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Never So Few

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Never So Few
Never So Few-DVD.jpg
Theatrical Release Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by John Sturges
Release Date 1959
Language English
Studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Distributor Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Main Cast
Character Actor
Capt. Tom Reynolds Frank Sinatra
Carla Vesari Gina Lollobrigida
Capt. Grey Travis Peter Lawford
Bill Ringa Steve McQueen
Capt. Danny De Mortimer Richard Johnson
Sgt. John Danforth Charles Bronson
Nikko Regas Paul Henreid
General Sloan Brian Donlevy
Sgt. Jim Norby Dean Jones
Traitor Billingsly Aki Aleong

Never So Few is a 1959 World War II drama directed by John Sturges and based on the novel by Tom T. Chamales. The film starred Frank Sinatra, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson and Gina Lollobrigida.

The following weapons were used in the film Never So Few:


Colt M1911A1

US officers and NCOs in the film carry the M1911A1 pistol.

M1911A1 - .45 ACP.
Traitor Billingsly (Aki Aleong) tries to grab the gun from a holster hanging on the bedpost.
Sgt. Jim Norby (Dean Jones) also carries the M1911A1 pistol.
Capt. Tom Reynolds (Frank Sinatra) fires his M1911A1.

Luger P08

The Japanese officer carries a Luger P08 pistol. Most likely standing in for the Nambu Type 14.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm.
The Japanesse officer (Clifford Kawada) holds a Luger P08 during a night attack.
Bill Ringa (Steve McQueen) is seen with the Luger in his holster.

Submachine Guns

Sten Gun

Burmese soldiers are seen armed with British Sten submachine guns.

Sten Mk II (Canadian) - 9x19mm
A Burmese soldier (Mako) armed with a Sten gun.
Capt. Danny De Mortimer (Richard Johnson) uses the Sten gun.
Nautaung (Philip Ahn) silences a Japanese machine gun by using the Sten submachine gun.
The Chinese lieutenant (Lawrence Ung) seizes a the captain's gun at the table...
... and fires the submachine gun.

M1928A1 Thompson

The M1928A1 Thompson Submachine Gun is the preferred weapon of the US troops in the film. Bill Ringa (Steve McQueen) carries one with the stock removed.

M1928A1 Thompson - .45 ACP.
Cpt. Tom Reynolds (Frank Sinatra) is armed with a Colt 1921 Thompson Sub Machine Gun.
Nautaung (Philip Ahn) takes a Thompson off a wounded soldier and fires it at the Japanese.
Sgt. John Danforth (Charles Bronson) fires his Thompson at Japanese machine gunners.
Bill Ringa (Steve McQueen) carries the Thompson submachine gun with mags taped together and stock removed.


The Japanese soldiers are equipped with the MP40 submachine gun. Historically inaccurate.

MP40 submachine gun - 9x19mm


M1 Carbine

The Burmese soldiers are also armed with the M1 Carbine.

M1 Carbine - .30 Carbine.
A soldier (George Takei) gives Capt. Reynolds (Frank Sinatra) his rifle during a night firefight.

M1903A3 Springfield

In the film you can see many soldiers carrying M1903A3 Springfield rifles.

1903 Springfield Rifle - .30-06

Machine Guns

Vickers Mark I Machine Gun

Japanese machine gunners fire a Vickers Mark I Machine Gun.

Vickers Mk1 Machine Gun - .303 British

Nambu Type 99 Light Machine Gun

Japanese soldiers are equipped with a Nambu Type 99 Light Machine Guns.

Nambu Type 99 Light Machine Gun - 7.7x58mm.
A Japanese soldier fires a Nambu Type 99.

Other Weapons

MK II Hand Grenade

The most commonly used hand grenade in the movie is the MK II.

MK II hand grenade.
Capt. Tom Reynolds (Frank Sinatra) preparing to throw grenades at the approaching Japanese soldiers.

M2 Mortar

Bill Ringa (Steve McQueen) uses an M2 Mortar against Japanese troops in an unorthodox fashion.

M2 Mortar - 60mm

M1 Mortar

In a Chinese weapons storage facility there are American M1 Mortar and M2 Mortars.

M1 Mortar - 81mm

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