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Mail Call was a television show which aired on The History Channel, from 2002-2009. On the show, retired Gunnery Sergeant R. Lee Ermey answers letters and E-mails asking military questions from the past to today. Gunny answers these questions in interesting ways, usually showing us the information hands on and testing it for the show. This page covers the weapons he has tested throughout the series.

NOTE: Though IMFDB does not permit documentaries this page had been made an exception by Administrators.

Season 1

Mail Call: The Best of Season 1

M1 Garand

The M1 Garand rifle has made several appearances on the show including an episode in which an M7 Rifle Grenade Launcher (which is used to fire inert M9A1 Rifle Grenades) is fired from it and an episode in which 101st paratrooper re-enactors are seen armed with them. In almost every episode, an M1 is seen on Gunny's jeep saddle.

M1 Garand - .30-06.
An M1 Garand is seen in a saddle on Gunny's jeep.
M7 rifle grenade launcher.
M9A1 Rifle Grenade
Mk 2 training grenade fitted with an M1A2 rifle grenade adapter
Gunny picks up a dummy M9A1 rifle grenade and the M7 launcher. Also in this shot is a Mk 2 hand grenade with an M1A2 rifle grenade adapter
Gunny picks up a blank to fire the grenade.
Gunny explains to the camera about the M1 and the grenade.
Gunny loads a blank into the M1.
Gunny fires the dummy grenade which lands rather unimpressively.
A 101st re-enactor with an M1 Garand.
A re-enactor aims his M1, which is fitted with a muzzle blank adapter.
A re-enactor reloads his M1.

M1-C Garand Sniper

A U.S. Marine is seen firing an M1-C Garand rifle, a modified M1 rifle with a scope mounted for sniper roles. Based on the type of scope mount, it appears to be an M1-C and not an M1-D.

M1-C Garand Sniper - .30-06.
A Marine sniper aims his M1-C rifle.
The Marine aims his M1-C.

Browning Automatic Rifle

A U.S. Marine in the pacific theatre is seen firing a Browning Automatic Rifle or "BAR" in WWII footage.

Browning Automatic Rifle M1918A2 - .30-06.
A U.S. Marine fires his BAR.
The Marine works the charging handle on his BAR.

Browning M1919A4

In one episode R. Lee Ermey tests a Browning M1919A4 mounted on the pintle of his jeep. In most episodes, this pintle is fitted with a "dummy" .30 caliber with no bolt or action.

Browning M1919A4 on a pedestal mount - .30-06.
A soldier in WWII footage fires his Browning M1919A4 from the hip.
Gunny loads up the Browning M1919A4.
Close up on the trigger.
Gunny scores some trigger time with the .30 caliber.
Close up on the action.
The .30 caliber runs dry.

Browning M1917

When Introducing the M1919 machine gun, war footage shows soldiers firing the Browning M1917 water-cooled machine gun.

Browning M1917 - .30-06.
A soldier fires a Browning M1917.
Soldiers fire a Browning M1917.

Maxim LMG08

In the episode on "Shooting through the propellers", Maxim LMG08 aircooled Spandau machine guns are seen mounted on airplanes with perforated barrel shrouds.

An aircraft mounted Maxim LMG08/15 mounted behind the Folker EIII plane's propeller.
Craig Schmitman shows off the Maxim LMG08/15 in his EIII.
A Maxim LMG08/15 mounted on a plane with a conical flash suppressor.
The muzzle of the Maxim.
Schmitman mans the Maxim.
FPS view of the Maxim.

Airplane Mounted Lewis Gun

Aircraft mounted Lewis guns are mounted on airplanes in WWI footage during the "Shooting through the propellers" episode.

Lewis Gun Mk 2 M1913 - .303.
An aircraft mounted Lewis gun on a plane.
A Lewis gun mounted on a unique lever system to fire above the propeller.

Vickers Maxim

A Vickers Maxim machine gun is aircraft mounted on a R.A.F. airplane in WWI footage during the "Shooting through the propellers" episode.

Vickers Maxim - .303.
R.A.F. pilots load up a Vickers Maxim.

M1 Carbine

One of the re-enactors of the 101st paratroopers is seen armed with an M1 Carbine.

Korean war era M1 Carbine with adjustable sights and bayonet lug - .30 Carbine.
A re-enactor aims his M1 Carbine. Note the adjustable sights, which were not available during WWII.

M1A1 Carbine

One of the re-enactors of the 101st paratroopers is seen armed with a folding stock M1A1 Carbine.

M1A1 Carbine - 30 Carbine.
A re-enactor with an M1A1 Carbine.

M1A1 Thompson

One of 101st re-enactors uses an M1A1 Thompson submachine gun.

M1A1 Thompson - .45 ACP.
A re-enactor with his M1A1 Thompson at the ready.
A re-enactor aims his M1A1 Thompson.
A re-enactor reloads his M1A1 Thompson with a magazine loaded with blanks.

