List of firearms used by British Armed Forces

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Handguns

In Service

Weapon Caliber(s) Capacity Service Years Designation Used By: Image
SIG-Sauer P226 9x19mm 15 ???? - Present L105A1 United Kingdom Special Forces SigP226.jpg
SIG-Sauer P226R 9x19mm 15 ???? - Present L105A2 All Branches P226R.jpg
SIG-Sauer P228 9x19mm 13 ???? - Present L107A1 United Kingdom Special Forces Sig-Sauer-P228.jpg
SIG-Sauer P229 9x19mm 13 ???? - Present L117A1 United Kingdom Special Forces
Royal Military Police Close Protection
SIGP229.jpg
Glock 17 9x19mm 17 ???? - Present L131A1 United Kingdom Special Forces
Royal Military Police Close Protection
British Army (limited trial only, general issue from 2013)
Glock-17Gen4.jpg
Walther PPK .32 ACP 7 ???? - Present L47A1 United Kingdom Special Forces
RAF "Fast Jet" Aircrew
WaltherPPK.jpg

Out of Service

Weapon Caliber(s) Capacity Service Years Designation Used By: Image
Colt 1851 Navy .36 6 1855-???? All branches 1851 colt navy london.jpg
Enfield Revolver .442 Enfield
.476 Enfield
6 1882 - 1887 Mk.I
Mk.II
All branches EnfieldMkII.jpg
Webley .455 Mk I .455 Webley 6 1887 - 1894 All branches Webley mk1.jpg
Webley .455 Mk II .455 Webley 6 1894 - 1897 All branches Weble Mk II.jpg
Webley .455 Mk III .455 Webley 6 1897 - 1899 All branches Weble Mk III.jpg
Webley .455 Mk IV .455 Webley 6 1899 - 1913 All branches Weble .455 Mk IV.jpg
Webley .455 Mk V .455 Webley 6 1913 - 1915 All branches Webley Mk. V.JPG
Webley .455 Mk VI .455 Webley 6 1915 – 1932 All branches Webley Mk VI.jpg
Smith & Wesson Hand Ejector .455 Webley 6 1915-1918 MkI
MkII
British Army Smith and Wesson Hand Ejector 1845.jpg
Colt New Service .455 Webley 6 1915-1918 British Army ColtNS.jpg
Enfield No. 2 Mk I Revolver .38 S&W(.38/200) 6 1932-1957 Enfield No.2 Mk I*
Enfield No.2 Mk I Snubnose
All branches White Enfield No2 Mk I.jpg
Webley .38 Mk IV .38 S&W(.38/200) 6 1942–1957 All branches Weble .38 Mk IV.jpg
Smith & Wesson 38/200 Revolver .38 S&W(.38/200) 6 1940-1954 All branches S&W-Victory-Model.jpg
Colt Official Police .38 S&W(.38/200) 6 1940-1945 All branches ColtWW2.jpg
Webley & Scott Mk I .455 Webley Auto 7 1912 - ???? Mk I Navy British Royal Navy
(formerly) British Royal Flying Corps
(formerly) British Royal Horse Artillery
NewWeb.jpg
Colt M1911 pistol .455 Webley Auto 7 1915-1945 British Royal Navy
British Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
M1911-RAFIssue455.jpg
Ballester-Molina .45ACP 7 1942-1945 Special Operations Executive BM4.JPG
Welrod 9x19mm (Mk I)
.32 ACP (Mk II)
6
8
1943 - 1991 (last reported usage) Special Operations Executive
Special Air Service
HPIM0965.jpg
Browning Hi-Power Mark I 9x19mm 13 1954 - 2013 L9A1 All Branches L9A1.jpg
Browning Hi-Power Mark III 9x19mm 13 1980s - 2013 L9A1 DS All Branches Browning L9A1.jpg
Walther PPK .22 LR 8 1970s - 1980s L66A1 Ulster Defence Regiment WaltherPPK.jpg
Walther P5 Compact 9x19mm 8 1980s - 1990s L102A1 Ulster Defence Regiment
14 Intelligence Company
United Kingdom Special Forces
WaltherP5C.jpg

