Rambo (2008)

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Rambo (2008)

Rambo is the fourth installment in the John Rambo film saga that began with 1982's First Blood. Sylvester Stallone returns as John Rambo, the former Green Beret and Vietnam veteran who now works as a boat captain in Southeast Asia and takes a job transporting missionaries on a medical aid mission. When the missionaries are captured by Burmese Junta soldiers, Rambo joins a group of mercenaries on a rescue mission. The 2008 sequel was written and directed by Stallone.


The following weapons were used in the film Rambo (2008):

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Machine Guns

Browning M2 Aircraft machine gun

The Browning M2 Aircraft version of the .50 Cal machine gun used in the film has a perforated shroud around the barrel and a modern twist - a Muzzle Brake (similar to a Barrett M82A1) to divert the flash to the sides, especially useful if you're shooting from behind an armored shield and your only viewable area is directly above the barrel. The AN/M2 had a long heat shield for several reasons, not the least bit being that when used against aircraft in World War II, the bursts were much longer as gunners attempted to walk their fire (via tracers) onto their targets. The barrels grew red hot and the heat shield not only helped protect the crews, the added area improved the heat dissipation qualities of the barrel. It is not the standard air cooled Browning M2HB that is usually seen mounted on vehicles. The M2 and the M3 are visually identical however the M2 has a 600-750 RPM firing rate and the M3 has a 1000-1200 RPM firing rate. Since the gun is NOT firing as fast as a MAC-10, it must be the M2.

Trivia: Sylvester Stallone was originally going to wield the Browning M2 by hand. The gun was weighed in at +120 lbs and Sly could physically carry and fire it, but it was so cumbersome and slow that it cut down the action too much. (Also firing blanks handheld is possible, firing live rounds is another matter). They decided to mount it on the back of a truck instead but the recoil was so immense that it ripped off the truck floor. They bolted the mount down on the truck frame and that is what is seen in the film.

Browning M2 Aircraft version, most commonly seen as door gunners on B17s and used on PT Boats during WWII. An electronically fired version of the M2 was used as the main gun in many U.S. aircraft during WW2. - .50 bmg
Browning M2 with a muzzle brake, first seen used by the Junta soldiers to gun down villagers - .50cal BMG
Rambo charges the M2 - .50cal BMG
Rambo uses the M2 to obliterate the driver - .50cal BMG
Rambo lets out his war cry while on the M2 - .50cal BMG
M2 .50 caliber machine gun, used by Rambo to kick ass - .50cal BMG
Note how the belt box is for 5.56mm 10 round stripper clips, not .50 BMG belts.
Good side shot of M2 .50 caliber machine gun - .50cal BMG
Browning M2 Aircraft version is also seen mounted on the Burmese patrol boat with a snail drum magazine (common on Naval boat mounted guns) - .50cal BMG

Browning M2HB machine gun

The only standard Browning M2HB in the film is seen on the Burmese Pirate Boat.

Browning M2 .50 BMG
A Standard Browning M2HB 50 cal machine gun on the deck of the Burmese Pirate Boat - .50 BMG
Rambo pours gasoline on the Browning M2HB before burning down the boat. The missing primers on the rounds indicate that they are dummy cartridges, rather than live ammunition.

FN MAG

The FN MAG is seen in a guard tower where Schoolboy sets up a sniper position. The machine gun also is seen on the Burmese Patrol boat. The FN MAG 58 with an M240-style flash hider.

FN MAG 58 mocked up to resemble an M240, with synthetic butt-stock and heat-shield added - 7.62x51mm NATO
When Schoolboy (Matthew Marsden) takes a sniping position in a guard tower, a MAG 58 is seen.
MAG 58 used by a Burmese Sailor. It appears to have an M240-style flash hider.

M60E3 machine gun

When he has a flashback to his old days of killing, Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) is seen using the M60E3 machine gun in a sequence from Rambo: First Blood Part II.

M60E3 machine gun - 7.62x51mm NATO
Rambo with the M60E3 in Rambo: First Blood Part II - 7.62x51mm NATO
Close up of the M60E3 firing from Rambo: First Blood Part II - 7.62x51mm NATO

M60

When he has a flashback to his old days of killing, Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) is seen holding the M60 machine gun in a sequence from the original First Blood.

