Americans are rushing to find out what kind of gun killed Osama bin Laden, so that they can buy the same model. It’s an unusual and surprising move that shows how closely many in the US identify with the US special forces responsible for killing the world’s most wanted man.
There is also a rush to find out who fired the fatal shot that killed bin Laden, and what happened to the bullet. It’s gun porn!
The truthful answer is that it’s not clear, but we can make an informed guess. Special Ops teams use a variety of weapons beyond the traditional-issue M249 SAW Para models. For one thing, in Afghanistan and Pakistan there is a real problem with dust and fine particles getting into the mechanisms. For an operation against bin Laden, special forces will likely have used machine guns as well as the M16 assault rifle and the M4 carbine compact variant. It’s likely that one of these was the gun that killed Osama bin Laden.
As for the identity of the soldier who fired the shot, or shots, that killed the al-Qaida leader, it’s not known. If he is identified, he will likely become a US national hero. But in a firefight, it may be hard to identify who fired what and when. It’s also unclear how bin Laden died. Was it a single shot, or in a hail of bullets?
See also: Obituary – Osama bin Laden (1957-2011)