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Full Metal Jacket

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Full Metal Jacket
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Theatrical release poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Directed by Stanley Kubrick
Release Date 1987
Language English
Studio Harrier Films
Distributor Warner Brothers
Main Cast
Character Actor
Private J.T. "Joker" Davis Matthew Modine
Gunnery Sergeant Hartman R. Lee Ermey
Private Leonard "Gomer Pyle" Lawrence Vincent D'Onofrio
Animal Mother Adam Baldwin
Private Cowboy Arliss Howard
Eightball Dorian Harewood
Rafterman Kevyn Major Howard

Full Metal Jacket is a 1987 Vietnam War film directed by Stanley Kubrick that follows a US Marine nicknamed "Joker" (Matthew Modine) through his initiation into Marine boot camp up to his tour in Vietnam as a reporter for Stars and Stripes. Upon his deployment, Joker and his fellow Marines find themselves in the midst of the Battle of Hue during the 1968 Tet Offensive. With a screenplay adapted from Gustav Hasford's novel The Short-Timers, Full Metal Jacket provided breakthrough acting roles for Vincent D'Onofrio and R. Lee Ermey, who was a former Marine drill instructor prior to his iconic role as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in the film. At the time of its premiere, the film was part of a wave of Vietnam War-related theatrical releases, and was unfairly compared to Oliver Stone's Platoon (which was released just over six months prior to this film). The film's title refers to a bullet usually consisting of a soft lead core encased in a shell made of harder material, typically of metal.

The following weapons were used in the film Full Metal Jacket:




The M14 Rifle features prominently in the U.S. Marine boot camp scenes in the film. Once the Marines arrive in Vietnam they are issued M16s. The M14 rifle is notably seen in the film 'locked and loaded' with 7.62x51mm NATO rounds when Private Leonard "Gomer Pyle" Lawrence (Vincent D'Onofrio) is confronted first by Pvt. "Joker" (Matthew Modine), and then Gunnery Sergeant Hartman (R. Lee Ermey), in the 'head'. When Joker asks if the rounds were live, Pyle responds, "Seven-Six-Two millimeter, Full Metal Jacket".

M14 rifle - 7.62x51mm NATO
"This is my rifle."
Private "Joker" (Matthew Modine) with his M14 Rifle in bed.
"There are many like it, but this one is mine."
Pvt. Leonard "Gomer Pyle" Lawrence (Vincent D'Onofrio) with his M14 along with the rest of the boots recite the Rifleman's creed as a prayer before bed.
"This is my rifle, this is my gun! This is for fightin', this is for fun!"
Gunnery Sgt. Hartman (R. Lee Ermey) marches with the men.
Joker (Matthew Modine) helps Pyle (Vincent D'Onofrio) train with his M14.
Pvt. Pyle (Vincent D'Onofrio) fires the M14 on the range and shoots the most accurate.
The boots conduct a bayonet charge with their M14 rifles.
"Seven-Six-Two millimeter, Full Metal Jacket".
Pyle loads his M14 magazine with live rounds.

USAF M16 (Colt Model 604)

The M16 Rifle appears in the film as the standard-issue weapon of most of the US Marines in Vietnam. Since the film takes place during the Tet offensive in 1968, the use of M16s is correct since it was adopted by the USMC in 1967. However, the particular rifle adopted by the USMC was the M16A1 whereas the rifle featured in the film is a Colt Model 604, which was the version of the M16 adopted by the US Air Force which lacked a forward assist and had the partial magazine fence of the XM16E1. "Cowboy" (Arliss Howard) has his M16 with two magazines taped together 'jungle style', a practice that originated during World War II for the Thompson that was carried over to the M16 during Vietnam. During his encounter with the VC sniper, Pvt. Joker's rifle jams on him, something early M16s were notorious for due to poor maintenance habits and faulty ammunition.

"USAF" M16 (Colt Model 604) - 5.56x45mm
"Crazy Earl" (Kieron Jecchinis) is seen without a magazine in his 604 rifle, probably having dumped it after shooting. Note that just before this scene, there was a glaring continuity error (for a Kubrick film), as he still had a mag in the rifle.
However, this scene right after the above shows Earl now dropping out the empty mag before he inserts a new one. Note the rifle is held in his right hand.
In another continuity error, this angle shows Earl reloading and firing his rifle left-handed.
Crazy Earl (Kieron Jecchinis) holds his M16 after shooting some NVA soldiers. Note he is now again holding the rifle right-handed.
Cowboy (Arliss Howard) fires his M16 at the NVA sniper. Note the mags taped "jungle style".
Ducking the snipers' fire, Joker (Matthew Modine) lets go of his M16 Rifle and lets it fall to the ground, after it jams on him.
Rafterman (Kevyn Major Howard) unloads his M16 Rifle.

MGC Replica M16

In the scenes where blank-firing weapons were not needed, the Marines are seen carrying MGC M16 Replica rifles.

Cowboy (Arliss Howard) holds the replica MGC M16. Note the fake forward assist indicating that this is the replica.
Joker (Matthew Modine) holding a Model Gun Corp MGC M16 as he walks a column.
Crazy Earl is carrying an MGC M16 replica rifle.


