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Vietnam War Guns (1955-1975)

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

The Vietnam War pitted all manner of individual weapons on a battlefield that was as primitive as it was technologically advanced.





There are a total of (95) Vietnam War Guns (1955-1975) in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Small arms such as rocket launchers, hand grenades and mortars are also included in this listing. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




1963
50mm Sky Horse
Since the Viet Cong forces of the Vietnam War (1955-1975) lacked a settled industrial base from whic... [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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1902
Browning Auto-5
One of American gunsmith John Moses Browning's most famous designs (and one of the most popular shot... [Read More]
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1917
Browning M1917 (Model 1917)
The Browning M1917 machine gun became one of those rare weapons in American military history that we... [Read More]
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1919
Browning M1919 GPMG
Like many of the infantry weapons made available to American servicemen of World War 2 (1939-1945), ... [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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1945
Carl-Gustav m/45 (Kulsprutepistol m/45 / Kpist m/45 / Swedish K)
World War 2 showcased to the Swedes a general lacking of indigenous firearms. As an interim measure,... [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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1966
Colt CAR-15 Commando (XM177)
The Colt CAR-15 Commando (XM177) was an assault carbine developed during the United States military ... [Read More]
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1911
Colt M1911
The Colt model M1911 series of pistols is one of the most successful small arms designs of the 20th ... [Read More]
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1898
Colt Model 1898 (New Service)
In 1898, Colt Firearms unveiled a new six-shot revolver chambered for the .45 Colt cartridge as the ... [Read More]
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1917
Colt Model 1917
When the Americans formally entered World War 1 in 1917, they lacked much in the way of viable fight... [Read More]
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1928
Degtyarev DP LMG (DP28)
The DP Light Machine Gun (DP LMG), sometimes known as the DP-27 or DP-28 and nicknamed the "Record P... [Read More]
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1938
DShK Model 1938
The Soviet DShK Model 1938 heavy machine gun was developed to a Red Army requirement prior to World ... [Read More]
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1954
Enfield L1A1 SLR (Self-Loading Rifle)
The L1A1 was the standard British Army infantry assault rifle from the mid-1950's through to the lat... [Read More]
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1953
Fabrique Nationale FN FAL
Origins of the famous FAL lay in Fabrique Nationale's previous design, the SAFN/Modele 49, a self-lo... [Read More]
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1933
Fabrique Nationale FN M2HB
Like other John Browning gun designs, his famous Browning M2 Heavy Machine Gun ended up produced in ... [Read More]
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1968
General Dynamics FIM-43 Redeye
The FIM-43 "Redeye" was a man-portable anti-aircraft missile launcher requiring only a single crewme... [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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1970
Hughes / Raytheon BGM-71 TOW / TOW-2
The BGM-71 TOW anti-tank missile weapon system was developed in the latter half of the 1960s to beco... [Read More]
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1970
Ingram MAC-10 (M10)
The Ingram MAC-10 (M10) was a short-lived, compact submachine gun initiative seeing limited producti... [Read More]
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1937
Ithaca Model 37
The Ithaca Model 37 (M37) has proven a hugely popular pump-action slide shotgun since its introducti... [Read More]
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1946
Ithaca Model 37 Stakeout
The Ithaca Model 37 Stakeout is the law enforcement version of the civilian game / home defense Mode... [Read More]
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1949
Kalashnikov AK-47
Towards the end of World War 2, when the Red Army had effectively thrust Hitler's war machine back a... [Read More]
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1964
L6 WOMBAT (Weapon Of Magnesium, Battalion, Anti-Tank)
Armored combat actions of World War 2 influenced much of the doctrine and weapons design of the ensu... [Read More]
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1963
Lithgow F1 SMG
The F1 submachine gun replaced the World War 2-era Owen submachine gun series then in service with t... [Read More]
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1942
M1 (Bazooka) / (2.36-inch Rocket Launcher M1)
The M1 "Bazooka" proved one of the stars of the Allied cause during World War 2 and eventually inspi... [Read More]
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1942
M1 Carbine (US Carbine, Caliber 30, M1)
The American arms industry reached all new heights with its commitment in World War 2. Much of the e... [Read More]
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1938
M1 Thompson (Tommy Gun)
The Thompson series of submachine guns (not quite a pistol yet not a full-fledged machine gun) began... [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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1917
M1917 Enfield (American Enfield)
Britain had already begun the task of replacing their Short Magazine Lee Enfield (SMLE) infantry rif... [Read More]
