1968 Tunnel Rats

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1968 Tunnel Rats (2009)

1968 Tunnel Rats is a 2009 Vietnam War film directed by the infamous Uwe Boll. As typical for Uwe Boll films, there is a lot to criticize, though the movie itself has mixed reviews (some reviewers actually think Boll is getting better(!)). It appears that not a lot of thought was put into accurately portraying Vietnam War-era uniforms and gear for the film. Being filmed in South Africa (standing in for Vietnam), US soldiers wear green South African cotton uniforms (as seen in Red Scorpion in the guise of Russian and Cuban soldiers), their shoulder patches are bright and not subdued (subdued insignia was common by 1968) and the helmet covers are Woodland BDU, not the M59 "Vine Leaf / USMC reversible" pattern which is correct for Vietnam.


The following weapons were used in the film 1968 Tunnel Rats:

Contents

Rifles

Colt AR-15 Sporter Carbine

Sgt. Mike Heaney (Brad Schmidt) and Cpl. Dan Green (Wilson Bethel) carry the Colt AR-15 Sporter Carbine rifles.

Colt Sporter II Carbine with 20 round magazine. Colt model #R-6420. Colt still insisted on using the SP1 style lower receiver so any rifle that looks like this but has the ribbing around the magazine release button is not a Colt rifle. Variants of this rifle have both the round and tear drop forward assist buttons, however, most of the early years of production had the tear drop button, like this rifle in the photo - - 5.56x45mm
Cpl. Dan Green (Wilson Bethel) carries a Colt AR-15 Sporter Carbine as he greets the new arrivals.
Sgt. Mike Heaney (Brad Schmidt) gives the order to saddle up, holding his Sporter Carbine.
Sgt. Heaney aims his Sporter Carbine down a tunnel.
A US soldier fires his Sporter Carbine during the NVA attack.

M16

The original model M16 are used at the beginning of the film during the chopper disembarkation by Pvt. Terence Verano (Rocky Marquette) and other soldiers. As with the other rifles in the film, it can be seen on occasion with anachronistic 30-round magazines.

The original M16, the first version, firing in a 20-round magazine, adopted in large numbers by the U.S. Air Force in Vietnam. This has the original 3-prong flash hider. It would later be replaced by the upgraded M16A1 - 5.56x45mm
Pvt. Terence Verano (Rocky Marquette) with an M16 during the Chopper ride. This gives a good shot of the ALICE suspenders, that are used by many soldiers in the movie, and that are obviously wrong for the period depicted.
A US soldier hauling a body bag carries an M16.

M16A1/XM16E1

Most of the US Soldiers carry the updated M16A1 as well as the earlier variant XM16E1 rifles, including Lt. Vic Hollowborn (Michael Paré), Pvt. Samuel Graybridge (Brandon Fobbs), Pvt. Terence Verano (Rocky Marquette) Pvt. Jim Lidford (Nate Parker) and Pvt. Bob Miller (Jeffrey Christopher Todd).

M16A1 with 20 round magazine. What distinguishes it from the original M16 was the addition of a raised rib around the magazine release button, changing of the forward Receiver pins, and the addition of the forward assist button on the upper receiver - 5.56x45mm
M16A1 with A2 style handguards. Putting the distinctive A2 handguards on the older rifle was a method used by Movie/TV armorers to simulate A2 rifles when M16A1s were the only ones available. The same thing has been done vice-versa, Using M16A2's with A1 handguards for Vietnam War B Movies - 5.56x45mm
XM16E1 rifle with 20 round magazine. What distinguishes it from the original M16 was the addition of the forward assist button and a chrome bolt carrier (which was later dropped with the M16A1) - 5.56x45mm
Graybridge on watch with his XM16E1.
Lt. Vic Hollowborn (Michael Paré) fires an XM16E1 during the NVA attack on the US Camp.
Graybridge fires at pursuing NVA at full automatic.
Pvt. Bob Miller (Jeffrey Christopher Todd) with his XM16E1.
Miller tries to clear a jam on his XM16E1.

M16A2

During the scene where a captured NVA soldier is hung, a soldier can be seen with an anachronistic M16A2 rifles, identified by the heavy barrel. M16A2 did not enter U.S. Army service until 1989.

M16A2 Rifle - 5.56x45mm
Pvt. Terence Verano (Rocky Marquette) and Pvt. Jim Lidford (Nate Parker) lugging M16A2 rifles on patrol.
Pvt. Samuel Graybridge (Brandon Fobbs) carries an M16A2 rifle and anachronistic 30-round magazines.
Lidford scans the jungle with his M16A2.
A Soldier rests an M16A2 rifle on his chest.
The M16A2, identified by its heavy barrel, can be seen in the center of the image.

