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The Wild Geese
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Cinema Poster
Country UKD.jpg UK
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Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen
Release Date 1978
Language English
Studio Richmond Film Productions (West)
Distributor Allied Artists Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Col. Allen Faulkner Richard Burton
Lt. Shawn Fynn Roger Moore
Capt. Rafer Janders Richard Harris
Lt. Pieter Coetzee Hardy Krüger
Sgt. Blake Jesse John Kani
Keith Percy Herbert
Jock McTaggart Ronald Fraser
Esposito Glyn Baker
Tosh Donaldson Ian Yule



The following weapons were used in the film The Wild Geese:


Contents


Handguns

Walther P38 with and without Suppressor

Lt. Shawn Fynn (Roger Moore) uses a suppressed Walther P38 during the scene when his team takes control of the airport. Another P38 is used by a mafia hitman during their hunt for Shawn Fynn. Col. Faulkner also uses a P38 to perform a mercy-killing later in the movie.

Walther P38 with unmounted suppressor - 9x19mm
Lt. Shawn Fynn fires his silenced Walther P38.
Closeup of the pistol, proving that it is a silenced Walther P38.
Walther P38 WWII dated with black grips - 9x19mm
Col. Faulkner preparing his P38 for a mercy killing.
One of mafia hitmen is armed with a P38.

Colt M1911

The Sgt. Major "Sandy" (Jack Watson) uses a Colt M1911 to discipline a soldier during training. He later uses it during the final shootout at the airfield. Another 1911 is used by a mafia hitman (Leslie Schofield) during the Shawn Fynn rescue.

Colt M1911 (dated 1913) - .45 ACP
Sandy preparing his 1911 to discipline a broken soldier during physical training.
A very horrified private soldier after Sandy fires his Colt next to his ear.
Sandy using his Colt to fire at approaching soldiers.
A hitman (Leslie Schofield) brandishing his Colt.

SIG P210

Shawn Fynn (Roger Moore) uses a SIG P210 during the Mafia-related scenes.

P210
Shawn pointing his SIG P210 at the "snot-nosed" mafioso kid (David Ladd, the son of Alan Ladd)
His SIG P210 pointed at a less than amused Colonel Faulkner at Shawns Casino hideout
Shawn and Faulkner at the casino hideout, Shawn brandishing his SIG P210

Smith & Wesson Model 19 Snub Nose

Colonel Faulkner (Richard Burton) and Rafer (Richard Harris) both carry a Smith & Wesson Model 19 Snub Nose during the mafia raid at the casino.

Smith & Wesson Model 19 Snubnose - .357 Magnum
Shawn and Rafer with the latter showing his Model 19 Snub.
Faulkner at the casino hideout, Faulkner brandishing the S&W Model 19 Snub.

Colt Python

One of the mafia hitmen uses a Colt Python revolver during the casino scenes.

Colt Python - .357 Magnum
One of mafia hitmen is armed with a Colt Python.

Beretta M1934

Col. Faulkner brandishes a suppressed Beretta M1934 when confronting Sir Edward Matherson (Stewart Granger).

Beretta Model 1934 - .380 ACP
Faulkner with his suppressed Beretta M1934.
A closeup of the M1934.

Tokarev TT-33

The East-German military advisor at the airport carries what is most likely a Tokarev TT-33.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev.
The East-German officer runs out with his Tokarev in hand.

Submachine Guns

Uzi

Col. Allen Faulkner (Richard Burton) and Capt. Rafer Janders (Richard Harris) use the Uzi Submachine Gun. Lt. Shawn Fynn (Roger Moore), Sgt. Jesse Blake (John Kani) and Medical Orderly Arthur Witty (Kenneth Griffith) and a few other mercenaries also use the Uzi Submachine Gun.

IMI Uzi used by Richard Burton in the film. One of five identical Uzis used on set. Photo courtesy of the Long Mountain Outfitters
Col. Allen Faulkner (Richard Burton) with his Uzi submachine gun - 9mm
Lt. Shawn Fynn (Roger Moore) readies his Uzi submachine gun - 9mm
President Limbani (Winston Ntshona) and Jesse with his Uzi.

Sa.23 submachine gun

A Czechoslovakian Sa.23 Submachine Gun with a fixed wooden stock is seen in the parachute harness of a mercenary as they prepare to do a jump from the C-130 transport plane. Later it is seen being used by the 4th NCO, Derek (Joe Cole) as the mercenaries capture Zembala airport. Derek is still carrying it when Lt. Fynn's detachment capture the battered old Dakota DC-3.

