Writer's Guide to Government Information

Resources to inject real life detail into your fiction

The Soldier (Uniforms, Equipment and Weapons) [US Army]

The Soldier (Uniforms, Equipment and Weapons) [US Army]

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What is the range of a MK19-3 40MM Grenade Machine Gun?
  • When did the M-16 Rifle enter Army service?
  • How many threats can the M256A Chemical Agent Detector Kit detect?


262 page document on uniforms, equipment and weapons used by the US Army soldier. May be flipped through, browsed or downloaded as a PDF file. It is divided into the following sections:

  • Introduction
  • Soldier Protection and Individual Equipment
  • Soldier Clothing and Individual Equipment
  • Soldier Protective Equipment
  • Soldier Sensors and Lasers
  • Soldier Maneuver Sensors
  • Soldier Precision Targeting Devices
  • Solider Warrior
  • Soldier Air Warrior
  • Ground Soldier
  • Soldier Systems Integration
  • Soldier Weapons
  • Individual Weapons
  • Crew Served Weapons

Each entry lists the following for each weapons system: Mission, Entered Army Service, Description and Specifications and Manufacturer.

Captioned pictures are usually available. Specifications include weight and physical dimensions, so you’ll have an idea of how much effort your military character has to put into carrying their weapon. Additionally, you can avoid featuring weapons before they were invented.


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