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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. Maj. Scott McCoy (Chuck Norris) and Col. Nick Alexander (Lee Marvin) are seen using them. When the Delta Force assault the runway, they are seen using the submachine guns with suppressors. This is one of the earliest appearances of the Mini Uzi in an English language feature film.

Mini Uzi SMG with stock folded - 9mm
Maj. Scott McCoy (Chuck Norris) loads a magazine into his Mini Uzi.
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 one of the hijackers.

PM-63 RAK submachine gun
carrying the PM-63 and a Mills bomb.
The PM-63 is brandished.

Carl Gustav M/45

Seen in the hands of the Lebanese militants.

Carl Gustaf M/45B 9x19mm‎
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Colt M1911

Abdul (Robert Forster) uses a Colt M1911 to take control over the plane. Col. Nick Alexander (Lee Marvin) uses an M1911 to take out the terrorist holding the airliner's pilot and crew hostage in the head (Alexander's M1911 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.

Original Colt M1911 (dated 1913) - .45 ACP
Abdul (Robert Forster) uses a Colt M1911 - .45 ACP to take control over the plane.
Col. Nick Alexander (Lee Marvin) uses an M1911 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).

Browning Hi Power (Belgian Mfg) 1970s - 9mm
The Browning Hi-Power is held to the head of Capt. Campbell (Bo Svenson). This image is a direct reference to an actual event during the real life hijacking of TWA Flight 847 in 1985.



The terrorists and Lebanese militants use AK-47 and AKM rifles of Soviet, Chinese and Eastern European origins.

Milled Receiver AK-47 design; 7.62x39mm.
AKM, Stamped Steel Receiver w/ slant muzzle brake 7.62x39mm
AKMS, stamped steel receiver w/ slant muzzle brake and under-folding stock - 7.62x39mm
Norinco Type 56 (fixed stock variant) with under-folding bayonet - 7.62x39mm
Norinco Type 56-1 (under-folding stock variant) - 7.62x39mm


Seen in the hands of the Delta Force troops at Desert One during the Opening scene of Operation Eagle Claw in Iran in 1980 and in the hands of Lebanese militants.

M16A1 with 30 Round magazine - 5.56x4

Galil ARM

Seen in the hands of Delta Force troops at Desert One in Iran, in the first rescue attempt in Algeria, and in Israel when they were preparing for the second rescue attempt.

IMI Galil ARM 5.56x45mm
A disguised Delta Force operator holds the IMI Galil ARM 5.56x45mm.

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.


Mounted on the passenger side of the Delta Force's ATVs is the FN MAG. It's seen used by both Col. Alexander (Lee Marvin) and Pete Peterson (William Wallace).

FN MAG 58 7.62x51mm NATO
Pete Peterson (William Wallace) mans the FN MAG on the ATV.



Both Maj. McCoy and Bobby (Steve James) are seen using Israeli-made B-300s to take out a militant leader.

B-300 83mm
Maj. McCoy and Bobby with B-300s. Notice how the writing on the tube that would've identified it as a B-300 is conveniently taped over

Mills Bomb

The terrorists aboard the plane are also seen carrying 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.
The terrorists aboard the plane are also seen carrying a Mills Bomb.

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