M60 Machine Gun - 7.62x51mm NATO.
Rambo holds the M60 from the original First Blood - 7.62x51mm NATO

Sniper Rifles

Barrett M82CQ

This .50 BMG Rifle designed by Barrett Firearms is a Close Quarters Combat version of the M82A1M/M82A3, easily distinguished by the short barrel. It is used by the SAS-Trained Sniper 'Schoolboy' (Matthew Marsden) throughout the film. During the night raid during the rainstorm, the M82CQ has an AN/PEQ-2A mounted on the scope, and is seen as fully sound suppressed, though a .50 caliber weapon (or any supersonic round, including the 5.56x45mm) can only be partially suppressed.

Barret M82A1 CQ sniper rifle - .50 BMG. Uploaded from the Barrett Website.
School Boy (Matthew Marsden) takes up a sniper position with his suppressed Barrett M82CQ - 50 BMG
School Boy with the suppressed Barrett M82CQ during the night raid, fitted with an AN/PEQ-2A on the scope - 50 BMG
Detail shot of the barrel length of "Schoolboy"s (Matthew Marsden) Barrett M82CQ - 50 BMG
The business end of a Barrett M82CQ - 50 BMG
Detail shot of the side of the Barrett M82CQ - 50 BMG

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The Barrett M82CQ used by Matthew Marsden in the film.

Rifles

AKM

A variety of AKM type full butt-stock rifles (not Norinco Type 56) are seen in the hands of the Burmese Junta Soldiers.

AKM 7.62x39mm
Two Burmese soldiers raiding the village wield AKMs - 7.62x39mm
Burmese Soldier with an AKM, most likely a Hungarian SA-85 rifle, judging by the hand-guards - 7.62x39mm
A Burmese soldier prepares to execute the mercenaries with his AKM - 7.62x39mm
En-Joo (Tim Kang) picks up an AKM when his AKMS runs dry - 7.62x39mm

Special

The armorer's rack filled with AKs. Note Rambo's First Blood Part II knife on the armorer's belt.

AKMS

A variety of AKMS under-folder-type rifles (not Norinco Type 56-1) are seen in the hands of the Burmese junta soldiers.

FEG AK-63E (Hungarian version of the AKMS) - 7.62x39mm
Burmese soldier with an AKMS underfolder, most likely a Hungarian SA-85M rifle, judging by the hand-guards - 7.62x39mm
En-Joo (Tim Kang) takes an AKMS underfolder,(what seems to be another Hungarian SA-85M rifle) from a Burmese soldier and uses it against them - 7.62x39mm

Norinco Type 56

There are many AK types in the movie, and upon further study, most of the models will be identified. But one of the obvious ones is the Norinco Type 56. It is obvious in the hands of some of the Burmese Junta soldiers and during the final battle En-Joo (Tim Kang) and Lewis (Graham McTavish) grab Type 56 rifles and fight with them.

Norinco Type 56 (fixed stock variant) - 7.62x39mm
En-Joo (Tim Kang) picks up and fires a Norinco Type 56 - 7.62x39mm
Lewis picks up a Norinco Type 56 this ones with an AKM-style ribbed receiver cover and a laminate buttstock - 7.62x39mm
In this screenshot, the Norinco Type 56 used by Lewis changes to a smooth Type 56 receiver cover and Chinese 'cratewood' buttstock - 7.62x39mm

Junta soldiers can also be seen use Type 56 rifles with the classic 'Vietnam' era pig sticker underfolding bayonet.

Norinco Type 56 (fixed stock variant) with under-folding bayonet - 7.62x39mm
A Junta soldier raids the village with a Norinco Type 56 rifle with the "Pig sticker" underfolding bayonet - 7.62x39mm
Junta soldiers shooting villagers with Norinco Type 56 rifles with the "Pig sticker" underfolding bayonets - 7.62x39mm

Custom AKMS

Myint (Supakorn Kitsuwon), the Karen Rebel leader carries a cut down AKMS. The custom rifle has parts from the Norinco Type 56 and the AKMS. In reality, these rifles don't interchange parts, but it was possible since the gun is massively customized and practically rebuilt from scratch. This is similar to the same short rifle that Claire Danes fires in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. It is NOT an AKS-74U and there is no such rifle as an AKS-47U like the airsoft weapon we sometimes see.

