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The Long Road Home

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The Long Road Home (2017)

The Long Road Home is a 2017 American television miniseries adaptation of the 2007 book The Long Road Home: A Story of War and Family by journalist Martha Raddatz. The series is an account of a 48-hour battle in Sadr City (an area of Baghdad known as Saddam City before the invasion), that began on April 4, 2004 when militiamen of the Mahdi Army ambushed elements of the newly-arrived 1st Cavalry Division. Much of the production has been shot at the US Army base at Fort Hood in Texas, and so benefits from the availability of authentic US Army vehicles and equipment, and even advice from some of the 1st Cavalry soldiers who fought in the actual battle. The miniseries premiered in November of 2017 in the US on the National Geographic Channel.

The first two installments, "The Road to War" and "The Eye of the Storm" were initially broadcast as a feature-length pilot episode on November 7, 2017, under the name "Black Sunday." The listings on the official website currently list both of these episodes as S1E01.

The following weapons were used in the miniseries The Long Road Home:



Colt M4A1

U.S. Army Commanding Officers and NCOs of the 1st Cavalry Division carry M4A1 carbines as their primary weapon, mostly fitted with Trijicon TA01 ACOG scopes, AN/PEQ-2 laser designators and flashlights.

Colt M4A1 SOPMOD with Aimpoint CompM2 reflex optic, Knight's Armament RAS railed handguard and vertical forward grip - 5.56x45mm
Lieutenant Shane Aguero (E.J. Bonilla) is armed with the M4A1 in "Black Sunday (Pt.1)" (S1E01). Aguero's rear peep iron sight for backup sights on his ACOG scope is missing on top.
Sergeant Eric Bourquin (Jon Beavers) holds his M4A1 carbine while up on rooftop in "Black Sunday (Pt.2)" (aka "The Eye of the Storm") (S1E02). Bourquin's carbine has a DPMS Panther Arms LE buttstock.
An M4A1 is fired by Sergeant Robert Miltenberger (Jeremy Sisto) in "In the Valley of Death" (S1E03).

Colt M16A4

A majority of U.S. Army 1st Cavalry Division soldiers carry M16A4 rifles as their primary weapon, fitted with either Aimpont CompM2 red dot sights and/or Trijicon TA01 ACOG scopes, AN/PEQ-2 laser designators, flashlights, universal slings and a black single STANAG magazine pouch fitted on the buttstock. Some M16A4s also appear to have SP1 lower receivers due to lack of a magazine fencing.

M16A4 - 5.56x45mm - with ACOG scope, AN/PEQ-2 IR designator, and RIS foregrip
On the left, Specialist Matt Fisk (Ezekiel Z. Swinford) holds the M16A4 rifle during routine security detail in Sadr City in "Black Sunday (Pt.1)" (aka "The Road to War") (S1E01).
Two U.S. soldiers of Comanche Red One scan the rooftops with their M16A4 rifles in "Black Sunday (Pt.1)" (S1E01).
An armed insurgent is seen through the scope of Specialist Johnathan Riddell's M16A4 in "Black Sunday (Pt.2)" (S1E02). Riddell's rifle is outfitted with a Aimpoint CompM2 red dot sight, however the sight picture shows a Trijicon ACOG scope chevron reticule.
An M16A4 is held by Private First Class Tomas Young (Noel Fisher) in "In the Valley of Death" (S1E03).
A row of M16A4 rifles are seen during a memorial in "Abandon Hope" (S1E07).

Colt M16A2

Several U.S. Army soldiers including then Corporal Robert Miltenberger (Jeremy Sisto) can be seen with M16A2 rifles in a flashback during the War in Kosovo in "Into the Unknown" (S1E03).

M16A2 - 5.56x45mm
Corporal Miltenberger and another soldier sitting in a M35 Cargo truck are seen with M16A2 rifles in a flashback during Miltenberger's deployment in Kosovo in "Into the Unknown" (S1E03). Two more soldiers have M16A2s in the background


Insurgents, militiamen and Iraqi police carry the AKM.

AKM - 7.62x39mm
An insurgent with an AKM is seen firing on the convoy in "Black Sunday (Pt.1)" (S1E01).
An Iraqi policeman holds an AKM in "Black Sunday (Pt.2)" (S1E02). Note the inverted muzzle brake.


