Toy Soldiers is a 1991 American action thriller film that focuses on a group of mostly problematic, non-disciplined students who have their prep school taken over by a group of Colombian terrorists. The terrorist leader, Luis Cali (Andrew Divoff) plants explosives throughout the school grounds and threatens to blow it up along with everyone in it if his demands aren't met or the school is assaulted. As the US Army is called in to figure out a way to effectively deal with the situation, the students take it upon themselves to make efforts to re-take the school. In addition to Divoff, the film's cast includes Sean Astin, Louis Gossett Jr., Michael Champion, and Wil Wheaton. The film received assistance from the US Department of Defense, who provided UH-60 Black Hawk and AH-64 Apache helicopters (both new in Army inventory at the time) for the production.
The following weapons were used in the film Toy Soldiers:
WARNING! THIS PAGE CONTAINS SPOILERS!
Luis Cali (Andrew Divoff) carries a Glock 19 as his weapon of choice. Along with The Hard Way and New Jack City, this is one of very first appearances of the Glock 19 in a feature film.
2nd Generation Glock 19 - 9x19mm
Luis Cali uses his Glock 19 as a gavel in the opening sequence. Toy Soldiers
is one of the earliest films to feature this weapon. Note the cuts in the backstrap and grip, which clearly indicate this as a second generation Glock 19.
Luis uses Billy Tepper (Sean Astin
) as a human shield, a Glock 19 in his hand.
A good shot of the Glock 19 as Luis prepares to yank the bomb wires.
Regis School campus guards, King's County Sheriff's deputies, as well as US Border Patrol officers all carry Colt Python revolvers.
Colt Python - .357 Magnum
Frank Ingraham (Richard Travis) with his Colt Python holstered.
A Border Patrol officer (Jeff Ramsey) with his Colt Python.
The King's County Sheriff (Stan Kelly) talks to Dean Edward Parker (Louis Gossett Jr.
) with his Colt Python holstered.
A sheriff's deputy watches the terrorists guard post with his Colt Python.
Jack Thorpe (Michael Champion), the American terrorist and Luis' second in command, carries a Beretta 92SB as his sidearm, noted by its rounded trigger guard. When Thorpe shows his Beretta to the campus guard when the terrorists first arrive at the school, it has a suppressor mounted. A Special Forces soldier also uses a Beretta 92SB at the end of the film.
"We don't want to hurt anybody"
- Jack Thorpe shows his Beretta 92SB (with suppressor mounted) to the campus guard.
Thorpe points his Beretta 92SB at Billy Tepper (Sean Astin
) when he runs in.
A Special Forces soldier fires his Beretta 92SB.
The wounded leader of the FBI Hostage Rescue Team (Max Manwell) gives Dean Edward Parker (Louis Gossett Jr.) his Browning Hi-Power.
Browning Hi-Power Mk. III - 9x19mm
The HRT team leader (Max Manwell) hands Dean Edward Parker his Browning Hi-Power.
Parker smashes through the window with the Browning Hi-Power in his hand.
Heckler & Koch SP89 (Mocked up as MP5K)
Jack Thorpe (Michael Champion) and several other terrorists overrunning the school are armed with Heckler & Koch SP89s mocked up as the Heckler & Koch MP5K. These weapons are also used by FBI HRT operators and US Army Special Forces soldiers as well. Billy Tepper (Sean Astin) is also briefly seen wielding one.
Heckler & Koch SP89 mocked up as a Heckler & Koch MP5K - 9x19mm
Jorge (Jerry Valdez) shows the students a picture of Phil Donoghue (a student who they were looking for) with an SP89 (mocked up as an MP5K) in his hand.
The belltower guard puts down his SP89 to eat the food Billy gives him. An M72 LAW
lies on the left.
Dean Edward Parker (Louis Gossett Jr.
) speaks to the HRT team leader (Max Manwell) who has an SP89 slung.
Jack Thorpe (Michael Champion
) on the roof of the school armed with a Heckler & Koch SP89 mocked up as an MP5K. Note the metal lower receiver and lack of the paddle magazine release.
SP89 submachine guns are also used by FBI HRT operators.
