Toy Soldiers

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Toy Soldiers (1991)

Toy Soldiers is a 1991 action film that focuses on a group of mostly problematic, non-disciplined students who have their prep school taken over by a group of Colombian terrorists. The terrorist leader, Luis Cali (Andrew Divoff) plants explosives throughout the school grounds and threatens to blow it up along with everyone in it if his demands aren't met or the school is assaulted. As the Army is called in to figure out a way to effectively deal with the situation, the students take it upon themselves to make efforts to re-take the school. In addition to Divoff, the film's cast includes Sean Astin, Louis Gossett Jr., Michael Champion, and Wil Wheaton. The film received assistance from the US Department of Defense, who provided UH-60 Black Hawk and AH-64 Apache helicopters (both new in Army inventory at the time) for the production.

The following weapons were used in the film Toy Soldiers:




Glock 19

Luis Cali (Andrew Divoff) uses a Glock 19 pistol as his weapon of choice. Along with The Hard Way and New Jack City, this is one of very first appearances of the Glock 19 in a feature film.

Glock 19 2nd Generation - 9x19mm
Luis Cali uses his Glock 19 as a gavel in the opening sequence. Toy Soldiers is one of the earliest films to feature this firearm. Note the cuts in the backstrap and grip, which clearly indicate this as a second-generation Glock.
Luis (Andrew Divoff) uses his Glock 19.
Luis uses Billy Tepper (Sean Astin) as a shield, Glock 19 in hand.
Good shot of the Glock 19 as Luis prepares to yank the bomb wires.

Colt Python

A Regis School campus guard, King's County Sheriff's deputies, as well as U.S. Border Patrol officers all carry Colt Python .357 revolvers.

Colt Python - .357 Magnum
A campus guard with his Colt Python holstered.
A Border Patrol officer with his Colt Python.
The King's County Sheriff talks to Dean Edward Parker (Louis Gossett Jr.) with his Colt Python holstered.
A sheriff's deputy watches the terrorists guard post with his Colt Python in hand.

Beretta 92SB

Jack Thorpe (Michael Champion), the American terrorist and Luis' second-in-command, uses a Beretta 92SB as his sidearm, noted by its rounded trigger guard. When Thorpe shows the Beretta to the guard when they first arrive at the school, it has a suppressor mounted. A special force soldier uses a Beretta 92SB at the end of the film.
Beretta 92SB - 9x19mm
"We don't want to hurt anybody.." Thorpe reveals his Beretta 92SB (with suppressor mounted) to the guard.
Thorpe (Michael Champion) shoots the suppressed Beretta.
Thorpe puts his Beretta 92SB to Dr. Robert Gould (Denholm Elliott).
Thorpe points his 92SB at Billy (Sean Astin) when he runs in.
A special force soldier shoots his Beretta 92SB.

Browning Hi-Power

The wounded leader of the FBI Hostage Rescue Team explosives team gives Dean Edward Parker (Louis Gossett Jr.) his Browning Hi-Power sidearm.

Browning Hi-Power Mk. III - 9x19mm
The HRT team leader hands Parker his Browning Hi-Power.
Dean Edward Parker (Louis Gossett Jr.) holds the Browning Hi-Power .
Parker smashes through the window with the Hi-Power in hand.

Submachine Guns

Heckler & Koch SP89 (Mocked up as MP5K)

Jack Thorpe (Michael Champion) and many of the other terrorists overrunning the school are armed mainly with Heckler & Koch SP89s mocked up as the Heckler & Koch MP5K. These are also seen carried by FBI HRT operators and US Army special forces soldiers as well. Billy Tepper (Sean Astin) steals one from a terrorist when the Army launched the assault and tries to ambush Luis Cali with it, but is thwarted.

Heckler & Koch SP89 mocked up as a Heckler & Koch MP5K - 9x19mm
A terrorist shows the students a picture of Donoghue (a student who they were looking for), with an SP89 (mocked up as an MP5K) in hand.
The belltower guard puts down his SP89 to eat the food Billy gives them. An M72 LAW lays to the left.
Dean Parker speaks to the HRT explosives team leader, who has an SP89 slung on his back.
Thorpe (Michael Champion) on the roof of the school armed with a Heckler & Koch SP89 mocked up as an MP5K. Note the metal lower receiver and lack of the paddle mag release.
SP89's are also seen carried by FBI HRT operators.
Billy Tepper (Sean Astin) with the SP89.

