Iron Triangle, The

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The Iron Triangle (1989)

The Iron Triangle is a 1989 Vietnam War drama filmed in Sri Lanka starring Beau Bridges as an Army captain who is captured by the Viet Cong and develops a unique relationship with a young Viet Cong soldier. The film offered a perspective of the NVA and Viet Cong forces not seen in American films about the war.

The following weapons were used in the film The Iron Triangle:




The M1911A1 is seen in the holsters of US soldiers and used by ARVN Captain Duc (Fran├žois Chau).

M1911A1 .45 ACP
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Makarov PM

A Makarov PM is carried by Colonel Tuong (Haing S. Ngor).

Russian Makarov PM - 9x18mm Makarov
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Submachine Guns

M1928A1 Thompson

Murphy (Allan Moore), an American soldier, is seen carrying an M1928A1 Thompson submachine gun with a 30-round magazine and Cutts compensator. It is then captured by Ho (Liem Whatley).

M1928A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine - .45 ACP
Murphy (Allan Moore) is seen carrying an M1928A1 Thompson submachine gun with a 30-round magazine and Cutts compensator.

Sterling Mark 6

A Sterling Mark 6 is the main weapon used by the French soldier Jacques (Johnny Hallyday).

Sterling Mk. IV Submachine Gun - 9mm
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M16A1 Rifle

The majority of the US forces in the film are seen armed with M16A1s, notably Captain Keene (Beau Bridges).

M16A1 5.56x45mm
Captain Keene (Beau Bridges) holds the M16A1 while riding in a Huey. Most of the US soldiers seen in the film are wearing helmets with the inaccurate Woodland camouflage scheme.
A US soldier opens fire with the M16A1 during the final battle.

SKS Rifle

The Viet Cong are seen using SKS rifles during the final battle.

SKS 7.62x39mm
A young female Viet Cong performs with an SKS during a propaganda rally.
The Viet Cong in the middle opens fire with the SKS at an attacking US helicopter.

Norinco Type 56 Rifle

Norinco Type 56 rifles are the main rifles used by the Viet Cong in the film.

Norinco Type 56 (with 3rd pattern stamped receiver) with pig-sticker bayonet 7.62x39mm
Ho (Liem Whatley) holds the Norinco on Capt. Keene.
Ho opens fire with Norinco.

Machine Guns

M60 Machine Gun

The M60 machine gun is used by American forces in the film both on the ground and mounted on Huey's. An M60 is also used by Ho (Liem Whatley).

M60 machine gun 7.62x51mm NATO
An American M60 team opens fire.
A US soldiers fire the M60 mounted on a Huey.
An M60 is also used by Ho (Liem Whatley) to pin down American troops.


M67 Hand Grenade

The M67 hand grenade is seen used by American troops as well as by a Viet Cong woman in the final battle.

M67 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
A slain female V.C. fighter lays with a live M67 grenade in her hand

M79 Grenade Launcher

The M79 grenade launcher is shown being used by American forces during the final battle.

M79 grenade launcher 40mm
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M72 LAW rocket launchers are used by American forces in the opening and closing firefights.

M72A2 LAW, 66mm
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