Bloody Sunday

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Bloody Sunday is a 2002 film written and directed by Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Ultimatum) that centers on the events surrounding the 1972 Bloody Sunday Massacre. Using documentary-style cinematography, the film captures the events before, during and after the massacre from the perspectives of the protesters and British Army.

Bloody Sunday (2002)

The following weapons appear in the film Bloody Sunday:

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Handguns

Webley Mk.IV Duty Model

At one point during the shooting of the marchers an IRA member fires two rounds from a Webley Mk.IV Duty Model revolver at British paratroopers before being wrestled into cover by marchers and bystanders.

Webley Mk.IV Duty Model revolver - .38/200
The IRA member fires the Webley at the paratroopers.

Sub-machine guns

Sterling L2A3

Sterling L2A3 sub-machine guns are seen in the hands of British soldiers and Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) officers.

Sterling L2A3 Submachine Gun - 9x19mm parabellum
A radio operator holds a Sterling as an officer calls for backup.
Paratroopers watch as their comrades attempt to remove barbed wire from a wall.
A RUC officer holds a Sterling at the hospital after the shootings.

Thompson M1A1

A Thompson M1A1 sub-machine gun with a 30 round magazine is seen near the end of the film being given to a new recruit into the IRA by an IRA member.

Thompson M1A1 with 30-round magazine - .45 ACP
A Provo cocks a M1A1 Thompson before handing it to an IRA recruit.

Rifles

L1A1 SLR

L1A1 SLRs are carried by most of the British Army soldiers and paratroopers of the 1st Battalion, Parachute Regiment (1 Para).

RSAF Enfield L1A1 SLR (Self Loading Rifle) - 7.62x51mm NATO. The SLRs seen in the film have wood furniture. British SLRs were later fitted with black fibreglass furniture as seen here.
A British Army soldier guards a checkpoint.
A paratrooper from 1 Para holds a L1A1 SLR while other paratroopers attempt to cut through barbed wire on top of a wall.
Paratroopers take up positions after hearing shots fired.
A gas-mask wearing paratrooper opens fire on the protesters with a L1A1 SLR.
The paratroopers fire on a group of protesters hiding behind a barricade.
Another paratrooper fires his L1A1 SLR.

Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III

After the first two marchers are wounded, three Provisional IRA members are seen taking a Lee-enfield No.1 Mk.III rifle out of the boot of a car, intending to use it to shoot at the British paratroopers but before they can they are subdued by protesters. Another is seen near the end of the film being given to a new IRA recruit.

RSAF Enfield Lee-enfield No.1 MK.III rifle - .303 British
A IRA "Provo" hands a SMLE to his comrade.
The IRA members rush into a house to shoot at the British troops.
Protesters snatch the SMLE away to prevent a further escalation between the protesters and paratroopers.

Other

Smith & Wesson Model 276 Gas Gun

British troops use Smith & Wesson 276 Gas Guns with folding stocks to fire rubber bullets and CS gas rounds.

Smith & Wesson Model 276 Gas Gun - 37mm
A soldier in the background holds a S&W 276 while Ivan Cooper (James Nesbitt) urges protesters to avoid confronting the army.
A paratrooper climbs aboard a Humber FV 1611 'Pig' APC with a S&W 276 gas gun strapped to his back.
Paratroopers fire at the fleeing protesters after flanking them.


Trivia

Simon Mann portrays Colonel Wilford (on the right), commander of 1 Para. Mann is a former SAS officer-turned mercenary who later became infamous as the alleged ringleader of the 2004 Equatorial Guinea coup d'├ętat attempt.



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