Custom AKMS Assault Pistol with folded stock - 7.62x39mm
Myint (Supakorn Kitsuwon) aims his custom AKMS underfolder - 7.62x39mm
Myint (Supakorn Kitsuwon) fires his custom AKMS underfolder - 7.62x39mm

Rubber AK

Obvious in many shots there are many RUBBER AKs/Type 56s/AKMs. Most noticeable because their trigger guards are thicker than normal and sometimes the front sight has no hole and are solid rubber blocks.

Burmese Junta soldier with rubber AK slung on back, the front sight on this has a hole in it.
Burmese Junta soldier holds a rubber AK rifle

M16A1

Karen rebels carry M16A1 rifles as well.

M16A1 with 30 Round magazine - 5.56x45mm
Karen Rebel with an M16A1 - 5.56x45mm

M16 (SP1)

When Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) has a flashback to his old days of killing, scenes from the original film First Blood are shown when he tries to pick up an M16 (SP1) rifle in the police station to fight the police outside before Colonel Trautman (Richard Crenna) stops him.

M16 (SP1) slab-side with birdcage flash suppressor - 5.56x45mm
In a flashback to the original film First Blood, Rambo tries to pick up an M16 (SP1) before Trautman stops him.


M4A1 with M203

Reese (Jake La Botz) carries an M4A1 with M203 Grenade Launcher with a tan camo paint job and an ACOG scope mounted on the carry handle. This is the exact same weapon that Independent Studio Services originally built for use by Tyrese Gibson in Transformers (although the camouflage paint job had worn off during shooting on the earlier film and had to be re-applied for Rambo.)

M4A1 carbine 5.56x45mm with M203 grenade launcher 40mm
Tombstone (Jake La Botz) with his M4A1/M203 - 5.56mm/40mm. Usually the lack of a fiber optic band on the top of the ACOG indicates that it is an Airsoft replica scope, however, new models of the ACOG don't have a visible fiber optic band on the exterior. However, it is very unlikely a real optic would be used in a movie.

DSA SA-58 OSW

Diaz (Reynaldo A. Gallegos) carries a DSA SA-58 OSW short FAL Carbine with folding stock. Diaz's version has the Type III Metric receiver (with minimal machining cuts). The DSA SA-58 OSW, is offered with the Type I receiver (more cuts, lighter weight, but not as strong). Thus it is suspected that the SA-58 OSW in the film is a build up of a previous FAL Type III receiver with DSA OSW Parts.

DSA SA58 OSW rifle with Type I Metric Receiver and M68 Aimpoint scope - 7.62x51mm NATO
Diaz with his DSA SA58 OSW rifle (with Type III receiver) with rails, no grip and an Aimpoint Sight - 7.62x51mm NATO
Diaz (Reynaldo A. Gallegos) with his DSA SA58 OSW rifle - 7.62x51mm NATO

SIG SG 551

A SIG SG 551 is carried by En-Joo (Tim Kang).

SIG SG 551 - 5.56x45mm
A SIG SG 551 is carried by En-Joo (Tim Kang).
En-Joo on Rambo's boat with his SIG SG-551 - 5.56x45mm
En-Joo carries his SIG SG-551 - 5.56x45mm

Handguns

Walther P38

The Burmese Pirate Leader is seen pulling a Walther P38 on Rambo.

P38 Pistol - 9mm
Burmese pirate leader with a Walther P-38 - 9mm

Tokarev TT-33 pistol

A Tokarev TT-33 pistol is dropped by one of the Burmese pirates and visible on the deck of the boat before Rambo kills him.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm
Tokarev TT-33 pistol on the deck of the Boat - 7.62x25mm

M1911A1 (Custom)

Rambo uses a customized M1911A1 to take down the Burmese Pirates on the River.