Smith & Wesson Victory

One of the 101st re-enactors keeps a Smith & Wesson Victory Model in a Navy-style shoulder holster. This is an odd choice, as they were typically issued to Navy and Marine aircrew.

Smith & Wesson Victory - .38. The actual gun used in the series is available for viewing at Bear Arms in Scottsdale, AZ. Ask for Kurt.
Mike Phillips with a Smith & Wesson Victory in his holster.

Norinco Type 56-1

During the episode on body armor, Gunny uses an Norinco Type 56-1 with a bakelite magazine, fitted with an AKM slant muzzle brake, and fitted with darker furniture to shoot several types of body armor, since it is the most common enemy weapon.

Norinco Type 56-1 - 7.62x39mm.
Gunny picks up the Norinco Type 56-1.
Gunny puts rounds into the armor vest. He is kind of chicken winging it here, but there is no doubt that he can shoot.
Gunny prepares to shoot a Vietnam era flak jacket. Note how he has the bolt locked open, and loads it by releasing it with the selector switch. It's not often you see someone do that with an AK.
A close up of the receiver reveals the gun is a semi-auto civilian model. Note the position of Gunny's fingers, which get whacked after the first shot. He then repositions.

M16A2 + M203 grenade launcher

In one episode, Gunny is sent an E-mail asking how grenade launchers work. To show us, he went to Camp Pendleton, California to see how the Marine recruits test them, firing M203 grenade launchers from M16A2 rifles.

M16A2 fitted with an M203 grenade launcher - 5.56x45mm/40mm.
A Marine fires his M203 launcher from his M16A2.
A Marine fires his M203 down range.
A nice close up on the M16A2 rifle.
Close up of the M203 launcher.
A line up of M16A2/M203s.
A Marine reloads his M203.
This rifle gets its 15 minutes of fame.
The drill instructor teaches the recruits how to use the M203 launchers.

For the episode in which Gunny introduces the XM29 OICW, he first introduces the M16A2 fitted with an M203, as if the gun is now completely obsolete due to this gun.

Gunny shows off the M16A2/M203 before showing us the OICW.

M79 grenade launcher

For the episode on grenade launchers, Gunny takes his Blooper to the range at Camp Pendleton.

M79 grenade launcher - 40mm.
Gunny shows off his M79 grenade launcher.
Gunny with his M79 at Camp Pendleton.
The M79 gets its 15 minutes of fame.
Vietnam footage of a soldier teaching another to load and shoot an M79 launcher. He does rather poorly.
Vietnam footage of a soldier firing an M79.

Heckler & Koch XM29 Objective Individual Combat Weapon (OICW)

In one episode, Gunny shows off the at-the-time under development XM29 Objective Individual Combat Weapon (OICW), basically a modified, short-barreled Heckler & Koch G36 assault rifle fitted under a bullpup 20x28mm five shot semi-automatic grenade launcher with a heavy computer scope to calculate airburst. Since everyone has already seen the G36 fire, they only fire the 20mm launcher on this show. While weighing a hefty 18lbs in current form (well over the target of 15lbs), it was hoped future development might produce a weapon as light as 11lbs. Ultimately the XM29 was cancelled in 2005 for failure to meet weight goals and poor performance of the 20mm round.

1999 Heckler & Koch XM29 OICW prototype - 5.56x45mm / 20x28mm
An operator aims down the H&K XM29 OICW (left) and a FPS view of the computer scope (right).
An operator fires the H&K XM29 OICW down range.
An operator loads the grenade launcher's 5 shot magazine with 20mm airburst rounds.
The operator loads the launcher.
Close up on the trigger group. Note the "Airburst" button to control airburst or simple impact detonation, as well as distance buttons to control location of airburst. Note the 5.56mm stamp.
An operator fires the XM29.
2002 over-under OICW prototypes - 5.56x45mm & 20x28mm (last possibly 25mm)
Panning close up on the XM29 future prototype rifle.
Muzzle shot of the prototype XM29 rifle.
Sideshot of the XM29 prototype rifle.

Mk 2 hand grenade

Gunny has been seen pulling out a Mk 2 hand grenade in several episodes, mainly the episodes on grenades and grenade launchers.

Mk 2 hand grenade.
"What does the old Gunny have in his bag of tricks today? A trusty old 'handgrenade'."
Mk 2 grenades are seen in the 101st re-enactor's grenade pouch.
Gunny shows off a Mk 2 grenade.
Mk 2 grenades are seen on a soldier's belt in WWII footage.
Gunny picks up a Mk 2 grenade.
Gunny sums up the episode.

M67 hand grenade

In one episode, a viewer asks how a grenade works. Gunny heads out to Camp Pendleton, California to see the Marines uses grenades. Throughout the training, M67 hand grenades are used by the Marine recruits and the instructors. Unfortunately, Gunny was not allowed to toss real grenades, so he settled for chucking some duds and editing in real ones blowing up.

