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The Delta Force
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Country USA.jpg USA
ISR.jpg Israel
Directed by Menahem Golan
Release Date 1986
Language English
Studio Golan-Globus Productions
Distributor Cannon Films
Main Cast
Character Actor
Maj. Scott McCoy Chuck Norris
Col. Nick Alexander Lee Marvin
Ben Kaplan Martin Balsam
Bobby Steve James
Abdul Robert Forster
Capt. Campbell Bo Svenson
Pete Peterson William Wallace
Father O'Malley George Kennedy
Sister Mary Kim Delaney
Gen. Woodbridge Robert Vaughn

The Delta Force is a 1986 action film directed by Menahem Golan that follows the actions of the elite US Special Forces unit under the command of Colonel Nick Alexander (Lee Marvin) and Major Scott McCoy (Chuck Norris) that is sent into Beirut to rescue the passengers aboard an airliner hijacked by Lebanese terrorists.

The hijacking plot is loosely based on the real-life 1985 hijacking of TWA Flight 847. The film would spawn two sequels, including 1990's Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection. This film also marked the final acting role for Lee Marvin.

The following weapons were used in the film The Delta Force:


Submachine Guns

Mini Uzi

The main weapon of the Delta Force is the Mini Uzi. The weapon is seen in the hands of Major Scott McCoy (Chuck Norris), Bobby (Steve James), Pete (William Wallace), and Colonel Nick Alexander (Lee Marvin). The submachine guns are seen used with and without suppressors. The Mini-Uzi was readily available to the armorers as The Delta Force was filmed primarily in Israel and this is one of the earliest appearances of the weapon in an English language feature film.

Mini Uzi SMG with stock folded - 9mm
Maj. Scott McCoy (Chuck Norris) with the Mini Uzi as the Delta Force prepare a rescue in Algeria.
Maj. Scott McCoy (Chuck Norris) loads a magazine into his Mini Uzi while undercover in Beirut.
The Mini Uzi is fired by Maj. Scott McCoy (Chuck Norris).
A great close up of the Mini Uzi.
Maj. Scott McCoy holds his mini-Uzi during a raid.
Maj. Scott McCoy (Chuck Norris) destroys the radio with the mini-Uzi.
Bobby (Steve James) is armed with a suppressed mini-Uzi.
Col. Nick Alexander (Lee Marvin) uses the suppressed mini-Uzi. Note the use of the sights.


During the initial takeover the plane, the PM-63 is used by Mustafa (David Menachem), one of the hijackers.

PM-63 RAK submachine gun
Mustafa (David Menachem) carrying the PM-63 and a Mills bomb.
The PM-63 is brandished at David Rosovsky (Yehuda Efroni).

Carl Gustav M/45

The Carl Gustav M/45 also is seen in the hands of the Lebanese militants.

Carl Gustaf M/45B 9x19mm‎
On the right, the Carl Gustav M/45 also is seen.
The guards armed with the SMG.


Colt M1911A1

Abdul Rifi (Robert Forster) is seen armed with what appears to be a Colt M1911A1 while hijacking the plane. He also carries the pistol while in Beirut.

Pre-War Colt M1911A1 Pistol - Commercial Model known as the "Colt Government Model" - .45 ACP. This has a deep Colt factory blued finish, common for commercial variants before and after the war.
The Colt M1911A1 is hidden in the lavatory towel dispenser.
Abdul Rifi (Robert Forster) armed with a Colt M1911A1 to take control of the cockpit.
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Colt MK IV Series 70

Col. Nick Alexander (Lee Marvin) uses what appears to be Colt Mk IV Series 70 (probably used as a substitute for the similar looking GI issue M1911A1). He notably uses to take out the terrorist holding the airliner's pilot and crew hostage. The pistol seen has a lowered ejection port - possibly a non-military issue Colt Mk IV Series 70, used as a double for a GI issue M1911A1). It looks to be modified with a selective fire switch on the left side of the pistol, on the slide grip. There is also Delta hammer, instead of the standard Spur hammer on his M1911.

Colt MK IV Series 70 .45 ACP
Col. Nick Alexander (Lee Marvin) threatens the guard with his pistol.
Col. Nick Alexander (Lee Marvin) uses the pistol to take out the terrorist Jaffer on the plane.

Browning Hi-Power

The Browning Hi-Power is held to the head of Capt. Campbell (Bo Svenson) by the terrorist Jaffer (Avi Loziah). Some of the Delta Force operators also are armed with the pistol.

Browning Hi Power (Belgian Mfg) 1970s - 9mm
The Browning Hi-Power is held to the head of Capt. Campbell (Bo Svenson) by the terrorist Jaffer (Avi Loziah). This particular scene is a direct reference to an actual event during the real life hijacking of TWA Flight 847 in 1985 (of which the hijacking in the film is based on).
The Browning on the left.



The terrorists and Lebanese militants are all armed AK-47-type rifles in the film. Israeli armorers provided the weaponry for this production, making it likely these are authentic AK rifles, rather than AKM or ARM rifles.

Poly Technologies AK-47 - 7.62x39mm. Though U.S. productions would use the Poly Tech Legend rifles, most Israeli productions would probably use real milled receiver AK-47s from IDF inventory.
Some of the militants are armed with AK rifles.

