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Chris Sajnog: Top 5 Navy SEAL Firearms

By Chris Sajnog, Author Navy SEAL Shooting

I recently posted a list of my Top Five Must Have Weapons Systems for Navy SEALs. I came up with that list when my good friend and bestselling author of Target America, Scott McEwen asked me for my top five weapons. Since I’m a believer that we are the weapons and we choose which tools we will use in battle, my response contained things such as mindset, your teammates and support staff. So I’m following up on that post with my list of the top five Navy SEAL firearms. Specifically my favorite firearms I used in the US Navy SEAL Teams.

My Top 5 Navy SEAL Firearms

1. .300 Win Mag (M91A2)

.300 Win Mag

As a Navy SEAL Sniper Instructor, I’ve used and taught every kind of long-range weapon out there. There are some that can shoot farther, but this is the most versatile of the bunch and can reach out and touch someone out past one thousand yards with a flat trajectory.

2. M4A1 with SOPMOD Kit and M203

M4A1 with SOPMOD Kit and M203

Yes, these are likely to be phased out by the newer FN SCAR Series, but I’ve spent so much time with this system that I can fire and fix it in my sleep. As a corpsman in the platoon, I was also a grenadier and there’s no better feeling than accurately projecting 40mm rounds when your enemy is hiding behind cover.

3. M14

mk14

I used the M14 quite a bit in my first platoon at SEAL Team Two. It was a winter warfare platoon and this weapon did everything we needed it to do in the cold mountains where we operated. It has a great effective range of 800 yards and always seemed to work. They’ve tried making “upgrades” to it with the MK14 EBR, but I’ll take the original.

4. HK MP5N

mp5

This 9mm submachine gun was what I learned Close Quarters Combat and Maritime Boarding Operations called VBSS (Visit, Board, Search and Seizure). The “N” Stands for Navy as it was developed for our use and is an extremely effective weapon for short, quick engagements. It has virtually zero recoil due to its unique delayed blowback bolt system, firing from the closed bolt position.

5. Sig Sauer P226

p226

This weapon set the “Gold Standard” by which all other combat handguns are measured. I’ve fired so many rounds from this gun it would be impossible to count; yet, I can hardly remember a single malfunction. In and out of the water, sand and mud — pull it out of its holster and it’s going to fire. You can find plenty of higher-end pistols on the market today, but you’ll never find one with the proven track record of the P226.

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Chris Sajnog is the bestselling author of How to Shoot Like a Navy SEAL, a retired Navy SEAL Master Firearms Instructor, Neural-Pathway Training Expert, speaker and Service Disabled Veteran Small Business Owner.