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Hacksaw Ridge is a 2016 World War II film directed by Mel Gibson and tells the true story of Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield), a US Army medic in the 77th Infantry Division who faced persecution and ridicule for his refusal to carry a weapon into battle due to his religious beliefs and ended up receiving the Medal of Honor for saving the lives of 75 of his fellow soldiers during the battle for the Maeda Escarpment (the eponymous Hacksaw Ridge) in Okinawa. Shot in Australia with a mostly-local cast, the film was released to critical acclaim and nominated for numerous awards, including six Oscars (notably Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor for Andrew Garfield).
The following weapons were used in the film Hacksaw Ridge:
WARNING! THIS PAGE CONTAINS SPOILERS!
US troops are seen with Colt M1911A1 pistols, most notably Lieutenant Manville (Ryan Corr) and Smitty Ryker (Luke Bracey). Lieutenant Manville carries his pistol in a tanker-style shoulder holster.
Colonel Sangston (Robert Morgan
) has a Colt M1911A1 in his hip holster.
Sergeant Howell (Vince Vaughn
) (left) and Lieutenant Manville (Ryan Corr
) (right) both have holstered M1911A1 pistols. Lieutenant Manville carries his pistol in a tanker-style shoulder holster.
Lieutenant Manville (Ryan Corr
) fires his Colt M1911A1 at attacking Japanese soldiers.
A wounded Smitty Ryker (Luke Bracey
) fires his Colt M1911A1.
Smith & Wesson M1917
A Smith & Wesson M1917 Revolver is seen in a flashback scene, held by both a drunken Tom Doss (Hugo Weaving) and his son Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield).
Smith & Wesson M1917 revolver (military issue with lanyard ring) - .45 ACP
Tom Doss (Hugo Weaving
) and his wife struggle with a Smith & Wesson M1917 revolver.
Tom and Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield
) struggle with the revolver. Note the finger on the trigger, causing an accidental discharge (in character).
Desmond Doss points the revolver at Tom Doss. The front sight and ejector rod clearly mark it as a Smith & Wesson rather than a Colt.
Several US soldiers use the M1 Thompson, distinguished from the M1A1 by its simplified L-sight.
M1 Thompson with 30-round magazine - .45 ACP
A US soldier fires his M1 Thompson. Note the L-shaped rear sight.
A US soldier with his M1 Thompson.
The M1A1 Thompson is also used by US troops, most notably Lucky Ford (Milo Gibson, Director Mel Gibson's son).
M1A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine - .45 ACP
Lucky Ford (Milo Gibson
) sweeps a barn with his M1A1 Thompson.
Lucky gives the all clear.
Lucky fires his Thompson during the Japanese counterattack.
A Thompson slung, Lucky takes a headcount after the evacuation of Hacksaw.
Lucky fires his Thompson in slow-motion.
The Thompson being fired in slow-motion. Note the blanks in the magazine.
M3 Grease Gun
The M3 Grease Gun is used by Sergeant Howell (Vince Vaughn).
M3 "Grease Gun" - .45 ACP
Sergeant Howell (Vince Vaughn
) gives the order to move out, his Grease Gun slung.
Sergeant Howell with his M3 Grease Gun after climbing Hacksaw. Note the dust cover still in place.
Over-the-shoulder view of the Grease Gun firing.
Sergeant Howell firing at Japanese attackers. The visible cocking lever marks it as an M3, not an M3A1.
A wounded Sergeant Howell firing his M3 as Doss evacuates him off Hacksaw.
A frontal view of the Grease Gun.
M1 Garand rifles are the most common weapons in the hands of US troops. Sergeant Howell (Vince Vaughn) also uses an M1 Garand to kill a Japanese sniper, later Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) borrows the rifle to create an improvised drag stretcher. The weapon plays a plot point during the middle act, when Doss refuses to qualify on it during basic training.
Corporal Jessop (Ben O'Toole
) demonstrates the M1 Garand.
US soldiers drill with their rifles.