Shotguns

In Service

Weapon Caliber(s) Capacity Service Years Designation Used By: Image
Benelli M4 12 Gauge 7 ???? - Present L128A1 British Army M4Super90.jpg
Remington 870 Police Folder 12 Gauge 8 ???? - Present L74A1 United Kingdom Special Forces Remington870LONGFolder.jpg

Out of Service

Weapon Caliber(s) Capacity Service Years Designation Used By: Image
Browning Auto-5 12 Gauge 5 1965 - ???? L32A1 British Army BrowAut5.jpg

Submachine Guns

In Service

Weapon Caliber(s) Capacity Service Years Designation Used By: Image
Heckler & Koch MP5A2 9x19mm 30 ???? - Present United Kingdom Special Forces H&KMP5A2WideForearm.jpg
Heckler & Koch MP5A3 9x19mm 30 ???? - Present L91A1 United Kingdom Special Forces
Royal Military Police Close Protection
Royal Marines Fleet Protection Group
MP5A3.jpg
Heckler & Koch MP5SD1 9x19mm 30 ???? - Present United Kingdom Special Forces MP5SD1.jpg
Heckler & Koch MP5SD2 9x19mm 30 ???? - Present United Kingdom Special Forces MP5SD5.jpg
Heckler & Koch MP5SD3 9x19mm 30 ???? - Present L92A1 United Kingdom Special Forces MP5SD3.jpg
Heckler & Koch MP5K 9x19mm 30 ???? - Present L80A1 United Kingdom Special Forces
Royal Military Police Close Protection
MP5K-SEF.jpg
Heckler & Koch MP5KA1 9x19mm 30 ???? - Present L90A1 United Kingdom Special Forces MP5KA1.jpg

Out of Service

Weapon Caliber(s) Capacity Service Years Designation Used By: Image
Thompson M1928A1 Submachine Gun 45ACP 30 1939-1945 M1928A1 British Army M1928A1 Thompson.jpg
Lanchester Mk. I 9x19mm 50 1941-1962 Mk 1
Mk1*
Royal Navy Lanchester early model.jpg
Sten 9x19mm 32 1941-1953 Mk I
Mk II
Mk III
Mk V
Mk VI
All branches Sten MkIII.jpg
Sten MkIIS(Silenced) 9x19mm 32 1942-1953 All branches Sten MKII strutt.jpg
Sterling SMG 9x19mm 34 1953-1994 L2A1
L2A2
L2A3
All branches SterlingSMG.jpg
Sterling Mk. V Silenced SMG 9x19mm 34 1967-???? L34A1 All branches Sterling-Patchett-Submachine-Gun.jpg

Rifles

In Service

Weapon Caliber(s) Capacity Service Years Designation Used By: Image
L85A2 5.56x45mm 30 2002 - Present L85A2 All Branches Sa80-l85a2.jpg
L22A2 5.56x45mm 30
20
2006 - Present L22A2 All Branches Sa80A2-l22a2.jpg
Heckler & Koch G3KA4 7.62x51mm 20 ???? - Present L100A1 United Kingdom Special Forces
Royal Marines Fleet Protection Group
G3KA4.jpg
Diemaco C8 SFW 5.56x45mm 30 2001 - Present L119A1 United Kingdom Special Forces
Special Forces Support Group
16 Air Assault Brigade Pathfinder Platoon
Royal Marines Brigade Patrol Troop
101-rifle-c8fthb-carbine-6.jpg
Diemaco C8 CQB 5.56x45mm 30 2001 - Present L119A1 United Kingdom Special Forces
Special Forces Support Group
Royal Military Police Close Protection Unit
Royal Marines Police Troop
ColtCanada C8CQB.jpg

