In the Army Now

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In the Army Now
Inthearmynowposter.jpg
Theatrical Poster
Country USA.jpg USA
Directed by Daniel Petrie Jr.
Release Date 1994
Studio Hollywood Pictures
Distributor Buena Vista Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Private First Class Bones Conway Pauly Shore
Private Jack Kaufman Andy Dick
Private Christine Jones Lori Petty
Private Fred Ostroff David Alan Grier
Staff Sergeant Stern Esai Morales
Private First Class Link Brendan Fraser
First Sergeant Brandon T. Williams Art LaFleur
Recruiting Sergeant Richard Day Glenn Morshower
Mr. Quinn Peter Spellos




The following weapons were used in the film In the Army Now:

Contents


Handguns

Beretta 92FS

In one scene, the protagonists are eating in the mess hall when they see a group of Special Forces soldiers including Staff Sergeant Stern (Esai Morales) who is practicing field-stripping a Beretta 92FS while being timed.

Beretta 92FS 9x19mm
SSG Stern prepares to field-strip his Beretta 92FS while being timed.

M1911A1

In one scene, Libyan soldiers shown monitoring the protagonists with listening devices in their POW cell can be seen carrying holstered M1911A1 pistols.

M1911A1 .45 ACP
Libyan soldiers dance to the protagonists' singing while carrying holstered M1911A1s.

Rifles

LaFrance Specialties-converted AR-15 SP1/SPII Rifles

Throughout the film, the U.S. Army personnel are seen using civilian Colt AR-15 Sporter-1 and Colt AR-15 Sporter II rifles converted to automatic by LaFrance Specialties and fitted with M16A2-style hand guards. These weapons are meant to stand in for the M16A2, which was at the time the standard-issue U.S. service rifle, but the receivers of the weapons give away that they are not actually M16A2s. Some of the rifles in the movie have the forward assist, others do not (the early-model AR-15 Sporters lacked the forward assist, while later models (SPIIs) did have it). Ellis Mercantile supplied the weapons for this film. At one point, Private First Class "Bones" Conway (Pauly Shore) tries to use his AR-15 to kill a cobra but runs out of ammo after firing a few shots, resorting to using the rifle as a makeshift bludgeon instead, though the stray rounds strike an underground water source, saving the protagonists from dying of thirst. Bones and the rest of the protagonists can later be seen firing their AR-15s en-masse in an attempt to "scare off" attacking Libyan forces.

Colt AR-15 Sporter II (SPII) with M16A2 hand guards (M16A1 Barreled Upper receiver with M16A2 Handguards, built on a Full Auto Conversion SP1 Lower receiver) - 5.56x45mm
M16 aka SP1 (flat "slab side receiver") with A2 style handguards used to impersonate the M16A2 - 5.56x45mm
PFC Link (Brendan Fraser) carries the rifle (Fraser's cameo is a nod to Encino Man, the comedy he previously starred in with Shore).
Private Christine Jones (Lori Petty) fires an AR-15 SP1 converted to auto and fitted with M16A2-style handguards. The gunshots, however, are commonly attributed to AK models and not AR-15 systems.
PFC Conway inspects a cobra he bludgeoned to death with his AR-15
PVT Jones fires a Sporter rifle during the climax of the film. This one has a forward assist, unlike many of the other AR-15s seen in the movie. Note however that this rifle does not feature a SP1 'slab side' lower receiver, but rather appears to have the 'partial' magazine fence used on the XM16E1. Note also the handguards appear to be the 'faux' A2-style, seen in other films such as Predator.
U.S. Army soldiers look on while holding AR-15 SP1 rifles

M16A2

While the aforementioned Sporters are generally seen, there appears to be a single appearance of a genuine M16A2 in the film - In this case, it is seen slung on PFC Conway's back when he and the others first arrive in Chad. It may however also be an AR-15A2 HBAR (the civilian equivalent of the M16A2).

M16A2 - 5.56x45mm
PFC Conway carries an M16A2 slung over his back while goofing off behind a news reporter in Chad.

Norinco Type 56

The Norinco Type 56 appears as the primary weapon of the Libyan Army soldiers in the film, fitted with AKM-style slant compensators, with and without underfolding 'pig-sticker' bayonets. One Type 56 is commandeered by Private Christine Jones (Lori Petty) when the protagonists escape from a Libyan POW camp during the confusion created by an allied airstrike. One Libyan can also be seen with a Type 56-1 fitted with an AK-74-style muzzle brake.

