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 an isolated American firebase that appears to be on the verge of an all-out assault by the by the NVA and the Viet Cong.

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



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).
Cpl. Joseph L. 'Nard' DiNardo (Wings Hauser) fires the M14.
A soldier 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 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. DiNardo briefly uses one in the final battle.

Norinco Type 56 (fixed stock variant) with under-folding bayonet ("pig sticker") - 7.62x39mm
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DiNardo briefly fires a Norinco Type-56 when his M16A1 runs dry.

SKS Rifle

The VC sniper is seen armed with an SKS rifle.

Russian Simonov Type 45 aka the Russian SKS rifle - 7.62x39mm.
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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
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M60D Machine Gun

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

M60D machine gun 7.62x51mm NATO
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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
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Hafner fires the Browning M2HB during the final battle


M79 Grenade Launcher

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

M79 grenade launcher - 40mm
Cpl. DiNardo firing the M79 grenade launcher
Sgt. Maj. Hafner with an M79 grenade launcher in his arms
Sgt. Maj. Hafner firing the M79 grenade launcher


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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