Full Metal Jacket
Full Metal Jacket is the 1987 Vietnam War film directed by Stanley Kubrick (Paths of Glory) that follows a Marine reporter nicknamed Joker (Matthew Modine) through his initiation into Marine boot camp up until his involvement in the Battle of Hue during the 1968 Tet Offensive. With a screenplay adapted from Gustav Hasford's novel "The Short-Timers", the film provided breakthrough acting roles for R. Lee Ermey and Vincent D'Onofrio. At the time of its premiere, the film was part of a wave of Vietnam War-related theatrical releases, and was unfairly compared to Oliver Stone's Platoon (which was released just over six months prior to this film).
The following weapons were used in the film Full Metal Jacket:
The M14 rifle features prominently in the U.S. Marine boot camp scenes in the film. Once the Marines arrive in Vietnam they are issued M16s. It is with an M14 rifle locked and loaded with full metal jacketed 7.62x51mm NATO ammo that Pvt. Leonard "Gomer Pyle" Lawrence (Vincent D'Onofrio) uses on both Gunnery Sgt. Hartman (R. Lee Ermey) and himself.
USAF M16 (Colt Model 604)
The M16 rifle appears in the film as the standard-issue weapon of most of the US Marines in Vietnam. Since the film takes place during the Tet offensive in 1968, the use of M16s is correct since it was adopted by the USMC in 1967. However, the rifle adopted by the USMC was the M16A1 whereas the rifle featured in the film is a Colt Model 604, which was the version of the M16 adopted by the US Air Force which lacked a forward assist and had the partial magazine fence of the M16E1. Cowboy (Arliss Howard) has his M16 with two magazines taped together "jungle style", a practice that originated during World War II for the Thompson that was carried over to the M16 during Vietnam. During his encounter with the VC sniper, Pvt. Joker's rifle jams on him, something early M16's were notorious for due to poor maintenance habits and faulty ammunition.
MGC Replica M16 rifle
In the scenes where blank-firing weapons were not needed, the Marines are seen carrying MGC M16 Replica rifles.
The Doorgunner (Tim Colceri) on the Westland Wessex helicopter (standing in for an H-34 Choctaw) that takes Joker (Matthew Modine) and Rafterman (Kevyn Major Howard) to join Pvt. Cowboy's (Arliss Howard) 1st Platoon repeatedly fires an M60 machine gun at random Vietnamese they pass. The M60 is also the weapon Animal Mother (Adam Baldwin) carries throughout the film. Pvt. Joker can also be seen firing an M60 when their base is attacked at the start of the Tet Offensive.
The VC sniper (Ngoc Le) that engages the Marines is armed with a Czech-made SA Vz.58. It should be also noted that the Sa vz 58 series rifles were commonly used by the Việt Cộng and the North Vietnamese Army alongside the more predominant AK-47 and SKS rifles; all used the Soviet 7.62x39mm round.
Browning M2HB Heavy Machine Gun
Several Browning M2HB heavy machine guns mounted on M41A Walker Bulldog tanks are seen firing in the background of several scenes.
Daisy Red Ryder BB rifle
Crazy Earl carries a lever-action Daisy Red Ryder BB gun in addition to his M-16 throughout the movie, as carried by his character in the book on which the film is based, The Short Timers.
M26 Hand Grenade
M26 hand grenades are seen several times on the flak vests of various Marines in Hue.
M67 Hand Grenade
Several Marines carry M67 hand grenades on their flak vests as well. An interesting note about this is that during the late-1960's (when the events of the film take place), the M67 was just starting to see use among frontline US military units, and beginning to phase out older designs such as the M26 hand grenade mentioned above.