Air America is a 1990 Vietnam War comedy directed by Roger Spottiswoode and stars Mel Gibson and Robert Downey Jr. as American civilian pilots who are employed by the CIA in a secret program that provided unofficial transportation of arms and goods into the country of Laos during the Vietnam conflict.
The following weapons were used in the film Air America:
A full-size Uzi is seen in the hands of Air America pilots Gene Ryack (Mel Gibson) and Babo (Tim Thomerson). The Uzi was officially adopted in 1951 by the Israeli Army. During this time period, the CIA purchased Uzis from FN in Europe and these were issued to special types, and there are reports of them being used by Air America/CIA personnel. Since the film takes place in 1969, it is not unreasonable that a gunrunner would be able to have one in Laos during the time of the Vietnam War.
The brother-in-law of Gene Ryack (Mel Gibson) offers a case of PPS-43 submachine guns for Gene to buy. Gene's brother-in-law says that the crate of PPS-43s were dropped to the Pathet Lao forces by the Russians and he was able to get them before the Pathet Lao did.
Smith & Wesson Model 19
M1 Garand rifles also are carried by the soldiers of Laotian General Soong.
M1 Carbines are carried by the soldiers of Laotian General Soong.
What appears to be a AK-47 rifles are seen in the hands of many characters in the film include NVA soldiers, Viet Cong guerrillas and Laos villagers.
What appears to be Charleville Muskets are used by a Laotian tribe. During a confrontation, Gene points out the problem with even using Flintlocks in a tropical environment as the pan and frizzen are rendered unusable in the rain.
M60 Machine Gun
M60 machine guns are seen in the hands of Laotian troops and carried by Gene as he prepares to sell off his cache of weapons.
Single Shot Shotgun
A Laotian peasant shoots down an Air America plane with his single shot shotgun at the beginning of the film.
RPG-7 launchers are used by Laotian soldiers.
Mk II hand grenade
A Mk II hand grenade is used by Gene to detonate a cache of arms.