Vektor R5 (Modified to Resemble AK-47)

NVA soldiers use what appear to be at first glance AK-47 rifles. However, based on their 5.56 magazines and angled Valmet-style receiver design, these rifles are actually Vektor R5 rifles modified to resemble Kalashnikovs. Similar weapons have appeared in other movies made in South Africa, such as District 9 or Chris Ryan's Strike Back.

Vektor R5, 5.56x45mm

AK-47

Most NLF soldiers, including Vo Mai (Jane Le), Huy Tran (Scott Ly) and Nguyen Van Chien (John Wynn) use R5s modified to look like the AK-47.

Type III AK-47 with cleaning rod removed and laminated stock - 7.62x39mm
Vo Mai (Jane Le) carries a faux AK-47.
An NLF soldier fires a faux AK-47.
Huy Tran (Scott Ly) and Nguyen Van Chien (John Wynn) with Vektor R5/AK-47 rifles.
Nguyen aims his faux AK-47.
Nguyen loads a magazine.
Huy on patrol with his R5/AK-47.
Nguyen aims his R5/AK-47. Note the angled receiver design and differently shaped indentation that distinguishes the rifle as a R5.
Nguyen fires his R5/AK-47 on semi-automatic mode.
A NVA soldier tries to clear a jam on his rifle.
Huy struggles to load his weapon.

AKS-47

A NVA soldier is seen with a R5 that has been made to look like an AKS-47 with a folding stock.

AKS-47 - 7.62x39mm
An NVA soldier fires an AKS-47.
A clear view of the folding stock as the NVA soldier is gunned down.

Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine

A Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine can be seen in Vo Mai's (Jane Le) dugout in the tunnels.

Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine. This is the version issued during most of World War 2, the M44 would not be fielded until the last six months of the war. Note slightly shorter barrel, lack of brass reinforcements in the Sling holes and lack of bayonet notch in the stock - 7.62x54R
A Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine sits against a wall in Vo Mai's (Jane Le) dugout.
Another shot of the M38 Carbine against the wall.

Machine Guns

M60 Machine Gun

The M60 Machine Gun is used by Pvt. Jim Lidford (Nate Parker) and Pvt. Dean Garraty (Adrian Collins). A soldier uses one during the NVA attack on the base camp. Note that every operator fires it one handed - a difficult feat.

M60 Machine Gun with bipod extended - 7.62x51mm NATO
Pvt. Dean Garraty (Adrian Collins) with the M60 Machine Gun.
The M60, now the responsibility of Pvt. Jim Lidford (Nate Parker), leans against a fallen log.
Lidford picks up the M60 when he and Pvt. Peter Harris (Mitch Eakins) are ambushed by the NVA.
Lidford firing the M60 one-handed in Rambo mode as he shows us his war face.
A Soldier defending the camp perimeter opens up with an M60.
The Soldier fires his M60 before being gunned down by an NVA solider. With scenes like these, you'd think that US Soldiers were trained to fire LMG's one-handed.

Browning M2HB

A Browning M2HB is seen mounted in the camp perimeter. The gunner is killed before he can use it.

Browning M2HB on vehicle mount - .50 BMG
A US soldier loading a Browning M2HB. Here you see, on the black soldier on the left, another equipment massively used in the movie: the Webbing P58, that is BRITISH...one could expect that at least nationality, if not the model, would have been right, but hey that's Uwe Boll!
A US soldier manning the M2HB as his comrade's brains are blown out behind him. Apparently he doesn't notice this, or the raging firefight around him. According to Vietnam War movie logic, he's probably high. He certainly looks it.
The unmanned M2HB swings from its mount as Nguyen Van Chien (John Wynn) decides the soldier isn't dead enough, and proceeds to posthumously dismember him. One would hate to think what would happen to the poor bastard if Nguyen got him alive.
Nguyen, in overkill mode, fires his Norinco Type 84S next to the M2HB.

Shotguns

Smith & Wesson Model 916A

Pvt. Peter Harris (Mitch Eakins) carries a Smith & Wesson Model 916A shotgun as his personal-issue weapon.

Smith & Wesson Model 916A - 12 gauge
Pvt. Peter Harris (Mitch Eakins) holding his Smith & Wesson Model 916A during the chopper ride to base.
Harris clutches his Model 916A.
Harris kneels with his Model 916A.
Harris fires his Model 916A at charging NVA soldiers.

