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:
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.
Beretta 92SBJack 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Colombian soldiers in the opening sequence can be seen with M16A1 rifles.
The film opens with a Colombian soldier in a personnel truck seen armed with an SKS rifle.
Heckler & Koch G3
A Colombian soldier in the opening sequence is seen very briefly with a Steyr AUG assault rifle.
A Colombian soldier in the opening sequence is seen briefly with an Beretta AR-70/223 carbine.
During the opening in Colombia, mounted on a Colombian Army jeep is a Browning M1919A4 machine gun.
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.
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.
A Colombian soldier is seen briefly using an RPD Light Machine Gun.
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.
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.
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.
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.