A Marine's standard weapon is a M16A2 assault rifle. But privates may also be issued with an M203, which is an M16 with a grenade launcher, or the M249 squad automatic weapon, with is a machine gun equipped with a bi-pod.
Ammunition is carried either in the form of magazines, chainlinks or drums and gun cleaning equipment is also essential. Bayonets and knives are also carried.
Basic rifle: Variant on the AK Assault Rifle. The Tabuk 7.62mm AKM, made in Iraq. Also used: Version of the Yugoslav M72B1 light machine gun, known as the al-Quds, made under licence in Iraq.