Weapons that are organic to the infantry, the troops on the ground, range from the hand carried firearms of the individual soldier (rifles, carbines, pistols, and so forth) to crew served weapons that deliver bullets or explosives on to a target.
Infantry weapons covered by pages in this section are listed in the table of links just below -- click to follow the link to the specific Olive-Drab page. These weapons are light enough to move with infantry units, carried or mobilized by jeep or light trucks. They provide both offensive capability against fortified positions or massed personnel plus defensive capability against tanks or other threats.
1st Cavalry Division trooper protects his ears as the M40A1 (or A2) 106-mm recoilless rifle fires. Flash and flying debris from the backblast were deficiencies of this otherwise excellent weapon. Near An Khe, Vietnam, 1967.
Lance Cpl. Ty Fallow with Dragon anti-armor weapon, Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, NC, 13 May 1996.
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