M67 hand grenade.
An instructor shows how to arm a grenade, using a blue painted training grenade for safety.
The instructor shows off a live M67 grenade.
The instructor teaches grenade throwing.
The instructor shows how the spring loaded striker strikes the primer.
CGI shots showing how a grenade works.
Fragments from an M67 grenade. Looks painful.
Gunny inspects the M67 grenade.

M26 hand grenade

An M26 hand grenade (or M61 grenade) is seen hanging on the belt of the Vietnam re-enactor during the episode on body armor.

M26 hand grenade.
An M26 grenade hanging on the re-enactor's belt.

M18 smoke grenade

An M18 Smoke Grenade is also seen on the Vietnam actor's belt.

M18 smoke grenade - Yellow.
An M18 smoke grenade hanging on the re-enactor's belt. Note how it has yellow smoke markings.

M1 Bazooka

An M1 Bazooka is seen on several episodes on the show, mainly the show asking about "Bazookas" in general.

M1 Bazooka - 60mm.
A picture is shown comparing the M1 Bazooka and the Bazooka slide instrument.
Gunny with an M1 Bazooka.
A soldier fires an M1 Bazooka.

M1A1 Bazooka

M1A1 Bazooka - 2.36 inch
A soldier loads an M1A1 Bazooka, identifiable by the wire leading towards the back of the tube.

M9 Bazooka

When covering Bazookas, lots of WWII footage is shown of soldiers firing M9 Bazooka rocket launchers.

M9 "Bazooka" - 2.36 inch
A soldier aims an M9 Bazooka.
The soldier shows off the M9 Bazooka.

M20A1 "Super Bazooka"

M20A1 "Super Bazooka" - 3.5" Rocket
Gunny with an M20A1 "Super Bazooka."

M136 AT4

When discussing rocket launchers, Gunny goes to Camp Pendleton, California to watch Marines fire M136 AT4 anti-tank weapons during training.

M136 AT4 - 84mm.
Recruits test fire an M136 AT4 with 84mm rockets.
The recruit fires the AT4.
The instructor shows off the 9mm tracer rounds used in the training AT4s.
A recruit fires the 9mm training AT4.
Recruits firing AT4s.
Close up on the bolt action.
A soldier firing an AT4 in the field.


Before introducing the AT4, footage shows the older M72 LAW rocket launcher.

M72A2 LAW - 66mm.
A soldier in Vietnam extends his M72A1 LAW.
A soldier fires the LAW.


During the episode on night vision, soldiers in Vietnam are seen using very large experimental night vision scopes on M16A1 rifles, most likely AN/PVS-2 Starlight scopes.

M16A1 - 5.56x45mm.
A soldier aims through the bulky night vision scope of his M16A1.
A soldier aiming his M16A1.

An M16A1 rifle is also seen in the hands of a Vietnam re-enactor during the episode on body armor.

The re-enactor with his M16A1.

M60 machine gun

Soldiers in Vietnam are seen using M60 machine guns. A current soldier is also seen firing an M60 while the camera films in night vision.

M60 machine gun - 7.62x51mm NATO.
A soldier in Vietnam lugs his M60 on his shoulder.
A soldier empties his M60 as the NV camera films.

M60E3 machine gun

A U.S soldier in Iraq is seen with an M60E3 machine gun during the episode on body armor.

M60E3 - 7.62x51mm NATO.
A U.S. soldier with an M60E3.


A soldier is seen in night vision mode armed with a flat rail M16, likely an M16A4 fitted with an EOTech 552 sight and an AN/PVS-14 Monocular Night Vision Device.

M16A4 - 5.56x45mm.
A soldier armed with a decked out M16A4. The soldier behind him appears to have a CAR-15 variant, which isn't seen good enough for a positive I.D.


A Gurkha Soldier is seen armed with an L85A2 during the episode on Kukri knives.

LA85A2 - 5.56x45mm.
An ethnic Nepalese Gurkha soldier armed with an L85A2 and a Kukri knife. Note finger on trigger which is not recommended in standard U.S. style training.

Beretta M9

U.S. soldiers are seen armed with Beretta M9 pistols as their sidearms during the episode on body armor.

Beretta M9 pistol - U.S. Military-adopted version of the Beretta 92FS - 9mm. Note nomenclature on slide distinguishing this from a standard civilian Beretta 92FS.
A U.S. soldier with his M9.
A U.S. soldier with his M9, the man next to him with an M16A2.

Season 2

Mail Call: The Best of Season 2

M1 Garand

Like Season 1, Gunny keeps an M1 Garand rifle in a saddle on his jeep.

M1 Garand - .30-06.
An M1 Garand is seen in the saddle of Gunny's jeep.

M1 Carbine

An M1 Carbine is seen laying next to Gunny when he tries out a BAR during the episode on soldier's training.