US soldiers firing at Japanese fortifications.
Sergeant Howell (Vince Vaughn
) fires an M1 at a Japanese sniper.
US soldiers wait to climb Hacksaw.
The M1 Carbine is used by officers of the US Army including Captain Jack Glover (Sam Worthington) and Lieutenant Manville (Ryan Corr). Medic Irv Schecter (Ori Pfeffer) also carries the Carbine. Manville's Carbine is an anachronistic post-WW2 model, distinguished by its adjustable rear sight and bayonet lug.
A US soldier with his M1 Carbine during the prologue.
Captain Jack Glover and his radioman both carry M1 Carbines. He holds it in the low-ready stance, which was not practiced during WWII.
Captain Jack Glover (Sam Worthington
) fires at attacking Japanese soldiers.
An M1 Carbine in the hand of Captain Glover's radioman (recently deceased).
Captain Glover with his Carbine as he talks to Doss.
Captain Glover with his Carbine slung as he prepares to lead the company up the ridge.
Captain Glover firing in slow-motion.
M1 Carbine with birch stock, adjustable sight, bayonet lug, and twin magazine pouch - .30 Carbine. Most of the World War II variations of the M1 Carbine were sent back to the Military Arsenals and retrofitted with the bayonet lug and adjustable rear sight. This is the model seen after late 1945 and all the way until the 1960s (often referred to as the "Korean War era" variant). This model is seen most often in World War II films, despite being anachronistic for most World War II battles.
Lieutenant Manville (Ryan Corr
) with his Carbine slung. Note the anachronistic bayonet lug.
Lieutenant Manville fires his Carbine. Note the rear sight.
In a continuity error, Captain Glover's radioman can be seen firing an M1A1 Carbine, the paratrooper model with folding stock, at the Japanese bunkers. In all other scenes it's a regular M1 Carbine.
M1A1 Carbine with original L style rear sight and side-folding stock, often referred to as the "Paratrooper" Carbine - .30 Carbine
Captain Glover's radioman fires his M1A1 Carbine.
Over-the-shoulder view. The rear stock is clearly visible underneath the helmet.
Arisaka Type 38
Arisaka Type 38 rifles are the most common weapons in the hands of the Japanese Imperial Army, almost always fitted with bayonets.
Arisaka Type 38 rifle - 6.5x50mmSR Arisaka
A dead Japanese soldier with his Arisaka Type 38.
Japanese soldiers fire their rifles from sandbagged positions.
Japanese soldiers fire their rifles. The one on the left is working his bolt.
Japanese soldiers with their Arisaka rifles in a Banzai charge.
Japanese soldiers patrolling Hacksaw after the US withdrawal.
A Japanese soldier with his Arisaka.
A Japanese soldier preparing to bayonet a corpse.
A Japanese soldier fires his rifle at Doss.
Arisaka Type 97 Sniper Rifle
A Japanese sniper with an Arisaka Type 97 sniper rifle attempts to kill Doss before being killed by Sergeant Howell.
Arisaka Type 97 sniper rifle - 6.5x50mmSR Arisaka
A Japanese sniper in a camouflaged nest with his Arisaka Type 97 sniper rifle.
A view through the sniper scope.
The sniper fires his rifle, giving away his position.
Browning Automatic Rifle
US troops, including by Smitty Ryker (Luke Bracey), are seen using the Browning Automatic Rifle to great effect. The weapons in the film have the bipod removed. In one notable scene, Smitty fires it one-handed whilst using a disemboweled corpse as a human shield - quite a feat given the weight and recoil of the weapon. The weapon notably fires more rounds than the magazine can hold many times during the film, which is shared with many of the weapons in the movie, though the BAR is the most obvious in this regard.
Browning Automatic Rifle - .30-06
Smitty Ryker (Luke Bracey
) clears a barn with his Browning Automatic Rifle.
A US soldier with his BAR shortly before being cut down.
Smitty fires his BAR one-handed whilst using a corpse as a human shield.