Out of Service

Weapon Caliber(s) Capacity Service Years Designation Used By: Image
Brown Bess Musket .75 Round Ball 1 1715-1842 Long Land Pattern
Short Land Pattern
India Pattern
All Branches India pattern brown bess.jpg
Baker Rifle .625 Ball 1 1801-1837 Pattern 1800 Infantry Rifle Rifle regiments BakerRifle.jpg
Enfield Pattern 1853 .577 Minie Ball 1 1853-1866 All Branches 1853enfield.jpg
Snider-Enfield .577 Snider 1 1866-1871 Mk.I
Mk.II
Mk.III
All Branches 3bandsnider.jpg
Martini-Henry .450 Boxer-Henry 1 1871 - 1890 MK.I
Mk.II
Mk.III
Mk.IV
All Branches Martini-HenryMarkI(1871-1876).jpg
Lee-Enfield Mk.I .303 British 5 1896-1907 Rifle, Magazine, Lee-Enfield, Mk.I All Branches Leemk1.jpg
Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* .303 British 10 1907-1945 Rifle, Short, Magazine, Lee-Enfield, Mk.III All Branches SMLE.jpg
Pattern 14 Enfield .303 UK 5 1914-1945 Rifle, .303 Pattern 1914, Pattern 14, P 14 British Army
British Home Guard
Pattern1914.jpg
M1917 Enfield .30-06 Springfield 5 1940-1945 U.S. Rifle, Caliber .30, Model of 1917 British Home Guard M1917enfield.jpg
Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk.I .303 British 10 1941-1954 Rifle, No.4 Mk.I All Branches LeeEnfield4Rifle.jpg
Lee-Enfield No.5 Mk.I .303 British 10 1944-1954 Rifle, No.5 Mk.I; "Jungle Carbine" British Army No5JungleCarbine.jpg
L1A1 7.62x51mm NATO 20/30 1954-Early 1990s L1A1, Self-Loading Rifle, SLR All Branches L1A1-SLR.jpg
Colt M16 5.56x45mm 20/30 1960s - 1980s United Kingdom Special Forces
British Army (jungle deployments only)
British Army Close Observation Platoons
Colt 602.jpg
Colt M16A1 5.56x45mm 20/30 1970s - 2000s United Kingdom Special Forces
16 Air Assault Brigade Pathfinder Platoon
Royal Marines Brigade Patrol Troop
M16A1w30rdMag.jpg
Colt Model 733 5.56x45mm 30 ???? - 2000s United Kingdom Special Forces Colt Model 733.jpg
Colt M16A2 5.56x45mm 30 1990s - 2000s United Kingdom Special Forces M16A2.jpg
Diemaco C7 5.56x45mm 30 1990s - 2000s United Kingdom Special Forces
16 Air Assault Brigade Pathfinder Platoon
Royal Marines Brigade Patrol Troop
Colt715 C7Rifle.jpg
L85A1 5.56x45mm 30 1985 - 2002 SA80, L85, L85A1 All Branches L85A1.jpg
Heckler & Koch HK53 5.56x45mm 30 1980s - 2000s L101A1 United Kingdom Special Forces
Special Forces Support Group
14 Intelligence Company
Royal Military Police Close Protection Unit
Royal Marines Police Troop
H&KHK53-1.jpg

Machine Guns

In Service

Weapon Caliber(s) Capacity Service Years Designation Used By: Image
FN MAG 7.62x51mm Belt-fed 1961 - Present L7A2 All Branches L7A2.jpg
M60D 7.62x51mm Belt-fed 1980 - Present Royal Air Force (Chinook only) M60d.jpg
L86A2 5.56x45mm 30 2002 - Present L86A2 All Branches L86A2.jpg
FN Minimi 5.56x45mm Belt-fed ???? - Present L108A1 All Branches M249Minimi1stPattern.jpg
FN Minimi Para 5.56x45mm Belt-fed 2003 - Present L110A1 All Branches MinimiPara.jpg
FN Minimi Para 5.56x45mm Belt-fed 2003 - Present L110A2 All Branches British L110A2.jpg
Browning M2QCB .50 BMG Belt-fed 1990's - Present L111A1 All Branches M2A2.jpg
FN M3M .50 BMG Belt-fed 2009 - Present Royal Air Force
Army Air Corps
Fleet Air Arm
FN GAU-21.jpg
GE M134 Minigun 7.62x51mm Belt-fed ???? - Present Mk44 Minigun Royal Air Force
Royal Navy
Army Air Corps (657 Squadron)
Minigun.jpg