M1 Carbine - .30 Carbine.
An M1 Carbine lays next to Gunny.

Browning Automatic Rifle

Gunny tests a Browning Automatic Rifle or BAR during the episode on soldier's training, claiming he is training down in the dirt, just the way the Marines like it.

Browning Automatic Rifle - .30-06.
Gunny fires a BAR.

Luckily, Gunny's favorite gun makes another appearance when a viewer asks to learn more about it, which Gunny faithfully does and test fires it. Unfortunately, he refers to it as a Bar, not a B.A.R., as it should be pronounced.

Gunny energetically shows off the "Bar".
An American soldier fires a BAR in WWI footage.
Gunny with the BAR.
Gunny slips the stock into the belt loop, designed to allow hip-firing without having to struggle to control the recoil.
March firing!

Infantry Mounted Lewis Gun

One viewer asked Gunny about the Lewis gun, so naturally, he tested it out for the show. While he uses the infantry model, the aircraft model with spade grips is seen used by soldiers in WWI footage.

Lewis Gun MK 1 Infantry - .303.
Lewis Gun MK 2 1913 Aircraft gun - .303.
Gunny shows off the Lewis Gun.
A soldier fires a spade grip Lewis Gun in WWI footage.
A soldier fires an infantry Lewis Gun in WWI footage.
A soldier holds a Lewis Aircraft gun.
Gunny fires the Lewis Gun. He first rests his thumb on the receiver before the bolt hits it, which he calmly ignores and repositions.

Springfield 1903

Springfield 1903 rifles are seen in the hands of American soldiers in WWI footage.

Springfield 1903 - .30-06.
U.S. Soldiers with Springfield 1903 rifles.
"Doughboys" fires their Springfield '03s.

Hotchkiss M1914

American soldiers are seen manning a Hotchkiss M1914 Machine Gun in WWI footage.

M1914 Hotchkiss Machine Gun with Tripod - 8 x 50mm Lebel
American soldiers fire a Hotchkiss machine gun.

Springfield 1861

In one episode, a viewer asks Gunny who had the better rifle during the Civil War. The two most generic rifles were selected, the Union rifle being a Springfield 1861 rifle. In the end, Gunny decides that the Springfield was the superior weapon. They did win the war after all.

Springfield 1861 - .58 caliber Miné Ball .
Gunny shows off the Springfield 1861.
The Union soldier re-enactor fires his Springfield 1861.
Extreme close up of the Springfield.
Being considered a far better marksman due to his Marine training, Gunny tries out the Springfield and fairs much better.
"Sight alignment, trigger squeeze."

Enfield 1853

In the same episode, the opposing rifle represented for the Confederacy is the British 1853 Enfield. While this rifle has ladder elevated sights, the grooved Miné Ball round had better flight stability. In reality, both rifles were about the same.

Enfield 1853 - .58 caliber.
The Confederate soldier re-enactor fires his Enfield 1853.
Extreme close up of the Enfield.
Gunny uses his superior marksmanship to test out the Enfield.

Colt 1860 Army

During the episode on Cavalry riders, Civil War re-enactors use Colt 1860 Army revolvers.

Colt 1860 Army - .44 caliber.
A Cavalry re-enactor with his Colt 1860 Army.
The re-enactor with his Colt 1860 Army.

Sharps 1859 Carbine

The Cavalry re-enactors use Sharps 1859 Carbines.

Sharps 1859 - .52 caliber.
A re-enactor loads his Sharps 1859 Carbine.
Firing his Sharps.
Another soldier firing his Sharps while on horse back.

Remington 1858 New Army

A Remington 1858 New Army is seen used by a Cavalry re-enactor.

Remington 1858 New Army - .44 Caliber.
A re-enactor with a Remington New Army.

LeMat 1861

Shown as the preferred weapon of Cavalry riders is the LeMat 1861 revolver. This is likely because it fired nine rounds plus a shotgun round before having to reload.

LeMat 1861 - .36 or .44 caliber.
A Cavalry re-enactor fires his LeMat 1861 while on horse back.
Close up on the LeMat.
The business end of the LeMat.
A re-enactor fires his LeMat.

Hawken rifle

A Cavalry re-enactor is seen using a Hawken rifle, even though this is not a military weapon.

Hawken rifle - .50 caliber.
A re-enactor fires his Hawken rifle.

Flintlock Pistol

During the episode on Bowie knives, a man is seen using a Flintlock Pistol.

A man with a Flintlock Pistol.

Matchlock Musket

For the episode on medieval weaponry, a man fires a reproduction Matchlock Musket.

A man fires his Matchlock musket.


Also in the episode on medieval weaponry is one of the most primitive portable firearms, the Handgunn.

A man fires the Handgunn.
The man shows off the Handgunn.
The man fires the Handgunn.

