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Battlefield: Vietnam

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Battlefield Vietnam
PC Boxart
Release Date: 2004
Developer: DICE
Publisher: EA
Series: Battlefield
Platforms: PC
Genre: First-Person Shooter

The following weapons appear in the video game Battlefield: Vietnam:


It appears most shoulder arms in this game have been modeled with their bolts and ejection ports on the left side of the firearm.



The M1911A1, called "M1911" in-game, is the standard US/ARVN sidearm, with a 9-round magazine (Note that the Standard USGI M1911A1 actually has a 7-Round Magazine). In the reload animation you can see the player putting a magazine in, the slide moves forward and then he pulls the slide again. In reality he would waste one round by doing that.

Colt M1911A1 Pistol - .45 ACP.

Smith & Wesson Model 19

The 6-inch barrel Smith & Wesson Model 19, called "M-19" is the standard US Special Forces sidearm, replacing the M1911A1. It is more powerful than the other handguns, killing in one shot to the head and two to the body. Holds six rounds in its cylinder and reloads using a speedloader.

Smith & Wesson Model 19 with 6in barrel - .357 magnum

Norinco Model 54

The Norinco Model 54 pistol is the Chinese copy of the Tokarev TT-33 Pistol, except that the Chinese model has a frame mounted safety. The Model 54 is the standard NVA/VC sidearm, the magazine holds 8 rounds of 7.62x25mm Tokarev.

Norinco Model 54 - 7.62x25mm

Submachine Guns


The MAT-49 is the only sub-machine gun in the game and is used by NVA and VC Engineers. Also the only shoulder arm to have a correct bolt and ejection port location.

MAT-49 Submachine Gun - 9x19mm

Assault Rifles

Colt M16A1

The M16A1 Rifle is used by US Army, US Marine and ARVN Assault classes as their main choices. A semi-auto only variant with a scope is used by all of the US Factions and ARVN and is issued to the scout as a sniper weapon, both have 20-round mags. The scoped variant has a silencer in the menu and sounds like a silenced M16 but has no visible silencer while playing. Also, note how the weapon has been reversed, with having the ejection port on the left side.

M16A1 with 20 Round magazine - 5.56x45mm
Colt Model 655 with carry handle mounted scope - 5.56x45mm

Colt XM177E2

The XM177E2, called "CAR-15" in-game, is used by the Assault classes of the ARVN and US Special Forces. A version with an attached XM148 grenade launcher is used by US Special Forces as an alternative to the CAR-15.

XM177E2 Carbine aka Colt Model 629 - 5.56x45mm
XM148 40mm Grenade-Launcher mounted on XM177E2.
Note the ejection port and forward assist located on the left side.

Type 56 Assault Rifle

The Type 56 Assault Rifle is the Standard NVA weapon and the underfolding bayonet cannot be used. The NVA uses standard-stocked Type 56s (called "AK-47" in-game) while the Vietcong uses underfolder-stock Type 56-1s (called "AKMS"). Note that there is no disassembly push-button on the rear upper end of the receiver, no post within the sight, and the bolt location on the left.

Type 56 assault rifle (fixed stock variant) with under-folding bayonet ("pig sticker") - 7.62x39mm
Type 56-1 assault rifle (under-folding stock variant) with under-folding bayonet ("pig sticker") - 7.62x39mm



The M14 Rifle is used by the Engineers and Heavy Assault of the ARVN and all US forces. Holds only 10 rounds despite being modeled with 20 round magazine and has its bolt handle on the left.

M14 Rifle - 7.62x51mm NATO


The Springfield Armory M21 is a choice for the ARVN and US Army Scout class. Stat wise, it is similar to the M14 (including the 10-round magazine modeled after a 20-rounder) except it has a scope and is more accurate. Unlike the other sniper rifles, it comes with only a single reserve magazine, for a total of 20 rounds.

Springfield Armory M21 with Harris bipod - 7.62x51mm NATO (.308 Winchester)

Norinco Type 56 Carbine (SKS)

The Type 56 Carbine (AKA Chinese SKS) is used by the NVA and Vietcong Heavy Assault and Scout classes. Like the Type 56 rifles, the bayonet cannot be used, no post is present within the sight and the bolt once again, has been placed to the left.

Chinese Type 56 Carbine aka the Chinese SKS rifle - 7.62x39mm

Sniper Rifles

SVD Dragunov

The SVD Dragunov is one of two NVA sniper weapons and once again, it has an empty front sight and incorrect bolt location.

SVD Dragunov sniper rifle - 7.62x54mmR

Mosin-Nagant M1891/30 Sniper

The M1891/30 Sniper Rifle is used by Vietcong Scouts. Note the left handed bolt and how it is seen as a mainstream weapon despite no left handed Mosins ever being produced. Similar thing can be seen on the poster of Enemy at the Gates

Full-length, Mosin Nagant M91/30 Sniper Rifle with Russian PU 3.5x sniper scope and down turned bolt handle - 7.62x54R


The M40 Sniper Rifle is a rifle used by US Marine and Special Forces Scouts, and holds five rounds. Note how the gun is a left-handed shooter's rifle.