An airsoft reproduction of the M1911 used by Sylvester Stallone in the film. The weapon is a standard M1911A1 with the addition of ambidextrous safety for old-type frames, mag well and extended slide stop. This configuration was chosen to make the weapon appropriate to a U.S. Army veteran of the caliber .45 ACP era.
Rambo fires his M1911A1 pistol - .45 ACP


M1911A1

During a flashback to his old days of killing, Rambo is seen being shot with an M1911A1 by Col. Trautman (Richard Crenna) in what appears to be a sequence from the original film First Blood. This actually was the original ending to the 1982 film, but was changed when it is decided that Rambo should live. The alternate ending was previously only seen on the DVD extras for First Blood.

Colt M1911A1 - .45 ACP.
During a flashback to his old days of killing, Rambo is seen being shot by Col. Trautman (Richard Crenna) in what appears to be the original film First Blood. This is actually was the original ending to the 1982 film, but was changed when it is decided that Rambo should live.
The actual deleted scene from the original First Blood.

Jericho 941FB Compact "Baby Eagle"

A Jericho 941FB Compact ("Baby Eagle") was used by the villainous Major Pa Tee Tint (Maung Maung Khin) as his personal sidearm, only seen during the final battle of the film.

Trivia Note: The actor Maung Maung Khin, who plays the villain, was a real life Karen resistance fighter, who escaped to Thailand (where the movie was filmed) to reunite with his relatives. Stallone wanted someone who understood the nature of the Burmese military and luckily had an actor with real life dealings with their brutality.

Jericho 941FB Compact
Major Pa Tee Tint (Maung Maung Khin) holds a compact Jericho 941 "Baby Eagle" at the final battle

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The armorers load up the Jericho 941.

Shotguns

Mossberg 590 Custom

SAS trooper Lewis (Graham McTavish) carries a Mossberg 590 with a Magpul M93A rear stock attached to a Mesa Tactical M4 adapter block and a Mesa Tactical top receiver rail with an EOTech holographic sight.

Mossberg 590 - 12 gauge.
Lewis exits the boat with his shotgun.
Lewis (Graham McTavish) carries his shotgun on the right.
Lewis (Graham McTavish) with a custom 590 - 12ga
Lewis (Graham McTavish) with his custom 590 - 12ga
Closer shot, detailing the Magpul M93A stock

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Graham McTavish walks the set with his custom Mossberg 590.

Other

M18A1 Claymore Mine

Rambo grabs an M18A1_Claymore from Schoolboy to set a trap. It looks to be the BLUE training version of the Claymore.

M18A1 Claymore anti-personnel mine
Rambo uses a Claymore mine to set a booby-trap for the pursuing soldiers. He has a secondary small charge on the back of the mine.

M67 Hand Grenade

En-Joo (Tim Kang) grabs an M67 hand grenade from a pouch and throws it. But in the shot it's an obvious M69 Metal training grenade (even visible with the 'blue' paint of the inert model).

M69 training grenade - an inert version of the M67 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade. The real live version has a more brownish color and has painted factory markings on the body.
En-Joo (Tim Kang) grabs an M67 hand grenade from a pouch.

British Grand Slam Bomb

A large bomb is seen partly buried in the Burmese jungle and described by the movie as a "Tallboy" dropped by the British during the Second World War; the tail section shown, however, has a much thicker tail-cone than the Tallboy and seems to have been based on the larger "Grand Slam." One of the first bunker buster bombs, the British Grand Slam "earthquake" bomb (more formally known as Bomb, Medium Capacity, 22,000 lb) was 26 feet long and weighed 10 tons, and was used by the RAF and US Army Air Force in 1944. Though some audiences thought that the explosion mimicked a nuclear explosion more than anything, a Grand Slam bomb contains 9,135 lb of Torpex D1 explosive; even the "Tallboy," just under half the size of a "Grand Slam," was quite capable of creating an explosion that displaced a million cubic feet of earth. The only really unrealistic aspect of the detonation as shown in the movie is that the explosion starts from the bomb's tail; in reality, this is just a metal assembly attached to the back of the main bomb body for aerodynamic purposes, and contains no explosive. The weapon's presence is hard to fathom, since no "earthquake" bomb of any weight was used in the Far East or Pacific theaters; the RAF never even deployed the type of plane (Avro Lancaster) that carried the Grand Slam in Burma. While some B-29 Super-fortresses were modified to carry the "Grand Slam" bombs, it was used against the Germans in Europe during WWII rather than against the Japanese in the Pacific Theatre. Even if a Grand Slam had been dropped, there would be no point doing so in the middle of nowhere far from any reinforced structure, and in the soft earth shown it would have plunged dozens of feet underground and been left completely buried. About the only way the situation shown would transpire is if the bomber carrying it had ditched or crashed while flying low and shed the bomb some distance from the crash site.