Browning M2HB

Browning M2HB machine guns are seen many times throughout season two. Probably the most notable being the episode on Marine soldier training, in which Gunny gets to man a .50 caliber designed for indoor training at Camp Pendleton, using gas tanks to fire and recoil realistically like the real deal.

Browning M2HB - .50 BMG.
Gunny gets on the simulation M2HB.
The guy running the simulation training loads the M2HB with a belt of .50 BMG. The belt has a magnetic sensor that tells the gun when it is loaded and empty. From the control room, the operator can cause jams and malfunctions with the guns to make the training harder.
Gunny racks the charging handle twice to chamber the gun.
Gunny shoots the enemies on the screen.
An M2HB is mounted on the hatch of the speedy Hellcat tank.
A soldier looks through his binoculars while leaning on an M2HB.

When Gunny visits Fort Irwin, California to watch how OP-4 laser training is done, deactivated M2HBs with gutted out receivers and barrels are seen mounted on tanks.

An deactivated M2HB at Fort Irwin.
A soldier mans the deactivated M2HB.

M136 AT4

During the indoors training simulation at Camp Pendleton, one of the Marines is seen using a specially modified M136 AT4.

M136 AT4 - 84mm.
Close up on the bolt action of the AT4.
A Marine firing his simulation AT4 in training.
The Marine with his AT4.
The simulated back-blast of the AT4.

FN M240G

During the indoors training simulation at Camp Pendleton, one of the Marines is seen using an FN M240G machine gun running of the gas tanks. Gunny later tries one of these out.

FN M240G - 7.62x51mm NATO.
A Marine fires an FN M240G machine gun in training.
The Marine on the M240G.
The Marine on the M240G.
Gunny tries out the M240G.

FN M240C

During the episode on Light Armored Vehicles (LAVs), Gunny gets to man an FN M240C machine gun.

FN M240C - 7.62x51mm NATO.
Gunny on an M240C machine gun.
A shot of the M240C unmanned.

FN M240D

A soldier lets loose some tracer rounds with an FN M240D machine gun during the LAV episode.

FN M240D - 7.62x51mm NATO.
A soldier fires an M240D.

FN Minimi

A Marine at Camp Pendleton is seen firing an FN Minimi machine gun.

FN Minimi - 5.56x45mm.
A Marine fires an FN Minimi.

FN M249-E2 Squad Automatic Weapon

The FN M249-E2 Squad Automatic Weapon or "SAW" makes several appearances in season 2 including several of them modified for the indoor training room at Camp Pendleton and soldiers are seen training with them at Fort Irwin, California.

FN M249-E2 SAW - 5.56x45mm.
A Marine in the training room fires the gas tank powered M249-E2 SAW.
The M249-E2 SAW gets its 15 minutes of fame.
Gunny picks up the SAW.
Gunny fires the SAW from the hip and takes out 3 enemies with a short burst. Pretty impressive.
Close up on the SAW.
A soldier at Fort Irwin fires a SAW.
A solider with a SAW at Fort Irwin.

Mk 19 grenade launcher

Among the guns in the training simulation is a Mk 19 grenade launcher. When the Marine uses it during training, the operator jams it on him, so he is forced to clear it.

Mk 19 grenade launcher - 40mm.
A Mk 19 behind Instructor Medberry.
A Marine tries to clear a "jam" on his Mk 19.


M16A1 rifles are seen in the hands of soldiers in Vietnam footage.

M16A1 - 5.56x45mm.
A soldier in Vietnam with an M16A1.
A soldier with his M16A1.


The issued rifle of the U.S. forces including Army and Marines, the M16A2, is seen many times in season two.

M16A2 - 5.56x45mm.
Marines at Camp Pendleton fire M16A2s.
A Marine fires his M16A2.
A Marine fires his M16A2.
Gunny has an M16A2 fitted with a BFA and laser sensor when heading to Fort Perry for laser training.
A soldier at Fort Perry fires his M16A2.
A soldier fires his M16A2.
A soldier with his M16A2, fitted with a laser sensor and BFA.

M203 grenade launcher

M203 grenade launchers are seen fitted on issued M16A2 rifles.

M203 grenade launcher - 40mm.
A Marine at Camp Pendleton fires his M16A2/M203.
The Marine fires his M203.
The gas tank firing M16A2/M203 in the training room.
Medberry fires the M16A2/M203 during a simulation.
A soldier at Fort Perry with his M16A2/M203.

M60 Machine Gun

M60 machine guns are seen in Huey helicopters in Vietnam footage during the episode on Huey helicopters.

M60 machine gun - 7.62x51mm NATO.
A soldier in Vietnam fires a door-mounted M60 machine gun from a Huey helicopter.
An M60 door-mounted on a Huey.

BGM-71 TOW Missile Launcher

In one episode, a viewer asks Gunny about the BGM-71 TOW Missile Launcher.

