Hacksaw Ridge

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Hacksaw Ridge
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States of America
AUS.jpg Australia
Directed by Mel Gibson
Release Date 2016
Language English
Studio Fox Studios
Distributor Summit Entertainment
Main Cast
Character Actor
Desmond Doss Andrew Garfield
Sergeant Howell Vince Vaughn
Captain Jack Glover Sam Worthington
Smitty Ryker Luke Bracey
Tom Doss Hugo Weaving

Hacksaw Ridge is a 2016 World War II film directed by Mel Gibson and tells the true story of Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield), a US Army medic in the 77th Infantry Division who faced persecution and ridicule for his refusal to carry a weapon into battle due to his religious beliefs and ended up receiving the Medal of Honor for saving the lives of 75 of his fellow soldiers during the battle for the Maeda Escarpment in Okinawa (the eponymous Hacksaw Ridge). Shot in Australia with a mostly-local cast, the film was released to critical acclaim and nominated for numerous awards, including six Oscars (notably Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor for Andrew Garfield).

The following weapons were used in the film Hacksaw Ridge:




Colt M1911A1

US troops are seen with Colt M1911A1 pistols, notably Lieutenant Manville (Ryan Corr) and Smitty Ryker (Luke Bracey). Lieutenant Manville carries his in a tanker-style shoulder holster.

Colt M1911A1 - .45 ACP.
Colonel Sangston (Robert Morgan) has a Colt M1911A1 in a hip holster.
Sergeant Howell (Vince Vaughn) (left) and Lieutenant Manville (Ryan Corr) (right) both have holstered M1911A1's. Lieutenant Manville carries his in a tanker-style shoulder holster.
Lieutenant Manville fires his Colt at attacking Japanese.
A wounded Smitty Ryker (Luke Bracey) fires his M1911A1.

M1917 Revolver

A Smith & Wesson M1917 Revolver is seen in a flashback, held by both a drunken Tom Doss (Hugo Weaving) and his son Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield). The M1917 was likely the same revolver Doss used in WWI.

Smith & Wesson M1917 Revolver (Military issue with lanyard ring) - .45 ACP.
Tom Doss (Hugo Weaving) and his wife struggle with a Colt M1917 Revolver.
Tom and Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) struggle with the revolver. Note the finger on the trigger, causing an accidental discharge (in character).
The revolver pointed at Tom Doss. The front sight and ejector rod clearly mark it as a Smith & Wesson rather then a Colt.
Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) with the revolver.

Submachine Guns

M1 Thompson

Several US Soldiers use the M1 Thompson, distinguished from the M1A1 by its simplified L-Sight.

M1 Thompson with 30-round magazine - .45 ACP
A US soldier fires the M1 Thompson. Note the L-shaped rear sight.
A US soldier with an M1 Thompson.

M1A1 Thompson

The M1A1 Thompson is seen used by US troops, most notably Lucky Ford (Milo Gibson, Director Mel Gibson's son).

M1A1 Thompson - .45 ACP
Lucky Ford (Milo Gibson) sweeps a barn with his M1A1 Thompson.
Lucky gives the all clear.
Lucky fires his Thompson during the Japanese counterattack.
Thompson slung, Lucky takes a headcount after the evacuation of Hacksaw.
Lucky fires his Thompson in slow-motion.
The Thompson been fired in slow-motion. Note the blanks in the magazine.

M3 Grease Gun

The M3 Grease Gun is used by Sergeant Howell (Vince Vaughn).

M3 "Grease Gun" - .45 ACP
Sergeant Howell (Vince Vaughn) gives the order to move out, Grease Gun slung.
Sergeant Howell with his M3 Grease Gun after climbing Hacksaw. Note the dust cover still in place.
Over-the-shoulder view of the Grease Gun firing.
Sergeant Howell firing at Japanese attackers. The visible cocking lever marks it as an M3, not an M3A1.
A wounded Sergeant Howell firing as Doss evacuates him off Hacksaw.
A frontal view of the Grease Gun.


M1 Garand

M1 Garand rifles are the most common weapons in the hands of US troops. Sergeant Howell (Vince Vaughn) notably uses an M1 Garand to kill a Japanese sniper, after which Doss borrows the rifle to create an improvised drag stretcher. The weapon plays a plot point during the middle act, when Doss refuses to qualify on it during basic training.

M1 Garand - .30-06
Corporal Jessop (Ben O'Toole) demonstrates the M1 Garand.
A row of M1 rifles.
Close-up of the barrel.
US soldiers drill with their rifles.
Milt "Hollywood" Zane (Luke Pegler) with his M1.
Vito Rinnelli (Firass Dirani) and Grease Nolan (Ben Mingay) fire their M1 rifles.
US soldiers firing at Japanese fortifications.
Sergeant Howell (Vince Vaughn) fires an M1 at a Japanese sniper.
Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) uses the M1 Garand to make a stretcher.
US soldiers wait to climb Hacksaw.

