Listed below is some of the weaponary used by the Canadian Armed Forces in Afghanistan. Special thanks to the Department of National Defense for the use of the text descriptions and images. For more information, please refer to the website of the Canadian Armed Forces.

9mm_browning.jpgBROWNING 9-MM PISTOL

The Browning 9-mm pistol is carried by officers and soldiers who require a sidearm that can be rapidly drawn and fired, even in confined spaces.

c13-grenade.jpgC13 GRENADE

The C13 grenade is used primarily by the infantry to clear trenches and enclosed areas such as bunkers and buildings.

870-shotgun-sm2.jpg870 SHOTGUN

The 870 Shotgun is a pump-action weapon used by soldiers in the field.

c7a_assaultRifle.jpgC7A1 ASSAULT RIFLE

The C7A1 assault rifle is a personal weapon for most soldiers both in Canada and on operational missions around the world. The weapon is a Canadian adaptation of the U.S. firearm known as the M-16. It is capable of being equipped with a grenade launcher, laser pointer, and a night vision sight.

c9a-light-machine-gun.jpgC9A LIGHT MACHINE GUN
The best thing about the C9 is that it is light, but can still fire between 700 and 1000 rounds per minute. This makes it an ideal weapon to provide extra firepower to light infantry units.

m72_short-anti-amour.jpgM72 SHORT ANTI-ARMOUR WEAPON
The M72 is a light, anti-armour weapon that can be used by a single soldier to destroy enemy combat vehicles and fortifications. The 66-mm warhead can penetrate up to 300 mm of armour.

m19_60mm_mortar.jpg60-MM MORTAR (M19)
The 60-mm mortar is used by the infantry to lob explosive shells at well-protected hostile locations. The weapon can also fire illumination rounds to light up the battlefield at night, and smoke rounds to provide concealment during the day.

This weapon is used at short ranges and is capable of destroying virtually any modern tank on the battlefield.


The purpose of Canada's LAV III is to transport infantry on the battlefield while providing defensive protection and offensive firepower. The LAV III is armed with a 25 mm stabilized cannon, and is capable of speeds of up to 100 km/h.