BGM-71 TOW Missile Launcher on a tripod.
A BGM-71 TOW mounted on a Jeep.
TOW gunner LCpl. Bill Sweeney talks about the BGM-71 TOW behind him.
Soldiers load the TOW.


Mail Call SNAFU: Situation Normal, All Fucked Up. The Bloopers of Mail Call.

NOTE: SNAFU is a DVD only release of bloopers from the TV show Mail Call. You will see guns from other seasons on here again, although with more screen time, since in most cases the guns are the bloopers.

M1 Garand

As always, Gunny has his M1 Garand stored in the saddle on his jeep. We once again see him fire the M7 rifle grenade from the rifle, although we actually see what the dummy grenade does instead of a rather lame joke about hitting someone's truck and having enough insurance to cover it. We also see Gunny firing the rifle for real at one point.

M1 Garand - .30-o6.
Gunny with his M1 Garand in his rifle case.
Gunny's M1 Garand in the saddle.
Gunny with his M1 in his lap as he reads an E-mail from a viewer who had the audacity to ask him if he uses a shooting double to make him look like a better shot.
M7 rifle grenade launcher.
Gunny attaches the rifle grenade to the launcher.
Gunny aims the rifle grenade.
Gunny loads a blank in the M1 Garand.
Gunny fires the rifle grenade. When it hits the ground with no explosion, he turns to the camera and remarks, "That was pretty disgusting."
Gunny fires an M1 Garand.
Close up on the receiver of the M1 Garand.
Close up on the barrel of the M1 Garand.
The clip ejects from the M1 Garand.

M1 Carbine

An M1 Carbine is seen next to Gunny during a scene in SNAFU.

M1 Carbine - .30 Carbine.
An M1 Carbine is seen next to Gunny.

M1A1 Carbine

An M1A1 Carbine paratrooper model is seen next to Gunny in a few episodes and at one point Gunny shoots one.

M1A1 Carbine - .30 Carbine.
An M1A1 Carbine on the table next to Gunny.
Gunny chambers his M1A1 Carbine.
Gunny fires the M1A1 Carbine.
Gunny tastes his kill.
"It's a little gamey."

M1 Thompson

An M1 Thompson is seen stuck in a saddle on a German Motorcycle, and also seen in a saddle on Gunny's jeep.

M1 Thompson - .45 ACP.
An M1 Thompson in a saddle on the German bike.
An M1 Thompson is seen in a saddle on Gunny's jeep.

M1928A1 Thompson

Gunny is seen firing a M1928A1 Thompson, comparing it to the MP40 submachine gun.

M1928A1 Thompson with simple "L" sights - .45 ACP.
Gunny goes to try out the Thompson.
Gunny fires the Thompson from the hip, and does surprisingly well.
Close up on the Thompson.


Gunny tries out the MP40 submachine gun to compare with the Thompson. He refers to it as the "Burp Gun".

MP40 - 9mm.
"Now lets try the 'Burp Gun'."
Gunny fires the MP40 from the hip.
Close up on the MP40.

Browning Automatic Rifle

We see some goofs from the episode in Season 2 when Gunny fires the BAR, which proves to be far more unreliable than we see on the aired episode.

Browning Automatic Rifle - .30-06.
Gunny slips the BAR in the belt loop.
"Today, B-A-R stood for 'Busted Already'." That's just "BA".
Gunny march fires with the BAR and lets off a good burst before it jams.
Standard method of clearing a jam: "Pull, Push, Tap, attempt to fire." He laughs when it actually doesn't fire.

Bren Gun

Gunny lets loose some rounds from a Bren gun, and we see a few more in the Bren Carrier behind him.

Bren Gun Mk 2. - .303.
"I'm loaded and I'm ready to make a little fruit salad!"
Gunny firing the Bren.

A Bren is also seen sticking out of a Bren Carrier when Gunny takes the wheel, and also manages to mangle the clutch on it.

A Bren sticking out the front of the Bren Carrier.

Browning M2HB

Gunny is seen firing a Browning M2HB on an anti-aircraft mount into the air. Hopefully the location he is shooting at has been cleared for 5 miles because firing .50 BMGs into the air is very dangerous.

Browning M2HB - .50 BMG.
Close up of the Browning M2HB.
Gunny loads up the M2HB.
Gunny fires the M2HB.
Note the amount of dust that gets kicked up from the muzzle, even though the gun is firing in the air.

An M2HB is also seen mounted on an M-3 Scout Vehicle when Gunny drives it.

An M2HB mounted on an M-3 Scout.
The M2HB mounted on the M-3.


Gunny tries out a Liberator pistol for the show. This gun was a single shot .45 ACP dropped to resistance fighters during WWII as a weapon designed to shoot someone and take their weapon. The gun has a 4 round reserve in the grip so the soldier can fire it five times before it becomes useless. The Liberator took all of seven seconds to make in a factory, which makes it the only firearm that takes longer to load than to make. Sadly, all the Liberators were melted down or dumped in the ocean so vintage examples are very hard to find.

