Vietnam War Story

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Vietnam War Story (1987-1989)

Vietnam War Story was an HBO anthology war series that aired episodes from 1987 to 1989. Each episode gave a unique perspective about the Vietnam War as told by soldiers from both sides, nurses as well as civilians. The anthology was also notable for featuring early performances from Wesley Snipes and Eriq La Salle.


The following weapons were used in the television series Vietnam War Story:

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Rifles

M16 Rifle

The M16 rifle is the standard rifle carried by the majority of the American soldiers in the series.

The original M16, the first version, firing in a 20-round magazine, adopted in large numbers by the U.S. Army in Vietnam. It would later be replaced by the upgraded M16A1 - 5.56mm
In "The Pass", McCready (Tony Becker) is told to put the barrel of his M16 to his face to know what it's like to be in combat.
In "The Pass", McCready (Tony Becker) and French (Wendell Pierce) have their M16s out during a confrontation.
A Marine on the left holds the M16 in "The Mine".

MGC Replica M16 rifle

A number of characters were seen carrying MGC M16 Replica rifles for scenes where they didn't carry the blank-firing M16 rifles.

The MGC M16 Assault rifle: a non firing metal replica built by the Model Gun Corp of Japan and one of the most used non firing replicas of the M16 in movies and television
Bookman (Wesley Snipes) and Matthews (Tim Guinee) carry the MGC replica of the M16 in "An Old Ghost Walks the Earth".
Bookman (Wesley Snipes) holds the rifle in "An Old Ghost Walks the Earth".

M14 Rifle

The M14 Rifle is featured prominently in "Separated", which spotlights a US Marine platoon.

M14 rifle - 7.62x51mm NATO
Staff Sgt. Allard (Kent Williams) inspects Malone's M14.
Malone (Todd Graff) holds the M14 in "Separated".

M1 Carbine

M1 Carbines are carried by ARVN soldiers, notably in "An Old Ghost Walks the Earth".

M1 Carbine with Bayonet Lug and adjustable rear sight - .30 Carbine.
ARVN troops are armed with the M1 Carbine in "An Old Ghost Walks the Earth".

Machine Guns

M60

The M60 machine gun is prominently carried by K.C.(Eriq La Salle) in "The Mine" and then is used by Marines in "Separated".

M60 7.62x51mm NATO
K.C. (Eriq La Salle) reloads the M60 in the episode "The Mine".
The M60 is held by K.C. (Eriq La Salle) as he stands on an unexploded mine in "The Mine".
PFC Malone (Todd Graff) holds the M60 in "Separated".
Diaz (Raymond Cruz) readies the M60 in "Separated".

M60D

An M60D machine gun is door mounted on a UH-1 Huey in the episode "The Mine".

M60D machine gun - 7.62x51mm NATO.
An M60D machine gun is door mounted on a UH-1 Huey in "The Mine".

Norinco Type 56

The Norinco Type 56 is seen in the hands of the NVA and VC fighters throughout several episodes.

Norinco Type 56
In "The Pass", the VC fighters on the left and center are armed with the Norinco Type 56 rifle during a confrontation.

SKS rifle

The SKS rifle is seen used by VC in several episodes.

Simonov-Russian-SKS45.jpg
In "The Pass", the VC fighter on the right is armed with an SKS rifle during a confrontation.

Handguns

M1911A1

An M1911A1 pistol is typically seen in the hands of US military in addition to ARVN officers.

M1911A1 .45 ACP
An ARVN officer pulls his M1911A1 that is fitted with pearl grips in "An Old Ghost Walks the Earth".

Smith & Wesson Model 66

In "Dusk To Dawn", Larry (John Snyder) pulls a Smith & Wesson Model 66 on Dale (Tom Hodges).

S&WModel66BlackGrips.jpg
Dale (Tom Hodges) is threatened with the Smith & Wesson Model 66 revolver in "Dusk To Dawn".

Shotguns

Ithaca 37

An Ithaca 37 is seen carried by some of the US military NCO's in the series.

Ithaca 37 - 12 ga.
In "The Mine", Sgt. Lemon (Tim Russ) is seen armed with the Ithaca 37.
Staff Sgt. Allard (Kent Williams) holds the Ithaca 37 in "Separated".
Allard with the Ithaca in "Separated".

Other

M72 LAW

M72 LAWs are carried by US Army soldiers in "The Fragging".

M72A2 LAW 66mm
M72 LAWs are carried by US Army soldiers in "The Fragging".

M26 Hand Grenade

The M26 Hand Grenade is carried by US troops throughout the series. In "The Fragging", members of a platoon consider killing an inept commanding officer by "fragging" him with an M26.

M26 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
In "The Fragging", members of a platoon consider killing an inept commanding officer with an M26.
The M26 is seen in "The Fragging".

M79

The M79 grenade launcher is carried by a US Marine in the episode "The Mine".

M79 grenade launcher - 40mm
On the right, an M79 grenade launcher is carried by a US Marine in "The Mine".

Browning M2HB Heavy Machine Gun

A Browning M2HB is seen mounted on an Army truck in the episode "An Old Ghost Walks the Earth".

Browning M2HB .50 BMG in vehicle mounting
A Browning M2HB is seen mounted on an Army truck in the episode "An Old Ghost Walks the Earth".



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