Out of Service

Weapon Caliber(s) Capacity Service Years Designation Used By: Image
Maxim .303 British 1889 - 1912 All Branches Maxim1895.jpg
Vickers .303 British 250 1912 - 1968 Vickers MK1 Machine Gun All Branches Vickers gun.JPG
Vickers Aircraft machine gun .303 British 250 1913 - mid 1930's Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
VickersAircraft.jpg
Lewis Gun .303 British 47
97
1914–1953 Lewis Gun All Branches Lewis gun.JPG
Aircraft mounted Lewis Gun .303 British 47
97
1914–1953 Lewis Gun Royal Air Force Rafmachinegunlewis3.jpg
Vickers K machine gun .303 British 60
100
1935 - 1945 Royal Air Force
RAF Regiment
Long Range Desert Group
Special Air Service
Airborne Reconnaissance Squadron
British Army Commandos
Fleet Air Arm
Royal Marines Commandos
Royal Navy Coastal Forces
Vickersk.jpg
Browning .303 Mk II .303 British mid 1930's - ? Royal Air Force
Fleet Air Arm
Browning.303.jpg
Bren Mk1 .303 caliber 30 1937 - ???? Bren Mk1 All Branches Bren gun.JPG
BESA machine gun 7.92x57mm Mauser 1938–? Mark II, Mark III, Mark III* Royal Armoured Corps BESA.jpg
Bren Mk2 .303 caliber 30 1941 - ???? Bren Mk2 All Branches Bren mk2.jpg
Browning M2HB .50 BMG Belt-fed ???? - 1990's L2A1 All Branches BrowningM2 plain.jpg
Bren L4A4 7.62x51mm NATO 30 1958 - 2002 Bren L4A4 All Branches Bren l4a4.jpg
L86A1 5.56x45mm 30 1985 - 2002 L86A1 All Branches SA80-L86A1.jpg

Launchers & Flamethrowers

In Service

Weapon Caliber(s) Capacity Service Years Designation Used By: Image
Heckler & Koch MZP 1 37mm 1 1990s - Present L104A1 All Branches HK69A1.jpg
Heckler & Koch AG-C 40mm 1 1990s - Present L17A1 United Kingdom Special Forces
Special Forces Support Group
16 Air Assault Brigade Pathfinder Platoon
Royal Marines Brigade Patrol Troop
HK416wAG36.jpg
Heckler & Koch AG36 40mm 1 2003 - Present L123A2 All Branches H&KAg36.jpg
ARWEN 37 37mm 5  ???? - Present L67A1 Special Air Service Arwen 37.JPG
Heckler & Koch GMG 40x53mm Belt-fed 2006 - Present L34A1 All Branches HKGMG.jpg
M136 AT4 84mm 1 2004 - Present L142A1 All Branches AT-4Launcher.jpg
FGM-148 Javelin 127mm 1 2005 - Present All Branches Javalin.jpg
M72A9 LASM 66mm 1 2009 - Present L72A9 All Branches M72A2LAW.jpg
MBT LAW 150mm 1 2009 - Present K170A2 All Branches NLAW.jpg
MATADOR-AS 90mm 1 2010 - Present L2A1 ASM All Branches MATADOR.jpg
Starstreak HVM 130mm 1
3
8
2000 - Present
2000 - Present
1997- Present
Starstreak HVM
Starstreak LML
SP HVM
Royal Artillery
Royal Marines Air Defence Troop
Starstreak LML.jpg

