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Vietnam War Guns

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 4/17/2014

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

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There are a total of 89 Vietnam War Guns 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.




1942
2.36-inch Rocket Launcher M1 (Bazooka)
The M1 "Bazooka" proved one of the stars of the Allied cause during World War 2 and went on to inspire the German "Panzerschr...
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1963
50mm Sky Horse
As the Viet Cong forces of the Vietnam War (1955-1975) lacked a settled industrial base from which to pull war-making goods f...
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1912
Bangalore Torpedo
The Bangalore Torpedo was a British invention seen just prior to World War 1 (1914-1918) and developed exclusively with the c...
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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 shotguns of all time) was the...
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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 went on to fight in most al...
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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), the Browning M1919 shared...
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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 M2 heavy machine gun serie...
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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, the government contracte...
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1968
China Lake Grenade Launcher
The US military attempted - through several notable endeavors - to provide a capable squad-level repeating grenade launcher d...
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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 standard infantryman, allowing ...
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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 involvement in the Vietna...
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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 Century - and in all of w...
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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 Model 1898 - better known...
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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 fighting equipment and this in...
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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 Player" due to its unique ...
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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 War 2 (1939-1945) to repl...
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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 late 1990's, ultimately bein...
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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-loading, semi-automatic rif...
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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 Europe (Belgium) under th...
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1965
General Electric M134 Minigun
The US Army General Electric M134 minigun six-barrel 7.62mm gatling gun was a derivative of the original General Electric M61...
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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 become the primary anti-armor...
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1970
Ingram MAC-10 (M10)
The Ingram MAC-10 (M10) was a short-lived, compact submachine gun initiative seeing limited production and equally-limited ac...
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1937
Ithaca Model 37
The Ithaca Model 37 (M37) has proven a hugely popular pump-action slide shotgun since its introduction in 1937 (still in prod...
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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 Model 37 pump action shotgun....
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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 across Poland and into Ger...
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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 ensuing Cold War years. The t...
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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 the Australian Army. By th...
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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 existing stock of guns wer...
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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 life in 1919 following W...
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1960
M18 Claymore
The M18 Claymore anti-personnel mine was specifically designed to kill or maim enemy ground troops approaching a position fro...
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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. The weapon system was nothi...
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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 caliber of mortars for the i...
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1943
M2 Flamethrower (M2-2)
The M2 flamethrower served as the standard flamethrower of the US military during and after World War 2, replacing the M1 and...
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1945
M20 75mm
Recoilless rifles are a specialized category of battlefield weaponry that see less service today than in the years following ...
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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 forces were delivered various...
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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 Century, being fielded in the ...
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1952
M61 (Grenade)
The M61 was a standardized fragmentation hand grenade utilized primarily by the United States and Canadian armed forces durin...
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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 allies throughout the Co...
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1961
M79 GL
During World War 2, the standard infantryman utilized thrown hand grenades and rifle grenades when clearing out suspected ene...
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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-era Tokarev TT-33 series se...
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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 the nation, was in rebui...
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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) and accepted into service ...
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1896
Mauser C96
One of the most recognizable early-form semi-automatic pistols became the Mauser C96 series. The C96 shape was classic with i...
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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 abbreviation of "karabiner" transla...
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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 from 1918 until the 1960s. P...
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1960
Model K-50M
During the Vietnam War (1955-1975), the North was supplied by outside parties including communist China. China adopted the Wo...
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1900
Mondragon Rifle (Fusil Mondragon)
The Mondragon Rifle is noted as becoming one of the first semi-automatic/full-automatic service rifle to be adopted in quanti...
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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 infantry-level support act...
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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 the Vietnam wars, becomin...
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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 William Brandt (1880-196...
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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 Imperial Russian Army as i...
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1960
Ontario Mark 3 Navy (MKIII)
While the dagger proved critical to assassinations and close-in fighting throughout ancient history, it still served a purpos...
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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 of procuring and fielding...
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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 1920s. By the time of World W...
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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 weapon being the brainchil...
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1966
Remington M40
Long-time gun maker Remington introduced their bolt-action "Model 700" rifle series in 1962 to the American public and police...
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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 tow. This proved the case...
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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 designs licensed exclusive...
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1950
Remington Model 870 (M870)
One of the most famous and popular of the Remington shotgun lines became the Remington M870 (Model 870) series. The type over...
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1951
Remington Model 870 Wingmaster
The Remington Model 870 "Wingmaster" is a variant of the famous andbest-selling Remington M870 series pump-action slide shotg...
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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 successful World War 2-era M1 G...
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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, the design was bettered in...
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1945
RPD (Ruchnoy Pulemyot Degtyaryova)
Developed as a portable, squad-level light machine gun, the RPD ("Ruchnoy Pulemot Degtyaryova" - "Hand-Held Machine Gun of De...
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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 days of World War 2 where ...
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1961
RPK (Ruchnoy Pulemyot Kalashnikova)
The RPK , Ruchnoi Pulemyot Kalashnikova, entered service in 1961 as a powerful firearm, developed from the PK series of weapo...
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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 portable shoulder launched ...
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1935
Savage Arms M720
The Savage M720 existed as a semi-automatic, repeat-fire shotgun delivered by the Savage Arms Company. The company held a his...
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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 Gavrilovish Simonov and is s...
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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, single-action revolver. ...
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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 and into the 1900s and this...
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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 went on to see some 6 mill...
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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 forces employed all manner of ...
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1959
Springfield M14
The M14, for all intents and purposes, was basically a then-modernized version of the highly successful standard American Arm...
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1903
Springfield M1903 (Model 1903)
The M1903 "Springfield" bolt-action service rifle was the standard infantry rifle of the American Army throughout its partici...
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1941
STEN SMG
The British STEN submachine gun is one of those rare firearms in history that was born of desperation and turned into a war-w...
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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 battles of the industrial wo...
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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 modified to fulfill various ba...
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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 German counterpart in the deca...
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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 designs of famed American gunsm...
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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 locally manufacturing the ass...
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1958
Type 58
During the Cold War that followed World War 2, Korea became a divided nation after the Japanese occupation was ended. The Nor...
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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 including civilian, sporting a...
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1897
Winchester Model 1897
Famous American gunsmith John Moses Browning went to work for the Winchester Repeating Arms Company in 1883 and, in 1887, he ...
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1912
Winchester Model 1912
Famous American gunsmith John Moses Browning partnered with the Winchester Repeating Arms Company beginning in 1883 and becam...
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1936
Winchester Model 70
In 1925, the storied Winchester Repeating Arms Company unveiled their Model 54 bolt-action rifle for the civilian sporting ma...
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1968
XM174
The XM174 was an experimental 40mm automatic grenade launcher born from the fighting during the Vietnam War. The design emerg...
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