Billy Tepper (Sean Astin
) holds his captured SP89.
One of the terrorists is seen multiple times holding an Uzi Carbine, the civilian model of the Uzi, fitted with a 16-inch barrel with a barrel shroud. It seems the armorers converted it to full-auto fire for the film. It is most notably used when Joey Trotta (Wil Wheaton) knocks out a terrorist and subsequently uses the weapon in an attempt to kill another terrorist, failing as the muzzle rise - very inaccurately depicted - raises his fire to the sky.
Uzi semi-automatic Carbine with 16" barrel (IMI Model A) fitted with barrel shroud - 9x19mm
A terrorist sends the students back to their rooms, the Uzi Carbine in his hand.
Joey Trotta (Wil Wheaton
) fires his captured Uzi Carbine.
The Uzi Carbine lies on a bed in the foreground along with some extra magazines for both the Uzi and the Heckler & Koch SP89.
A King's County Sheriff's deputy is seen pulling what appears to be a Remington Model 870 from his police car when the police officers first arrive at the school.
Remington 870 Police Magnum Riot Shotgun - 12 Gauge
A deputy takes a Remington 870 from his car.
Rifles / Carbines
Norinco Type 56-1
Several terrorists carry the Norinco Type 56-1, noted by the hooded front sight and underfolding stock. It is fitted with an AKM-style muzzle brake, making it similar to the gun used in Heat, meaning it was a semi-automatic Chinese import, fitted with the slanted muzzle by the gun's importer and converted to full-auto for the film.
Norinco Type 56-1 - 7.62x39mm
A terrorist wields his Norinco Type 56-1 as Luis approaches. The slanted AKM-style muzzle is clearly seen.
A terrorist with a Norinco Type 56-1 slung on his back, giving a good view of the hooded front sight and the slanted muzzle.
Poly Tech Legend AKS-47
Some of other terrorists carry what appears to be the Poly Tech Legend AKS-47, a model most closely resembling a genuine AKS-47.
Poly Tech Legend AKS-47 - 7.62x39mm
A terrorist sets up explosives with his Poly Tech Legend AKS-47 slung.
Two AK men search the rooms, the man on the right wields a Poly Tech Legend AKS-47.
The guard on the roof with his Poly Tech Legend AKS-47.
Colt XM177-type Carbine Variants
Most of US Army Special Forces soldiers are armed with mocked Colt XM177-type Carbines. These weapons feature 16-inch lightweight barrels with slip-over fake XM177 moderators. Some appear to be built-up from a combination of A1 and SP1 receivers, while others feature full SP1 upper and lower receivers.
Actual XM177E2 Carbine aka Colt Model 629 - 5.56x45mm
AR-15 Sporter 1 Carbine converted into an XM177 Lookalike - 5.56x45mm
Two US Army soldiers in ghillie suits detain Billy Tepper (Sean Astin
). The one on the right wields a mockup Colt XM177/Commando Carbine, built off an A1 upper receiver (noted by the forward assist) and a 'slabside' SP1 lower (noted by the lack of 'fencing' around the magazine release).
Two Special Forces soldiers fire their Commando Carbines.
Another Special Forces soldier fires his Colt Commando. This weapon mocked up from an SP1 upper and lower as evident by the lack of forward assist, shell deflector and magazine fencing.
Iver Johnson AMAC-1500
The FBI team has two snipers armed with what appear to be Iver Johnson AMAC-1500 sniper rifles. They have heavy muzzle brakes and fluted barrels. One appears to be an older spec than the other based on the different muzzle brakes.
Iver Johnson AMAC-1500 - .50 BMG (12.7x99mm NATO)
Two snipers aim their Iver Johnson AMAC-1500 rifles.
Ruger Mini-14 GB
Jack Thorpe (Michael Champion) uses a Ruger Mini-14 GB with a synthetic stock and a scope to kill the US Border Patrol officers.
Stainless steel Ruger Mini-14 GB ('Government Barrel') with black synthetic furniture and aftermarket Choate folding stock - 5.56x45mm
Jack Thorpe (Michael Champion
) sneaks around from the back of the truck with his Mini-14 GB. Note the bayonet lug and the flash-hider.
