Weapons Used by the Navy SEALs

The United States' elite Navy SEALs undergo some of the most rigorous combat training in the world. This training and some of the finest small arms in the world combine to make the SEALs a deadly force to be reckoned with.

U.S. Navy SEAL's prepare for night mission in Iraq.
U.S. Navy SEAL's prepare for night mission in Iraq. (John Moore/Getty Images News/Getty Images)
Handguns

The Heckler & Koch MK23 Mod O .45 Caliber SOCOM pistol and the M11 Sig Sauer P228 are the standard-issue SEAL handguns. When fitted with a silencer, the MK23 is reportedly so quiet that its only sound is the click of the firing action.

Sig Sauer handguns on display
Sig Sauer handguns on display (Ethan Miller/Getty Images News/Getty Images)
Assault Rifles

The standard issue SEAL assault rifle is the M4A1 SOPMOD, a modified version of the M16A2 assault rifle. As of 2009, the M4A1 is undergoing an extensive "Integrated Carbine" upgrade, which includes improvements to its optical and laser sights.

U.S. Navy Seal fires M4 assault rifle
U.S. Navy Seal fires M4 assault rifle (John Moore/Getty Images News/Getty Images)
Sniper Rifles

SEALs use three sniper rifles. The most common are the 7.62mm M14 and MK11 Mod 0 rifles. These are supplemented by the extremely powerful M82A1 .50 caliber rifle, which is used against explosive devices and light vehicles.

U.S. Navy sailor holding M14 rifle
U.S. Navy sailor holding M14 rifle (Joe Raedle/Getty Images News/Getty Images)
Submachine Guns

Like many Special Forces units, SEALs use the Heckler & Koch MP5. This 9mm submachine gun is extremely accurate and highly customizable.

U.S. soldier holds a MP5 submachine gun designed to fire inside closed briefcase in Iraq.
U.S. soldier holds a MP5 submachine gun designed to fire inside closed briefcase in Iraq. (Mario Tama/Getty Images News/Getty Images)
Heavy Weapons

SEALs also have access to support weapons such as the M60E3 machine gun, M203 40mm grenade launcher, M224 60mm mortar and M136 AT4 anti-tank rocket. These weapons are issued as dictated by mission requirements.

Military fast attack vehicle on display with M60 (bottom) and .50 caliber guns.
Military fast attack vehicle on display with M60 (bottom) and .50 caliber guns. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images News/Getty Images)
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