First Blood

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First Blood
First blood poster.jpg
Theatrical Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Ted Kotcheff
Release Date 1982
Distributor Orion Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
John Rambo Sylvester Stallone
Colonel Sam Trautman Richard Crenna

First Blood is the 1982 action film that introduced the character of John Rambo to the silver screen. Based on a David Morrell novel, the film stars Sylvester Stallone as Rambo, a former Green Beret and decorated Vietnam veteran who takes on a small town when the sheriff (Brian Dennehy) pushes him over the edge. Stallone would reprise the Rambo character in three sequels. In the United States, the film is known just as First Blood, while internationally and on some video releases, it is known as Rambo: First Blood.

The following weapons were used in the film First Blood:



Machine Guns


An M60 machine gun is the major weapon used by John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) in the film. He first removes it from the back of a National Guard truck and uses it to shoot up various stores in town, including the police station.

M60 Machine Gun - 7.62x51mm NATO.
Rambo removes the M60 from the personnel truck.
John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) carries the M60 and extra ammo as he prepares to set a gas station on fire.
Rambo uses the M60 to take down a power transformer.
Rambo fires at the transformer.
Rambo with the M60.
Rambo fires the M60 on the police station.
Rambo continues to shoot up the station with his M60.



Several of Teasle's deputies use AR-15/SP1 rifles as noted by their slab-side receivers lacking a forward assist. When fired in the film the guns are semi-automatic, further hinting they are civilian guns. When the guns fire fully automatic, they switch to M16A1s.

Slab Side M16 (AR-15/SP1) with M16A1-style flash hider - 5.56x45mm.
Deputy Balford (Michael Talbott) with his AR-15/SP1. Note the lack of a forward assist.
A clear shot of the receiver of the AR-15/SP1 carried by Balford (Michael Talbott).
Sheriff Will Teasle (Brian Dennehy) with the AR-15/SP1 while on the roof of the police station.
Teasle fires his AR-15/SP1 at Rambo.


M16A1 rifles are used by several members of the National Guard as well as by law enforcement while they hunt down John Rambo. These guns replace the AR-15/SP1 when the officers fire fully-automatic. Rambo returns fire on the National Guard with a captured M16A1.

M16A1 with 20 round magazine - 5.56x45mm.
Deputy Shingleton (David L. Crowley) takes aim with his M16A1.
Rambo returns fire on the National Guard with the rifle.
National Guard Lt. Clinton Morgan (Patrick Stack) with his M16A1.

Heckler & Koch HK93

A Heckler & Koch HK93 is used by Sheriff Will Teasle (Brian Dennehy) when he and his deputies hunt for Rambo in the forest. The HK93 noted by its curved box magazine and full stock.

H&K HK93-A2 Full stock rifle - 5.56x45mm.
Teasle aims his HK93.
A good shot of the HK93.
Teasle armed with his HK93.
A shot showing the curved magazine on Teasle's HK93.

Remington 700

A Remington 700 is held by the young boy who is confronted by Rambo in the forest.

Remington 700 .308 Winchester
Young boy holds the Remington 700.

Winchester Model 88

Deputy Sgt. Arthur Galt (Jack Starrett) first attempts to fire his Winchester Model 88 lever-action rifle at Rambo during his escape from the station. While riding in a helicopter, Galt is later seen attempting to snipe Rambo with the rifle. Rambo kills two dobermans with the rifle and wounds their owner before it runs out of cartridges.

Winchester Model 88 in .243, .284, .308 or .356 Winchester caliber (gun in film has scope).
Deputy Sgt. Arthur Galt (Jack Starrett) first attempts to fire his Winchester Model 88 lever-action rifle at Rambo during his escape from the station.
Galt readies his Winchester Model 88.
Galt fires his Winchester Model 88 at Rambo.

Winchester 1894 Saddle Ring Carbine

Seen briefly in the gun shop on a rack is a Winchester 1894 Saddle Ring Carbine.

Winchester '94 Saddle Ring Carbine - .30-30.
The Winchester '94 Saddle Ring Carbine sits on the rack, circled in red.


Smith & Wesson Model 66

Sheriff Will Teasle (Brian Dennehy) uses a Smith & Wesson Model 66 as his service weapon.

Smith & Wesson Model 66 - .357 Magnum
Smith & Wesson Model 66 in Sheriff Will Teasle's holster.
Teasle climbs onto the roof of the police station with his Smith & Wesson Model 66 in hand.
A Model 66 also appears in the gun store, likely the same gun.

Smith & Wesson Model 10

An officer can be seen briefly firing what looks like a Smith & Wesson Model 10 with a tapered barrel at Rambo when he drives the stolen National Guard truck.

Smith & Wesson Model 10 - .38 special.
An officer fires his Model 10 at Rambo in the National Guard truck.
Another shot of the Model 10.

Remington 1858

Seen briefly in a glass gun case is a Remington 1858 New Army percussion revolver. Behind it sits a Starr 1858 Army revolver. To the left looks like Teasle's Smith & Wesson Model 66.

Remington 1858 .44 caliber.
Starr 1858 - .36/.44 caliber.
The Remington 1858 sits in the case along with the Starr 1858 and the Model 66.

Colt M1911A1

In an alternate ending, Rambo has Col. Trautman (Richard Crenna) kill him with his Colt M1911A1 sidearm. Trautman aims the gun away, but Rambo jams it to the gut and kills himself. This scene was viewed as a nightmare sequence in the 2008 sequel Rambo.

Colt M1911A1 - .45 ACP.
Rambo pulls out Trautman's Colt M1911A1.
Rambo chambers Trautman's ColtM1911A1.
Trautman is forced by Rambo to shoot him in the gut, killing him.


Remington 870 Police Magnum

Kern (Bill McKinney) can briefly be seen armed with a Remington 870 Police Magnum.

Remington 870 Police Magnum with extended magazine tube - 12 gauge.
To the right of Rambo, Kern (Bill McKinney) can briefly be seen armed with a Remington 870 Police Magnum.

12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun

A hunter is seen firing what appears to be a Double Barreled Shotgun into the air when a young boy is confronted by Rambo in the forest.

J. Stevens and Company Side by Side Shotgun (Circa 1878) exposed hammers and designed to fire Black Powder shotgun shells - 12 Gauge
A hunter fires his shotgun into the air.



Earl, a National Guard soldier, uses his M72 LAW to destroy the entrance to the mine after a shootout with Rambo.

M72A2 LAW - 66mm. The "Empty" marking makes it clear this is a spent tube.
Earl aims his M72 LAW.
Earl fires his M72 LAW.

Teasle's Gun Cabinet

Teasle keeps several rifles in his cabinet.

Teasle opens his cabinet.

Rambo's Survival Knife

Not a gun, but still the star of the Rambo films, Rambo's knife is a survival knife with a screw open hilt butt filled with a suture needle and thread, a compass, and has gnarled teeth to cut barbed wire. It is so sharp it can cut paper like butter. The knife for this movie, and its sequel Rambo: First Blood Part II were designed by famed knife-smith Jimmy Lile.

Reproduction Rambo knife.
"What do you hunt with a knife?" Teasle asks while holding the weapon. "Name it", responds Rambo.
Galt slices a piece of paper with ease with Rambo's knife.
Rambo with his knife during a confrontation in the woods.
Rambo holds his knife to the National Guard truck driver.

See Also

Rambo Franchise
Films First Blood (1982)  •  First Blood Part II (1985)  •  Rambo III (1988)  •  Rambo (2008)   •  Last Blood (2019)
Video Game Rambo: The Video Game (2013)

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