Siege of Firebase Gloria, The

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The Siege of Firebase Gloria (1989)

The Siege of Firebase Gloria is a 1989 Vietnam War film directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith and starring R. Lee Ermey and Wings Hauser as US Marines on a Long Range Recon Patrol who find themselves at Firebase Gloria, an isolated American fire support base that appears to be on the verge of an all-out assault by both the NVA and the Viet Cong on the eve of the Tet Offensive. The cast for the Australian production includes Albert Popwell, Robert Arevalo, and Gary Hershberger.


The following weapons were used in the film The Siege of Firebase Gloria:

Contents


Rifles

M14 Rifle

The M14 rifle is carried by Cpl. Joseph L. 'Nard' DiNardo (Wings Hauser). A scoped M14 is carried by the ARVN sniper in the LRRP team.

M14 rifle - 7.62x51mm NATO
The M14 rifle is carried by Cpl. Joseph L. 'Nard' DiNardo (Wings Hauser).
A scoped M14 is carried by the ARVN sniper in the LRRP team.
Cpl. Joseph L. 'Nard' DiNardo (Wings Hauser) fires the M14.
In the center, a soldier fires the M14 during the final battle.
A US sharpshooter fires the M14 during the final battle.

M16A1 Rifle

The M16A1 rifle, with 30-round magazines, are seen used by American forces in the film including Cpl. Joseph L. 'Nard' DiNardo and Sgt. Maj. Bill Hafner (R. Lee Ermey).

M16A1 with 30 Round magazine - 5.56x45mm
The M16A1 rifle is held up by Cpl. Joseph L. 'Nard' DiNardo (Wings Hauser).
The M16A1 rifle is being fired on full auto by Cpl. Joseph L. 'Nard' DiNardo (Wings Hauser) at suspected female VC "sappers".
Sgt. Maj. Bill Hafner (R. Lee Ermey) carries the rifle.
The rifle is fired by Sgt. Maj. Bill Hafner (R. Lee Ermey).
At the left, Sgt. Jones (Albert Popwell) fires his rifle.

Norinco Type 56

VC forces are armed with Norinco Type 56 rifles throughout the film. Both Hafner and DiNardo use the rifles in the final battle.

Norinco Type 56 (fixed stock variant) with under-folding bayonet ("pig sticker") - 7.62x39mm
A VC fighter uses her Norinco.
The rifle is used by Sgt. Maj. Bill Hafner (R. Lee Ermey).
DiNardo briefly fires a Norinco Type-56 when his M16A1 runs dry. Note the broken under-folding bayonet ("pig sticker").
The rifle is used by NVA officer Cao Van (Robert Arevalo) .

SKS Rifle

The VC sniper is seen armed with an SKS rifle.

Russian Simonov Type 45 aka the Russian SKS rifle - 7.62x39mm.
The VC sniper is seen armed with an SKS rifle.

Handguns

Colt M1911A1

The M1911A1 is seen used by several US soldiers and chopper pilots in the film including Lt. Moran (Gary Hershberger).

World War II Colt M1911A1 - .45 ACP
The M1911A1 is seen carried by Lt. Moran (Gary Hershberger).

Squires Bingham M100 Revolver

Sgt. Maj. Bill Hafner (R. Lee Ermey) carries what appears to be a Squires Bingham M100 revolver as his sidearm.

Squires Bingham M100 - .38 Special
Sgt. Maj. Bill Hafner (R. Lee Ermey) carries what appears to be a Squires Bingham M100 revolver.
Hafner gets his revolver out.
Hafner pulls his revolver.
Hafner with his revolver.
The revolver is put to the head of DiNardo.

Tokarev TT-33

NVA officer Cao Van (Robert Arevalo) can be seen armed with the Tokarev TT-33 pistol.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Pre-1947 version.
NVA officer Cao Van (Robert Arevalo) can be seen armed with the Tokarev TT-33 pistol.

Machine Guns

M60 Machine Gun

The M60 machine gun is used by a member of Hafner's LRRP team as well as other American forces at the firebase.

M60 GPMG - 7.62x51mm NATO
The M60 machine gun is used by a member of Hafner's LRRP team.
A US machine gun uses the M60 to defend the base.
The M60 machine gun is used by a member of Hafner's LRRP team.
Sgt. Jones (Albert Popwell) operates the M60 machine gun.

M60D Machine Gun

The M60D machine gun appears in the film door-mounted on UH-1 Huey helicopters.

M60D machine gun 7.62x51mm NATO
The M60D machine gun is used by a doorgunner.
A doorgunner lays down fire with the M60D.
The spade grips of the M60D visible behind Lt. Moran.

Browning M2HB Heavy Machine Gun

Several Browning M2HB heavy machine guns are used in the film. A Browning fitted with an anti-aircraft target sight is used by VC forces who shot at American helicopters. US forces defending Firebase Gloria also are seen using them. Hafner briefly uses one during the final battle

Browning M2HB .50 BMG in vehicle mounting
A Browning M2 fitted with an anti-aircraft target sight is used by VC forces who shot at American helicopters.
US machine gun team defends the base with the M2.
The Browning M2 seen at the right.
At the right, Hafner defends the base with the M2.
Hafner fires the Browning M2HB during the final battle.

Other

M79 Grenade Launcher

The M79 Grenade Launcher is seen used both by DiNardo and Hafner.

M79 grenade launcher - 40mm
Closeup of Hafner's M79 grenade launcher.
Cpl. DiNardo firing the M79 grenade launcher.
Sgt. Maj. Hafner with an M79 grenade launcher in his arms.
At the left, Sgt. Maj. Hafner firing the M79 grenade launcher.

M26 Hand Grenade

The M26 hand grenade is the carried by US troops.

M26 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
Hafner carries the M26 hand grenade.

Other

M18A1 Claymore

M18A1 Claymore mines are seen used in the film.

M18A1 Claymore anti-personnel mine
M18A1 Claymore planted on the VC headquarters.



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