Uzi Carbine

One of the terrorists is seen multiple times using an Uzi Carbine, the civilian version of the Uzi SMG, fitted with a 16-inch barrel with a barrel shroud. It seems the armorers converted it to full-auto fire for the film. It is most notably used when Joey Trotta (Wil Wheaton) knocks out a terrorist and attempts to kill another with the the Uzi, failing as the muzzle rise, very inaccurately depicted, raises his fire to the sky.

Uzi semiautomatic Carbine with 16" barrel (IMI Model A) fitted with barrel shroud - 9x19mm
A terrorist sends the students back to their rooms, Uzi Carbine in hand.
A terrorist watches the students with the Uzi Carbine.
Joey (Wil Wheaton) with the Uzi Carbine.
The Uzi Carbine lays on a bed in the foreground along with some extra mags for both the Uzi and the Heckler & Koch SP89.

Rifles / Carbines

Norinco Type 56-1

Several terrorists use Norinco Type 56-1s, noted by the hooded front sight and under-folding stock. It is fitted with an AKM-style muzzle brake, making it similar to the gun used in Heat, meaning it was a semi-auto Chinese import, fitted with the slanted muzzle by the gun's importer and converted to full-auto for the film.

Norinco Type 56-1 - 7.62x39mm
A terrorist wields his Type 56-1 as Luis approaches. The slanted AKM-style muzzle is clearly seen.
A terrorist carrying a Norinco Type 56-1 slung on his back, giving a good view of the hooded sights and the slanted muzzle.

Poly Tech Legend AKS-47

Some of the other terrorists use what appears to be the Poly Tech Legend AKS-47, a model most closely resembling a genuine AKS-47.

Poly Tech AKS-47 - 7.62x39mm
A terrorist sets up explosives with his Poly Tech Legend AKS-47 in hand.
The two AK men search rooms, the man on the right wields a Poly Tech AKS-47.
The guard on the roof with his Poly Tech Legend AKS-47.

Colt XM177-type Carbine Variants

Most of the US Army special forces soldiers are armed with mock XM177-type Carbines. These weapons feature 16 inch lightweight barrels with slip-over fake XM177 moderators. Some appear to be built-up from a combination of A1 and SP1 receivers, while others feature full SP1 upper and lower receivers.

Actual XM177E2 Carbine aka Colt Model 629 - 5.56x45mm
AR-15 Sporter 1 Carbine converted into an XM177 Lookalike - 5.56x45mm
U.S. Army soldiers in ghillie suits detain Billy. The one on the right wields a mockup Colt XM177/Commando carbine, built off an A1 upper receiver (noted by the forward assist) and a 'slabside' SP1 lower (noted by the lack of 'fencing' around the magazine release).
Army special forces soldiers fire their Commandos.
Another special forces soldier fires a Colt Commando, this weapon mocked up from an SP1 upper and lower as evident by the lack of forward assist, shell deflector and mag fencing.

AMAC-1500 Sniper Rifle

The assault team has two snipers armed with what appear to be Iver Johnson AMAC-1500 sniper rifles. They have heavy muzzle brakes and fluted barrels. One appears to be an older spec than the other based on the different muzzle brakes.

AMAC-1500 - .50 BMG (12.7x99mm NATO)
Two infiltration snipers with Iver Johnson AMAC-1500s.

Ruger Mini-14 GB

Thorpe uses an Ruger Mini-14 GB with a synthetic stock and scope to kill the U.S. Border Patrol officers.

Stainless Steel Ruger Mini-14 GB ('Government Barrel') with black synthetic furniture and Aftermarket Choate Folding Stock - 5.56x45mm
Thorpe sneaks around from the back of the truck with his Mini-14 GB. Note bayonet lug and flash hider.
Thorpe (Michael Champion) fires his Mini-14 GB.


Colombian soldiers in the opening sequence can be seen with M16A1 rifles.

M16A1 - 5.56x45mm
A Colombian soldier aims his M16A1. This appears to be an MGC replica.
A soldiers aims his M16A1 as Luis' helicopter takes off.


The film opens with a Colombian soldier in a personnel truck seen armed with an SKS rifle.

