Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah

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Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)

Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah is the 18th entry in the Toho produced Godzilla film series and third in the Heisei era. A group of time travellers from XXIII century appear in modern days Japan. They claim that in future Godzilla would completely destroy Japan, and that the only way to defeat the monster is to prevent its "birth" in past. Together with several scientists the voyagers from future travel back in time to February 1944 when on a remote island in Pacific a relict dinosaur known as Godzillasaurus attacks American troops and thus saves a small Japanese unit. The gravely wounded dinosaur is transferred away from its time, thus Godzilla seems to be erased from history. But this activities lead to appearance of another kaiju, three-headed dragonlike King Ghidorah.

The following weapons were used in the film Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah:


Submachine Guns

Thompson M1928A1

During the battle for Lagos Island in 1944 American troops use Thompson M1928A1 SMGs. The guns are replicas that differ by oversized fake Cutts compensators.

M1928A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine - .45 ACP. This specimen has the sling swivel relocated to the top of the stock, a modification often made to Thompsons in British service.
Soldiers at the left hold Thompsons.
Two soldiers fire their Thompsons.
A soldier fires at Godzillasaurus.
A Thompson is seen on the ground.

Thompson M1A1

What appears to be a version of Thompson M1A1 with Cutts compensator is also seen in hands of an American soldier.

M1A1 Thompson with 20-round magazine and Cutts compensator - .45 ACP
A Thompson in hands of a soldier at the background has M1A1 style noted rear sight guard.

M3/M3A1 "Grease Gun"

In the same scene some soldiers carry M3 / M3A1 "Grease Gun" SMGs.

M3A1 "Grease Gun" - .45 ACP
A group of soldiers under the strike of Godzillasaurus' tail. One of them is armed with M1 Carbine while the other holds a "Grease Gun". It looks more like M3A1 as it lacks a cocking lever.
A soldier holds a "Grease Gun".

Rifles and Assault Rifles

Arisaka Type 38

During the battle for Lagos Island in 1944 Japanese Imperial soldiers carry Arisaka Type 38 rifles.

Arisaka Type 38 rifle - 6.5x50mmSR Arisaka
Japanese soldiers in attack.
A soldier watches in awe as Godzillasaurus appears from jungles.
Japanese soldiers stand in formation, giving honor to the fallen giant.

M1 Carbine

During the battle for Lagos Island in 1944 most American soldiers are armed with M1 Carbines. Some replicas are fitted with bayonet lugs but of incorrect size and shape.

World War II Era M1 Carbine, with Dark Walnut Stock, 'L' peep sight and no bayonet lug - .30 Carbine - correct for most of WWII, shown with khaki sling and oiler and a period twin magazine pouch for buttstock
American soldiers attack with M1 Carbines in hands.
Soldiers fire at Godzillasaurus without any effect.
Godzillasaurus hits a group of soldiers with his tail.
Another group of soldiers under the tail strike. One of them is armed with M1 Carbine while the other holds an M3A1 "Grease Gun".


JSDF personnel are armed with M16s.

The MGC M16 Assault rifle: a non firing metal replica built by the Model Gun Corp of Japan
Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah-M16-2.jpg
Soldiers behind high officials hold M16s.
Soldiers with M16s on street of Tokio during Godzilla's attack.

Machine Guns

Browning M1919A4

During the battle for Lagos Island in 1944 American troops use a Browning M1919A4 machine gun.

Browning M1919A4 on an M2 tripod, pre 1943 model with bolt latch - .30-06 Springfield
M1919 fires. A pink muzzle blast is typical for flashpaper guns, used in Japanese cinema.
Another view of M1919.

Type 99

During the battle for Lagos Island in 1944 Japanese Imperial troops use a Type 99 Light Machine Gun.

Type 99 light machine gun - 7.7x58mm Arisaka
A Type 99 machine gun supports the attack of Japanese infantry.

Type 62 Machine Gun

A Type 62 machine gun is mounted on Type 82 command and communications vehicle.

Sumitomo NTK-62 mounted on tripod 7.62x51mm NATO
A Type 62 machine gun is seen mounted on a Type 82 CCV (in the middle).

Sumitomo M2HB Machine Gun

Sumitom M2HB heavy machine guns are mounted on various armored vehicles.

Browning M2HB on vehicle mount - .50 BMG
A blurry view of an M2HB, mounted on Type 75 MLRS (at the right).
M2HB machine guns are mounted on Type 74 MBTs and a Type 82 CCV.

Phalanx CIWS

JMSDF DDH-142 Hiei helicopter carrying destroyer is armed with a pair of Phalanx CIWS systems.

Phalanx Block 1 CIWS - 20x102mm
A pair of Phalanx CIWS systems is seen on both sides on the superstructure.

Other Weapons

Mk 2 Hand Grenade

During the battle for Lagos Island in 1944 some American soldiers carry Mk 2 hand grenades.

Mk 2 "Pineapple" High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
A Thompson-wielding soldier at the left has a Mk 2 grenade, attached to shoulder straps.
A soldier with a "Grease Gun" carries a pair of Mk 2 grenades.

Super Bazooka

During the battle for Lagos Island in 1944 American troops use M20 "Super Bazooka" launchers. The screen used replicas are slightly different from original weapon.

M20 "Super Bazooka" with rocket - 3.5"
A pair of soldiers fire Bazooka launchers.
A close view of the muzzle.
A soldier fires at Godzillasaurus.



Several Type 74 MBTs and a Type 82 CCV.
8 inch M110 Self-Propelled Howitzer.
Another view of M110.
Type 75 MLRS


JMSDF DDH-142 Hiei helicopter carrying destroyer.
127-mm Mk 42 naval gun on a JMSDF ship.

See Also

The Godzilla Film Franchise
Shōwa Era Godzilla (1954)  •  Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster (1964)  •  Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (1966)  •  Son of Godzilla (1967)  •  Destroy All Monsters (1968)  •  Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972)
Heisei Era The Return of Godzilla (1984)  •  Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989)  •  Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)  •  Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth (1992)  •  Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994)  •  Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995)
Millennium Era Godzilla 2000 (1999)  •  Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000)  •  Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001)  •  Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002)  •  Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003)  •  Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)
Resurgence Shin Godzilla (2016)
American Produced Godzilla (1998)  •  Godzilla (2014)

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