M1 Carbine

The M1 Carbine is seen used by officers of the US Army including Captain Jack Glover (Sam Worthington) and Lieutenant Manville (Ryan Corr). Medic Irv Schecter (Ori Pfeffer) also carries the Carbine. Manville's Carbine is an anachronistic post-WW2 model, distinguished by its adjustable rear sight and bayonet lug.

M1 Carbine - .30 Carbine
A US Soldier with an M1 Carbine during the prologue.
Captain Glover and his Radioman both carry the M1 Carbine.
Captain Jack Glover (Sam Worthington) fires at attacking Japanese.
An M1 Carbine in the hands of Captain Glover's (recently deceased) radioman.
Irv Schecter (Ori Pfeffer) with his Carbine.
Captain Glover with his Carbine as he talks to Doss.
Captain Glover has his Carbine slung as he prepares to lead the company up the ridge.
Captain Glover firing in slow-motion.
M1 Carbine, with Birch Stock, Adjustable sight, bayonet lug, and twin magazine pouch - .30 Carbine. Most of the World War II variations of the M1 Carbine were sent back to the Military Arsenals and retrofitted with the Bayonet Lug and adjustable rear sight. This is the version seen after late 1945 and all the way until the 1960s (often referred to as the 'Korean War era' variant). This version is seen most often in World War II movies, despite being anachronistic for most World War II battles.
Lieutenant Manville (Ryan Corr) with his Carbine slung. Note the anachronistic bayonet lug.
Lieutenant Manville fires his Carbine. Note the rear sight.

M1A1 Carbine

In a continuity error, Captain Glover's radioman can be seen firing an M1A1 Carbine, the paratrooper model with folding stock, at the Japanese bunkers. In all other scenes it's a regular M1 Carbine.

M1A1 Carbine with original L style rear sights, and side-folding stock, often referred to as the 'Paratrooper' carbine - .30 Carbine
Captain Glover's radioman fires an M1A1 Carbine.
Over-the-shoulder view. The rear stock is clearly visible underneath the helmet.

Arisaka Type 38

Arisaka Type 38 rifles are the most commonly seen rifles in the hands of the Japanese Imperial Army, almost always fitted with bayonets.

Arisaka Type 38 rifle - 6.5x50mmSR Arisaka
A dead Japanese soldier with an Arisaka Type 38.
Japanese soldiers fire their rifles from sandbagged positions.
Japanese soldiers firing. The one on the left is working his bolt.
Japanese soldiers in a Banzai charge with Arisaka rifles.
Japanese soldiers patrolling Hacksaw after the US withdrawal are armed with Arisaka rifles.
A Japanese soldier with an Arisaka.
The soldier preparing to bayonet a corpse.
A Japanese soldier fires his rifle at Doss.

Arisaka Type 97 sniper rifle

A Japanese sniper with an Arisaka Type 97 sniper rifle attempts to kill Doss before being killed.

Arisaka Type 97 Sniper Rifle with scope - 6.5x50mmSR Arisaka
A Japanese sniper in a camouflaged nest with an Arisaka Type 97 sniper rifle.
View through the sniper scope.
Close-up of the rifle.
The sniper fires, giving away his position.

Machine Guns

Browning Automatic Rifle

US troops are seen using Browning Automatic Rifle, including by Smitty Riker (Luke Bracey) to great effect. The weapons in the film have the bipod removed. In one notable scene, he fires it one-handed whilst using a disembowelled corpse as a human shield - quite a feat given the weight and recoil of the weapon.

Browning Automatic Rifle- .30-06
Smitty Riker (Luke Bracey) clears a barn with his Browning Automatic Rifle.
A US Soldier with a BAR shortly before being cut down.
Smitty fires the BAR one handed whilst using a corpse as a human shield with the other.
Smitty on the attack.
Smitty aims his BAR at a Japanese soldier struggling with Doss.
Smitty with his BAR.
Firing the BAR.
The Browning Automatic Rifle rests in a foxhole between Smitty and Doss.
A dead soldier with a Browning Automatic Rifle.
Close-up of the BAR firing in slow motion, with spent rounds (clearly 'bottle-necked' blanks) ejecting.

Browning M1919A4

Browning M1919A4 machine guns are seen used by US troops, mounted on M2 tripods. In one scene, Randall "Teach" Fuller (Richard Pyros) fires the M1919A4 by the hip - holding it by the barrel, a good way to get burned.

Browning M1919A4 on M2 tripod - .30-06
US Soldiers fire a Browning M1919A4 during the prologue.
A machine gunner can be seen in the centre with his weapon shouldered.
A machine gunner secures his .30 cal after climbing Hacksaw.
The gun in action.
A machine gun crew struggle to clear a jam.
Randall "Teach" Fuller (Richard Pyros) fires the Browning M1919A4 as Milt "Hollywood" Zane (Luke Pegler) feeds him.
Over-the-shoulder shot of the weapon firing.
Teach fires the Browning M1919A4 from the hip.

