Navy SEALs is a 1990 action film starring Charlie Sheen, Michael Biehn, and Dennis Haysbert as members of a SEAL team tasked to recover a cache of stolen shoulder-fired missiles which has fallen into the hands of a Middle Eastern terrorist. The film was directed by Lewis Teague and was co-written by Chuck Pfarrer, a former Navy SEAL who later also became notable for becoming the screenwriter of such films as Hard Target and Virus.
The following weapons were used in the film Navy SEALs:
Beretta 92SB pistols are the sidearms of the SEAL team members in the film, although in reality the Beretta M9 was issued during the time the film was made. The Beretta 92SB was in fact issued to the United States Air Force until the M9 replaced that role as well.
Beretta 92SB (Chrome)
LT Curran can be seen with a suppressed Ruger Mk II in a holster while being carried by Hawkins.
Heckler & Koch MP5SD3
Heckler & Koch MP5SD3s are used by the SEALs throughout the film. They appear to be older model MP5SDs as noted by their smaller ribbing on the handguards.
Heckler & Koch MP5K
A Heckler & Koch MP5K is used by at least one of the SEALs during the hostage rescue mission, and later during a live fire training exercise.
Sa. Vz. 61 Skorpion
A terrorist on the merchant ship holds a woman hostage with an Sa. Vz. 61 Skorpion submachine gun, though it is never fired.
LTJG Dale Hawkins (Charlie Sheen) uses a pistol-gripped Remington 870 Police Magnum shotgun as his backup weapon and door breach gun. This shotgun has the stock removed and is fitted with a 12.5" barrel.
Assault Rifles / Carbines
In several scenes some of the SEALs are seen carrying XM177E2 and XM177 carbines, notably during a training exercise and during the mission where Graham (Dennis Haysbert) is killed. Some of them are seen fitted with M203 grenade launchers. This movie is one of the very few films where we see an actual XM177 or GAU-5/A rifle (or a very close copy, being that the sound suppressor/flash-hiders of the original XM177 were not good for blank firing guns, so many times an existing M16 rifle was custom modified to resemble the XM177. In the 1980s there were a slew of various aftermarket XM177 style flash hiders - some were very accurate, some were not.) At any rate, this is one of the most accurate portrayals of an XM177 in modern U.S. Cinema. The weapon is prominently displayed on an alternate movie poster in the hands of LTJG Dale Hawkins (Charlie Sheen), fitted with an M203, although he never uses one in the film.
Ben Shaheed's (Nicholas Kadi) militia use what look to be original AK-47s in the film. Many of them appear to be milled receiver AKs with Russian front sights and double tang back ends with the typical 'drop down' angled buttstock (with unique Type II Pattern stock mounting bracket) and the swivel sling on the body, not the stock. They could have been Poly-Technology Legend series of AKs that were imported during the 1980s (this movie was shot in 1989 and released in 1990). Since the sequence that was supposed to be Beirut was shot in Spain, the production could have used weapons provided by European Armorers (who at the time had no restrictions on acquiring Soviet/Russian guns).
An AKS-47 (also sometimes referred to as the AK47 Type 3B; Type 3 indicating type of receiver and B indicating folding metal stock) is used by the Christian Lebanese boy during the mission in Beirut. The underfolding AKS-47s in the movie are milled receiver Russian type guns, one of the few times we actually see real AK-47s (or really close copies) in a U.S. made film. Some of the SEALs' guns change from AKMS's into AKS-47s due to continuity error.
Some of the terrorists in the film are seen using AKM rifles in the film. There are also some Navy SEAL operatives using the AKM when playing the role of an opposing force during the training sequence.
AKM (mocked up as AK-74)
Norinco Type 56
AKMS's are used extensively during the Beirut Mission by both the SEALs and the Opposition Force fighters, the AKMS is the underfolding version of the AKM rifle. These could be converted Maadi ARM/MISR rifles imported into the U.S. or real Russian rifles provided by European Armory houses for the filming in Spain.
Norinco Type 56-1
During the HALO insertion mission, Ramos (Paul Sanchez) is seen armed with a FN Minimi. The weapon seen prior to the jump is an unusual variant featuring a FN Minimi Para body and stock and a full length barrel. However, in a continuity error, after the jump his weapon changes to a standard Minimi Para.
DShKM Heavy Machine Gun (Browning M2 mockup)
Browning M1919A4 Machine Gun
Browning M1919A4 machine guns are twin-mounted on the BTR-152 that pursues the SEAL team through the streets of Beirut.
In the 1980s, there were two Chinese imported versions of the RPK (none of which looked very good).
- Not to be confused with the Yugo RPKs imported by Mitchell Arms or the Maadi RPK clones, nor the Norinco NHM-91 which was a post 1989 import gun with a thumbhole stock and no barrel threads.
One of the pre-1989 ban guns was the NMD-83 - it had a 21" barrel, a standard AK stock and a muzzle brake (none of which was accurate for the RPK). They also imported a second RPK clone called the AK-47 Match or more commonly called in the U.S, the Norinco RPK 86S-7 Semi Auto, that had a Chinese style club foot stock but placed the bipod BEFORE (!!) the front sight, not after it, affixed to a long muzzle brake. This also looked atrocious and not many were sold. As for the Chinese RPK clones, since they didn't sell very well because they were so different than the real battlefield tested RPK. In the film, Leary (Rick Rossovich) carries what is supposed to be an RPK light machine gun. It appears to be a modified NMD-83 rifle converted to full auto fire. The barrel was lengthened from 21" to 23.25" which is more correct and the muzzle brake was removed. The short bipod was removed and a longer (though tubular, not rectangular) Chinese Bipod was attached (see pic). The Chinese Style front sight with the enclosed top hood was still used. Errors in the gun's modification are (a) the barrel is not an RPK heavy barrel but a long standard AK barrel, (b) The front foregrip is still a standard AK, in fact it's a Chinese Type 56 style, with the slot for the pig sticker bayonet, which is wrong, (c) the buttstock is the Chinese style clubfoot stock, not the thicker, more angular Russian RPK stock and (d) the receiver appears to be a standard Type 56 stamped receiver without the reinforcing bar of the RPK.
The film's plot involves the theft of Stinger missiles, which in the film are in reality FIM-43 Redeye launchers. Hawkins is seen trying to destroy a cache of the launchers with an M67 hand grenade at the beginning of the film (despite established doctrine dictating the use of C4, AN/M14 incendiary grenades, or other such explosives for the destruction of compromised weapons or equipment). Later in the film, the SEALs are seen retrieving one in Beirut which Leary uses to take out a BTR-152 armored personnel carrier pursuing the SEALs, despite the Redeye being unable to effectively engage ground targets.
A Barrett M82A1 is used by Dane - call sign "God" (Bill Paxton), the SEAL team sniper to engage four targets during the hostage rescue mission and again during the Beirut mission. The weapon is outfitted with a combination Thermal Imaging Sight and Star Light Scope and second early type muzzle-brake (not removed as previously mentioned, see the image below). The weapon is in the same configuration seen in Predator 2, filmed in the same year (where coincidentally also starring the actor Bill Paxton), so this may be the same weapon. This could very well be the first film to feature the M82A1 model, as previous films had only utilized the original M82, such as RoboCop.
RPG-7s are used by the terrorists during the mission in Beirut. The rockets show two distinct paint schemes, a darker green paint job, flaking off showing the original yellowish/OD Russian paint underneath.