There are many types of SWAT team weapons and equipment, and their use varies from precinct to precinct. A variety of field missions requires standard gun models plus many extra accessories, many of which are designed for specific needs of various SWAT teams. Many of them are very similar (or identical) to military weapons, but many are targeted (pardon the pun) for law enforcement use.
Among SWAT guns, you will see assault rifles, shotguns, submachine guns, semi-automatic pistols and many additional weapons, artillery and equipment. A SWAT team may use halogen tools, ballistic shields, battering rams, stun grenades, Tasers and tear gas, but in this quiz, we are focusing on guns and firearms alone. We have listed the most popular and most used guns – they are all here, from the M870 to the FN Five-seveN, but how many of them can you identify?
How well do you know the different types of guns used by Special Forces in the United States and around the world? Do you think you can name at least 30 out of 40 SWAT guns? Take this quiz to find out just how familiar you are with the most popular and most widely used SWAT team guns! Ready, set, SHOOT!
The Colt M4A1 SOPMOD is a carbine rifle enhanced with a Special Forces Modification Kit. By adding specialized accessories to the base M4A1, the weapon is taken to a new level.
The Fabrique Nationale (FN) SCAR Mk16 entered limited service in 2009 and had been serving special forces units ever since. It is one of the most advanced and adaptable operational rifles in the world.
The CAR-15 Commando is an assault carbine/submachine gun. SWAT teams use it as a handier version of the original full-length Colt M16 assault rifle.
Sig Sauer SG 551 SWAT carbine is specifically designed for the special forces. It’s equipped with an optical sight mount, coated with a corrosion-resistant finish, and it can accept mission-critical accessories such as a laser pointer, tactical light or a bipod.
Sig Sauer SG 552 Commando is a carbine released in July 1998. Its recoil spring is guided in a way that resembles that of the AK-47, and the return mechanism has been moved to the rear of the receiver.
The Heckler & Koch HK G36 is an assault rifle designed specifically to an exacting German Army requirement back in the 1990s. Gas operated and with a rotating bolt, its rate of fire is 750 rounds per minute.
The Mossberg 590 is a pump-action shotgun often used by SWAT teams. It is a militarized version of the popular Mossberg 500 hunting shotgun.
The assault rifle FERFRANS SOAR is a sophisticated automatic weapons system intended to compete with the iconic M4 Carbine line. It was first made in 2004.
Delta Force has been known to use the Glock 22. It’s a full-size pistol chambered in .40 S&W. Although Delta has a history of preferring .45s, it’s rumored that some operators switched to Glock 22s because they are more reliable in sandy conditions.
Stoner 63 is a universal all-in-one combat weapon designed by Eugene Stoner, who pioneered the modular weapon system. Its best-known use was in the hands of the Navy SEALS during the Vietnam War.
The Fabrique Nationale FN P90 is a personal defense weapon (PDW) designed in Belgium with the auxiliary military unit in mind. One of its most interesting physical characteristics is its translucent 50-round magazine made of polycarbonate.
While many SWAT team members would normally prefer another caliber, it’s very hard to argue with 15 rounds of anything. The F models of the Beretta 92 (“F” is for Federal) have a safety lever that also functions as a de-cocking lever.
The design of the Colt M1911 has remained mostly unchanged since the late 1890s. It has served in the U.S. military ever since and is adopted as a standard Army firearm.
Glock pistols are considered the AK of the handgun world. They make excellent fighting pistols with one most endearing quality of them all: reliability. Glocks are either loved or hated.
Although the Sig Sauer P226 failed to net the lucrative U.S. Army pistol contract, it made for itself a global presence elsewhere. In 2015, it was announced that the U.S. Navy SEALs would start replacing the P226 with Glock 19 models.
The famous Italian Beretta 92 has seen a remarkable share of international SWAT team success since it first appeared in 1975. It is a semi-automatic service pistol with a 150-feet range.
