Military Factory

Special Infantry Weapons and Systems

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 12/30/2015

Those "special" weapon and infantry systems not falling neatly into any one category.





There are a total of (64) Special Infantry Weapons and Systems in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




AN/TPQ-36 Firefinding Radar
The AN/TPQ-36 Fire finder radar system is used to locate the origin of enemy fire - be it artillery ... [Read More]
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1975
APS (Avtomat Podvodny Spetsialny)
Since special infantry elements require special weapons to achieve their given tasks, Soviet enginee... [Read More]
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1984
Arges Type HG 84 (Hand Grenade)
The Arges Type HG 84 series anti-personnel fragmentation hand grenade is Austrian in nature. It is a... [Read More]
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1987
AS Val (Avtomat Special'nyj)
The AS Val is a specialized automatic firearm of Soviet-era origin - essentially an assault rifle we... [Read More]
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2000
ASM-DT (AAR)
The ASM-DT was developed as a combination assault rifle / underwater weapon to serve specialist Russ... [Read More]
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1912
Bangalore Torpedo
The Bangalore Torpedo was a British invention seen just prior to World War 1 (1914-1918) and develop... [Read More]
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1720
Blunderbuss
The Blunderbuss (born of the Dutch word "Donderbus", appropriately meaning "Thunder Pipe" or "Thunde... [Read More]
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1921
Browning M2 (HMG)
Very few machine guns in the history of the world own a legacy such as that of famous the Browning M... [Read More]
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2008
Brugger & Thomet GL-06
The Brugger & Thomet GL-06 is a single-shot, reusable grenade launcher originating from Switzerland.... [Read More]
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1968
China Lake Grenade Launcher
The US military attempted - through several notable endeavors - to provide a capable squad-level rep... [Read More]
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1969
Colt / AAI M203
The M203 is a single-shot, reusable 40mm grenade launcher designed to extend the reach of the standa... [Read More]
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1895
Colt Browning M1895 (Potato Digger)
Convinced of the inherent value of machine guns based on experiences in the Spanish American War of ... [Read More]
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1999
Denel PAW-20 Neopup
The Denel PAW-20 "Neopup" ("Personal Area Weapon, 20mm") of South African origin is a unique and adv... [Read More]
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2004
Fabrique Nationale FN SPR (Special Police Rifle (SPR)
Fabrique National developed the FN Special Police Rifle (SPR) from the successful and highly regarde... [Read More]
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1943
Flamethrower, Portable, No 2 (Lifebuoy)
Unlike the American, German and Soviet armies of World War 2, the British Army was never as large a ... [Read More]
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1935
Flammenwerfer 35 (FmW 35)
The crew-portable flamethrower came into prominence on the modern battlefield in World War 1 (1914-1... [Read More]
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1941
Flammenwerfer 41 (FmW 41)
All major powers of World War 2 fielded some sort of man-portable flamethrower (or "flame projector"... [Read More]
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1942
FP-45 (Liberator / OSS Pistol / M1942 Pistol)
Origins of the FP-45 single-shot pistol place it as an initiative by the US Army, intending to arm c... [Read More]
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1861
Gatling Gun Model 1861
Richard Gatling patented his ferocious weapon in the early 1860s and the type was subsequently used ... [Read More]
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1965
General Electric GAU-17/A Minigun
The General Electric GAU-17/A "minigun" represents the USAF/USN derivative of the U.S. Army's Vietna... [Read More]
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1963
General Electric M134 Minigun
The vehicle-mounted General Electric M134 "Minigun" was born as a derivative of the 20mm General Ele... [Read More]
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1980
Hawk MM-1 MGL
During the Cold War decades, the automatic grenade launcher became a viable battlefield weapon syste... [Read More]
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2006
Heckler & Koch HK AG36
The 40mm single-shot, breech-loading Heckler & Koch HK AG36 ("Anbaugranatwerfer 36") was designed as... [Read More]
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1983
Heckler & Koch HK CAWS
It seems that the U.S. military has long been attempting to convince itself of the need for a full-a... [Read More]
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2001
Heckler & Koch HK MP7
By and large, submachine gun class weapons were largely designed around existing pistol-type cartrid... [Read More]
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2015
Heckler & Koch HK XM25 CDTE
The futuristic Heckler & Koch HK XM25 IAWS - Individual Airburst Weapon System - (now as the CDTE = ... [Read More]
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2003
Heckler & Koch HK XM8
The Heckler & Koch HK XM8 was an experimental modular assault rifle system that underwent trials wit... [Read More]
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1983
Heckler & Koch HK69A1
A West German requirement initiated in the 1960s called for a single-shot, grenade launching weapon ... [Read More]
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2010
Heckler & Koch M320 GLM (HK AG36)
The United States Army has selected the single-shot 40mm HK M320 GLM ("Grenade Launcher Module") as ... [Read More]
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1976
Heckler & Koch P11
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1975
Improvised Explosive Device (IED)
Improvised Explosive Devices ("IED") are in-the-field detonating devices designed to specifically in... [Read More]
