primary weapon

primary weapon

[′prī‚mer·ē ′wep·ən]
(ordnance)
The principal arm of a combat unit; the rifle is the primary or basic weapon for an infantry rifle company, as compared with grenades or chemical projectiles, which are secondary or auxiliary weapons in such an organization.
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Because the primary weapon for the lancer regiment was the lance, the 17th was not issued with carbines but instead furnished with one of the most ungainly handguns ever to be carried by British troops, the Pattern 1842 Lancers Pistol.
Its primary weapon in the fight is a micro-thin layer of aluminized film bonded between the Land Shark's resilient, composite reinforced, ripstop material.
military has not changed its troops' primary weapon in 50 years.
Although the effective range of the colonists' and British regulars' smooth bore muskets was well under 100 yards, the advent of rifled firearms in the 1740s had already begun to extend the effective range and lethality of the Infantryman's primary weapon.
And since there are no effective treatment options-prevention becomes the alternate and essential primary weapon to combat the disease.
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Usually not a problem but on this occasion, you really do need surprise as your primary weapon.
The Chargers will not want to put their primary weapon at risk, so Darren Sproles, who had 127 yards and two touchdowns against the Lions, could fill in again.
Machetes were the primary weapon used by the Interahamwe militias in the Rwandan genocide, and were used by the Haitian Tonton Macoute.
Its primary weapon was its mouth and children can only imagine when they saw the skull what its 1.