Weapons & Equipment

Standard Duty Weapon

Sig Sauer P229 DAK

Every agent is equipped with a standard sidearm and is expected to keep proficient with qualifications every six months. Agents are required to carry firearms on duty and off duty as sworn Federal Law Enforcement Officers. 

Agents are issued a Sig Sauer P229 DAK, a striker-fired semiautomatic pistol in .40 caliber, The pistol made by Sig Sauer’s US-Based facility has a 13-round magazine and a striker-fired weapon.


M-4A1 Mk 18 CQBR

Each agent also carries an m M-4A1 Mk 18 Assault rifle, in .223 in a secure mount; each rifle has an adjustable stock, an EOTech red dot sight with mounting for a flashlight. Each rifle uses 30-round magazines and is capable of 3-round burst fire and semiautomatic. These weapons are secured in a special safe in the trunk of their official vehicles.

The MK18 modification is called the Close Quarters Battle Reciever (CQBR). The MK18 is a replacement upper receiver for the M4A1 Carbine, developed by the US Navy. The CQBR features a barrel 10.3 in (262 mm) in length, similar to the Colt Commando short-barreled M16 variants of the past. This shorter barrel makes the weapon significantly more compact, making it easier to use in and around vehicles and tightly confined spaces. Special units such as commandos boarding ships and bodyguards for senior officers have found such shortened weapons very useful and use the CQB.

M4A1s are not carried off duty and are returned to the armory when not assigned a vehicle. 

NEW ORLEANS – A Coast Guard Maritime Security Response Team member stands to watch over a secured area as an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., flies overhead during a training exercise in the Gulf of Mexico. The MSRT is the Coast Guard’s advanced interdiction force for higher-risk law enforcement and counter-terrorism operations. This image has been altered for security purposes. USCG photo by PA1 Adam Eggers.


Each issued vehicle carries a Remington 870 12 gauge pump action shotgun with a ghost ring sight system and an under-barrel lighting system mounting. 

The shotgun has a 16-inch barrel and carries a variety of ammunition, including door breaching rounds, slug, and 00 buckshot rounds as needed. A standard load is 00 buckshot, and the weapon holds 5 rounds.

These weapons are issued one per team vehicle and not per agent. This weapon is stored in the weapons storage system in the vehicle’s trunk with each agent’s M4A1 MK18. When the vehicle is taken out of service, this weapon will be returned to the armory.

Agent’s Personal Equipment

Each agent is issued a US Coast Guard laptop with a CAC Card authenticator and an iPhone capable of hot spot connection for any official device. These are the only devices official duty-related communications, email access, or access to any secure/classified databases/materials may be accessed. Public WiFi networks may not be used without a VPN connection, and hotspots are preferred.

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Vehicle Equipment

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