Sniper (1993)

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Sniper (1993)

Sniper is a 1993 action thriller starring Tom Berenger as Master Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Beckett, a USMC sniper who is paired with a rookie NSC sniper Richard Miller (Billy Zane) when assigned a mission to Colombia to eliminate a drug cartel leader. Berenger would return as Beckett in Sniper 2 and Sniper 3 and Sniper: Reloaded, a fourth film in the series had Billy Zane return as Miller.


The following weapons were used in the film Sniper (1993):

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Sniper Rifles

M40A1

Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Beckett (Tom Berenger), USMC Sniper, uses an M40A1 Sniper Rifle - 7.62x51mm NATO which is based on the Remington Model 700 Bolt Action Rifle.

The M40A1 rifles used in the film were Remington 700 rifles, supplied for the filming by 'Weapons and Effects' of San Rafael, CA. The rifles were fully prepared as though they would see real use, with aftermarket bedding, trigger jobs, McMillan stocks and parkerization done by Scott, McDougall & Associates of Santa Rosa, CA.

Remington M40A1 sniper rifle - 7.62x51mm NATO
Beckett looks through the scope of his M40A1.
Beckett takes aim with his M40A1. Apparently they could not obtain a Unertl 10X Mildot scope for the filming so they have mounted what appears to be a Leupold M3 Ultra 10X

Heckler & Koch SR9TC

NSC sniper Richard Miller (Billy Zane) uses the Heckler & Koch SR9TC rifle as his weapon of choice.

H&K SR9TC Sniper rifle with factory foregrip - 7.62x51mm NATO
Miller takes aim with his H&K SR9TC from the UH-1.

SVD Dragunov

The guerrilla sniper DeSilva, who was trained by Beckett (Tom Berenger), uses an SVD Dragunov as his sniper rifle. Another guerrilla sniper at Ochoa's Compound also uses a Dragunov.

SVD Dragunov sniper rifle - 7.62x54R
Beckett spots the Dragunov of the enemy sniper through his scope.
DeSilva's Dragunov can be seen as the Marine UH-1 takes off.

Rifles

M16A2

Cpl. Papich is seen with an M16A2 mounted with a scope as he and Beckett move to the extraction site at the beginning of the film.

M16A2 Rifle - 5.56x45mm.
Papich with his scoped M16A2.

Norinco Type-56

The Norinco Type 56 7.62X39mm rifle is carried by several guerrilla fighters in the film, most notably by the one who opens fire on the helicopter carrying Miller.

Norinco Type 56 (fixed stock variant) with under-folding bayonet ("pig sticker") - 7.62x39mm
A guerrilla fighter with his Norinco.
The guerrilla fighter uses his Norinco on the Marine helo.

Possible Type 56

Some sort of AK variant possibly a Type 56 mocked up to look like an AKM is carried by several guerrilla fighters in the film. It is identifiable as not a AKM or Russian made AK from the hooded foresight that only Chinese AKs have.

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 do the AKM and later variants.
A possible Type 56 with an AKM muzzle break is used by a guerrilla fighter in the film.

L1A1 Self Loading Rifle

An L1A1 SLR rifle is seen hanging on a wall of the Marine Enlisted Club. As the movie was filmed in Australia and used an actual Australian Army NCO club this would have been an actual Lithgow Small Arms Factory Australian L1A1 with the original handguards prior to the introduction of the rounded variant more common on Australian L1A1's.

L1A1 with wood furniture - 7.62x51mm
An L1A1 SLR rifle is seen hanging on a wall of the Marine Enlisted Club. As the movie was filmed in Australia and used an actual Australian Army NCO club this would have been an actual Lithgow Small Arms Factory Australian L1A1 with the original handguards prior to the introduction of the rounded variant more common on Australian L1A1's.

M1A1 Carbine

The leader of the guerrillas aiding Beckett carries an M1A1 Carbine.

M1A1 Carbine - .30 Carbine
The leader of the guerrillas aiding Beckett carries an M1A1 Carbine.

Submachine Guns

Heckler & Koch MP5

The Heckler & Koch MP5 is seen carried by several Ochoa guards. One guard carries his MP5 9x19mm fitted with a night vision scope.

Heckler & Koch MP5A3 - 9x19mm.
One guard carries his MP5 9x19mm fitted with a night vision scope.

Shotguns

Remington 870

Another Ochoa guard carries a pistol-gripped Remington 870.

Remington 870 with Tac Star furniture, the firearm in the film had the standard foregrip, not the Tac Star foregrip- 12 Gauge.
Another Ochoa guard carries a pistol-gripped Remington 870.

Machine Guns

Browning M2

"El Cirujano" (Ken Radley) fires a tripod mounted Browning M2 12.7x99mm (.50BMG) NATO at the lookout tower where Beckett was.

Browning M2HB on M3 tripod.
El Cirujano fires the Browning M2.

M60D

Marine doorgunners fire M60D machine guns from their Marine UH-1 helicopters.

M60D machine gun 7.62x51mm NATO
A Marine doorgunner sweeps the area with his M60D. Note the C-ration belt feeder.

RPD Light Machine Gun

Guerrillas are seen firing an RPD light machine gun into the countryside after Beckett's target is eliminated.

RPD Light Machine Gun - 7.62x39mm
A guerrilla fighter opens fire with his belt-fed RPD light machine gun.

Handguns

LAR Grizzly Mk I.45 Winchester Magnum

"El Cirujano" (Ken Radley) carries a LAR Grizzly Mk I in his shoulder holster. Beckett is also able to use it at the end of the film.

LAR Grizzly Mk1
A closeup of the LAR Grizzly.

SIG-Sauer P226

Beckett carries a SIG-Sauer P226 as his sidearm throughout the film.

Early Model SIG P226 - 9x19mm
Beckett runs from fire carrying his SIG-Sauer P226.
Beckett with his SIG.

Browning Hi-Power

An Ochoa soldier is seen aiming a Browning Hi-Power when the helicopter comes for the extraction.

Classic Commercial Browning Hi-Power (Belgian Mfg) - 9x19mm
An Ochoa soldier is seen aiming a Browning Hi-Power when the helicopter comes for the extraction.

Other

M203 Grenade Launcher

A young Marine riding with Miller in the helicopter has an M203 grenade launcher underslung on his M16A2.

M16A2 5.56x45mm with M203 grenade launcher - 40mm
A young Marine riding with Miller in the helicopter has an M203 grenade launcher underslung on his M16A2.


The Sniper film series

Sniper

Sniper 2

Sniper 3

Sniper: Reloaded



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