Norinco Type 56 with under-folding bayonet ("pig sticker") which was standard on PLA-issue Type 56s - 7.62x39mm
Libyan soldiers brandish Norinco Type 56 rifles, the one in the foreground mounting an underfolding bayonet
Norinco Type 56 (Imported into the U.S. as the Norinco AKS-47 or AKS-47 Sporter) - 7.62x39mm. Rather than having the underfolder "pig sticker" bayonet assembly, this has the standard bayonet lug underneath the gas block as does the AKM and later variants.
PVT Jones with a commandeered Norinco Type 56.
Norinco Type 56-1 with bakelite magazine and AK-74 muzzle brake, meant to stand-in for the AK-74 - 7.62x39mm
A Libyan soldier ducks for cover with a Norinco Type 56-1 fitted with an AK-74 muzzle brake.

Machine Guns

Browning M2HB

At one point in the film, a convoy the protagonists are a part of is ambushed by Libyan forces, the protagonists being strafed by a Libyan jeep mounting a Browning M2HB heavy machine gun, though the rounds only succeed in setting their already broken-down truck on fire, leaving the protagonists otherwise unharmed.

Browning M2HB on vehicle mount - .50 BMG (12.7x99mm NATO)
Libyan soldiers strafe the protagonists with a jeep-mounted Browning M2HB heavy machine gun.

M60E3

Another weapon used by the protagonists when engaging the Libyans is an M60E3 machine gun, PFC Conway using it to flip over a Libyan jeep. M60E3's can also be seen mounted on the front passenger seat of the desert patrol vehicles used by the protagonists near the end of the film.

M60E3 - 7.62x51mm NATO
PFC Conway prepares to open up on the Libyans with an M60E3 machine gun.

M60D

Near the end of the film, the protagonists recover an airdrop intended for a Special Forces mission which includes a pair of desert patrol vehicles fitted with M60D machine guns for the back passenger.

M60D machine gun - 7.62x51mm NATO
The protagonists ride in desert patrol vehicles fitted with M60D machine guns

Heavy Weapons

M197 Vulcan

After being captured by the Libyans, the protagonists are brought before the commander of the base where they are imprisoned, the base commander watching news coverage of the ongoing conflict (which in reality is stock footage from the first Gulf War), including a brief clip of an AH-1F Cobra armed with an M197 Vulcan cannon.

M197 Vulcan - 20mm
On the TV is a brief clip of an AH-1F Cobra armed with an M197 Vulcan cannon.

M230 Chain Gun

At the climax of the film, a group of Army helicopters arrive to save the protagonists from the Libyans, including several AH-64 Apaches complete with M230 chain guns as their secondary armament. The Apaches don't have to fire a single shot however, as the Libyans flee upon catching sight of the incoming gunships.

M230 chain gun - 30mm
AH-64 Apaches with M230 chain gun.

Other

M136 AT4

There are two appearances of M136 AT4 rocket launchers in the film. The first is when the protagonists are in basic training and a Lieutenant Colonel sees Bones holding an AT4 backwards and corrects him on it. The latter appearance is when the protagonists are attempting to destroy a group of Libyan SCUD missiles that are about to be launched at U.S. bases in Chad. The first rocket Bones fires is fired backwards, repeating his mistake from basic training. He then tries again with one more rocket, this shot hitting home and destroying all the SCUD launchers in a series of chain-reaction explosions.

M136 AT4 - 84mm
A LTC corrects PVT Conway when he holds an M136 AT4 backwards.
PFC Conway prepares to fire an M136 AT4 backwards, repeating his previous mistake from basic training.
PFC Conway finally figures out the correct way to hold an M136 AT4 and takes aim at the Libyan SCUDs. It's a miracle he hits anything, considering he's not looking through the sights.

M67 Hand Grenade

During basic training, Bones is shown being trained how to use an M67 hand grenade, his Drill Sergeant instructing him to "drop the pin and throw the grenade", yet Bones does the exact opposite, causing the two to almost be killed when the grenade detonates.

M69 training grenade - an inert version of the M67 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade.
PVT Conway drops a live M67 hand grenade

Trivia

M16 variant w/ Faux M203 Grenade Launcher

In promotional material for the film (such as the movie's poster), Paulie Shore can be seen wielding an unidentified M16 variant fitted with the same type of faux M203 grenade launcher seen in Predator, Scarface, and Heartbreak Ridge, although it is not seen in the actual film.

Screen-used Faux M203 launcher attached to M16/SP1 configured as seen in Predator © Copyright MPM2008 - 2009 Licensed to www.imfdb.org



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