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Missing in Action

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Missing In Action (1984)

Missing in Action is the 1984 action film starring Chuck Norris as James Braddock, a US Special Forces colonel who escaped from a Vietnamese prison camp during the war and proceeds to return to Vietnam ten years later to investigate a report of American POW's still imprisoned in the country. Braddock then launches his own mission to free the imprisoned soldiers. The film proved to be one of Chuck Norris's biggest hits and was the first in a trilogy of Missing in Action films that included 1985's Missing in Action 2: The Beginning (which was filmed back to back with this movie and was actually intended to be the initial entry) and 1988's Braddock: Missing in Action III.

Despite the overwhelmingly negative reception from critics, the film was a commercial success and has become one of Chuck Norris's most popular films. It was also Chuck Norris's first film with The Cannon Group.

The following weapons were used in the film Missing In Action:

Machine Guns


Col. James Braddock (Chuck Norris) uses the M60 during the POW rescue mission. He famously is seen rising from the water with the machine gun. It's also seen used by both NVA and US forces throughout the film.

M60 machine gun 7.62x51mm NATO
Col. James Braddock (Chuck Norris) opens fire with the M60 mounted on the fast boat.
Col. James Braddock fires the M60 while intercepting the POW convoy.
Col. James Braddock rises out of the water firing his M60 in an iconic scene.
Braddock firing his M60.
Col. James Braddock surveys the destruction.
During the film's opening, a VC machine gun team opens fire with the M60. This is a reversed shot as the belt is feeding from the wrong side.


The M60D is used by the doorgunners on UH-1 "Huey" helicopters at the beginning and end of the film.

M60D machine gun 7.62x51mm NATO
A doorgunner provides cover with the M60D during the film's opening.
Doorgunner's eye view.

Browning M2HB

PAVN soldiers man a pair of Browning M2HBs against Col. Braddock.

Browning M2HB .50 BMG
Pair of Browning M2HBs mounted on a 2 1/2 ton truck.


M16A1 with M203

During the opening sequence, Col. James Braddock (Chuck Norris) uses an M203 grenade launcher mounted on his M16A1.

M16A1 5.56x45mm with M203 grenade launcher 40mm
Braddock holds his M16A1 with the M203 as he helps a fallen comrade.
Col. Braddock is hit by an NVA soldier while firing his rifle.

M16 SP1

One of the US soldiers is seen armed with an M16 SP1 rifle.

M16 SP1/AR-15
In the film's opening, one of the US American soldiers is seen armed with an M16 SP1 rifle. Note the lack of a forward assist but the presence of the birdcage flash-hider.


Most of the US soldiers during the Vietnam sequence are seen using the M16A1. Braddock and Tuck (M. Emmet Walsh) also use the M16A1 during the rescue of American POWs. The M16s used by Braddock and Tuck have heavier-profile barrels than normal which, combined with the movie being filmed in the Philippines, suggests they may be Elisco Tool-produced Model 611Ps.

Colt M16A1 Model 611 with 20-round magazine and M60 bipod - 5.56x45mm
Col. James Braddock with his M16A1. Note the thickness of the barrel in comparison to the M16A1/M203 and M16 SP1 above.
Sideview of Braddock's rifle.
Tuck (M. Emmet Walsh) with his M16A1.

Colt Model 653

Vietnamese Assassins who try to kill Braddock in Bangkok are armed with Colt Model 653 carbines. A similar carbine is used to test out a boat's resistance to gunfire. Based on the round forward assist plunger seen on one of them, these may be locally-produced Model 653Ps.

Colt Model 653 Carbine 16" barrel - 5.56x45mm
An Assassin with his Colt Model 653.
The other assassin uses his rifle during the chase with Braddock. The round forward assist plunger can be seen in this shot.
A similar carbine is used to test out a boat's resistance to gunfire.

M14 Rifle

In the opening sequence, the M14 Rifle is seen in the hands of US and NVA forces. The M14 is also seen in the hands of PAVN soldiers during the climax.

M14 rifle - 7.62x51mm NATO
M14 wielding NVA soldiers are taken out by Col. James Braddock.
A PAVN soldier is killed by Col. James Braddock's M60.
A PAVN soldiers takes aim with his M14.


AKs are commonly used by PAVN soldiers.

Milled Receiver AK-47 design; 7.62x39mm.
A POW kills a PAVN soldier with his own AK.
PAVN soldiers armed with AKs pursue Col. James Braddock.

Type 56

NVA/PAVN forces can be seen armed mostly with Type 56-series rifles, both the standard Type 56 and the folding-stock Type 56-1.

Type 56 - 7.62x39mm
An NVA soldier opens fire.
Closeup of muzzle.
A NVA soldier shoots at Col. James Braddock.
A PAVN soldier shoots at an escaping Col. James Braddock.
Tuck commandeers a Type 56.
Type 56-1 assault rifle - 7.62x39mm
NVA soldier with a Type 56-1.

Type 56 Carbine

A PAVN soldier can briefly be seen with an Type 56 carbine.

Chinese Type 56 Carbine -7.62x39mm
PAVN soldier with Type 56.


Smith & Wesson Model 10

Col. Braddock has a flashback of an American POW being shot by General Vinh (Ernie Ortega) with a Smith & Wesson Model 10.

Smith & Wesson Model 10 -.38 Special
Vinh draws his revolver.

Star Model B

Vietnamese Police officers in Saigon, a Vietnamese assassin in the taxi cab and Vihn use the Star Model B.

Blued Star Model B - 9mm
A Vietnamese assassin with a Star Model B.
Another Vietnamese assassin readies his Star Model B.

Submachine Guns

Madsen M50

A Vietnamese police officer is seen briefly with a Madsen M50 when Braddock's hotel is surrounded.

Madsen M50 - 9x19mm
Vietnamese police officer is seen with a Madsen M50.


The Vietnamese Assassin who jumps Col. Braddock's truck is armed with an Uzi.

Uzi -9x19mm Parabellum
Vietnamese Assassin with Uzi.


M79 Grenade Launcher

A Vietnamese assassin fires an M79 grenade launcher into Braddock's motel room. Braddock also uses an M79 to destroy a guard tower.

M79 grenade launcher - 40mm
A Vietnamese Assassin shoots his M79 at Col. James Braddock.
Col. James Braddock readies his M79.

M9A1 Bazooka

A PAVN soldier utilizes an M9A1 "Bazooka" when the POW convoy is attacked by Col. Braddock.

M9A1 "Bazooka" - 2.36 inch
A PAVN soldier with an M9A1 Bazooka.
The PAVN soldiers celebrate after taking out Tuck's boat with the Bazooka.

Mk 2 Hand Grenade

Mk 2 Hand Grenades are utilized by Col. James Braddock during the film's opening and then while setting a trap..

Mk 2 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
Col. James Braddock has two Mk2 grenades on his web gear as he helplessly watches two wounded US soldiers being bayoneted during the film's opening.
This scene...
...makes ...no ...sense.
Col. James Braddock sets a trap with the grenade.

81mm Mortar

Both the North Vietnamese and US troops are seen using the 81mm Mortar.

NVA Soldiers fire off mortars.

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