The Navy SEALs are the embodiment of the elite when we talk about military forces. They operate in the most daunting terrains, under conditions most of us can’t even fathom. But what makes them the fearsome operatives that they are? While their training and determination play a significant role, the weaponry and gear they employ are just as crucial. Today, we’ll delve into the guns and gear these warriors rely on.
Table of Contents
- Guns Used by SEALS: Assault Rifles/Carbines
- Guns Used by SEALS: Automatic Weapons/Machine Guns
- Guns Used by SEALS: Handguns
- Guns Used by SEALS: Sniper Rifles
- Guns Used by SEALS: Missile / Rocket Launchers
- Gear Used by SEALs: Night Vision and Optics
Guns Used by SEALS: Assault Rifles/Carbines
A staple in many military arsenals (it’s also one of the guns used by Special Forces), the M4a1 is loved for its reliability and adaptability. It’s the kind of rifle that won’t let you down when the going gets tough.
It uses the 5.56×45mm NATO round, created in the U.S. in the 1980s. This rifle is essentially a compact variant of the M16A2 assault rifle and operates on gas.
MK 13 CQBR
Perfect for close-quarters combat, this carbine chambered in .300 Winchester Magnum gives SEALS the edge in tight spots.
MK 16 SCAR-L & MK 17 SCAR-H
When a mission calls for a lightweight but powerful rifle, perhaps in terrains where mobility is key, the SCAR-L is one of the primary guns used by SEALS.
For missions that require more stopping power, perhaps in environments with longer sightlines, the SCAR-H is used. It delivers heavier rounds, making it ideal for medium to long-range combat.
An evolved classic, the M14 rifle is a blend of old-school reliability with modern-day precision.
Formally known as the United States Rifle, Caliber 7.62 mm, the M14, is an American battle rifle with the ability to select between firing modes and uses the 7.62×51mm NATO (.308 in) round.
It was designated as the primary weapon for the U.S. armed forces in 1957, taking the place of the M1 Garand for the U.S. Army by 1958 and for the U.S. Marine Corps by 1965.
The M14 EBR’s civilian version is the MK14 SEI from Smith Enterprises.
Guns Used by SEALS: Automatic Weapons/Machine Guns
MK46 Mod 0
This light machine gun is often employed for suppressive fire. Whether it’s covering a retreat or advancing on a position, the MK46 keeps the enemy’s head down.
MK48 Mod 0
Take the MK46, give it more power and you’ve got the MK48. This machine gun is made for laying down suppressive fire. It’s often used for vehicle mounting or fixed positions.
The M240 chambers the 7.62×51mm NATO cartridge. It was produced by the American branch of the Belgian company Fabrique Nationale d’Herstal, and was selected by the U.S. military for various purposes after extensive global evaluations and tests.
This versatile belt-fed, gas-operated machine gun can be fired from its bipod, mounted on tripods, vehicles, boats, and aircraft. The U.S. Army first adopted it in 1977 for tank use and gradually expanded its applications in the following decades.
Durable and deadly. The M240 has seen countless battles and continues to be a favorite among many.
Call it old, but never outdated.
The M2 machine gun, also known as the Browning .50 caliber machine gun or informally as “Ma Deuce”, is a robust machine gun developed towards the end of World War I by John Browning. Although it shares similarities with Browning’s previous M1919 machine gun, which utilized the .30-06 cartridge, the M2 is designed for the bigger and mightier .50 BMG (12.7 mm) cartridge.
When it’s time to bring out the big guns, quite literally, the Browning .50 caliber is deployed. Whether it’s taking out vehicles or fortified positions, the M2 is a game-changer. It’s old but gold, and when it speaks, everyone listens.
Guns Used by SEALS: Handguns
Sig Sauer P226R
The Sig P226R is every SEAL’s trusty sidekick. It’s accurate, reliable, and fits comfortably in the hand. This hammer-fired pistol is popular even among non-military gun enthusiasts.
The HK45CT is compact yet fierce. It’s one of the backup guns used by SEALs that’s chambered in .45 ACP.
It comes with elevated front and back sights and has an elongated threaded barrel suitable for attaching suppressors. These handguns use 8-round magazines, but there’s also an option for extended magazines that can hold 10 rounds.
Guns Used by SEALS: Sniper Rifles
MK 12 Mod 1
The MK 12 MOD 0/1/H Special Purpose Rifle (SPR) from the United States Navy was a marksman rifle used by the U.S. Special Operations Forces until 2017. It was specifically designed to be more compact than typical weapons.
Precision is its middle name. It is perfect for those crucial, calculated shots.
The US Navy’s MK11 Mod 0 Sniper Weapon System (SWS) is modelled after the precise SR-25 automatic rifle, designed for Navy SEALs’ requirements.
It’s a reliable, semi-automatic sniper rifle resembling the operation of an M16 or M4A1 and can accurately shoot up to 1,500 yards. Given its impressive accuracy, U.S. Special Operations Forces regard it as one of the world’s top semi-automatic sniper rifles.
