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Message par James Prickman le Mar 20 Mar - 18:04



I/Hand guns
3)PWS MEU(SOC) Pistol (M45)

II/Sub machine guns

III/Assault Rifles
2)upper CQBR
3)upper Daniel Defense 14.5
4)upper Daniel Defense 10.5

IV/Machineguns (SAW - Squad Automatic Weapon )

1)M14 DMR
2)Mk12 Mod1 spr

VI/Sniper rifles

1)M870 Remington
2)M1014 Benelli

1) SOPMOD Block I
2) SOPMOD Block II
3) Slings

I/ Hand guns

There is no need to present this famous pistol, the official handgun of the US Marines. Adopted in 1985 to replace the Colt 1911 for all US armed forces after a long series of test against the Sig Sauer P226.

Although the P226 offered the better performance and is more resistant (notably in salt water enviroments ) the Beretta was chosen due to lower production costs. For reasons explained further down, the M9 is not the side arm used by Force recon or by MARSOC. None the less , it is utilised in rare occasions at the heart of these units and also by certain personnel attached to them such as : EOD, Corpsman, JTAC etc…

It should also be noted that this arm is used by Recon marines and the SRT. These units of lesser importance are always subject to « rules & regulations» in place. (Note : Bullets of 9mm calibre have a greater tendancy to ricochet on construction materials (concrete etc), another reason for which the FR and MARSOC prefer to use handguns with the 45. ACP caliber rounds)


The DET-1 is almost equivalent to Force Recon, Created in 2003 it was decided to equipe them with an automatic of the .45ACP calibre, the pistol US M9 was considered too unreliable for service in the special reconissance units.

Kimber ICQB with IMPL Surefire light

The Force Recon and the contact units of MEU(SOC) were equiped with an automatic pistol derived from the model 1911A1, in service since 1985, the MEU(SOC) pistol. It was decided that the DET-1 would be equiped with an automatic based on the 1911, with the following specifications -
1.Standard cannon 5 inches long
2.Short spring guide rod
3.Standard trigger with a pressure of 5 pound +/-
4.Safety on handle - beavertail style with pad
5.External thumb safety – lengthend and ambidexterus
6.No « hammer » security
7.Attach point for pistol lanyard
8. More rounded form
9.Mag 7/8 rnds Wilson combat
10.Body equipe with rail to allow use of tactical lamps
11.Capable of grouping 7 shots in an area of 10cms at 20 metres distance
12. Ed Brown Memory Grip Safety.
13.Capable of firing 50 000 shots without any misfeed problems
14.Markings should state « U.S property » respecting MIL-STD 130 standard
15.Serial number specific to DET-1

These demands may seem excessive for a classic US army 1911A, however many of these notifications were already present on clones of the civil version of the 1911. Spring field armouries refuse to issue new models under the pretext that they were preparing a new version of their 1911A1 and also due to the fact the company Kimber had supplied in 2002 the LAPD with clones of the 1911(Tactic law enforcement pistol - TLE) which more than satisfied their needs. The Corps decided that Kimber could supply them with a small order (less than 100 pieces) of the pistols they required.

The program advanced based on the Kimber TLE, modified to the requirments of the Marine Corps. During this time, Kimber were getting ready to release their TLE/RL which was equiped with a rail to allow the attachment of tactic lights but the delay for the new version was not acceptable to the Corps and they decided to turn to the rail lightspeed from Dawson precision to correct this. This rail is very specific (smaller than standard picatinny rails) and required an adaptor to attach a torch. The armourers in the Corps turned towards Surefire to supply IMPLs (integrated military pistol light) which was adapted specifically for the Dawson rails.

The system once complete was named « Interim Close Quarters Battle Pistol » (ICQB)

PWS MEU(SOC) Pistol (M45)

When the M9 pistol was adopted in 1985, the Force Recon of the USMC had a major problem : they were already equipped with the MP5-N using the 9x19mm Lüger, which created a redundancy in ammunition.

In 1985, Colonel (ret) Robert Young therefore submited to the PWS (Precision Weapons Section), the section of Quantico armourers, who were already preparing the M40A1 and A2 Scout Snipers, a 1911 clone built according to his personal specifications, which included :

* Canon standard 5-inch (Government) Match Grade for optimum accuracy
* Guide rod spring short (standard)
* Standard Extractor (internal)
* Increase LoMount Novak Tritium
* Handlebar battle
* Trigger with a standard initial pressure between 4 and 4.5 pounds
* Safety handle Beavertail-style with pad
* Dog Colt Commander (hollow)
* External Security (thumb) and extended ambidextrous
* No firing pin safety
* Wrist strap
* Well charger cropped (for faster reloading)
* External Angles softened
* Streaks arms at the front and rear of the slide
* Exterior Finish matte black

These specifications may seem common to current clone 1911s, but back then few guns had this level of modifications.
The gun was returned to him free of its original sights, replaced by a raised pattern of Colt Series 70.

The gunsmiths at Quantico took the specifications of Colonel (ret) Young, adding some improvements themselves:

* Long trigger perforated to assist in rapid fire
* Pachmayr GM-45CS "checkered" black rubber to replace original bakelite versions
* Housing flat hammer spring

The guns are built on the carcass of the 1911A1 "GI" stocks still available in the Marine Corps. Each frame is inspected from every angle, the contact parts polished and retouched to accept some parts of the pedal assembly with the beavertail safety.
The slides were purchased from the manufacturer Civil Springfield Armories, or, for some series, from Caspian Armories, due to delays in getting supplies from Springfield.
Depending on the supplies, the slides are equipped with either an enhanced military sight made on the spot or the lower sight from Novak was used.

