U.S. Infantry Weapons (Vietnam War)

U.S. Infantry Weapons (Vietnam War)

US Infantry weapons. The Vietnam War. The US forces used a range of small arms in the Vietnam War. Let’s have a look at some of the common weapons used by American troops the M14 rifle. This was the standard issue rifle of the United States infantryman until 1967 through 1968 when it was replaced with the M16. It was effectively a replacement for the M1 Garand the BAR (M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle) the M1 carbine the M3 grease gun and the Thompson,which were still being used in the Vietnam War. The M14 at a 20 round detachable box magazine, which held the powerful 7.62 by 51 millimeter NATO cartridge and could fire and Semi-Automatic or Fully Automatic mode. Although this was hard to control. The M16A1 rifle. The M16A1 became the standard US army rifle in 1969 replacing the M14. The M16A1 itself was an upgrade of the M16 which was first being used by the US Air Force and then limited use with the U.S. army gaining a reputation for jamming. The M16A1 Fixed reliability issues via a forward assist and chrome-lined barrel It was gas operated and could fire in Semi-Automatic and Fully Automatic modes. The rifle was fed by a 20 or 30 round detachable box magazines holding the smaller 5.56 by 45 millimeter NATO caliber. The M60 Machine gun. This primary general-purpose machine gun could be used as both a squad support or a vehicle mounted weapon.The weapon could even be fired somewhat accurately from the shoulder without the bipod in place. The M60 fired the 7.62 by 51 millimeter NATO cartridge held on a belt. These cartridge belts were heavy and therefore were often spread across the infantry squad members. The M79 grenade launcher. This grenade launcher known as “The Blooper” or “The Thumper”could fire high explosive and smoke grenades. The M79 launcher gave the option of having a Grenadier in the squad. Although it was a primary weapon. It made him vulnerable at close quarters. The M1911-A1 pistol. As it was in previous wars the M1911-A1 continued to see service in Vietnam as the standard sidearm in the US army. Model 77E Shotgun. The Stevens M77E was the most manufactured and used shotgun during the conflict used by the Army and Marines. It was pump-action and had a shorter stock with a rubber recoil pad to make it easier for South Vietnamese soldiers to use the weapon. The M7 Bayonet. This bayonet was designed to be used with the M16 rifle and was based on the older M6 bayonet for the M14 rifle. The M61&M67 Grenades. The M61 grenade was a variant of the M26 featuring a jungle clip to prevent snagging on vegetation. Therefore preventing accidental detonation. It contained five and a half ounces of explosives and resembled a lemon. It was replaced by the spherical M67 grenade near the end of the war. The M18 Claymore mine. This Anti-Personnel mine was contained in a plastic box that when detonated fired metal balls outward like a shotgun. It could be used on infantry and even in some vehicles. Subscribe for more Vietnam War history videos. Get Simple History the Vietnam War and Simple History the Cold War today! Thank you guys for all your support on the Simple History YouTube Channel if you enjoy please consider visiting our patreon page. There you can show us your support for the channel by donating and make a huge difference in what we’re able to create for you. Plus you can get early access on upcoming videos, so let’s keep it growing, and thank you for being part of this amazing community.


  1. I thought that the original m16 and ar10 rifles were extremely reliable until they added the self cleaning ability to the rifle that then made it jam

  2. Some other guns not used to often in war are…..
    – Colt Commando
    – Original M16/AR15
    – M3A1 Grease gun
    -Stoner 63(Used by early navy seals)
    -M21 DMR
    -UnderBarrel M203(Near the end of the war)
    -China Lake Grenade launcher (used by special forces)
    -BAR, Thompson, M1 Garand rifle, and M1/2 Carbines during the beginning.

  3. Robert(beto) Oruke just said during the Gun Safety Forum on MSNBC that a Vietnam walked up to him at an event and said: the Florida school shooter had better firepower them him in vietnam war. How can this be? Armies arm their guys with Semi Auto ArmaLite15 rifles. Also Robbie says ar15 is a Weapon Of War, again what army uses Semi Auto rifles??

  4. Lee Emery was comparing on TV the M16 to the Kalashnikov. They were stripping cleaning and reasembling them side by side. The Kalashnikov was completed before the M16 was stripped. Lee said M16 wins it's engineered better.

  5. HI guys can you weapons in Vietnam like XM177 M40 sniper rifle M870 shotgun S&W M76 Stoner 63 Mac 10 M21 Sniper Rifle S&W Model 15 M72 LAW M67 Recoilless Rifle and also China Lake Pump Aciton Grenade launder

  6. Ww2 be like
    Germany: don't use shotguns
    America :

    Sorry this number has either been disabled or is no longer in service

  7. I am from Vietnam and my grandpa fought in the Vietnam war and he is in the north side the side that the United States tried to defeat

  8. R.i.P to all our American soldiers who have given their lives for the freedoms we hold today… Your service is never forgotten.

  9. I've only known one person that was in the Vietnam war and he is pretty old but I love to talk to him about his experience in the war

  10. But sadly M16 gun have problem with Jamming and yea the powder gun make that gun Stuck so lose with AK-47. Plus that worst of gun in Vietnam war

  11. The M16 jammed because the SecDefs so called brain test said it didn’t need to be cleaned and refused to issue a cleaning. At first.

  12. The m16s were fine guns, they had a problem because the us ordnance department changed powder specs of m193 which fucked with the m16s gas system, doesn’t help that brass told soldiers not to clean them, and a forward assist wouldn’t improve reliability as it only functions after a malfunction, which is retarded as a bolt closure device, early AR15s like the 601 /602 etc all did great without forward assists and they didn’t have their ammo fucked with

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