Browning M2 Heavy Barrel

Browning M2 heavy machine guns are seen mounted on M4 Sherman tanks and M5 Halftracks used by the 96th Infantry Division.

Browning M2HB on vehicle mount - .50 BMG
A Browning M2HB mounted on an M4 Sherman.
A Browning M2HB mounted on an M5 Halftrack.

Type 92 Heavy Machine Gun

Japanese troops use a Type 92 Heavy Machine Gun mounted in a bunker in defence of Hacksaw Ridge.

Type 92 Heavy Machine Gun 7.7x58mm SR
Japanese soldiers firing a Type 92 Heavy Machine Gun.
Spitting out rounds.

Type 96 Light Machine Gun

Japanese infantry are also seen with the Type 96 Light Machine Gun, most notably used to great effect during the Japanese counterattack.

Type 96 Light Machine Gun (minus magazine) - 6.5x50mm Arisaka
A Japanese soldier in the centre carries a Type 96 Light Machine Gun.
Japanese soldiers firing the Type 96 from sandbagged fortifications.
Firing the Type 96.
A Japanese machine gun team firing during the counterattack.
Side view of the Type 96.
The gun in action. Note the assistant gunner holding a magazine.


Mk 2 Hand Grenade

Smitty Ryker (Luke Bracey) uses the Mk 2 Hand Grenade against a Japanese position, in true action-hero style (pulling the pin with his teeth).

Mk 2 "Pineapple" World War II-made High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
Smitty Ryker (Luke Bracey) grabs a Mk 2 Hand Grenade.
Smitty throws the grenade.

Type 97 Hand Grenade

Japanese soldiers use the Type 97 Hand Grenade. It is notably seen in the final battle when Japanese soldiers fake surrender then throw them at US troops. Doss deflects the grenades, taking the brunt of the blast in the process.

Type 97 Hand Grenade
A wounded Japanese soldier primes a Type 97 grenade.
The grenade.
Close-up of a grenade flying through the air.
Doss bats away the grenade.


M1A1 Bazooka

An M1A1 Bazooka is used by Sergeant Howell to knock out a Japanese bunker.

M1A1 Bazooka - 2.36 inch
A US Army soldier with an M1A1 Bazooka tucked under arm during the advance on Hacksaw.
The Bazooka tucked.
Moving into position to attack the bunker.
The assistant gunner loads a 2.36 inch rocket in the Bazooka.
The Bazooka shortly after firing. Note the smoke and the destroyed bunker.

M1 Mortar

Japanese soldiers use the M1 Mortar, painted a dirty yellow, during the battle of Hacksaw Ridge.

M1 Mortar - 81mm
A Japanese soldier loading the M1 Mortar.
The mortar firing.

M2 Mortar

US Army soldiers use M2 Mortar during the initial attack on Hacksaw Ridge. During the Japanese counterattack, several retreating U.S. soldiers including Smitty Ryker (Luke Bracey) are seen using 60mm rounds as improvised hand grenades against the Japanese. They armed the rounds by banging them against their helmets and threw them, killing several enemy soldiers, ala Saving Private Ryan (only they used the mortar base plate to prime the rounds). A US Army Sergeant received the Medal of Honor during Okinawa for holding off a Japanese attack with, amongst other things, 60mm mortar rounds.

M2 Mortar - 60mm
A US soldier firing the M2 Mortar as his comrade takes fire co-ordinates.
The mortar firing.
A stack of 60mm rounds.
Smitty Ryker (Luke Bracey primes a 60mm round.


M2 Flamethrower

US Soldiers, notably Wal Kirzinski (Nico Cortez), use the M2 Flamethrower against Japanese positions to great effect.

M2 Flamethrower
An M2 Flamethrower in the prologue.
Wal Kirzinski (Nico Cortez) takes cover with his flamethrower.
Kirzinski with the flamethrower.
Kirzinski fires the flamethrower.
Clearing out a bunker.
Kirzinski fires at attacking Japanese.
Working the flamethrower.
A flamethrower operator moves to burn out a cave.

M37 Satchel Charge

Andy "Ghoul" Walker (Goran D. Kleut) and Smitty Ryker (Luke Bracey) use the M37 Satchel Charge in an attack on a Japanese bunker. During the final battle a combination of satchel charges and flamethrowers are used to clear the Japanese caves.

M37 Satchel Charge
Smitty Ryker (Luke Bracey) prepares to throw an M37 Satchel Charge to Andy "Ghoul" Walker (Goran D. Kleut).
Andy "Ghoul" Walker (Goran D. Kleut) with the satchel.
Smitty grabs the satchel after Ghoul is temporarily knocked out by a mortar.
Smitty primes the satchel.
The satchel against an ammunition cache, about to go boom.
A US soldier throws a satchel charge into the Japanese cave system. Behind him, an M2 Flamethrower operator moves into position.

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