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List Of Individual Weapons Of The U.S. Armed Forces
This is a list of weapons served individually by the United States armed forces, sorted by type and current level of service. While the general understanding is that crew-served weapons require more than one person to operate them, there are important exceptions in the case of both squad automatic weapons (SAW) and sniper rifles. Within the Table of Organization and Equipment
Table of Organization and Equipment
for both the United States Army and the U.S. Marine Corps, these two classes of weapons are understood to be crew-served, as the operator of the weapon (identified as a sniper or as a SAW gunner) has an assistant who carries additional ammunition and associated equipment, acts as a spotter, and is also fully qualified in the operation of the weapon. These weapons are listed under the List of crew-served weapons of the U.S
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Ketchum Grenade
The Ketchum Hand Grenade
Grenade
was a type of grenade used in the American Civil War. It was patented on August 20, 1861 by William F. Ketchum, a mayor of Buffalo, N.Y., and was partially adopted in the Union Army. They were used in battles such as Vicksburg and Petersburg (both major sieges in the war).Contents1 Overview 2 Construction 3 In action 4 References 5 External linksOverview[edit]Ketchum grenade from the collection of the Minnesota Historical SocietyThe grenades have the appearance of a cast-iron ball, or a skinny dart, having fins of cardboard to stabilize the flight. They assured landing on the nose, which was backed by a percussion cap that set off the main powder charge in the body. The grenades were largely inefficient because they had to land on their nose to detonate. In one incident Confederates caught them in blankets and hurled them back at the attackers.[1] Ketchums came primarily in 1, 3 and 5 lb. varieties
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Stiletto
A stiletto (Italian: [stiˈletto]) is a knife or dagger with a long slender blade and needle-like point, primarily intended as a stabbing weapon.[1][2] The stiletto blade's narrow cross-section and acuminated tip reduces friction upon entry, allowing the blade to penetrate deeply.[1][3] Some consider the stiletto a form of dagger, but most stilettos are specialized thrusting weapons not designed for cutting or slashing, even with edged examples.[1][4] Over time, the term stiletto has been used as a general descriptive term for a variety of knife blades exhibiting a narrow blade with minimal cutting surfaces and a needle-like point, such as the U.S
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U.S. Marine Raider Stiletto
The U.S. Marine Raider stiletto was a stiletto and combat knife issued to the Marine Raiders
Marine Raiders
and 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion during World War II.Contents1 Background 2 History 3 Specifications 4 Manufacturing 5 Sheath 6 Use 7 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion 8 Collectibility 9 See also 10 References 11 Further reading 12 External linksBackground[edit] Marine Raiders
Marine Raiders
insigniaAt the start of World War II, the Mark I Trench Knife
Knife
was the only knife issued to Marines. It was introduced during World War I
World War I
for trench warfare, but its "knuckle duster" hilt was cumbersome and contained nearly 1 pound (0.45 kg) of brass, making the knife expensive to produce. In addition, the Mark I could not be held in the "fencing-grip" position, the preferred position for the thrust
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Camillus Cutlery Company
The Camillus Cutlery Company
Camillus Cutlery Company
was one of the oldest knife manufacturers in the United States as its roots date back to 1876. The Company produced millions of knives until it filed for bankruptcy in 2007 due to fierce overseas competition and bad business skills. Its brand name and intellectual property rights were purchased by Acme United Corporation, which re-launched the Camillus brand in May 2009 using modern materials.Contents1 History1.1 Adolph Kastor 1.2 1902–1913 1.3 1914–1945 1.4 1946–20052 Bankruptcy 3 Camillus as Acme United brand 4 References 5 External linksHistory[edit] Adolph Kastor[edit] The 14-year-old Adolph Kastor (1856–1946), son of a Jewish family from Wattenheim, Germany, immigrated to New York in 1870[1] where he started to work for his uncle Aaron Kastor in his hardware supply business, Bodenheim, Meyer & Company
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Trench Knife
A trench knife is a combat knife designed to kill or gravely incapacitate an enemy soldier at close quarters, as might be encountered in a trenchline or other confined area.[1][2][3] It was developed in response to a need for a close combat weapon for soldiers conducting assaults and raids on enemy trenchlines during the First World War. An example of a World War I
World War I
trench knife is the German Army's Nahkampfmesser (close combat knife).[4][5] With the outbreak of the Second World War, the trench knife, by this time usually referred to as a combat knife, proved so useful that armies continued to develop and issue new designs
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M3 Fighting Knife
The M3 fighting knife or M3 trench knife was an American military combat knife first issued in March 1943. The M3 was originally designated for issue to soldiers not otherwise equipped with a bayonet.[1][2][3] However, it was particularly designed for use by elite or 'shock' forces in need of a close-combat knife such as airborne troops and Army Rangers, and these units received priority for the M3 at the start of production.[2][3][4][5] As more M3 knives became available in 1943 and 1944, the knife was issued to other soldiers such as Army Air Corps crewmen and soldiers not otherwise equipped with a bayonet, including soldiers issued the M1 Carbine
M1 Carbine
or submachine gun.[1][2] The M3 trench knife was developed as a replacement for the World War I-era U.S. Mark I trench knife, primarily to conserve strategic metal resources.[6][7][4][8][9][5] The M3 would also replace the Fairbairn–Sykes fighting knife or OSS dagger in U.S
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M5 Bayonet
The M5 Bayonet
Bayonet
