List of weapons by the Provisional Irish Republican Army

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List of weapons used by the Provisional Irish Republican Army during The Troubles (1969-1997).

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During the initial phase of The Troubles (1969-1972), the Provisinal IRA was poorly equipped and primarily used weapons from World War II. Beginning in the 1970s, the Provisional IRA began importing modern weapons from supporters in the United States, Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, and arms dealers in Europe, America, the Middle East and elsewhere.

Small arms[edit]

Model Image Caliber Type Origin Details
Pistols
Beretta 92 Beretta 92 FS.gif 9×19mm Parabellum Pistol  Italy
Browning Hi-Power High power Inglis (6971784217).jpg 9×19mm Parabellum Pistol  Belgium
Glock 17 Glock 17 2nd Gen.jpg 9×19mm Parabellum Pistol  Austria
Luger P08 [1]] Luger P08 (6971793777).jpg 9×19mm Parabellum Pistol  Germany
M1911 M1911A1.png .45 ACP Pistol  United States
Webley Revolver Webley IMG 6789.jpg .455 Webley Revolver  United Kingdom
Rifles
Lee–Enfield Lee Enfield No.4.png .303 British Bolt action rifle  United Kingdom
M1 carbine[2] M1 Carbine Mk I - USA - Armémuseum.jpg .30 Carbine Semi-automatic Carbine  United States
M1 Garand M1-Garand-Rifle.jpg .30-06 Springfield Semi-automatic rifle  United States
SKS Simonov-SKS-45.JPG 7.62×39mm Semi-automatic rifle  Soviet Union Limited usage.
AR-15 Colt AR-15 SP1 Swedish Army Museum 001-2.jpg 5.56×45mm NATO Semi-automatic rifle  United States
AR-18 AR-18.jpg 5.56×45mm NATO [[[Semi-automatic rifle]]  United States Smuggled to Ireland by the Harrison Network.[3]
Heckler & Koch G3 G3a3 edit.png 7.62×51mm NATO Battle rifle  Germany
FN FAL FN-FAL belgian.jpeg 7.62×51mm NATO Battle rifle  Belgium
L1A1 Self-Loading Rifle SLRL1A1.jpg 7.62×51mm NATO Battle rifle  United Kingdom
M14 Rifle M14 Stand-off Munitions Disruptor (SMUD) (7414626342).jpg 7.62×51mm NATO Battle rifle  United States
Assault rifles
AK-47 AK47.jpg 7.62×39mm Assault rifle  Soviet Union Provided by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
AKM Akm rifle fullstock.jpg 7.62×39mm Assault rifle  Soviet Union Provided by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
Type 56 Norinco type 56.jpg 7.62×39mm Assault rifle  People's Republic of China Chinese variant of the Russian AK-47 and AKM. Provided by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
PM md. 63 PM md. 63.jpg 7.62×39mm Assault rifle Romania Socialist Republic of Romania Romanian variant of Russian AK-47 and AKM. Provided by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
vz. 58 Sa 58-JH01.jpg 7.62×39mm Assault Rifle Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
M16 M16a2-final.png 5.56×45mm NATO Assault rifle  United States
FN FNC FNC IMG 1527.jpg 5.56×45mm NATO Assault rifle  Belgium
Sniper rifles
Barrett M82 M82A1 barrett.jpeg 50 BMG Anti-materiel rifle  United States Used during the South Armagh Sniper campaign
Barrett M90 50 BMG Anti-materiel rifle  United States Used during the South Armagh Sniper campaign.
Submachine guns
Thompson submachine gun Submachine gun M1928 Thompson.jpg .45 ACP Submachine Gun  United States
M3 submachine gun M3-SMG.jpg .45 ACP Submachine Gun  United States
Sten Pistolet maszynowy STEN, Muzeum Orła Białego.jpg 9×19mm Parabellum Submachine Gun  United Kingdom
MP-40 MP 40 AYF 3.JPG 9×19mm Parabellum Submachine Gun Nazi GermanyNazi Germany
Sterling submachine gun Sterling SMG2.JPG 9×19mm Parabellum Submachine Gun  United Kingdom
Sa vz. 23 Samopal Vz 25.JPG 7.62×25mm Tokarev Submachine gun Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
Uzi Uzi 1.jpg 9×19mm Parabellum Submachine Gun  Israel
MAC-10 MAC10.jpg .45 ACP Submachine Gun  United States
Beretta M12 M12S Beretta.jpg 9×19mm Parabellum Submachine Gun  Italy
MP5 Hkmp5count-terr-wiki.jpg 9×19mm Parabellum Submachine Gun  Germany
Vigneron submachine gun Vigneron machine gun IMG 1529nc.jpg 9×19mm Parabellum Submachine gun  Belgium
Machine guns
Bren light machine gun Bren1.jpg .303 British Light machine gun  United Kingdom
FN MAG FN MAG.jpg 7.62×51mm General-purpose machine gun  Belgium
M60 [4] M60GPMG.jpeg 7.62×51mm NATO General-purpose machine gun  United States
DShK Doushka desert.jpg 12.7×108mm Heavy machine gun  Soviet Union
M2 Browning M2 Browning, Musée de l'Armée.jpg .50 BMG Heavy machine gun  United States
M1919 Browning Browning M1919a.png .30-06 Medium machine gun  United States

Explosives[edit]

Model Image Type Origin Details
IED Semtex H 1.jpg Improvised explosive device  Ireland Often using ANFO or Semtex.
Molotov cocktail Euromaidan in Kiev 2014-02-19 11-43.jpg Incendiary device  Ireland

Anti-tank weapons[edit]

Model Image Diameter Type Origin Details
RPG-7[5] RPG-7 detached.jpg 40 mm (launcher only, warhead diameter varies) Rocket-propelled grenade  Soviet Union

Anti-aircraft weapons[edit]

Model Image Diameter Type Origin Details
9K32 Strela-2 SA-7.jpg 72 mm Man-portable air-defense system  Soviet Union Designated SA-7 Grail by NATO. Provided by Libya.

Flamethrowers[edit]

Model Image Type Origin Details
LPO-50 [6] LPO-50 Flamethrower description.jpg Flamethrower  Soviet Union

Mortars[edit]

Model Image Diameter Type Origin Details
Mk 15 Barrack Buster Barrack buster feb 2010.jpg 320 MM Improvised mortar  Ireland

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Martin McGuinness using a Luger pistol".
  2. ^ "Families Acting for Innocent Relatives (FAIR)". Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  3. ^ https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/ira/inside/weapons.html
  4. ^ Christopher Dobson and Ronald Payne (1982). The Terrorists: Their Weapons, Leaders, and Tactics. Facts on File. pp. 119–120. ISBN 0871966689.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)
  5. ^ Cite error: The named reference janes-20160408 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  6. ^ US Congress (Jul 28, 2011). Congressional Record. Washington: Government Printing Office. p. 1404.