Thorpe fires his Mini-14 GB.
In the opening sequence, Colombian soldiers can be seen with M16A1s.
A Colombian soldier holds his M16A1. This appears to be an MGC replica.
A Colombian soldier aims his M16A1 as Luis' helicopter takes off.
The film opens with a Colombian soldier in a personnel truck armed with an SKS rifle.
SKS with no bayonet - 7.62x39mm
A Colombian soldier in the personnel truck with his SKS rifle (no bayonet attached). Note that Colombian soldiers are not allowed to wear mustaches or any facial hair.
Heckler & Koch G3
Another Colombian soldier in the opening sequence is briefly seen with a Heckler & Koch G3. It could however be a Heckler & Koch HK91, but it is never seen close enough.
Heckler & Koch G3A3 - 7.62x51mm NATO
A Colombian soldier takes cover behind a personnel carrier with his Heckler & Koch rifle.
A Colombian soldier in the opening sequence is briefly seen with a Steyr AUG.
A blurry shot of a Colombian soldier with his Steyr AUG.
A Colombian soldier in the opening sequence is briefly seen with a Beretta AR-70/223.
Beretta AR-70/.223. - 5.56x45mm NATO
A Colombian soldier with his AR-70/223. Note that the Colombian Ministry of Defense has never purchased/issued the aforementioned SKS rifles, Steyr AUG rifles or the Beretta AR-70/223 shown here.
The belltower guards set up a Browning M2HB to watch the front gate. They notably use it to disable an approaching sheriff's police car. M2HBs are also seen set up at other positions throughout the school.
Browning M2HB - .50 BMG (12.7x99mm NATO)
The belltower guards set up a Browning M2HB.
The belltower guards load the .50 cal. A goof is present in that the rounds are clearly dummies, as the primers are fired.
The belltower guard fires the M2HB at sheriff's police car.
The M2HB is seen on the roof.
The UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, notably those transporting and dropping the soldiers into the school, are armed with two door-mounted M60Ds.
M60D machine gun - 7.62x51mm NATO
Two M60D machine guns are mounted on the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter.
The door gunner fires the M60D at terrorists on the ground.
A Browning M1919A4 is seen mounted on a Colombian Army jeep during the opening sequence in Colombia.
Browning M37 vehicle mounted machine gun (modernized model of the M1919A4) - .30-06 Springfield
A Browning .30 cal mounted on a Colombian Army jeep.
A Colombian soldier is briefly seen using an RPD.
RPD light machine gun - 7.62x39mm
On the left, a Colombian soldier aims his RPD. Note that the Colombian Ministry of Defense has never purchased/issued RPD light machine guns.
The belltower guard uses an M72 LAW anti-tank rocket launcher to blow up sheriff's police car. Several additional LAWs are seen in the film. Jack Thorpe (Michael Champion) notably attempts to use one on the incoming UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. Throughout the film, several rockets are seen next to the launchers, suggesting that the LAW can be reloaded, but in reality, it is a single-use weapon.
The belltower guard takes out the police car with the LAW. Note how it is filled with ignition powder for the fake "firing" effect.
The LAW next to the Heckler & Koch SP89. Note the rocket underneath the SP89.
Jack Thorpe (Michael Champion
) readies a LAW. The rocket seen in the tube appears to be a mockup.
M67 Hand Grenade
Still partially alive after being shot by the snipers, one of the roof guards' last act is to drop an M67 hand grenade down on the FBI team.
M67 High-Explosive Fragmentation Hand Grenade.
The roof guard drops the M67 hand grenade.
M230 Chain Gun
M230 Chain Guns are mounted on the AH-64 Apache gunships that provide cover for the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters during the assault on the school. It appears that when the Apache is actually seen firing its M230 (notably at Thorpe), a prop mockup that emits acetylene flame is used.
Hughes/Alliant Techsystems M230 Chain Gun - 30x113mmB
The AH-64 Apache helicopter appears in front of Jack Thorpe (Michael Champion
), armed with an M230 Chain Gun.
Close-up of the firing device mounted right below the actual M230.
The prop M230 is fired. Note the lack of ejected shells.