Basic is a 2003 thriller directed by John McTiernan and stars John Travolta as a DEA agent and former Army Ranger who is asked to interrogate Special Forces soldiers about an incident during a training mission that resulted in casualties. Samuel L. Jackson co-stars as the Army drill instructor who is at the center of the incident. The cast includes Giovanni Ribisi, Taye Diggs, Brian Van Holt, Roselyn Sanchez, Cristián de la Fuente, Dash Mihok, and Connie Nielsen.
The following weapons were used in the film Basic:
Standing in for the M9, the U.S. military’s standard sidearm, the Beretta 92FS is used by almost every character in the movie. It is seen in the hands and holsters of Rangers, MPs, and everyone in-between.
Rifles & Carbines
All of the Rangers carry the M4A1 into the field for the operation. All of them have an ACOG sight attached to the carry handle and a Cobray CM203 launcher. Master Sergeant West's (Samuel L. Jackson) rifle has what appears to be an ELCAN C79 sight on top of his rifle (however this may be a more streamlined ACOG as well). MSG West gets a hold of one after killing Pike (Taye Diggs), during a version of the operation. Hardy (John Travolta) also has one hanging on his wall at his apartment, which is understandable, as he is in “Cocaine Central” and would likely need protection. A sound error in the film has spent casings that can be clearly heard hitting hard ground even in scenes in muddy jungle where it is raining very heavily.
The M16A2 carried by Castro and other Army personnel.
Cobray CM203 Launcher
M18 Smoke Grenade
A yellow M18 Smoke Grenade is seen on Castro’s LBV.
M34 White Phosphorous Grenade
Every Ranger carries a M34 White Phosphorus Grenade into the field and they are a major plot device as one is used to kill MSG West.