Check out the gear that Team Six carried on the infamous raid on Bin-Laden and other raids in Somalia and around the world.
The gear the elite Special Forces groups like DEVGRU use have been tested and abused to make sure it works in all situations. If these guys can use it then it will work for you.
Boots are your first line of gear. If your boots are crap then your not going to go very far on the mission. Special Forces guys have been described as a team wearing all different uniforms.
So what works for one guy – another may pick something different. Many SEALs go with the Salomon Quest 4D GTX Boot in mountain terrain like Afghanistan. Others pick the BlackHawk, Danner or Bates.
All Team members will carry a tactical assault pack on land missions. Sometimes the pack is small and light while longer missions require a larger pack.
During the infamous Bin-Laden raid, Team Six DEVGRU wore Vasque Juxt Multisport Shoe with a mid calf high gaiter to keep out debris and sand.
These shoes are light weight and are great for climbing walls, running quickly in back alleys and moving a medium weight ruck fast if needed.
The Teams navigator will use a small GPS unit – usually the Garmin Foretrex 401 Waterproof GPS.
These are also used by Army Rangers and most recently on the DEVGRU raid in Somalia. The Garmin Foretrex is also used at the #TurningSteel training course in Montana.
Would not want to test it and find out. At least it can stop some shrapnel which is good to know.
The Rangers who rescued the SEALs on Roberts Ridge took out the rear back plates to lighten up their load when hiking up the mountain.
Not every team guy wears a tactical vest on every mission. Distance, terrain and heat are factors.
Other brands of body armor you will see private contractors wear are Rothco and BlackHawk.
The book Zero Dark Thirty gives a pretty good description of what happened during the raid and a general idea of gear used.
The movie was pretty good too and showed good scenes taking down Bin Laden.
Video – Body Armor taking shots
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These brain buckets have been known to stop shrapnel and even sniper rounds.
You can pick up a civilian version tactical helmet starting at $100 up to $1000 plus depending on the model and accessories.
One of the Rangers on Roberts Ridge took a direct hit to his helmet by enemy fire and survived.
Night Vision Goggles that can range in price from about $1,000 all the way up to $70k.
A good entry level civilian night vision goggle is the Armasight Gen 2 which you can find for about $1400. You can see out to 200 to 300 yards in clear weather but of course they have good resolution up close.
If your going to operate at night like the Spec Ops guys do – then you will have to carry night vision goggles aka NVG’s for short. NVGs are are a key component of all Special Forces night assault tactics.
You will not have the luxury of using the same NVGs, but you can pick up civilian versions out on the streets.
Question: How do Navy SEALs use night vision goggles on missions? They train with the Night Vision Goggles on night ops many times in the year so when it is time to go then it is second nature. You don’t want to use a flashlight or stare into a beam of light when using NVG’s as it shows up as a big burst of light and can destroy your vision.
The Tier 1 Operators run with the baddest and most tricked out customized M-4 rifles known to man. Heckler and Koch (HK) is the the go-to manufacturer for DEVGRU as they are the Maserati of assault rifles.
Be prepared to lay down $4,000 for starters and another $3,000 for a customization kit.
You can chheck out a wide variety of custom AR-15 parts here if you want to start to build your own assault rifle from scratch and slowly upgrade it.
Close Quarter Combat CQB
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Tier 1 groups use the 45 caliber handgun has a ton of stopping power. Heckler and Koch creates some of the very finest weapons known.
The 45 Caliber Compact (M45C) weighs less than 2 lbs. with the magazine, which carries 10 rounds of 45 ACP ammunition. Small, light, and reliable.
Check out the book How to Shoot Like a Navy SEAL: Combat Marksmanship Fundamentals as this gives a good break down and how Navy SEALs are taught to shoot.
Read through it and then take some time to go out and shoot at the range and put your skills to the test.
Team Six DevGru Somalia Rescue
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The .45 handgun has a lot of stopping power and a Tier 1 operator is only a double tap away from dropping an enemy standing in his way. SEALs have been carrying the M79 Grenade Launcher for decades. This weapon is multi-faceted and can be used to knock down steel doors or lob grenades in a long arch over a wall.