FP-45 Liberator - .45 ACP.
Gunny shows off the Liberator.
Gunny does surprisingly well for a smooth bore like that.

Infantry Mounted Lewis Gun

Again from Season 2, we see Gunny firing the Lewis gun, but what we didn't see was how the gun blows up in his face.

Lewis Gun - .303.
Gunny shows off the drum for the Lewis Gun.
Gunny loads the Lewis Gun with a drum of .303.
Gunny fires the Lewis gun and again we see him hit his thumb on the bolt.
The Lewis Gun blows up in Gunny's face. He doesn't flinch though, claiming he has discipline and didn't want to shoot the damn thing again.

Boys Anti-Tank Rifle

Gunny is seen firing a Boys anti-tank rifle at "America's Favorite Luncheon Meat", a tower of Spam.

Boys Anti-Tank Rifle 3rd Variant - 13.9x99mmB (Kynoch & RG .55in Caliber).
Gunny loads up the Boys Rifle.
Gunny fires the Boys Rifle.

Krag-Jørgensen Model 1896

Gunny is seen firing a Krag-Jørgensen Model 1896 rifle.

Krag-Jørgensen Model 1896 - .30-40 Krag.
Gunny with the Krag-Jørgensen Model 1896.
Gunny fires the Krag-Jørgensen Model 1896.

LeMat 1861

Gunny fires the underbarrel of a LeMat 1861, which has several misfires before finally going off, barely even effecting the watermelon it hits.

LeMat 1861 - .36 caliber/16 gauge.
Gunny with a LeMat 1861.
Gunny shows off the LeMat. Note how only the shotgun is primed.
The LeMat misfires about four times.
The LeMat finally fires and barely effects the watermelon.

M3 "Grease Gun"

Gunny uses an M3 "Grease Gun" to shoot paint cans, turning a shooting gallery into an art gallery. It is not an M3A1 as evident by the external charging handle.

M3A1 "Grease Gun" - .45 ACP.
Gunny shoots paint cans with the M3 "Grease Gun".
Close up on the Grease Gun. Note external charging handle.
"Oil painting with a Grease Gun! Makes sense, don't it?"

Winchester 1897 "Trench Gun"

Gunny uses a Winchester Model 1897 "Trench Gun" shotgun to shoot paint cans as well.

Winchester 1897 "Trench" gun - 12ga.
Gunny chambers his Winchester 1897.
Gunny with the Winchester 1897 shotgun.
Gunny shoots the paint cans with the Winchester 1897.


Gunny compares an M14 Rifle to an M16 in one episode.

M14 - 7.62x51mm NATO.
Gunny readies the M14.
Gunny fires the M14.
A nice side shot of the M14.


Gunny shoots an M16 when comparing it to the M14. Based on the slab-side receiver and the fact that you can read "Colt AR-15" on the side, it is assumed to be an AR-15/SP1 civilian rifle.

M16 (SP1) - 5.56x45mm.
Gunny fires the AR-15/SP1. Note how you can read "Colt AR-15" on the receiver.
Note slab-side receiver.
Gunny satisfied by his shooting.

M16A2 + M203 grenade launcher

Gunny is briefly seen armed with an M16A2 fitted with an M203 grenade launcher.

M16A2 fitted with an M203 - 5.56x45mm/40mm.
Gunny with an M16A2/M203.

Norinco Type 56-1

The Norinco Type 56-1 from Season 2 is seen again in SNAFU.

Norinco Type 56-1 - 7.62x39mm.
Gunny chambers the Norinco Type 56-1.
Gunny with the Type 56-1.

Browning M1917

Gunny fires an Browning M1917 in one episode, but we see how the gun seems to have some trouble firing more than two rounds at a time.

Browning M1917 - .30-06.
The Browning M1917.
Close up on the M1917.
Gunny checks the sights on the M1917.
Gunny and the crew have a problem chambering the gun.
Gunny fires the M1917.
Once they finally get the gun to function right, his aim goes all to hell.

Browning M1919A4

The Browning M1919A4 from Season 1 is seen once again in SNAFU.

Browning M1919A4 M37 vehicle mount - .30-06.
Gunny loads a belt in the M1919A4.
Gunny chambers the M1919A4.
Gunny laughs as he shoots the M1919A4.

We also see a gutted out dummy M1919A4 mounted on Gunny's jeep on any other episode.

The dummy M1919A4 on Gunny's jeep.
The dummy M1919A4.

Kentucky Rifle

Gunny is seen armed with a Kentucky Flintlock Rifle.

Gunny with a Kentucky Rifle.

Flintlock Pistol

Gunny is seen showing off a Flintlock Pistol.

Gunny with a Flintlock Pistol.

Harper's Ferry Flintlock Pistol

Gunny fires a Harper's Ferry Flintlock Pistol, after several misfires.