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1983
Individual Water Purifier (IWP)
The individual water purification system provides the infantryman the ability to remove or destroy c... [Read More]
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1970
KBP AGS-17 Plamya (Flame)
The Soviet Army equivalent to the American Mk 19 40mm grenade launcher became the AGS-17 "Plamya" ("... [Read More]
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1941
M1 / M1A1 Flamethrower
There are many ways in which to decimate one's enemy - arguably one of the most terrible being fire.... [Read More]
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1960
M18 Claymore
The M18 Claymore anti-personnel mine was specifically designed to kill or maim enemy ground troops a... [Read More]
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1943
M2-2 / M9A1-7
The M2 flamethrower (M2-2) served as the standard flamethrower of the US military during and after W... [Read More]
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2003
M26 (MASS)
Recent American combat actions in Iraq have once again brought a focus concerning the warfighter in ... [Read More]
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1961
M28/M29 Davy Crockett
Throughout the Cold War, the Soviet Union served as the potential enemy to Europe and the US militar... [Read More]
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2006
M32 MGL (Multiple Grenade Launcher)
The M32 MGL (Multiple Grenade Launcher) is a new United States Marine Corps (USMC) adoption of a rep... [Read More]
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1971
M67 (Grenade)
The M67 is a fragmentation-based hand-grenade utilized to supplement infantry actions in the field. ... [Read More]
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1961
M79 GL
During World War 2, the standard infantryman utilized thrown hand grenades and rifle grenades when c... [Read More]
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1917
Mk 1 (Hand Grenade)
The Mk 1 series fragmentation hand grenade was issued to American troops and led a rather short oper... [Read More]
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2004
Mk 14 Mod 0 EBR (Enhanced Battle Rifle)
The Mk 14 Mod 0 EBR (Enhanced Battle Rifle) is an evolution of the original M14 Battle Rifle of the ... [Read More]
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1965
MK154 Mine Clearance Launcher
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1915
Model 24 Stielhandgranate (Stick Grenade / Potato Masher)
The Stielhandgranate was the quintessential hand grenade of the German Army in both World War 1 and ... [Read More]
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1939
Model 39 Eihandgranate (Mod39) (Egg Hand Grenade)
The German Army hand grenade of choice throughout World War 1 (1914-1918) was the "Stick Grenade" ("... [Read More]
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1965
MON-50
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1983
PSS (MSS VUL)
The cloak and dagger world that was the Cold War (1947-1991) required specialized weapons for specia... [Read More]
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1994
RG-6 (6G39)
With the growing need to fight more urban environment battles, the Russian military adopted the capa... [Read More]
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1980
Rock Island Arsenal M231 FPW (Firing Port Weapon)
The M231 FPW ("Firing Port Weapon") was a highly-modified, specialized variant of the Colt M16A1 ass... [Read More]
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1935
ROKS (Ranzewuj Ognemjot)
Like other world powers of World War 2 (1939-1945), the Soviet Union evaluated and ultimately adopte... [Read More]
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1981
Royal Ordnance ARWEN 37 (Anti-Riot Weapon ENfield)
The ARWEN 37 anti-riot weapon was designed in the late 1970s, ultimately reaching adoption and produ... [Read More]
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1940
RPG-40
RPG-40 (ruchnaya protivotankovaya granata, translating to "hand-held tank grenade") was a standard a... [Read More]
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1943
RPG-43
In June of 1941, the German Army invaded the Soviet Union through "Operation Barbarossa" beginning t... [Read More]
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1943
RPG-6 (Ruchnaya Protivotankovaya Granata)
When the German Army (and its allies) turned its attention to the Soviet Union in June of 1941 to be... [Read More]
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1985
RPG-76 Komar (Mosquito)
The tank has been an infantry danger since the days of World War 1 (1914-1918) when they proved the ... [Read More]
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1967
Saco Mk 19 AGL
Design of the Mk 19 system began in 1966 by the Naval Ordnance Center out of Louisville with the req... [Read More]
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1971
Simonov SPP-1
During the late 1960s Soviet engineers worked on providing a new kind of weapon for specialist troop... [Read More]
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1963
Stoner 63 (Universal Combat Weapon)
While of relatively common practice today, the idea of a single common assault weapon receiver modif... [Read More]
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Type 2 (Rifle Grenade Launcher)
The Type 2 was a weapon system in service with the Imperial Japanese Army by the time of World War 2... [Read More]
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1933
Type 93 / Type 100
When actions of World War 1 (1914-1918) proved the viability of man-portable flamethrowers on the ba... [Read More]
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1912
Vickers Machine Gun (Gun, Machine, Vickers, .303in, Mk 1)
Like most other medium support machine systems born around the turn of the century, the British Vick... [Read More]
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1939
Welrod (Assassin's Pistol)
The Welrod was designed in the early part of World War 2 after a very short development period by th... [Read More]
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1968
XM174
The XM174 was an experimental 40mm automatic grenade launcher born from the fighting during the Viet... [Read More]
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