All SEALs will carry an AR-15 with a flash suppresor and are are important to keep SEALs from giving themselves away.
Depending on the mission most guys will use some type of tactical glove. It is important to protect your hands during missions as you never know what your going to face that can shred them up.
EOTech and a variety of other scopes get used depending on the mission. What kinds of battle optics do the Navy SEALs use with their M4’s? Check out the video below.
M4 battle sights
Burris 300234 Fastfire III Picatinny Mount 3 MOA Sight
The M67 hand grenade is a heckuva weapon and comes in handy in many situations. You would not want to be on the receiving end of this firepower. Unfortunately this is not available to the public.
Every frogman carries a knife. Always. Most of them carry your standard KAbar issue knife. After decades of use it is hard to improve on this basic but trustworthy design. The Navy also issues MK4 dive knives that see a lot of use. Team Six DEVGRU guys toss the general issue and grab Daniel Winkler fixed-blade weapons as it is cream of the crop.
Bolt cutters can get operators into places like nothing else can. In the book “No Easy Day” the DEVGRU guys carried bolt cutters to be ready for any situation.
For hunting down bad guys and entering into the buildings the door kickers will use breaching charges. These are not available to the public.
Special Forces gather intelligence at battle scenes – so having a good waterproof digital camera with optical zoom is a key piece of gear. These cameras are built to get banged around and moisture repellant and can take many hi-res photos quickly.
Chem lights and IR Chemlights are essential for marking territory. When needed they will break one of these when they need to illuminate themselves to show they are part of a team during an extract.
Infra red signal panels are now being used on Coalition forces. Friendly forces can then see these panels with Night Vision Goggles even in the black of night.
All purpose multi-tools like a Gerber multi-tools save lives in the battle zone. These often do the trick when you need to work on your weapon or fix an antennae for the communications gear. Many multi-tools have several blades for cutting and sawing. This is one piece of gear that is worth its weight and comes in handy in many situations.
Water is obviously important to a SEAL as you will have to stay hydrated on a mission. There are horror stories of SEALs out on missions in the desert and running out of water and having to use an IV to get fluids back in your body. It is better to carry a little too much and pour it out than go light and not have it.
Most all SEALs carry a “Camelbak hydration pack,” which is a bladder-like water carrier often seen strapped to soldiers’ backs. Lately though, troops have been carrying hard plastic water bottles, because the rigors of combat have been damaging the soft-skinned camelbacks. With a hard bottle you will need to make sure it secure in your backpack.
Most of the SEALs use the camelbacks or Source Outdoor Tactical Gear WXP Hydration System because you can drink from the hose without having to take off your pack or have your buddy hand you a water bottle. Plus water bottles can get thrown out of your pack if turned upside down. This will not happen with a water bladder like the Camelback.
All SEALs carry an Escape and Evasion (E&E) kit. This will include a passport, local currency, and other items. This is similar to the Urban Survival Bug Out Bags used to get out of dodge as fast as you can and have the gear you need.
All Navy SEALs will carry some type of small flashlight for map reading (with a red lens) and to signal in a boat or helicopter if needed. The flashlight must be lightweight, waterproof and dependable. The SureFire flashlight often gets loaded up on their body armor or in his pocket with a lanyard back to his belt.
Questions from our readers online.
Question: What tactical gear do the navy seals use? Check out the info above.
Question: How do helmets and night vision goggles work? Check out the video above.
Question: Do navy seals use AR 15? Yes; they use the M4 / AR-15 weapon.
Question: From Joey – what equipment and gear do Team guys use? Check out the info above.
Question: What do frogmen carry in their backpacks? It all depends on the mission but usually they will carry a hydration bladder, extra batteries for communication and lights, a survival escape and evasion kit, a multi-tool, a digital camera (for intelligence gathering) and sometimes duck tape and zip ties for prisoner handling.
Question: How do Operators use chem lights as I would think it would ruin their night vision? Guys will tape up most of the chem light and leave the far end open so that they can use it like a pen light. If it is needed for a helicopter extraction then they will pull the tape off or break a new one without tape.