SKS with blade bayonet - 7.62x39mm
A soldiers in the personnel carrier with his SKS Rifle (no bayonet attached). Note that Colombian soldiers are not allowed to wear mustaches or any facial hair.

Heckler & Koch G3

Another soldier in the film's opening sequence is seen briefly with a Heckler & Koch G3 rifle. It could however be a Heckler & Koch HK91 rifle, but it is never seen close enough.

Heckler & Koch G3A3 - 7.62x51mm NATO
A Colombian soldier takes cover behind a truck with his Heckler & Koch rifle.

Steyr AUG

A Colombian soldier in the opening sequence is seen very briefly with a Steyr AUG assault rifle.

Steyr AUG - 5.56x45mm
A blurry shot of a Colombian soldier with his AUG.

Beretta AR-70

A Colombian soldier in the opening sequence is seen briefly with an Beretta AR-70/223 carbine.

Beretta AR-70/.223. - 5.56x45mm NATO
A soldier with his AR-70. Note that the Colombian Ministry of Defense has never purchased/issued the aforementioned SKS rifles, Steyr AUG rifles or the Beretta AR-70/223 shown here.

Machine Guns

Browning M1919A4

During the opening in Colombia, mounted on a Colombian Army jeep is a Browning M1919A4 machine gun.

Browning M37 vehicle mounted gun (Modernized version of the M1919A4) - .30-06
A Browning .30 cal mounted on a Colombian jeep.

Browning M2HB

The belltower guards set up a .50 caliber Browning M2HB heavy machine gun to watch the front gate. They notably use it to disable an approaching sheriff's department car. M2HBs are also seen set-up at other parts of the school.

Browning M2HB - .50 BMG (12.7x99mm NATO)
The belltower guards set up a Browning M2HB.
They load the .50 cal. A goof is present in that the rounds are clearly dummies, as the primers are fired.
The belltower guards shoot the sheriff's department car with the M2HB.


The UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, notably those transporting and dropping the infiltration soldiers into the school, are armed with two door-mounted M60D machine guns.

M60D machine gun - 7.62x51mm NATO
Two M60D machine guns are seen mounted on the Blackhawk.
The door gunner fires his M60D machine gun at terrorists on the ground.


A Colombian soldier is seen briefly using an RPD Light Machine Gun.

RPD Light Machine Gun - 7.62x39mm
On the left, a soldier with his RPD. Note that the Colombian Ministry of Defense has never purchased/issued RPD light machine guns.


Remington 870

A King's County Sheriff's deputy is seen pulling what appears to be a Remington 870 shotgun from his police car when they first arrive on the school grounds.

Remington 870 Police Magnum Riot Shotgun - 12 Gauge
An officer takes a Remington 870 from his car.



The belltower guards use an M72 LAW anti-tank launcher to blow up the sheriff's department car. Several additional LAW launchers are seen in the film. Thorpe notably attempts to use one on the incoming Black Hawk helicopters. Throughout the film, several rocket rounds are seen next to the launchers, suggesting that the LAW can be reloaded, but in reality, it is a single use weapon.

M72 LAW - 66mm
The belltower guard takes out the police car with the LAW. Note how it is filled with ignition powder for the fake "firing" effect.
The LAW next to the Heckler & Koch SP89. Note the rocket round underneath the SP89.
Thorpe (Michael Champion) prepares a LAW rocket launcher. The rocket seen in the tube appears to be a mockup.

M67 Hand Grenade

Still partially alive after being shot by the snipers, one of the roof guards' last act is to drop an M67 hand grenade down on the infiltrating explosives team and kill all but the leader, who is wounded in the leg.

M67 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade.
The roof guard drops the M67 grenade.

M230 Chain Gun

M230 Chain Guns are mounted on the AH-64 Apache gunships that provide cover for the UH-60 Black Hawks during the assault on the school. It appears that when the Apache is actually seen firing its M230 (notably at Thorpe), a prop mockup that emits acetylene flame is used.

Hughes/Alliant Techsystems M230 30mm Chain Gun
An Apache attack helicopter appears in front of Thorpe, armed with an M230 Chain Gun.
Closeup of the firing device mounted right below the actual M230.
The prop M230 is fired. Note the lack of ejected shells.

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