was adopted by the U.S. Military in 1953 to replace other bayonets for the U.S. rifle, caliber .30, M1 (Garand). It uses the M8A1 scabbard.Contents1 Background 2 Description 3 M8 and M8A1 Scabbard 4 See also 5 References 6 External linksBackground[edit] During the Korean War, the M1 bayonet
M1 bayonet
and M1905 bayonet
M1905 bayonet
which mount to the M1, were proven difficult to remove with gloves on. As a result, the U.S. M5 Garand bayonet was designed and issued in 1953. This was a total redesign based on the M4 bayonet
M4 bayonet
used by the M1 carbine. The M5 bayonet looks nothing like the original M1905 or M1 bayonets for the M1 Garand. The M5 is the only U.S
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United States Navy Hospital Corpsman
A hospital corpsman (HM) /ˈkɔːrmən/ (or corpsman for short) is an enlisted medical specialist of the United States Navy, who may also serve in a U.S. Marine Corps unit. The corresponding rank within the United States Coast Guard
United States Coast Guard
is Health Services Technician (HS).Contents1 Overview 2 History 3 Navy and Marine Corps training 4 Rate/rating structure 5 Badges 6 Ships named in honor of hospital corpsmen 7 U.S
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Sykes-Fairbairn Commando Knife
The Fairbairn–Sykes fighting knife
Fairbairn–Sykes fighting knife
is a double-edged fighting knife resembling a dagger or poignard with a foil grip developed by William Ewart Fairbairn and Eric Anthony Sykes in Shanghai
Shanghai
based on concepts which the two men initiated before World War II
World War II
while serving on the Shanghai
Shanghai
Municipal Police in China.[1] The F-S fighting knife was made famous during World War II
World War II
when issued to British Commandos, the Airborne Forces, the SAS and many other units, especially for the Normandy landings
Normandy landings
in June 1944
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V-42 Combat Knife
The V-42 stiletto
V-42 stiletto
was a stiletto and fighting knife issued during World War II
World War II
to the First Special Service Force
First Special Service Force
(1st SSF, a.k.a. Devil's Brigade), a joint Canadian/American commando unit.Contents1 Design and features 2 History 3 Specifications and production quantity 4 See also 5 References 6 Further reading 7 External linksDesign and features[edit] Based on the Fairbairn–Sykes commando knife designed by William E. Fairbairn and Eric A. Sykes, the Fighting Commando
Commando
Knife, Type V-42 used a narrow-profile, double-edged stiletto blade made of high carbon steel.[1] The V-42 was primarily designed by officers of the FSSF, including its commanding officer, Lt. Colonel Robert T. Frederick, who desired a close-quarters combat knife.[1][2] The blade's design has been attributed to Col
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United States Hand Grenades
The military of the United States has used many of different types of hand grenades since its foundation
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United States Navy EOD
World War II Korean War Vietnam War Persian Gulf War Global War on TerrorWar in Afghanistan Iraq War Operation Inherent Resolve United States Navy
United States Navy
Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians render safe all types of ordnance, including improvised, chemical, biological, and nuclear. They perform land and underwater location, identification, render-safe, and recovery (or disposal) of foreign and domestic ordnance. They conduct demolition of hazardous munitions, pyrotechnics, and retrograde explosives using detonation and burning techniques. They forward deploy and fully integrate with the various Combatant Commanders, Special
Special
Operations Forces (SOF), and various warfare units within the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Army
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M67 Grenade
The M67 grenade
M67 grenade
is a fragmentation hand grenade used by the United States military. The M67 is a further development of the M33 grenade, itself a replacement for the M26-series grenades used during the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and the older Mk 2 "pineapple" grenade used since World War I.Contents1 Overview 2 Use 3 Variants3.1 M33 Fragmentation Grenade 3.2 M68 Fragmentation Grenade 3.3 M33A1 and M59 Fragmentation Grenades 3.4 M69 Practice Grenade4 Users 5 See also 6 Notes 7 External linksOverview[edit] The M67 grenade
M67 grenade
has a spherical steel body that contains 6.5 oz (180 g) of composition B explosive. It uses the M213 pyrotechnic delay fuze. The M67 grenade
M67 grenade
weighs 14 oz (400 g) in total and has a safety clip to prevent the safety pin on the grenade from being pulled accidentally
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AN M8
The AN-M8 HC Smoke Grenade designated as the Army/Navy Model 8 HC Smoke Grenade (AN-M8 Smoke HC) is a US military grenade used as a ground-to-ground obscuring or screening device or a ground-to-air signaling or target-marking device.[1][2]Contents1 History 2 Details 3 Warning 4 Field Instructional Use 5 Toxicity 6 See also 7 ReferencesHistory[edit] Developed in the 1940s, using a sheet-steel cylinder body that can emit a dense cloud of white smoke that would last from 105 to 150 seconds. The AN-M8 was used extensively by American or other allied forces used throughout World War II to the 1990s
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AN M18
The M18 Colored Smoke Grenade
Smoke Grenade
is a US Army grenade used as a ground-to-ground or ground-to-air signaling device, a target or landing zone marking device, or a screening device for unit maneuvering.Contents1 History1.1 Vietnam Use2 Potential hazard 3 Media Use 4 See also 5 ReferencesHistory[edit] The M18 was developed in 1942 during World War II
World War II
and was completed in November of that year. It was designed to replace the M16 smoke grenade, which did not burn as long or as vividly. It was designated standard issue in the fall of 1943. Both were produced at the same time as the M16 production lines were already setup when the M18 was adopted. The M16 was available in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, and black. The M18 initially were going to be produced in the same colors, including white, but it was decided to limit it to four colors (red, yellow, green and violet) for simplicity
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