I recently posted an article with my Top Five Firearms and get a lot of positive feedback. One word a few people innocently changed in their comments was the word “firearms” for the word “weapons.” So I wanted to address the difference here and give you my list of the top five weapons I would choose to go into battle.
First the definitions –
Firearm ˈfī(ə)rˌärm/ (noun) rifle, pistol or other portable gun
Weapon ˈwepən/ (noun) a means of gaining an advantage or defending oneself in a conflict or contest
Now that you have the definitions, lets look at a few of the most important weapon systems on the modern battlefield.
Mindset is one of the largest sections in my new shooting book for good reason. In reality, you (your mind) is the weapon and anything you use to defeat your enemy is just a tool. Without the mind, any other weapon would be completely useless. When you train to use weapons, what are you really training? Your mind! And what gives you the advantage over your adversary? Yes, the warrior’s mindset – the ultimate weapon!
As Navy SEALS, we’re not rogue assassins, we’re part of an elite TEAM, part of a BROTHERHOOD, part of something much, much bigger than ourselves and something that is FORGED by living, training, sweating and bleeding together. Without our teammates we would be nothing. ALL of our training, all of our POWER and SUCCESS comes from the TEAM.
Your Support Staff
Yes, Navy SEALS are the tip of the spear – But how lethal is the tip without its STAFF? The tip is sharp, yes, but it can’t do ANYTHING without a driving force behind it. For a weapon to be lethal it needs to not only be able to inflict harm on its enemy – it needs to be able to find its enemy and sustain its operations, it needs…support.
The AC130H “Spectre” Aerial Gunship
Never before in combat have we been able to “reach out and touch someone” like we can today with the AC130. It’s easier than calling for pizza delivery – and they never screw up your order. I can’t even describe the feeling of POWER you get from driving through the streets of a country that doesn’t want you there, knowing there is an aircraft directly above you just waiting for you key your mic and give them some task direction.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or UAVs are a force multiplier for SEALs and enable an exponential increase in our ability to find, fix, and finish targets. They work in the same way that I worked as sniper – able to infiltrate the target unnoticed and gather key intelligence to make each SEAL operation that much more successful. By embracing the, “humans are more important than hardware,” mentality, SEALS have continued to redefine the art of warfare on the modern battlefield with this weapon system.
About the Author
Chris “Snowman” Sajnog is a retired Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer, bestselling author, speaker and owner of Center Mass Group, LLC – a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business in San Diego, CA. Chris commands an unparalleled level of respect when it comes to weapons and tactical training. He was hand selected by Navy Special Warfare Command to develop the curriculum for the current US Navy SEAL Sniper training program. As a Navy SEAL he was the senior sniper instructor, a certified Master Training Specialist (MTS), BUD/S and advanced training marksmanship instructor. He is currently a DOD and DHS certified Counter-Terrorism, Law Enforcement and Advanced Marksmanship Instructor. Chris has trained DOD, DHS, FBI, CIA, Law Enforcement and multiple foreign allies in all aspects of combat weapons handling, marksmanship and tactics.