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1939
M1938 120mm (120-HM 38)
The M1938 120mm mortar was a field mortar system accepted into service with the Red Army in 1939. Th... [Read More]
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1941
M1941 82mm (82-PM 41)
Like the other major military powers of World War 2, the Soviet Union went on to adopted various cal... [Read More]
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1945
M20 75mm
Recoilless rifles are a specialized category of battlefield weaponry that see less service today tha... [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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1950
M26 (Lemon Grenade)
When America entered World War 1 in 1917, it lacked much in the way of modern war weapons. Army forc... [Read More]
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1955
M40 RR
As more and more stout Soviet-originated tanks permeated possible battlefields of the Cold War, the ... [Read More]
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1957
M60 GPMG
The M60 served as the primary American general purpose machine gun for a good part of the 20th Centu... [Read More]
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1952
M61 (Grenade)
The M61 was a standardized fragmentation hand grenade utilized primarily by the United States and Ca... [Read More]
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1963
M67 Recoilless Rifle
The recoilless rifle became a prominent battlefield anti-tank weapon during the 1950s and 1960s as e... [Read More]
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1963
M72 LAW (Light Anti-armor Weapon)
The M72 LAW was the standard shoulder-fired anti-armor weapon for the United States military and its... [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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1951
Makarov PM (Pistol Marakova)
The Makarov PM ("Pistolet Makarova") was designed and developed to replace the Soviet World War 2-er... [Read More]
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1951
MAS 49 (Fusil Semi-Automatique de 7.5mm Modele 1949)
A post-World War 2 rebuilding France saw that much work lay ahead of it. The French military, as was... [Read More]
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1936
Maschinengewehr Modell 34 (MG34)
After World War 1 (1914-1918), the Treaty of Versailles forbade the Germans in developing or manufac... [Read More]
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1949
MAT-49 (Manufacture Nationale d'Armes de Tulle 49)
The MAT-49 is a submachine gun developed in France by Manufacture Nationale d'Armes de Tulle (MAT) a... [Read More]
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1896
Mauser C96
One of the most recognizable early-form semi-automatic pistols became the Mauser C96 series. The C96... [Read More]
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1935
Mauser Karabiner Kar 98k
With origins dating as far back as World War 1, the famous German Army Kar 98k ("Kar" the abbreviati... [Read More]
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1918
Mk II / Mk 2 (Pineapple Hand Grenade)
The Mk II/Mk 2 series fragmentation grenade was the standard American Army infantry hand grenade fro... [Read More]
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1965
MK154 Mine Clearance Launcher
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1960
Model K-50M
During the Vietnam War (1955-1975), the North was supplied by outside parties including communist Ch... [Read More]
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1900
Mondragon Rifle (Fusil Mondragon)
The Mondragon Rifle became one of the first semi-automatic service rifles to be adopted in quantity ... [Read More]
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1942
Mortar, 60mm M19
The M19 60mm mortar (the US equivalent to the British 2-inch) was developed during World War 2 for i... [Read More]
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1940
Mortar, 60mm M2
The M2 60mm light mortar served US Army and Marine forces in World War 2 and through the Korean and ... [Read More]
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1935
Mortar, 81mm M1
The American M1 81mm Mortar, like the upcoming M2 60mm Mortar, was based on a French design by Edgar... [Read More]
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1895
Nagant Model 1895 (M1895)
The Nagant Model of 1895 was a seven-shot service revolver developed in Belgium and adopted by the I... [Read More]
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1960
Ontario Mark 3 Navy (MKIII)
While the dagger proved critical to assassinations and close-in fighting throughout ancient history,... [Read More]
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1941
Owen SMG (Owen Machine Carbine)
Despite its obvious battlefield value today, world militaries took some time to warm up to the idea ... [Read More]
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1965
PM-63 RAK (Reczny Automat Komandosow)
Despite the Soviet influence in Poland during the Cold War decades, the nation managed an indigenous... [Read More]
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1941
PPSh-41 (Pistolet-Pulemyot Shpagina 41)
The Soviet Army began experimentation of submachine gun class weapons in the latter half of the 1920... [Read More]
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1910
Pulemet Maksima Obrazets Model 1910 (PM Model 1910)
Like other turn-of-the-century world powers, the Russians adopted the famous Maxim Machine Gun - a w... [Read More]
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1966
Remington M40
Long-time gun maker Remington introduced their bolt-action "Model 700" rifle series in 1962 to the A... [Read More]
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1908
Remington Model 10 (M10)
