates, with it’s suppressors, stocks, grips, etc., is THE weapon of choice in small arms combat. It has proven itself over many of the H&K MP5 products to withstand the multitude of conditons, such as sea water, mud, sand etc., and has more velocity to punch through body armor than an MP5 “grease gun” type weapon. The thing to remember though is that SEALS are special forces and are given quite a bit of latitude on their weapons as long as they stay within the mil specs given to them. There a few Barrett 50 cals. although it is not the primary choice of .50 cals. The .308 sniper round is still the sniper caliber used on almost all missions. Who every wrote the original article must have been tryng to peddle some weapons. Get it right. BTW The only easy day was yesterday. Hooyah.