What appears to be an XM16E1 is seen in the hands of a Marine.

XM16E1 rifle with 20 round magazine - 5.56x45mm. What distinguishes it from the original M16 was the addition of the forward assist button and a chrome bolt carrier (which was later dropped with the M16A1).
Just visible in-frame on the right is an XM16E1 being used by a Marine. Note the forward assist.

Sa vz. 58

The VC sniper (Ngoc Le) that engages the Marines is armed with a Czech-made Sa vz. 58. Though the Sa vz. 58 rifles were commonly used by the North Vietnamese Army alongside the more predominant Soviet AK-47 (as well as the Chinese Type 56 copy), it is technically incorrect for them to be in common use with the VC. The Việt Cộng tended to use less modern weapons, like captured M1 Carbines, SKS rifles and old weapons from the First Indochina War.

Sa vz. 58 P - 7.62x39mm
An NVA soldier runs through the flames with an Sa vz. 58 during the Tet Offensive
The VC sniper (Ngoc Le) with her Sa vz. 58.
The VC sniper (Ngoc Le) lines up her Sa vz. 58 on Eightball (Dorian Harewood).

Machine Guns


The Doorgunner (Tim Colceri) on the Westland Wessex helicopter (standing in for an H-34 Choctaw) that takes Joker (Matthew Modine) and Rafterman (Kevyn Major Howard) to join Cowboy's (Arliss Howard) 1st Platoon repeatedly fires an M60 machine gun at random Vietnamese they pass. The M60 is also the weapon Animal Mother (Adam Baldwin) carries throughout the film. Pvt. Joker can also be seen firing an M60 when their base is attacked at the start of the Tet Offensive.

M60 GPMG - 7.62x51mm NATO
Joker (Matthew Modine) operates the M60 as the Marines prepare for the NVA assault on the base.
The Doorgunner (Tim Colceri) with his M60 machine gun.
"Animal Mother" (Adam Baldwin) hugs the dirt and his M60. The quote on his helmet ("I am become death") is from Hindu scripture, and was quoted by the "father of the atomic bomb", J. Robert Oppenheimer.
"Better you than me."
Animal Mother (Adam Baldwin) shoulders his M60 while looking over the dead Marines.
Animal Mother lays down fire with the M60 machine gun.
Animal Mother charges into the city blazing away with the M60.
Animal Mother (Adam Baldwin) fires the M60.

Browning M2HB

Several Browning M2HB heavy machine guns mounted on M41A Walker Bulldog tanks are seen firing in the background of several scenes.

Browning M2HB in vehicle mounting - .50 BMG (12.7x99mm)
A .50 cal Browning M2HB is seen mounted on the M41A Walker Bulldog tank.
A Browning M2HB is seen mounted on the M41A Walker Bulldog tanks as they enter Hue.
A camera crew captures a tanker using the M2 atop the Walker Bulldog tank.
An M2HB is glimpsed behind Animal Mother.



Pvt. Joker draws his M1911A1 pistol after his M16 jams on him.

M1911A1 - .45 ACP
Pvt. Joker draws his M1911A1 after his M16 jams on him.
Pvt. Joker (Matthew Modine) with his M1911 drawn.



A U.S. Marine uses an M72 LAW while attempting to take down a VC sniper in Hue.

M72A2 LAW - 66mm
A U.S. Marine firing an M72 LAW.

M79 Grenade Launcher

An M79 grenade launcher is mainly carried by T.H.E. Rock (Sal Lopez) in the film.

M79 grenade launcher - 40mm
T.H.E. Rock (Sal Lopez) hits the dirt carrying the M79.
T.H.E. Rock (Sal Lopez) fires his 40mm M79 grenade launcher during the Battle of Hue.
T.H.E. Rock firing his M79.


M26 Hand Grenade

M26 hand grenades are seen several times on the flak vests of various Marines in Hue.

M26 "Lemon" hand grenade.
Joker gets a dressing-down from a Marine Colonel, a pair of M26 hand grenades visible on his vest above his camera
Cowboy (Arliss Howard) carries the grenade on his vest.

M67 Hand Grenade

Several Marines carry M67 hand grenades on their flak vests as well. An interesting note about this is that during the late 1960s (when the events of the film take place), the M67 was just starting to see use among frontline US military units, and beginning to phase out older designs such as the M26 hand grenade mentioned above.

M67 High-Explosive Fragmentation grenade
Lt. Touchdown (Ed O'Ross) has an M67 grenade on his vest.


Daisy Red Ryder BB gun

Crazy Earl carries a lever-action Daisy Red Ryder BB gun in addition to his M16 throughout the movie, as carried by his character in the book on which the film is based, The Short Timers.

Daisy Red Ryder BB gun
The stock of Daisy Red Ryder BB gun is seen sticking out of Crazy Earl's pack. Crazy Earl is carrying an MGC M16 replica rifle.
Daisy Red Ryder BB gun is seen on the right on the ground next to Crazy Earl.
During the battle of Hue, Crazy Earl holds his Red Ryder instead of M16 rifle.

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