Question: What gear do special ops carry into combat? Check out the list above.
Question: What tactical packs do navy seals use? SEALs uses variety of tactical packs depending on the mission. They may use something as simple as an ALICE pack or hi-tech like a Kelty Map 3500 3 Day Assault Pack – it all depends on the mission.
Question: Where can I find a Navy seal desert top? Check hereMilitary BDU, Desert Digital Camo Top
Question: What are the best water bladders that Spec ops carry? The Source Outdoors Widepack Hydration Reservoir System is a good water bladder.
Question: how many rounds do Navy SEALs carry? It depends on the mission as to how much ammunition the SEALs carry – but most of the time they travel light.
Question: Do you have a list of Navy SEAL boots? SEALs wear everything from old school Vietnam jungle boots to high speed New Balance Abyss boots.
Question: What are the boots worn by seal team 6? It all depends on the mission but the most famous shoes that they wore were the Vasque Juxt Multisport Shoe during the Bin-Laden raid.
Question: Do you have a list of tactical gloves like the ones that Special Forces use? Check out this list of tactical gloves here.
Question: What M4 scope do SEALs use in combat? They use a variety of ACOG, EOTECH and even iron sights. Depends on the mission.
Question: what kind of tactical pants do navy seals wear? Navy SEALs wear Rip Stop BDU Pants.
Question: What vasque boot was in the SEAL raid? The word is that the Vasque Juxt Multisport Shoe was used in the Bin-Laden raid.
Question: What is a navy seal combat kit? That is the gear that the SEALs take into the field for an operation.
Question: Do navy seals wear body armor? It depends on the mission, but yes.
Question: What are the new balance hiking shoes the navy seals use? Some Navy SEALs use the New Balance Tactical Bushmaster boot.
Question: What is the Navy SEAL issue flashlight? Check out this flashlight by USATactical as it is sorta close to SEAL issue.
Question: why do navy seals wear different helmets? SEALs wear different helmets on different missions. You may also have an op where they were different just because that is what they like to wear.
Question: Where do the seals go for training for mountain desert warfare? The SEALs train in many locations but mostly at Niland and Camp Billy Machen in California.
Question: Where can I find out more on the body armor and camo of navy seals? Check out the info in the article above.
Question: what is the medical pack navy seals wear? Check out the video below.
Question: How many lbs of gear does a navy seal wear? It all depends on the mission but an average load for a short mission maybe be as little as 20 lbs and up to 40 lbs or more if more equipment needed for surveillance.
What a Navy Corpsman carries in his medical bag
Question: what does a navy seal carry in his tactical backpack? Check out the list above to see what a what does a navy seal carries in his pack.
Question: which model juxt was used by seal team 6? The guys used the Vasque Juxt Multisport shoe during the Bin-Laden raid.
Question: Do Navy SEALs use multi-tools? Yes; many of them do use the Gerber 22-41545 Black Diesel Multi-Plier with Sheath.
We know of several contractors that use these gloves while on board ship security.
Question: How many lbs does a navy seal m4 weigh? A Navy SEALs AR15 platform weighs several pounds but really depends on what he adds to the weapon. Usually they will add a ACOG scope which is a few ounces. The stock will be retractable so that will save weight. If you add a grenade launcher then the weight goes up substantially.
Question: In Special Forces, what is a “dead hooker bag”? A dead hooker bag is the same as a load out bag for deployment. Guys show some black humor in that a Loadout Bag is big enough to stuff a dead hooker in it.
Question: What tactical light is used by the Navy SEALs on the M4? SEALs use a variety of lights depending on the situation.
Question: Do S.E.A.Ls wear plate carriers on all missions? No; they wear plate carriers / body armor depending on the mission.
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He grew up in Tallahassee, Florida and despite training all the wrong ways – made it to Navy SEAL training in Coronado, California.
He flunked out of Navy SEAL BUD/S training after making it over half way through (6 months of grueling training). After a year in the Fleet Navy on the USS Cleveland (LPD-7) he came back to graduate BUDS and serve on SEAL Team Four.
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