Handguns

Colt M1911A1

The Colt M1911A1 is used by the US Soldiers for Tunnel Rat Duty. Sporting it throughout the film are Lt. Vic Hollowborn (Michael Paré), Sgt. Mike Heaney (Brad Schmidt), Cpl. Dan Green (Wilson Bethel), Pvt. Peter Harris (Mitch Eakins), Pvt. Carl Johnson (Erik Eidem), Pvt. Terence Verano (Rocky Marquette), Pvt. Jonathon Porterson (Garikayi Mutambirwa) and Pvt. Dean Garraty (Adrian Collins).

World War II issued Colt M1911A1 Pistol - .45 ACP
Pvt. Dean Garraty (Adrian Collins) pulls out his Colt M1911A1 for tunnel rat duty.
Pvt. Jonathon Porterson (Garikayi Mutambirwa) loads his M1911A1.
Pvt. Carl Johnson (Erik Eidem) prepares to enter the tunnels with his M1911A1.
Johnson with his M1911A1 and flashlight as he emerges from the tunnels.
Sgt. Mike Heaney (Brad Schmidt) brandishing an M1911A1 as he crawls through the tunnel system.
Pvt. Terence Verano (Rocky Marquette) with an M1911A1 in the tunnels.
Pvt. Peter Harris (Mitch Eakins) holsters his M1911A1.
Cpl. Dan Green (Wilson Bethel) crawls through the tunnels with his M1911A1.
Lt. Vic Hollowborn (Michael Paré) shoots an NVA soldier with his M1911A1.
M1911A1 in hand, Green tries to convince Vo Mai (Jane Le) that he isn't a threat to her or her family.

Other Weapons

M79 Grenade Launcher

Pvt. Jonathon Porterson (Garikayi Mutambirwa) uses a M79 grenade launcher during patrol; he switches to a Colt M1911A1 for the rest of the movie, which he spends in the tunnels.

M79 grenade launcher - 40mm
Pvt. Jonathon Porterson (Garikayi Mutambirwa) carries his M79 Grenade Launcher on patrol.
Porterson holds his M79 as Lt. Vic Hollowborn (Michael Paré) opens up the tunnels.

Unknown Flamethrower

An NLF soldier picks up an unknown flamethrower model form a dead US soldier, using it against other GI's during the attack on the camp.

An NLF soldier picks up a Flamethrower from a dead American.
The NLF soldier opens up with the Flamethrower.

M26 Hand Grenade

Lt. Vic Hollowborn (Michael Paré), Pvt. Peter Harris (Mitch Eakins), Pvt. Carl Johnson (Erik Eidem), Pvt. Jonathon Porterson (Garikayi Mutambirwa) and Pvt. Jim Lidford (Nate Parker) all carry or use the M26 Hand Grenade at various points in the film. An M26 Grenade is also seen as part of an NVA booby trap in the tunnels.

M26 High-Explosive Fragmentation Hand Grenade
Pvt. Carl Johnson (Erik Eidem) with an M26 Hand Grenade attached to his jacket.
An M26 Grenade on Pvt. Jim Lidford's (Nate Parker) jacket.
Lt. Vic Hollowborn (Michael Paré) hands a pair of M26 Grenades to Johnson.
Johnson unearths a booby-trapped M26 Grenade planted by the NVA.
Close-up of the string attached to the Grenade pin.
Pvt. Jonathon Porterson (Garikayi Mutambirwa) hurriedly pulls the pin on an M26 Grenade.
Porterson's M26 Grenade rolling to a stop.
Hollowborn uses an M26 Grenade to detonate a crate of them in an attempt to destroy the NVA in the camp.

M7 CS Gas Grenade

The M7 CS Gas Grenade is used by the US Tunnel Rats to clear the way for their entry in the tunnel systems. Sporting and using the M7 are Cpl. Dan Green (Wilson Bethel), Pvt. Peter Harris (Mitch Eakins), Pvt. Carl Johnson (Erik Eidem) and Pvt. Terence Verano (Rocky Marquette).

M7 CS Gas Grenade
Cpl. Dan Green (Wilson Bethel) on patrol with an M7 CS Gas Grenade on his jacket.
Pvt. Peter Harris (Mitch Eakins) hands an M7 to Pvt. Carl Johnson (Erik Eidem).
Johnson primes the M7 before throwing it into the tunnel.
Close-up of an M7 Gas Grenade, carried by Pvt. Terence Verano (Rocky Marquette).



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