The M870 is a 12-gauge, pump-action shotgun widely used throughout SWAT teams. It is a military version of the Remington 870 shotgun, and it features a wide range of configurations, including different barrel lengths, manufacturing materials and stocks.
The HK UMP represents a series of guns designed by the German firm of Heckler & Koch in the 1990s to replace the praised MP5 series. The production of HK UMP started in 1999, and the weapons are still manufactured today.
SIG SG 550 is widely used by special forces as well as regular army and security elements across the globe. The series was born in a Swiss Army initiative as a replacement for its 1950s-era SIG SG 510 Battle Rifle.
When it comes to the most favored automatic rifle systems in the world today, the AR-15 is at the very top. It is particularly enjoyed throughout the United States, not just by SWAT teams, but by citizens for private purposes, too.
Sig Sauer P228 is commonly present in the inventories of many armies, and it is known in the U.S. inventory as the M11. The series is nothing more than a compact version of the successful P226 family.
Although it was primarily recognized as a leading “duck-hunting” shotgun, the Remington 1100 was adopted by several military and law enforcement agencies including the Mexican Naval Infantry Force and Malaysian special forces.
The SIG SG 516 is a Swiss assault rifle built upon the strengths of the iconic American AR-15 design and closely related to the classic M16. It is featured in the inventory of the Australian Victoria Police Special Operations Group.
The FN SCAR (Special Operations Forces Combat Assault Rifle) is a self-loading, gas-operated rifle with a rotating bolt. It was manufactured in Belgium for the United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM).
Its compact and reliable approach to close-quarters combat has made the German Heckler & Koch HK MP5 Submachine Gun very popular among SWAT teams. In fact, it is one of the most popular submachine guns ever produced.
The civilian Remington M700 rifle comes in two militarized forms: the M24 Sniper Weapon System and the M40 rifle. Remington Arms production began in 1962 and continues to this day.
The HK USP (Universal Self-Loading Pistol) is a semi-automatic that entered production in 1993 and still serves today. It sees widespread use at various levels, including law enforcement and special forces.
The Remington M40 is in service with the United State Marine Corps. It is a heavy barrel, bolt-action 7.6x51mm sniper rifle that got recognized as the USMC standardized sniper weapon during the Vietnam War.
Heckler & Koch introduced the HK416 automatic rifle family in 2005 as a possible replacement for the M4 series. The HK416 was a joint effort by the U.S. and Germany to develop a more modern and reliable alternative to the M4.
The Benelli M4 Tactical is an Auto Regulating Gas Operated (ARGO) unique semi-automatic shotgun widely used by the U.S. Marine Corps. It is favorized for its reliability.
The HK MP5N is a specialized Navy model from the MP5 line developed specifically for the United States Navy. The weapon has since been spread among other operators around the world.
The Colt M16A2 was developed to a United States Marine Corps request as a major reworking of the original Vietnam War-era M16 Assault Rifle. The USMC was the first US service branch to adopt the improved M16A2 in the 1980s.
The unique name of the Fabrique Nationale FN Five-SeveN comes from the caliber of its ammunition – 5.7x28mm. It’s a self-cocking, semi-automatic pistol that has seen a fair share of service in the military.
The German Heckler & Koch HK PSG-1 precision sniping rifle is being used in operations worldwide – from Vietnam to Albania. It was introduced in 1972 and primarily marketed toward security forces, military parties and the police.
The World War 2-era M1 Garand service rifle is the ancestor of the Springfield M14. Given its pedigree, the M14 is built upon a stellar foundation, and it proved itself as a functional semi-automatic rifle.
The Austrian Glock 17 is very popular among SWAT teams. It sees use in the military, police and security services around the globe.
The Fabrique Nationale FN SCAR Mk 17 series includes three variants: the SCAR 17 CQC, SCAR 17 Standard and the SCAR 17. The whole series is widely used across SWAT teams around the world.
The Heckler & Koch HK G36 assault rifle is the standard frontline service gun of the Germany Army. Designed and developed to an exacting German Army requirement in the 1990s, it has seen service in many operations worldwide.