Each gun is hand made by the PWS, with pieces specially commissioned for this purpose, which explains the wide variety of manufacturers markings and slides. Technically each gun is unique, and these differences increase with each reconstruction of the gun (after about 40,000 cartridges fired).
The MEU (SOC) (Marine Expeditionary Unit - Special Operations Capable) Pistol is distributed with 8 magazines (of 8 shots each) stainless steel Wilson Combat, however, some operators prefer their model 10 shot Wilson Combat for the sake of the extra carrying capacity.
The mounting of tactical lights on the MEU (SOC) was not considered from its introduction, the lamps of the time were fixed on the lever locking mechanism / slide lock lever and therefore likely to disrupt the firing mechanics of the pistol. Despite the restrictions, the operators found ways to use Surefire lights H10 (310 and 610), and more recently in mounting rails MR07 (Surefire) or LightSpeed rail (DawsonPrecision).

The MEU (SOC) became the standard pistol (thought not by regulations) Force Recon operators as from 1986 and remained so until they change into (Marine Special Operation Battalion - MSOB) during the 2000s. Regardless it remains the secondary weapon of choice for MSOB operators , despite rumors of replacement or the new Kimber ICQB Springfield Operator.

II/Sub machine guns


The Marine Corps equipped its special teams with the MP5-N (N-Navy) in 1986 and was ousted following a democratization of the M4A1, Regardless this weapon has for some years been a discreet but very effective back up for the FOB operators of MARSOC in Afghanistan.

- Caliber 9x19mm Parabellum
- Retractable Cross
- Front sight with tritium illumination
- Selector firing "Navy" (3 positions: Safe-Semi-Full) with ambidextrous pictograms bearings referring to the firing mode.
- Cannon with threaded flash hider - Navy issue
- Silent Knight's Armament Company Steel (For use with subsonic ammunition)

It is now mainly used in VBSS operations (Vessel Board Search & Seizure), Anti-Piracy, GOPLAT and PSD operations.
This advanced weapon of great notoriety, is considered very reliable by operators is in its variants K and certainly SD.

(Note: this weapon is currently being replaced by the MP7)


The MP7, which is currently replacing its predecessor, the MP5 has yet to be seen in the hands of MARSOC operators. Used for the same missions, its design is very different to that of the old HK MP5.
Having to face the increasing ballistic protection offered to enemy soldiers which conventional MP5 ammunition could not penetrate, the HK firm worked on a new 4.6x30mm ammunition with NATO standards to defeat theses newer types of protection. Also thanks to the format/size of its ammunition, the carrying capacity of the latter is much higher than that of the MP5 and makes it a direct competitor of the FNH P90.
James Prickman

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Message par James Prickman le Jeu 19 Juil - 14:10



Unmistakable, the M4A1 (often wrongly called M4) is the assault rifle of many - if not all, U.S. Special Forces.
Derived from AR15 designed by Eugene Stoner in 1957 and which laid the foundation for all future standard assault rifles of the U.S. military since the Vietnam War.

More directly derived from the M16A2 which it shares 80% parts commonality, the M4A1 is a shorter version (14.5 inch barrel and telescopic butt) and lighter (3.4kg loaded and accessories), but retains the option of accommodating an M203 grenade launcher. Responding better to the needs of airborne operations or or those taking place in closed environments.


-Ammunition 5.56 mm NATO (223. Winchester)
-Mechanism Action Loan-gas
-Rate of fire 700-950 rounds / min
-Muzzle velocity 975 m / s
-Practical range 450 m to 600 m
-Maximum range 3600 m
-Weight (unloaded) 2.94 kg
-Weight (loaded) 3.4 kg
33-inch Length (butt extended)
29.75 inch (folded butt)
Barrel length 14.5-inch
-Magazine capacity 30 rounds

Thanks to the MWS programe (Modular Weapon System) set up in the 1990s, the weapon was equiped with a handguard rail then a RAS RIS (produced by KAC), and exploited the fastening system already present on the box above the cylinder head of the M4A1. This greatly increasing the adaptability of the weapon to all types of missions and improving the comfort of the operators using it. (See below: SOPMOD block)

However the famous Colt rifle is far from perfect.
For example there are reports of shooting incidents of varying severity, as a result of being immersed (remember that the Force Recon and MARSOC are above all amphibious forces).
The dual feed and extraction failures are common issues (like all modern rifles when they are not well maintained).
One of the most common causes of malfunctions were the Colt magazines, these are being replaced by Magpul manufactured magazines.
Despite the weakness of the round fired by the M4 (it was originally created to only injured) and although highlighted by many operators there is no real solution to this problem except changing the type of ammunition.

Note that despite its imperfections, the M4A1 is the weapon of choice for the USMC Special Forces.
They do not hesitate to customize their weapon by changing the cross, etc. ...

(Note: The painting of a rifle was prohibited before the formation of MARSOC, the Marines had to pay for any damage/changes caused by them. This is why in the ranks of the SFs it is not uncommon for only the plastic parts to be painted because they more easily replacable.)
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