M40 Sniper Rifle - 7.62x51mm NATO.


Mossberg 500

One of two US Army and US Marine Assault-class weapons, the Mossberg 500 Shotgun is available with a sawed-off pistol grip and heat shield. It holds 6 shells in its magazine. Note the incorrect (left side) ejection port.

Mossberg 500 with full stock, heat shield and extended magazine tube - 12 gauge

Machine Guns


The M60 machine gun is issued to the ARVN and all US force's Heavy Assault. It is is perhaps the most infamous weapon in the game due to a well-known early balance issue; the release version of the game featured a US kit with the M60 and LAW, with the M60 extremely damaging (you pointed it at people and they died) and accurate enough to be used for sniping. This essentially meant games boiled to to re-enactments of Rambo: First Blood Part 2, only with the same number of John Rambos as Vietnamese. This was quickly addressed in patches; the M60 was placed in a kit with the M79 rather than the much more powerful LAW, and both machine guns were made drastically less accurate, unless used while prone.

M60 machine gun with bipod folded - 7.62x51mm NATO

Type 53

The Vietcong infantry machine gun issued to the Assault is the Type 53 (DPM).

Chinese Type 53 - 7.62x54mm R


The RPD is the standard NVA machine gun issued to the Assault. It performs the same way as the M60, and is only really effective while lying prone.

RPD Light Machine Gun - 7.62x39mm


Mark 2 Fragmentation Grenade

The Mk 2 hand grenade is used by the ARVN and all US forces, with four of them being issued to the Assault class.

Mk 2 "Pineapple" High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade

Type 67 Stick Grenade

The Type 67 stick grenade by the NVA and Vietcong Assault and sometimes Heavy Assault classes.

Type 67 High-Explosive Fragmentation stick grenade



The S-Mine is used in the game, called "Bouncing Betty" issued to the NVA and VC Scouts.

S-Mine 35. Note the fuse is in the center of the mine body; the later S-Mine 44's fuse was instead offset.



The B40 (Vietnamese copy of the Soviet RPG-2) is the standard Vietcong Anti-Tank Weapon.

RPG-2 40mm with PG-2 rocket

M79 Grenade Launcher

The M79 grenade launcher is used by US and ARVN Heavy Assaults. Has yellow tiger stripe camouflage paint on the barrel similar to the M79 used by "The Roach" in Apocalypse Now.

M79 grenade launcher - 40mm


The M72 LAW is the standard US/ARVN Anti-Tank Weapon.

M72 LAW (Light Anti-tank Weapon) - 66mm


The RPG-7 is the standard NVA Anti-Tank Weapon, fitted with a PGO-7 scope.

RPG-7 40mm with PGO-7 scope and PG-7VM rocket

SA-7 Grail

The SA-7 Grail, called "SA-7", is issued to NVA and Vietcong Heavy Assault classes. It doesn't actually lock on to aircraft, but will rather follow and fly into aircraft that fly nearby when it is fired. It is also a surprisingly effective anti-tank weapon.

SA-7 Grail launcher and missile - 72mm

M1 Mortar

The M1 Mortar is issued to US and ARVN Engineer classes.

M1 Mortar - 81mm

Type 63 Mortar

The Type 63 Mortar, a variant of the M2 Mortar, is issued to NVA and Vietcong Engineer classes. It is identical in stats to the M1 Mortar above.

M2 Mortar - 60mm


The BGM-71 TOW is seen mounted on some Ford M151 MUTT vehicles. Up to a certain patch it incorrectly fired unguided rockets. Later on these rockets were replaced by just-as-incorrect heat-seeking missiles, just like the Strela-2, making it an effective SAM launcher instead of an anti-tank guided missile.

BGM-71 TOW mounted on M220 tripod 152mm
A BGM-71 TOW mounted on an M151 MUTT in Battlefield: Vietnam

M40A1C Recoilless Rifle

The M50 "Ontos" light tank is armed with six M40A1C recoilless rifles, a special version of the M40 Recoilless Rifle. The driver can choose to fire the guns one at a time or all together, with the Ontos' four spotting rifles not usable and its usual hatch-mounted 30 cal not present. Thankfully, the game does not replicate the real vehicle's need to get out in order to reload, and the Ontos simply reloads itself after 5 seconds.

Six M40A1C Recoilless Rifles on an M50 "Ontos" light tank - 106x607mmR with four Remington M8C spotting rifles - .50 BAT (12.7x77 mm). It is also armed with a Browning M1919A4.
Six M40A1C Recoilless Rifles on an M50 "Ontos" light tank in Battlefield: Vietnam

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