It is the 23 model because it is 9mm Parabellum, the later 7.62x25mm Tokarev model has a slanted pistol grip and magazine hence the ammunition. While it might be unusual for one of the mercenaries to be carrying a communist weapon during the Cold War, the design was actually sold to and adopted by South Africa during that time period. Some may think it is a South African Sanna-77 submachine gun. The Sanna-77 was a semi-automatic SMG issued to white Afrikaans farmers during the Aparthied era as a protection weapon, however many claim that is was merely an updated Sa.25 (folding stock 9mm). This is unlikely since the Sanna-77 was only manufactured in a folding stock version.

Czechoslovakian Sa.24 Submachine gun - 7.25 Tokarev
A mercenary carries a Czechoslovakian Sa.23 Submachine gun - 9mm
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Sa.25 submachine gun

One mercenary can be seen with the folding stock of the 9mm submachine gun. This indicates it is the Sa.25 Submachine Gun.

Czech Sa.25 Submachine gun - 9mm
A mercenary in the foreground carries a Czechoslovakian Sa.25 Submachine gun with a folding stock - 9mm

Madsen M50

Some of the mercenaries use the Danish Madsen M50 Submachine Gun.

Madsen M50 - 9x19mm
Mercenary in front runs holding a Danish Madsen M50 Submachine gun - 9mm

Sterling L2A1

RSM Sandy Young (Jack Watson) uses a Sterling L2A1 submachine gun as well as several of the other mercenaries.

Sterling Submachine Gun - 9mm
Sandy on the left with his Sterling.
Sandy Young fires his Sterling Submachine gun - 9mm

MAC-10

One of the members of the hit team sent to kill Shawn Finn (Roger Moore) uses what appears to be a MAC-10.

MAC-10 Submachine Gun - 45acp
One of the mafia killers (stuntman George Leech) sent to terminate Shawn Finn carries a MAC-10 Submachine Gun - 45acp
Same bounty hunter firing his MAC 10 at a doors lock.

Rifles & Carbines

L1A1 SLR

There is a huge mix of all manners of FAL rifles in the film. The Mercenaries use a mix of LAR, FAL 50.00 and L1A1 SLR models. Some of them are firing semi auto and others are firing full automatic.

British Inch Pattern L1A1 SLR (Self Loading Rifle) chambered in 7.62x51mm
Mercenaries all fire the L1A1 SLR (Self Loading Rifle) chambered in 7.62x51mm. Medical Orderly Arthur Witty (far left) carries an Uzi during his jump, uses an L1A1 during the first battle, and then switches back to an Uzi for the rest of the film. Actor Percy Herbert (middle) also seen using a L1A1.
Mercenary Samuels (Brook Williams on the left) uses an L1A1 during the barracks attack, while Esposito on the right (Glyn Baker son of famous actor Stanley Baker) uses a full auto FN FAL 50.00 rifle - 7.62x51mm
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FN FAL 50.61

Some of the Mercenaries and nearly all of the Simbas (General Endoufa's crack troops) carry the FN FAL 50.61 paratrooper rifle. This is odd, since the junta's forces are being aided by the Soviet Bloc (note the Cuban and East German military Advisors), thus it would have been more likely that the junta's soldiers are issued AK47s or other Combloc weapon. However, the number of FN-FAL available for the production is logical though as the movie was filmed in South Africa and used South African weapons.

FN FAL 50.61 paratrooper rifle - 7.62x51mm
Simba Guard patrols with his FN FAL 50.61 paratrooper rifle - 7.62x51mm
All of the pursuing Simba soldiers carry FN FAL 50.61 paratrooper rifle - 7.62x51mm
Clearer shot of the bottom half of the weapon.

FN LAR

Alot of the of the Mercenaries carry the FN LAR automatic rifle (early FAL variant) with a wooden stock. Faulkner is seen holding a FAL for one of the soldiers while the latter cuts through a barb-wire fence. Note the slim folded bipod.

Original FN LAR (Light Automatic Rifle) - full auto rifle with Wooden buttstock - 7.62x51mm NATO. Note the folded bipod. Many of these rifles were issued with wooden buttstocks by FN Belgium and are seen in wars all over the world in this configuration.
Col. Allen Faulkner (Richard Burton) holding Keith's (Percy Herbert) FN LAR "Light Automatic Rifle" 1st pattern FAL while the latter is assisting cutting the barb wired fence. - 7.62x51mm.
Mercenary Keith (Percy Herbert) fires his FN LAR "Light Automatic Rifle". Note the slim folded bipod thats shown just left of his left hand.

