A Tactical Squad is a squad of Space Marines who are used as the flexible backbone of Space Marine chapters. Having previously served in both Assault and Devastator squads, Tactical Marines have experience in both heavy weapons and close quarters combat, and are thus ideal for any type of combat situation. Tactical Marines are armed with bolters for ranged combat and a bolt pistol and combat blade (most humans would consider it a short sword, but in Astartes hands it is a knife) for close combat. Some members will be armed with specialist weapons like a Flamer, Heavy Bolter, or Missile Launcher. The squad’s Brother-Sergeant will usually be armed with a chainsword, power weapon, or combi-weapon.