"Grand Slam" or "Bomb, Medium Capacity, 22,000 lb." Note the rounded base of the bomb's tail; the smaller 12,000lb "Tallboy" had a much thinner pointed tail.
The British "Grand Slam" bomb, unexploded in the jungle for over 60 years.

M136 AT4

Myint (Supakorn Kitsuwon) fires an M136 AT4 rocket launcher at the Burmese patrol boat.

M136 AT4 Anti-Tank rocket launcher 84mm
Myint fires his AT4 - 84mm

M29 81mm Mortar

M29 Mortars are used by Junta forces and the Karen Rebels.

M29 Mortar - 81mm
M29 81mm Mortar used by Junta troops - 81mm. In the film, the Burmese forces use the rather unusual strategy of bombing the village while their own 'death squad' is going through it, which obviously puts their own soldiers at risk.
M29 81mm Mortar used by Junta troops - 81mm

T-148 Flamethrower

Burmese soldiers use a customized Italian T-148 flamethrower to incinerate villagers. Burmese sailors on the patrol boat use the same flamethrower, this time behind a cradle-mounted gun shield.

Burmese junta soldier fires his T-148 flamethrower.
Burmese junta soldier using a flamethrower to torch a hut.
Burmese sailors on the patrol boat use the same flamethrower, this time behind a cradle-mounted gun shield.

ML14 Mountaineer Longbow

Rambo uses an ML14 Mountaineer Longbow with an attached reel to fish from the bow of his boat in the beginning of the film. It can be differentiated from the compound bow he uses throughout the rest of the film by its lack of cam wheels.

Rambo fishes with ML14.

Martin Cougar II Compound Bow

Contrary to the previous Rambo films, which featured Sly stealthily killing enemies with a Hoyt Rambo (based on the Hoyt Spectra), Rambo picks up another vintage compound bow opting this time for the Martin Cougar II. The film showcases Rambo's skill with the bow by killing Burmese soldiers from a distance of 60 yards.

Rambo takes out the Junta soldiers in the rice paddy with the Martin Cougar II compound bow.
"Live for nothing, or die for something." Rambo holds his bow on Lewis (Graham McTavish).

Rambo's Mini Machete

Rambo's knife in this film is a primitively built golok made out of a slab of metal as opposed to his expertly crafted survival knives in the other films. Sylvester Stallone actually stayed up all night filming the scene of him building the knife like you see in the film, although due to time restrictions, he had to do it all at once without cooling the blade. They went through about seven pairs of heat protective gloves due to this. Sly claims after making the knife, he had a rather warm handshake.

The Machete knife used by Rambo in the film. Image supplied by www.yourprops.com.
Rambo chops off the M3 gunner's head with the machete. The initial "Red Band" trailers released online were of such poor video quality that when this sequence was seen, the knife was barely visible and people were led to believe Rambo actually punched off the guy's head!
Rambo disembowels an enemy with his machete.
Rambo with his machete.

Special

During the introduction "The Weapons of Rambo" special feature, they show a nice close up of the machete from a movie poster.
Sylvester Stallone practices with the machete.

Rambo: First Blood Part II knife

Before deciding on using the machete, Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) was going to use his survival knife from Rambo: First Blood Part II and drop it in the burning Burmese Pirate boat, symbolizing his end to killing.

Survival knife from the second Rambo film.
Rambo with his Part II knife in a deleted scene.
Rambo tosses his knife onto the burning boat.

See Also

Rambo Franchise
First Blood (1982)  •  First Blood Part II (1985)  •  Rambo III (1988)  •  Rambo (2008)


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