FN FAL 50.00

Hardy Krueger as Lt. Pieter Coetzee uses an FN FAL 50.00 with a wooden buttstock, like many of the other mercenaries.

FN FAL 50.00 7.62x51mm NATO
Pieter Coetzee (Hardy Krueger) with his FN FAL 50.00 - 7.62mm NATO
Coetzee walks with his FN FAL 50.00 whereas Sgt. Jesse Blake (John Kani) carries an FN LAR. Awhile later, Jesse is seen carrying and using the Uzi for the remainder of the film.

Custom L1A1 Battle Carbine

Ex SAS member Tosh Donaldson played by Ian Yule used a weapon that was a chopped down L1A1 SLR that was converted to full auto fire with a special single dot reflex sight and flash hider (and 40 round 7.62x51mm magazines). The actor Ian Yule, was a former real life Mercenary in the Congo during the 1960s under the command of Major Mike Hoare. For many years, fans of the film assumed the weapon was a South African R1 Variant, but information directly from the actor reminds us that there was an arms embargo against South Africa during the 1970s (because of apartheid). This was a custom made L1A1 carbine that came from a UK Movie armory.

British Inch Pattern L1A1 SLR (Self Loading Rifle) chambered in 7.62x51mm NATO - Variation of the FN FAL rifle. British & New Zealand SLR's were later fitted with black fibreglass furniture as seen here.
Custom shortened L1A1 SLR (Self Loading Rifle) as used in The Wild Geese (photoshopped image) - 7.62x51mm
Tosh Donaldson (Ian Yule) fires his Custom L1A1 Battle Carbine at the attacking plane - 7.62x51mm

SIG SG 510

During the attack on the barracks, a Mercenary carries a StG 57/SIG SG 510 Assault Rifle. It is also seen fired in the prone position during the final firefight.

Swiss StG 57. The 7.62x51mm version is called the SG 510
Mercenary carries a Swiss StG 57. Most probably the SG 510 being that the 510 is chambered for 7.62x51mm
Mercenary readies his SG 510 - 7.62x51mm
Mercenaries run for the plane, one carrying an SG 510 - 7.62x51mm. The one in front carries his FN MAG-58 - 7.61x51mm

Machine Guns

Bren Gun

The Bren Gun is used by some of the Mercenaries and Simbas, both in .303 and 7.62.

Bren Mk2 - .303 caliber
Private Esposito (Glyn Baker) (right) with his Bren.
Sgt. Tosh Donaldson (Ian Yule) holds his Blindicide Rocket Launcher while another mercenary fires his Bren gun
Sgt. Tosh Donaldson (Ian Yule) takes over the Bren gun
A Simba soldier firing his Bren.

Vickers Gun

A Vickers Machine Gun is used by the Mercenaries in the final firefight with the Simbas, manned first by Sgt. Jock McTaggart and then by Capt. Rafer Janders. This weapon was most likely scavanged by the Mercenaries at the Airport (by Colonel Faulkners orders) since its not a light-weight weapon (55.12 lb, 25.00 kg) and were probably not parachuted in with the Mercenaries who according to plan were not expected to remain for more than a few hours.

Vickers gun with ribbed water jacket - .303 British
Mercenaries ready their Vickers Machine gun - .303
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FN MAG-58

The FN MAG-58 is used by some of the Mercenaries and RSM Sandy Young (Jack Watson).

FN MAG 58 7.62x51mm NATO
RSM Sandy Young (Jack Watson) whips quickly around with a FN MAG-58 - 7.62x51mm
Mercenary takes cover with his FN MAG-58 - 7.62x51mm

Fire Support

RL-83 Blindicide Rocket Launcher

Tosh Donaldson (Ian Yule) carries and uses a Belgian RL-83 Blindicide multiple times during the final firefight. Tosh's rocket launcher does not have the blast shield installed.

Tosh fires his RL-83 Blindicide - 83mm
Frontal view.
Reloading the launcher. This looks more like a mortar round than a genuine RL-83 rocket.

Mk II hand grenade

The Mk II Hand Grenade is mostly seen used by Rafer Janders (Richard Harris) when he and Allan Faulkner (Richard Burton) rescue Shawn Fynn (Roger Moore). Also carried by all of the mercenaries during the mission.

Mk 2 "Pineapple" High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
An American Mk II hand grenade of WW2 vintage is used by Rafer Janders.
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Mills Bomb

At least one mercenary is seen with the British Mills Bomb of World War 1 heritage but updated and still manufactured even as late as the 1980's.

No. 36M Mk.I "Mills Bomb" High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade.
Private Esposito with a Mills bomb hanging from his chest pocket.



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