Unlike other global firepowers, the United States was never shy about going to war with shotguns in ... [Read More]
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1905
Remington Model 11 (M11 / Remington Autoloading Gun)
Famous American gunsmith John Moses Browning (1855-1926) had many of his popular rifle and shotgun d... [Read More]
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1950
Remington Model 870
One of the most famous and popular of the Remington shotgun lines became the Remington M870 (Model 8... [Read More]
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1951
Remington Model 870 Wingmaster
The Remington Model 870 "Wingmaster" is a variant of the famous (and best-selling) Remington M870 se... [Read More]
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1969
Rock Island Arsenal M21 Sniper Weapon System (SWS)
The M21 was developed from the standard M14 rifle, itself a further development of the highly succes... [Read More]
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1946
RP-46
While the Degtyarov DP Light Machine gun of 1928 served the Red Army quite well during World War2, t... [Read More]
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1945
RPD (Ruchnoy Pulemyot Degtyaryova)
Developed as a portable, squad-level light machine gun, the RPD ("Ruchnoy Pulemot Degtyaryova" - "Ha... [Read More]
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1949
RPG-2
The RPG-2 is a rocket-propelled grenade launching system. It can trace its history back to the end d... [Read More]
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1961
RPK (Ruchnoy Pulemyot Kalashnikova)
The RPK , Ruchnoi Pulemyot Kalashnikova, entered service in 1961 as a powerful firearm, developed fr... [Read More]
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1968
SA-7 (Grail) / 9K32 Strela-2
The SA-7 (NATO designation of "Grail" or Soviet designation of "Strela-2") is a MANPAD system - a po... [Read More]
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1935
Savage Arms M720
The Savage M720 existed as a semi-automatic, repeat-fire shotgun delivered by the Savage Arms Compan... [Read More]
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1945
Simonov SKS (Samozaryadniy Karabin sistemi Simonova)
The Soviet-produced SKS, or the Samozaryadniy Karabin sistemi Simonova, was the design of Sergei Gav... [Read More]
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1908
Smith & Wesson 1st Model New Century (Triple Lock)
In 1868, the storied firm of Smith & Wesson introduced their Model 3, a large-caliber, hinged-frame,... [Read More]
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1917
Smith & Wesson Model 1917
The revolver was the primary side arm in most every major world army during the mid-to-late 1800s an... [Read More]
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1889
Smith & Wesson SW Model 10 (38 Special)
The famous ".38 Special" revolver was the Smith & Wesson Model 10 which first appeared in 1899 and w... [Read More]
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1967
Smith & Wesson SW Model 76 (M76)
Entering the Vietnam War (1955-1975), the United States Navy SEALs (SEa, Air and Land) special force... [Read More]
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1959
Springfield M14
The M14 was brought about to fulfill an American military requirement for a new standard issue servi... [Read More]
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1903
Springfield M1903 (Model 1903)
The M1903 "Springfield" bolt-action service rifle was the standard infantry rifle of the American Ar... [Read More]
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1941
STEN SMG
The British STEN submachine gun is one of those rare firearms in history that was born of desperatio... [Read More]
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1944
Sterling Submachine Gun (L2A1)
The submachine gun was developed as early as World War 1 but was not featured prominently in the bat... [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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1942
Sturmgewehr 44 (StG44) / Maschinenpistole 44 (MP44)
The Maschinenpistole 44, or MP44, or still further the StG 44, is more commonly associated as being ... [Read More]
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1940
Tokarev SVT-40
Small arms ingenuity was an area that the Soviets held something of an advantage in over their Germa... [Read More]
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1933
Tokarev TT-33
The T-33 was a further development of the TT-30 pistol series which, itself, was based on the design... [Read More]
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1956
Type 56 (AK47)
To make the Soviet AK-47 readily available and at a lower procurement cost, the Chinese took to loca... [Read More]
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1958
Type 58
During the Cold War that followed World War 2, Korea became a divided nation after the Japanese occu... [Read More]
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1964
Winchester Model 1200
The Model 1200 was a capable pump-action, full-size shotgun developed for a variety of markets inclu... [Read More]
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1897
Winchester Model 1897
Famous American gunsmith John Moses Browning went to work for the Winchester Repeating Arms Company ... [Read More]
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1912
Winchester Model 1912
Famous American gunsmith John Moses Browning partnered with the Winchester Repeating Arms Company be... [Read More]
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1936
Winchester Model 70
In 1925, the storied Winchester Repeating Arms Company unveiled their Model 54 bolt-action rifle for... [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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