An AKMS is among the weapons used by insurgents.

AKMS - 7.62x39mm
An insurgent armed with an AKMS is seen through an M16A4 scope in "Black Sunday (Pt.2)" (S1E02).

Machine Guns

Browning M2HB Heavy Machine Gun

Some of humvees and M1A2 Abrams are also armed with Browning M2HB heavy machine guns mounted on the roof.

Browning M2HB heavy machine gun .50 BMG in vehicle mount
Sergeant Eddie Chen (Kenny Leu) uses the M2HB in "Black Sunday (Pt.1)" (S1E01).
The Browning M2HB is fired by SGT Eddie Chen (Kenny Leu) in "Black Sunday (Pt.1)" (S1E01).
The Browning M2HB is fired from an M1A2 Abrams in "Always Dream of Me" (S1E07).

M240B Machine Gun

The M240B Machine Gun is mounted on US Army Humvees.

M240B with newer style lower handguard (designed to attach RIS rails via hex nut) - 7.62x51mm NATO.
An M240B Machine Gun fitted with an Elcan M145 Machine Gun Optic is mounted on a US Army Humvee in "Black Sunday (Pt.1)" (S1E01).


An RPD machine gun is mounted on an insurgent technical.

RPD Light Machine Gun - 7.62x39mm
An RPD machine gun is mounted on an insurgent technical in "Into the Unknown" (S1E03).


An insurgent on the rooftop fires an RPK light machine gun at the Comanche 6 platoon during the ambush in "Black Sunday (Pt.1)" (S1E01).]]

RPK light machine gun with 40-round magazine - 7.62x39mm


The M240C appears as the coaxial armament of the M2A3 Bradley infantry fighting vehicle and M1A2 Abrams tank. Unlike in many live-action productions these are real military vehicles, something made possible by most of the production being shot at the Fort Hood base in Texas.

M240C vehicle coaxial-mount version - 7.62x51mm NATO
The M240C appears as the coaxial armament of the M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicle in "Black Sunday (Pt.2)" (S1E02). This is an M2A3 variant, a package first introduced in 2000, with the main distinguishing feature being the CIV (commander's independent viewer) on the rear-right (left in this shot) of the turret.
The M240C seen at left on the turret of the M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicle in "Black Sunday (Pt.2)" (S1E02).


The M240D is seen as the loader's weapon on M1A2 Abrams tanks.

M240D vehicle and aircraft-mount version with spade grips - 7.62x51mm NATO.
Loader's M240D machine guns with transparent gunshields can be seen mounted on the M1A2 Abrams in "Black Sunday (Pt.2)" (S1E02).


Beretta 92FS

U.S Army 1st Cavalry Division commanding officers and NCOs in combat carry Beretta 92FS pistols in their drop leg holsters. Some officers in Tactical Operations Center (TOC) carry Berettas in leather shoulder holsters. Lieutenant Colonel Gary Volesky (Michael Kelly) carries a Beretta 92FS as his sidearm in a leather shoulder holster before switching it out for a drop leg holster when he goes to combat. The Beretta 92FS is likely standing in for the M9 Beretta.

Beretta 92FS - 9x19mm


M242 Bushmaster Chaingun

The M242 Bushmaster chaingun appears as the primary armament of the M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles.

M242 Bushmaster - 25mm
M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles are armed with Bushmasters in "Black Sunday (Pt.2)" (S1E02).
The M242 Bushmaster chaingun appears as the primary armament of the M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicle in "Black Sunday (Pt.2)" (S1E02).


In addition to the aforementioned Bushmaster chaingun, the M2 Bradley IFVs that arrive to reinforce the unit are also armed with twin BGM-71 TOW launchers on the side of the turret.

BGM-71 TOW mounted on Bradley IFV - 152mm
M2 Bradley IFVs that arrive to reinforce the unit are also armed with twin BGM-71 TOW launchers on the side of the turret in "In the Valley of Death" (S1E03).


One of the insurgent crew of a technical is seen carrying an RPG-7.

RPG-7 - 40mm
The insurgent technical crewman holds an RPG-7 in "Into the Unknown" (S1E02).

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