RANGER EQUIPMENT - WHATEVER IT TAKES
Rangers will use any means at their disposal to achieve victory.
Over the course of Ranger history, from Rogers Rangers to today, Rangers have improvised equipment to suit their combat needs. This has been evident from the use of hatchets by the Early Rangers, to creating field expedient breaching charges and adapting lights for urban operations in Operation Just Cause. Indeed, the Ranger' ability to adapt and improvise weapons systems and other pieces of equipment to fulfill a narrow requirement has resulted in improved equipment across the entire Army.
Weapons Systems from World War II to today.
- M3 Greasegun: used in Korea and Vietnam as a compact, yet effective firearm.
- Thompson Submachinegun: was used from World War II, by all 6 Ranger Battalions and the Marauders, Korean War Rangers and Vietnamese Ranger Companies and Ranger Advisers (BDQ).
- MP5SD: used by 1st and 2nd Ranger Bns for training throughout the 1980's.
- M1 Garand and M1 Carbine: served Rangers in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
- M14 Rifle: employed in Vietnam and Grenada.
- M21 Rifle: employed during the pre-Regiment Bn days and in Grenada.
- M24 Rilfe: currently in use as a sniper system.
- M16 series of rifles; the M16, M16A1 and M16A2: used by Rangers in Vietnam, Iran, Grenada, Panama, Persian Gulf, and Somalia.
- CAR15/XM177: the first compact modern rifle employed by Rangers, from Vietnam to Somalia.
- M4A1 Rifle: saw it's first combat with Rangers in the airborne assault into Afghanistan.
- 60mm Mortar Systems have been used continuously since World War II.
- 81mm Mortar Systems have been used since WWII and are once again an organic weapon system.
- The 120mm Mortar is a relatively new item to the Ranger inventory. This system is transported using the MORSOV - Mortar specific Ranger Special Operations Vehicle or with a cart system during dismounted operations.
Other Munitions and Explosives
- Bangalore Torpedoes was used during World War II for breaching wire obstacles on the beaches of Normandy.
- Field Expedient Breaching Charges are the current favored method of breaching obstacles.
- M18A1 Claymore Mine was used very effectively by Rangers throughout the Vietnam War.