Trivia: The Israeli Blank Adapters

Some of the AK rifles used in the film have an extended muzzle nut visible. They are the BFAs (Blank Firing Adapters) used mostly by Israeli movie armorers. American movie armorers use blank firing adapters that are either hidden in the barrel or look just like the existing compensators or flash hiders on the issued firearms. Much like the 1988 film The Beast of War, these obvious BFAs indicate that a film was shot in Israel.

The rifle seen on the right has the BFA usually used by Israeli movie armorers.
The BFA seen on the bottom right.
The rifle on the right has the BFA visible.


Another weapon carried by the terrorists and militants is the AKS-47 rifle with folding stocks. Abdul Rifi (Robert Forster) is notably armed with the rifle during the confrontation with McCoy.

AKS-47 7.62x39mm
Abdul Rifi (Robert Forster) is notably armed with the rifle during the confrontation with McCoy.
Abdul Rifi (Robert Forster) opens fire on the Delta Force with his rifle.
The rifles are used by the militants.


During the film's opening, what appear to be M16A1 rifles are seen in the hands of the Delta Force soldiers at the Desert One staging area during Operation Eagle Claw in Iran in 1980. Similar rifles are seen in the hands of Lebanese militants in Beirut.

M16A1 with 30 Round magazine - 5.56x4
During the film's opening, Delta Force soldiers armed with M16A1 rifles during Operation Eagle Claw in Iran in 1980.
M16A1 rifles are seen in the hands of many Lebanese militants in Beirut.

Galil ARM

Galil ARM rifles are seen in the hands of Delta Force soldiers while at Desert One in Iran, in the first rescue attempt in Algeria, and in Israel when they were preparing for the second rescue attempt. Militants also carry the rifle.

IMI Galil ARM 5.56x45mm
A disguised Delta Force operator holds the IMI Galil ARM 5.56x45mm.
Rifles are seen in the hands of many Lebanese militants in Beirut.

Galil SAR

Galil SAR rifles are also seen in the hands of Delta Force soldiers during several instances in the film.

IMI Galil SAR - 5.56x45mm
In center, disguised Delta operator holding the IMI Galil SAR.
Pete with the rifle.

SA vz. 58

An SA vz. 58 is seen in the hands of a guard outside the headquarters after the priest is captured.

Czech SA vz. 58P (Pěchotní aka "Infantry") with fixed stock - 7.62x39mm
One of the guards outside the headquarters holds a Vz. 58.

Machine Guns

RPD machine gun

The RPD machine gun is seen mounted on jeeps driven by the Lebanese militants.

RPD Light Machine Gun - 7.62x39mm
The RPD mounted on the jeep on the runway.
The RPD is used by the militants.


Mounted on the passenger side of the Delta Force's Fast Attack Vehicles is the FN MAG. The stock has been removed from the machine gun and it is seen used by both Col. Alexander (Lee Marvin) and Pete Peterson (William Wallace).

FN MAG 58 7.62x51mm NATO
Col. Alexander (Lee Marvin) mans the FN MAG.
Pete Peterson (William Wallace) mans the FN MAG on the Fast Attack Vehicle.

Browning M2

A Browning M2 is mounted on the armored vehicle guarding the runway.

Browning M2 .50 BMG
The M2 seen in the middle.
The M2 seen.



Both Maj. McCoy and Bobby (Steve James) are seen using B-300 launchers to take out a militant leader. The B-300 was the Israeli-made precursor to the SMAW. In the film, the Israeli markings on the launcher were covered with tape.

B-300 83mm
Maj. McCoy and Bobby prepare to use B-300 launchers. Notice how the writing on the tube that would've identified it as a B-300 is conveniently taped over.
The launchers are fired.

B-10 Recoilless Rifle

Militants attempt to use what appears to be a B-10 recoilless rifle as the Delta Force raid the hideout. Major McCoy later takes out the team and uses the launcher.

B-10 recoilless rifle 82mm
Militants attempt to use what appears to be a B-10 recoilless rifle.
McCoy takes up the launcher.


Some of the Fast Attack Vehicles used by the Delta Force can be seen armed with BGM-71 TOW missiles mounted on their roofs.

BGM-71 TOW 152mm on M220 tripod
The TOW is used by Delta during the raid.
TOW is fired.


Mills Bomb

Abdul Rifi initially hijacks the plane armed with an M1911 and a Mills Bomb. A militant also tries to toss one in a stairwell as the Delta Force tries to get the passengers out.

Mills Bomb High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade.
Abdul Rifi holds the Mills Bomb. Note the pin in his mouth.
Mustafa holds the Mills Bomb.

M69 Training Grenade

M69 Training Grenades painted to resemble the M67 are carried by the Delta Force.

M69 Training Grenade.
Seen on the right.

Delta Force Motorcycle

One of the specialized vehicles utilized by the Delta Force in Beirut is a motorcycle outfitted with submachine guns, forward mounted rockets, and rear-mounted mortars. McCoy uses throughout the latter part of the film.

Maj. McCoy rides the armed motorcycle.
Closeup of the submachine guns being fired.
The rear launcher is fired.

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