The RAD M91A2 sniper rifle is designed for the US Navy’s long-range sniper needs, particularly for Naval Special Warfare units like the regular SEAL teams and DEVGRU (SEAL Team Six).
Based on the Remington model 700 (like the Army’s M24 SWS), it features a match-grade stainless-steel barrel, a 3 lb pull Remington trigger, and a stock made of black, kevlar, and fiberglass.
It can be equipped with a folding Harris Bi-pod and is often paired with Bausch & Lomb or Leupold 10x scopes. Impressively, it boasts a 0.5 MOA accuracy.
The MK 13 rifle utilizes the Accuracy International Chassis System (AICS) 2.0 paired with a long action Remington 700 receiver.
The rifle features an adjustable cheekpiece, beneficial for night vision or large-lens telescopic sights. A spring-loaded cheek-piece is also available for quicker adjustments. Its side panels come in olive drab, dark earth, or black and are made of high-strength polymer.
It also includes sling attachment points on both sides, accommodating left- and right-handed users.
The McMillan TAC-338, favored by Navy SEAL snipers, is a sniper rifle using .338 Lapua Magnum rounds, which offer longer engagement ranges than cartridges like the .300 Win Mag.
While its typical effective range is 1600 meters, some skilled military marksmen have reached over 2000 meters with .338 rifles.
The TAC-338 is a heavy-barrel, bolt-action rifle built on the McMillan G30 long action, featuring an adjustable cheek-plate tactical stock, a rail system for attachments, a free-floating match-grade barrel, and adjustable trigger pull. It comes with a standard Leupold MK 4 8.5-25x50mm M1 Mil Dot.
The MK 15 Mod 0 SASR is the Navy’s version of the McMillan Tac-50, a long-range rifle favored by Navy SEALs for its anti-material capabilities.
Similar to rifles like the M82/M107, the MK 15 uses .50 BMG rounds for engaging diverse targets, including armored vehicles.
The rifle boasts a fluted match-grade barrel, a fiberglass adjustable and removable buttstock, and is typically used with a bipod. Unlike the semi-automatic M82/M107, the MK 15 operates with a manual rotary bolt action.
The M82 was standardized by the US Military as M107. It’s a semi-automatic anti-material rifle made by Barrett Firearms Manufacturing.
Often referred to as the Light Fifty due to its .50 BMG 12.7×99mm NATO cartridge, it comes in three versions: the original M82A1 (and M82A3), the bullpup M82A2, and the titanium-built Barrett M107A1 with a special muzzle brake ready for a suppressor.
While the M82A2 isn’t produced anymore, the XM500 is viewed as its replacement. Even though primarily an anti-material weapon, the M82 can be used against personnel.
Guns Used by SEALS: Missile / Rocket Launchers
When facing armored vehicles or fortified structures, SEALs use the M136 AT4 for its anti-armor capabilities. It’s a one-shot, disposable weapon that packs a punch.
For taking out heavily armored targets like tanks, the Javelin is the SEALs’ go-to. It’s fire-and-forget, allowing operators to move to safety after launch.
Just consider how Javelin’s completely obliterated Russian armored columns on the way to Kyiv in ‘22 to realize how effective these can be in the right hands!
Gear Used by SEALs: Night Vision and Optics
Steiner 7×50 M750rc Commander Military Binoculars 2690
Let’s clear up front that the average joe isn’t going to lay hands on military-grade NV gear. It’s normally export controlled and very pricey. That said, we found like units for you to look into when possible.
These aren’t your ordinary binoculars. The clarity they offer, especially under dim conditions, is unmatched.
Ground Panoramic Night Vision Goggle | GPNVG-18
The real thing isn’t available within the civilian market. But here’s a replica that’s pretty cool too.
- 1:1 Ratio of the real GPNVG-18 NVG (Ground Panoramic Night Vision Goggles)
- It looks so real that your competitor / enemy / opponent can't tell the differences
- Avaiable with ANVIS or BNVIS Mount for use with multiple helmet and mount configurations
Newcon Optik NVS-9 3rd Gen (2 Eye Tubes)
The NVS-9 goggles enable SEALs to navigate closely to the ground, conduct covert operations, and other tasks at night without the necessity of external lighting.
Newcon Optik’s professional team stands ready to help SEAL teams select the right goggles tailored for their specific missions and operational environments.
Yes, to an extent. While they are standard-issued weapons, SEALs, given their expertise, often have some flexibility in choosing their gear based on the mission’s specifics.
Both have been used, but the Sig Sauer P226R has been a preferred choice among the guns used by SEALs for a long time.
The Navy SEALs aren’t just formidable because of their training – it’s also the cutting-edge weapons and gear they utilize. From rifles that assure pinpoint accuracy to night vision optics that pierce through the darkest nights, their arsenal is both impressive and intimidating.
Last update on 2023-11-10 / Images from Amazon Product API