Gunny shows off the Harper's Ferry Flintlock pistol.
Multiple times the gun either misfires or the power on the flash pan ignites, but not the powder in the barrel.
Gunny finally gets the gun to fire, but he misses the watermelon any way.

Matchlock Musket

Gunny fires a Matchlock Musket in one episode.

A Matchlock musket.
Gunny blows on the rope of his Matchlock Musket.
"Oh shit, I forgot to open the..." Gunny forgets to open the flash pan to allow the powder to ignite.
Gunny hits a watermelon dead on, despite how inaccurate the musket is.

Wheel-Lock Musket

Gunny is seen in one episode with a Wheellock Musket.

Mayflower Wheellock Musket
Gunny with a Wheel-Lock Musket.

Mk 2 Hand Grenade

We see Gunny with the Mk 2 hand grenade from Season 1, messing up his lines several times.

Mk 2 hand grenade.
Gunny with a Mk 2 grenade.

Mk 19 grenade launcher

A Mk 19 grenade launcher is seen mounted on an amphibious vehicle as Gunny sits in the hatch.

Mk 19 grenade launcher.
A Mk 19 mounted on the amphibious vehicle.

FN Mk 48 Mod 0

Gunny is seen firing an FN Mk 48 Mod 0.

FN Mk 48 Mod 0 - 7.62x51mm NATO.
Gunny firing a Mk 48 Mod 0.
Gunny firing a Mk 48 Mod 0.

Heckler & Koch MP5A5

Gunny lets loose a Heckler & Koch MP5A5 with a Surefire dedicated forend.

Heckler & Koch MP5A5 9x19mm with Surefire dediated forend weaponlight.
Gunny with a Heckler & Koch MP5A5.
Gunny takes out a stack of watermelons.
Gunny firing the MP5A5.
The four selection trigger group is rather obvious here, showing it an MP5A5.

Glock 18C

Being a member of Team Glock, Gunny naturally has to get some trigger time on a Glock. The model he fires is a Glock 18C, the full-auto Glock 18 with compensator ports on the slide to control muzzle rise, fitted with a 33 round magazine.

Glock 18C with standard 19 round magazine - 9mm.
Gunny loads up the Glock 18C.
Gunny fires the Glock 18C.
Close up on the Glock 18C. Note the night sights, a simple $15 upgrade.
"Yeah, that's what I like!" Obviously he can't say if he actually did like it or not, since it would hurt Glock's image if their spokes person said it sucks.

Sturmgewehr 44

Gunny fires a Sturmgewehr 44, which fires very unreliably.

Sturmgewehr 44 - 7.92x33mm (7.92 kurz).
Gunny fires the StG 44.
"No wonder they lost the war, damn thing jams, don't it?"
Gunny becomes flustered by how terrible this gun is.
Gunny firing the StG 44 at an entire squadron of cowering watermelons!

Spencer 1860 Carbine

Gunny is briefly seen firing what appears to be a Spencer 1860 Carbine. It is only seen from one angle so it is hard to be certain.

Spencer 1860 Carbine - .44 Rimfire.
Gunny fires the Spencer 1860 Carbine.

Springfield 1861

Gunny is seen using a Springfield 1861 rifle fitted with a bayonet while wearing the uniform of a Civil War Zouave regiment.

Springfield 1861 - .58 caliber Miné Ball.
Gunny with a Springfield 1861.
Gunny rifle butts a watermelon.

37mm M3 Anti-tank gun

A 37mm M3 Anti-tank gun is seen towed by Gunny's jeep.

A 37mm M3 Anti-tank gun being towed by Gunny's jeep.

Heckler & Koch XM8 (rifle configuration)

Gunny is seen firing a Heckler & Koch XM8 in full rifle configuration in one episode.

Heckler & Koch XM8 - 5.56x45mm.
Gunny fires a Heckler & Koch XM8.

Heckler & Koch XM8 (carbine configuration)

Due to the rifle's versatility, the Heckler & Koch XM8 is changed from rifle to carbine configuration. While the gun was also changed to a LMG version, this isn't seen in SNAFU.

Gunny fires the super-short Carbine XM8.
Close up on the receiver of the shorty XM8.
Note the para-style collapsing stock.

Nambu Type 92

Gunny fires a Nambu Type 92 heavy machine gun nicknamed the "woodpecker" for its distinctive sound, which has terrible reliability.

Nambu Type 92 HMG - 7.7mm.
Gunny pulls back the charging handle and opens the dust cover on the Nambu Type 92 machine gun.
The Nambu Type 92 machine gun.
The Nambu Type 92 machine gun.
A little bit of Gunny's anxiety: "Jam. You see the Japs weren't to smart when it came to making weapons. Did you notice that stuttering sound? I guess you didn't since only one round went off, how can it stutter? That's dumb."
Gunny finally gets the gun to fire more than one round. Note how he loaded the belt strip on the right side now.

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