On October 4th, 1993, gunfire still rocked Mogadishu, Somalia – the longest continuous firefight American troops had been involved in since Vietnam. Among these soldiers were members of C Squadron, 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta, known as Delta Force. Hailing from the highly secretive Joint Special Operations Command, these men, dubbed “operators,” were (and still are) considered some of the most elite special ops warfighters in the world.
A number of Delta’s operators wielded a rifle that has since been relegated to the history textbooks, collectors shelves, and the hearts of military cloners everywhere. Often referred to as CAR-15, this modular weapon represented a major step forward in both the special operations community, as well as the broader American combat arms forces as a whole.