4 Weapons I used during Operation Enduring Freedom

Operation Enduring FreedomHello all my Expeditionary Designated Marksman (EDM’s) and Gunner Mate’s!  I would like to talk about some of the weapons I carried on my last deployment.  Please leave a comment and tell me what you carried.

M4-NavyM4 A1

The M4A1 Rifle is a lightweight, air cooled, gas operated, magazine fed, shoulder fired weapon designed for either automatic or semi-automatic fire, through the use of a selector lever.  The M4A1 fires a NATO round caliber 5.56mm ball ammo with full metal jacket.

M4A1 is a variant of the basic M4 carbine initially intended for special operations use. The M4A1 can be found in use by every branch in the U.S. military including Special Operations Units, which include the Delta Force, U.S. Navy SEALs, the U.S. Marine Corps’ Radio Reconnaissance Platoons, and Force Reconnaissance companies. The M4A1 is specially favored by counter-terrorist and Special Forces units because of its compact nature and full-rifle power cartridge, making it ideal for close quarter combat.
Caliber …………………………… 5.56 mmM4

Weight …………………………….. w/30 (loaded) round mag 7.5 lb

Length …………………………….. Buttstock Closed 29.75 in

Buttstock Opened 33.0 in

Mechanical Features:

  • Riffling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (RH 1/7 twist)
    Detachable carrying handle w/integral accessory mounting rail
    Buttstock has four positions; closed, 1 R open, 3/4 open, and fully Open.
    Firing Characteristics:
    Muzzle Velocity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,970 fps
    Chamber pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52,000 psi
    Cyclic Rate of Fire…………….. 700-970 rpm (approx.)
    Fire Selector ………………………. SAFE-SEMI-BURST (M4)


  • Max Effective Rate of Fire:
    Semi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45rpm
    Burst/Auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 rpm
    Sustained Rate of Fire 12/15 rpm
    Max Effective Range 500 meters (individual/point targets)
    600 meters (area targets)
    Max Range 3600 meters




The M9 is the standard sidearm of the U.S. Navy.  It is magazine fed, recoil operated, semiautomatic hand-held pistol, and chambered for the 9mm ball, NATO M882 round.  It can be fired in both the double and single action mode.  It has a thumb safety mounted on the slide which acts as a decocking lever.

The M9 was issued to replace the over 25 different pistols and revolvers in the early 1980s. The M9 is used by U.S. Military Services worldwide. The M9 is accurate and its function is very reliable. The M9 pistol has developed into a reliable combat proven weapon.


Max eff range –  5O metersM9-US Navy

Max range  – 1800 meters




US Navy M240BM240B

The M240 Series Machine Gun is gas -operated and fires from the open bolt position. The 7.62mm is the authorized round for the machine gun. The M240B has a butt stock and hydraulic buffer assembly and can be mounted on the M122A1 tripod. The M240G has a butt stock and buffer assembly and can be mounted on the M122 tripod with a flexible mount (Marine Corps only).

Weight:  27 lbs

Maximum range:  3,725 meters

Max effective range:

Point Target:   Tripod  = 800 metersUS Navy M240B-1

Bipod   = 600 meters

Area Target:    Tripod  = 1,800 meters

  • Bipod   = 800 meters
    Muzzle velocity:  2,800 fps
    Barrel twist:  1/12 right-hand
    Battle sight zero:  12.7 meters for 500 meter zero
    Cyclic Rate:  600-950 rounds per minute


M14 US NavyMK14SSR MOD 0/1 EBR –

The 7.62MM MK 14 Mod 0/1 Enhanced Battle Rifle (EBR) is a lightweight, air-cooled, gas operated, magazine fed weapon, used primarily for semi-automatic fire.

The MK 14 consists of a rifle housed in a chassis stock system, vertical grip, improved iron sights, vortex flash suppressor, see-through scope rings, bipod with mount, tactical sling, maintenance kit, and two magazines in a discreet soft case.


Diameter of bore – 7.62mm

Muzzle velocity – approx. 2800 FPSM14 US Navy-1

Max range – 3,725 meters

Max effective range approximately 770 meters

Length overall – 45 inches

Weight – 15 lbs empty

  • Cyclic Rate – 700 to 750 RPM
    Rate of fire – 60 RPM
    Barrel Length – 24.1 inches
    Glass bedded Fiberglass Stock
    Sights- Adjustable rear sights & fixed blade front sights
    Mark 4, M1 10x Leupold Scope
    Harris Bipod
    Flash suppresser
    Air Cooled
    Shoulder fired
    Magazine Fed

Okay everyone!  Now let me here from you!  What you carry?  Until next time, stay frosty.

2 thoughts on “4 Weapons I used during Operation Enduring Freedom

  1. Love the picture of the Herc tacking off. I see the pilot making a hard left turn just after rotation with the gear still hanging to perform the ceremonial flyby. Once I made a hardcore, badass Blackwater dude dive to the ground when I flew over his head at 42 feet and 320 knots.That is tactical flying at its best and it is the only part of flying the Herc that I miss. Eight years later, the very thought scares the piss out of me when I think of all the very low level tactical flying that we did on a daily basis.

    I bet you see the two forward air controllers deep in Indian country standing tall in anticipation of having the four fans of freedom flying blowing that dude’s hat off his skull. There are no words to describe how much admiration I have for men like you and them. I love everything that you write by the way, I thank you for your service and your willingness to share it with the world

    Our weapon of choice was the M-9 and I am so happy that we never had to pull them out of the holster because if you had to fire a shot in anger, you better save one for yourself because the bad guys were going to be really pissed when they got to you.

    I was thinking that you would have mentioned the knife that you used to carry too. I remember a post about it.



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