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Platoon Leader is a 1988 Vietnam War film starring Michael Dudikoff as Jeffrey Knight, a US Army lieutenant freshly graduated from West Point and who is assigned to a forward base in Vietnam. The film was an adaptation of the memoirs written by James R. McDonough and was produced by B-movie studio Cannon Films, likely to capitalize on the popularity of Vietnam War-themed features in the late 1980s. Platoon Leader also was directed by Aaron Norris and marked the only film he helmed that did not star his brother Chuck.
The following weapons were used in the film Platoon Leader:
The M16A1 rifle, sometimes loaded with (anachronistic) 30-round magazines, is the primary rifle carried by US forces in the film, notably by Lt. Jeffrey Knight (Michael Dudikoff).
Some members of the unit carry M16 (SP1) rifles instead of the A1 model.
Colt AR-15 Sporter II Lightweight
Sgt. Michael McNamara (Robert F. Lyons) carries a carbine that resembles a Colt Sporter II Lightweight that has been fitted with a fixed A2-style buttstock.
VC and NVA forces are armed with Norinco Type 56 rifles throughout the film.
Norinco Type 84S Target
An enemy soldier appears to be armed with the Norinco Type 84S Target.
A Winchester 1300 shotgun is carried by Sgt. "Roach" (Brian Libby).
Lt. Knight carries a Browning Hi-Power as his sidearm. He draws the pistol when confronting Private Raymond Bacera (Michael DeLorenzo).
Smith & Wesson Model 29
Sgt. Michael McNamara (Robert F. Lyons) carries a revolver that resembles a Smith & Wesson Model 29.
M60 Machine Gun
The M60 machine gun is primarily carried by Jan Shultz (Tony Pierce) as well as mounted as door guns on Huey helicopters.
Browning M2HB Heavy Machine Gun
A Browning M2HB heavy machine gun is seen at the forward base.
M79 Grenade Launcher
The M79 Grenade Launcher is seen primarily carried by Private Raymond Bacera (Michael DeLorenzo). He discharges the launcher to threaten Lt. Knight.
M26 Hand Grenade
The M26 Hand Grenade is carried by US troops.
M72 LAWs are carried by members of the platoon.