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This page gives a short list of small arms used by Communist forces in the Vietnam War. Irregular forces used both these weapons and anyi-communist forces weapons. For a list of other weapons see Weapons used by Vietnamese irregular forces.

Small armsEdit

Knives/bayonetsEdit

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Pistols & revolversEdit

Infantry riflesEdit

MP Inspects Captured AK-47 Vietnam

A U.S. Army M.P. inspects a Soviet AK-47 recovered in Vietnam in 1968.

  • AK-47 and AKM assault rifles (from the Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact countries)
  • Type 56 assault rifle (from the People's Republic of China)
  • SKS semi-automatic carbine, also known as Simonov
  • Vz. 58 assault rifle
  • SVD-63 semi-automatic marksman rifle, also known as the "Dragunov" sniper rifle
  • Mosin–Nagant bolt-action rifles and carbines (from the Soviet Union, Warsaw Pact countries, and the People's Republic of China)
  • Mauser Kar98k bolt-action rifle (many of the Mausers used by the VPA and the NLF were from rifles captured from the French during the First Indochina War and rifles provided to them by the Soviets as military aid)
  • Sturmgewehr 44 assault rifle (captured by the Soviets during World War II and provided to the VPA and the NLF as military aid)
  • Arisaka rifles (Captured from Japanese)
  • Type 63 assault rifle

Submachine gunsEdit

  • K-50M submachine gun
  • PPSh-41 submachine gun (both Soviet and Chinese versions)
  • MAT-49 submachine gun
  • Sa vz. 23 submachine gun
  • MP40 submachine gun (captured by the Soviets during World War II and provided to the VPA and the NLF as military aid)
  • PPS-43 submachine gun

ShotgunsEdit

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Machine gunsEdit

  • Degtyarev DP light machine gun
  • RPD light machine gun
  • RPK light machine gun
  • MG-34 light machine gun (captured by the Soviets during World War II and provided to the VPA and the NLF as military aid)
  • MG-42 light machine gun (captured by the Soviets during World War II and provided to the VPA and the NLF as military aid)
  • Uk vz. 59 general-purpose machine gun
  • DShK heavy machine gun
  • PM M1910 heavy machine gun
  • PK machine gun
  • Type 99 light machine gun used by irregular forces

Grenades and minesEdit

Grenade launchersEdit

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  • GP-25 - Grenade launcher for AKM.
  • RPG-2 - Shoulder fired rocket launcher.
  • RPG-7 - Shoulder fired rocket launcher.
  • Type 69 RPG - Shoulder fired rocket launcher.

FlamethrowersEdit

  • LPO-50 Flamethrower (limited use)

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