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This is a list of weapons used by the United States Marine Corps:


Weapons utilized

The basic infantry weapon of the United States Marine Corps is the M16 assault rifle family, with a majority of Marines being equipped with the M16A2 or M16A4 service rifles, or more recently the M4 carbine—a compact variant. Suppressive fire is provided by the M249 SAW and M240G machine guns, at the squad and company levels respectively. In addition, indirect fire is provided by the M203 grenade launcher in fireteams, M224 60 mm mortar in companies, and M252 81 mm mortar in battalions. The M2 .50 caliber heavy machine gun and MK19 automatic grenade launcher (40 mm) are available for use by dismounted infantry, though they are more commonly vehicle-mounted. Precision fire is provided by the Designated Marksman Rifle, which is being replaced by the M39 Enhanced Marksman Rifle, and M40A3 sniper rifle.[1]

The Marine Corps utilizes a variety of direct-fire rockets and missiles to provide infantry with an offensive and defensive anti-armor capability. The SMAW and AT4 are unguided rockets that can destroy armor and fixed defenses (e.g. bunkers) at ranges up to 500 meters. The Predator SRAW, FGM-148 Javelin and BGM-71 TOW are anti-tank guided missiles. All three can utilize top-attack profiles to avoid heavy frontal armor. The Predator is a short-range fire-and-forget weapon; the Javelin and TOW are heavier missiles effective past 2,000 meters that give infantry an offensive capability against armor.[2]

Marines are also capable of deploying less-lethal weaponry as the situation dictates. Part of a Marine Expeditionary Unit earning the Special Operations Capable designator requires a company-sized unit capable of riot control.

Some older weapons are used for ceremonial purposes, such as the Silent Drill Platoon's M1 Garands, or the use of the M101 howitzer for gun salutes.

Active use


Bladed weapons


Rifles & Carbines

Marine aiming a loaded M16A4 rifle with EOTech optic
Marine with M16A4 rifle & optics


Machine Guns

In the foreground, a HMMWV, with a MTVR in the background. Both vehicles have M2 machineguns mounted and Marines firing them.
Vehicle-mounted M2 .50cal machine guns

Hand Grenades & Grenade Launchers


Marines gather around a M777 howitzer, while the smoke from a recently-fired round lingers
M777 155mm howitzer


Missile Launchers

a TOW missile leaves the tube of a HMMWV-mounted launcher
HMMWV-mounted BGM-71 TOW



an closeup of the armament of an attack helicoper
AH-1W with AGM-114 Hellfire missiles and Hydra 70 rockets
a guided bomb
GBU-12 500lb. bomb



a night vision goggle with attached head mount

Testing/Limited Use

Marines with MARSOC, Force Reconnaissance, and MEU(SOC)s occasionally use specialized weapons that the rest of the fleet does not. In addition, some weapons are tested and evaluated in select units before acceptance and large-scale adoption. In a few cases, older weapons are brought out of retirement for limited use.


Bladed weapons
bayonet and sheath
M6 bayonet with sheath

M1911 pistol with magazine, .45 caliber round, and 9mm round
M1911 pistol

Rifles, Carbines, & Muskets
black&white photograph of an early M16 rifle
early M16 model rifle
M1 Garand
M1 Garand rifle

Submachine guns
M1A1 Thompson
M1A1 Thompson submachinegun

Machine guns
M60 machinegun
M60 7.62mm machinegun

Explosives & Launchers
M79 grenade launcher
M79 grenade launcher
Marines fire blank rounds from a M101 howitzer at a ceremony
Marine still use the M101 for ceremonial purposes today


See also


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Marine Corps.

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