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Special Air Service (SAS) Weapons

As one would expect of a special forces unit, aside from the range of standard weapons used by the UK military, the men of the 22nd Special Air Service (SAS) have access to a wider selection of firearms and other weapons than your average British soldier.

This section of the site takes a look at some of the weapons known to be used by the Special Air Service.

C8 carbine

C8 carbine

The Regiment's primary assault carbine
more info : C8 carbine
M16

M16 & variants

5.56mm rifle / carbine
more info : M16
G3

HK G3

7.62mm battle rifle used by UKSF
more info : HK G3
HK53

HK33 / 53

5.56mm version of the G3
more info : HK33 / 53
G36

HK G36

Modern assault rifle made by Heckler & Koch
more info : HK G36
MP5

HK MP5

World famous counter-terrorist weapons - the MP5 sub machine gun
more info : HK MP5
MAC 11

MAC-10 SMG

9mm SMG once used by the SAS in Northern Ireland
more info : Ingram MAC-10
handguns

Handguns

Info on the Sig Sauer P226, Browning High Power and other pistols.
more info : Handguns
welrod

Welrod

World War-era 2 silenced pistol
more info : Welrod
remington 870

Remington 870

Shotgun often loaded with special breaching rounds
more info : Remington 870
hk 417

HK417

Medium ranger sniper rifle
more info : HK417
L96a1

L96A1

The Regiment's long range sniper rifle
more info : L96A1
AW50

AW 50

.50 cal anti-material rifle
more info : AW 50
Arwen Launcher

Arwen 37

Tear gas canister launcher used for counter-terrorism operations
more info : Arwen 37
stun grenade

Flash-Bang

Stun Grenade devloped by the SAS CRW wing.
more info : Flash-Bang
LAW

M72 LAW

Compact anti-tank rocket launcher
more info : M72 LAW
LAW

Claymore

A portable anti-personnel mine used for defence and ambushes
more info : Claymore
M203

M203

40mm grenade launcher fitted to SAS rifles
more info : M203
UGL

UGL

A modern grenade launcher system
more info : UGL
MK19

MK19

40mm grenade launcher fitted to SAS vehicles used in the 1991 Gulf War
more info : MK19
Stinger

Stinger

Shoulder-fired Surface-To_Air missile (SAM)
more info : Stinger

read an article on UKSF weapons add-ons

view youtube video featuring SAS Counter Terrorism weapons

As with mmany other special forces units, Special Air Service troopers will train with many of the world's military weapons, such as Kalashnikovs. These are not weapons that they would normally choose to take with them on operations but due to their ubiquity amongst other armed forces, it is important for an SAS operator to have working knowledge of them. Not only might they be tasked with training foreign militaries with their use, they may also lead such forces into combat, using their weapons. The SAS may also need to use the enemy's guns in emergency situations - ie such as in escape and evasion, when a trooper may need to take and use guns from fallen enemy soldiers. Then there are 'false-flag' operations, in which the SAS may purposely use firearms likely to be identified with another force in order to cover their own identity.

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