List of U.S. Army weapons by supply catalog designation

Wikipedia list article"Standard Nomenclature List" (SNL) redirects here. For other uses, see SNL (disambiguation).

This article is the overarching list of U.S. Army weapons and materiel by their historic SNL (Standard Nomenclature List) supply catalog designations — except the very long sub-lists of both group F and group G — these are not included here, but found in their separate list-class articles.

For group F (fire control, and sighting material), see List of U.S. Army fire control and sighting material by supply catalog designation.
For group G (tank / automotive materiel), see List of U.S. military vehicles by supply catalog designation

This is a historic (index) list of U.S. Army weapons and materiel, by their Standard Nomenclature List (SNL) group and individual designations — an alpha-numeric nomenclature system used in the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps Supply Catalogues used from about 1930 to about 1958. The July 1943 Ordnance Publications For Supply Index – OPSI – (page2) explains that the "Index of Standard Nomenclature Lists (...) covers – by groups, and subdivisions of groups – all classes of equipment and supplies, assigned to the Ordnance Department for procurement, storage, issue, and maintenance."
The designations in this Wikipedia list represent so-called "major items". For each of the major items, there were separate, designated "Standard Nomenclature Lists" — extensive parts catalogs for supply and repair purposes.

In essence, the index was a list of lists. There could be numerous volumes, changes, and updates under each single item designation.

According to the Corps' Ordnance Publications for Supply Index of July 1943:

  • Groups 'A' through 'N' covered "General Ordnance Supplies"; including
    • group 'F' (Fire control, and sighting material), and
    • group 'G' (Tank / Automotive materiel)
  • Groups 'P' through 'T' covered "Ammunition" – for which there was an additional AIC code
  • Group 'Z' was for "Captured Enemy Material", and
  • Group 'OGS' indicated "Obsolete General Supplies".
  • Group "Y", for 'Guided Missiles, guidance and control, launching, transporting, radio-controlled, and handling material, was added after July 1943


  • 1 War Department Catalog
  • 2 Group "A" Material
  • 3 Group "B" Material
  • 4 Group "C" Material
  • 5 Group "D" Material
  • 6 Group "E" Material
  • 7 Group "F" Material
  • 8 Group "G" Material
  • 9 Group "H" Material
  • 10 Group "I" Material
  • 11 Group "J" Material
  • 12 Group "K" Material
  • 13 Group "L" Material
  • 14 Group "M" Material
  • 15 Group "N" Material
  • 16 Group "O" Material
  • 17 Group "P" Material
  • 18 Group "Q" Material
  • 19 Group "R" Material
  • 20 Group "S" Material
  • 21 Group "T" Material
  • 22 Group "U" Material
  • 23 Group "V" Material
  • 24 Group "W" Material
  • 25 Group "X" Material
  • 26 Group "Y" Material
  • 27 Group "Z" material
  • 28 See also
  • 29 Reference notes
  • 30 References, general
  • 31 External links

War Department Catalog

  • WD CAT. ORD 1 Introduction to Ordnance catalog
  • WD CAT. ORD 2 Index to Ordnance supply catalog
  • WD CAT. ORD 3 list of items for issue to troops, posts, camps, and stations.
  • WD CAT. ORD 4 Allowances of expendable supplies
  • WD CAT. ORD 5 Stock list of items
  • WD CAT. ORD 5-1 Numerical index of manufactures part numbers, and drawing numbers
  • WD CAT. ORD 6 Tools, and tool sets
  • WD CAT. ORD 7 Organizational Maintenance Allowances.
  • WD CAT. ORD 8 Field and Depot Maintenance Allowances.
  • WD CAT. ORD 9 List... more
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