Out of Service

Weapon Caliber(s) Capacity Service Years Designation Used By: Image
Webley No. 1 Mark 1 flare gun 37mm 1 1914 - ???? British Army Webley & Scott Number 1 Mark I Flare Pistol.jpg
PIAT 3.25 inch 1 1942 - 1950 Projector, Infantry, Anti-Tank British Army Piat gun loaded.jpg
No. 2 Portable Flamethrower N/A 18 litres of fuel, 10 igniters 1943 - ???? British Army Flame1.JPG
Federal M201-Z 37mm 1  ???? - 1980s British Army Federal M201-Z Riot Gun.JPG
Schermuly Multi-Purpose Gun 37mm 1  ???? - 1980s British Army WebleySchermuly37mm.jpg
M79 grenade launcher 40x46mm 1 1969 - ???? British Army
United Kingdom Special Forces
M79-Grenade-Launcher.jpg
M72 LAW 66mm 1 1970s - 1990s L1A1 British Army
United Kingdom Special Forces
M72A2LAW.jpg
MILAN 115mm 1 1970s - 2005 All Branches MILAN.jpg
FIM-92A Stinger 70mm 1 1982 - ???? United Kingdom Special Forces -0976t.jpg
LAW 80 94mm 1 1987 - 2004 All Branches Law94mm.jpg
Mk 19 grenade launcher 40x53mm Belt-fed 1990s - 2000s United Kingdom Special Forces US Mk. 19 40mm grenade machine-gun.jpg
M203 grenade launcher 40x46mm Single-Shot ???? - 2000s United Kingdom Special Forces
16 Air Assault Brigade Pathfinder Platoon
Royal Marines Brigade Patrol Troop
Royal Marines Mountain & Arctic Warfare Cadre
M203.jpg

Marksman, Anti-Materiel & Sniper Rifles

In Service

Weapon Caliber(s) Capacity Service Years Designation Used By: Image
Accuracy International AW 7.62x51mm 10 1990 - Present L118A1 All branches Accuracy International Arctic Warfare - Psg 90.jpg
Accuracy International AWSM .338 Lapua Magnum 5 1996 - Present L115A1 All branches AWSM fixed.jpg
Accuracy International AWSMF .338 Lapua Magnum 5 2008 - Present L115A3 All branches AI L115A3.jpg
Accuracy International AW50F .50 BMG 5 2008 - Present L121A1 All branches AW50F.jpg
Barrett M82A1 .50 BMG 10 ???? - Present L82A1 British Army
Royal Marines
M82a1.jpg
Heckler & Koch HK417 7.62x51mm 20 ???? - Present United Kingdom Special Forces
Special Forces Support Group
Royal Marines (limited trial only)
HK417 16.jpg

Out of Service

Weapon Caliber(s) Capacity Service Years Designation Used By: Image
Boys anti-tank rifle .55 Boys 5 1937-1940 Rifle, Anti-Tank, .55in, Boys British Army BoysMkIATRifle.jpg
Enfield Enforcer/L42A1 sniper rifle 7.62x51mm 10 1970-1990 Enfield Enforcer
L42A1
All branches Enfieldenforcer.jpg
Accuracy International PM 7.62x51mm 10 1982 - ???? L96A1 All branches L96A1G.jpg

Grenades

In Service

Weapon Service Years Designation Used By: Image
Ruag HG 85 2001 - Present L109A1 All Branches L109 A1.jpg

Out of Service

Weapon Service Years Designation Used By: Image
Mills Bomb 1915 - 1972 No.5
No.23
No.36
No.36M
All Branches Mills Bomb SGM-1.jpg
M26 1972 - 2001 L2A2 All Branches L2A2.jpg

Mines

In Service

Weapon Service Years Designation Used By: Image
M18A1 Claymore 1963 - Present United Kingdom Special Forces M18a1 07.jpg

Experimental

Weapon Caliber(s) Capacity Production Years Designation Would/Will Be Used By: Image
Enfield EM-2 .280 British 20 1951 EM-2
Rifle No.9 Mk1
All Branches EM-2.jpg
XL64E5 4.85mm SAA 20 1964-1970 L64 Individual Weapon All Branches EnfieldXL64.jpg
XL65E4 4.85mm SAA 20 1964-1970 L65 Light Support Weapon All Branches XL65E4 LSW.jpg

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