Smitty aims his BAR at a Japanese soldier struggling with Doss.
The Browning Automatic Rifle rests in a foxhole between Smitty and Doss.
A dead US soldier with his Browning Automatic Rifle.
Close-up of the BAR firing in slow-motion, with spent rounds (clearly "bottle-necked" blanks) ejecting.
Browning M1919A4 machine guns are used by US troops, mounted on M2 tripods. In one scene, Randall "Teach" Fuller (Richard Pyros) fires the M1919A4 by the hip - holding it by the barrel, a good way to get burned.
Browning M1919A4 on M2 tripod - .30-06
A US soldier fires the Browning M1919A4 during the prologue.
A machine gunner can be seen in the centre with his weapon shouldered.
A machine gunner secures his .30 cal after climbing Hacksaw.
The machine gun in action.
A machine gun crew struggle to clear a jam.
Over-the-shoulder view of the weapon firing.
Teach fires the Browning M1919A4.
Browning M2HB heavy machine guns are mounted on M4 Sherman tanks and M5 Halftracks. These weapons are also used by the 96th Infantry Division.
Browning M2HB on vehicle mount - .50 BMG
A Browning M2HB mounted on an M4 Sherman tank.
A Browning M2HB mounted on an M5 Halftrack.
Type 92 Heavy Machine Gun
Japanese troops use a Type 92 heavy machine gun mounted in a bunker in defence of Hacksaw Ridge.
Type 92 Heavy Machine Gun - 7.7x58mmSR
A Japanese soldier firing a Type 92 Heavy Machine Gun.
Type 96 Light Machine Gun
Japanese infantry are also seen with the Type 96 light machine gun, most notably used to great effect during the Japanese counterattack.
Type 96 Light Machine Gun without magazine - 6.5x50mmSR Arisaka
A Japanese soldier in the centre carries a Type 96 Light Machine Gun.
A Japanese soldier firing the Type 96 from a sandbagged position.
A Japanese soldier firing the Type 96.
A Japanese soldier firing the Type 96 during the counterattack.
Side view of the Type 96.
The machine gun in action. Note the assistant gunner holding a magazine.
Mk 2 Hand Grenade
A few US soldiers are seen using Mk 2 Hand Grenades. This includes Smitty Ryker (Luke Bracey), who uses one against a Japanese position, in true action-hero style (pulling the pin with his teeth).
Mk 2 "Pineapple" World War II-made High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
Smitty throws the grenade.
Type 97 Hand Grenade
Japanese soldiers use Type 97 Hand Grenades. They are notably seen in the final battle when Japanese soldiers fake their surrender then throw them at US troops. Doss deflects the grenades, taking the brunt of the blast in the process. Sergeant Howell is also previously seen throwing a grenade away from his position during the initial attack on Hacksaw Ridge.
A wounded Japanese soldier primes his Type 97 grenade.
Close-up of a grenade flying through the air.
Doss bats away the grenade.
An M1A1 Bazooka is used by a US soldier to destroy a Japanese bunker.
A US soldier with an M1A1 Bazooka tucked under his arm during the advance on Hacksaw.
A US soldier moving into position to attack the bunker.
The assistant gunner loads a 2.36 inch rocket in the Bazooka.
A US soldier aiming the Bazooka.
The Bazooka shortly after firing. Note the smoke and the destroyed bunker.
Japanese soldiers use the M1 Mortar, painted a dirty yellow, during the battle of Hacksaw Ridge.
A Japanese soldier loading the M1 Mortar.
US Army soldiers use the M2 Mortar during the initial attack on Hacksaw Ridge. During the Japanese counterattack, several retreating US soldiers including Smitty Ryker (Luke Bracey) are seen using 60mm shells as improvised hand grenades against Japanese soldiers. They armed the shells by banging them against their helmets and threw them, killing several enemy soldiers, like Saving Private Ryan (they only used the mortar base plate to prime the shells). A US Army Sergeant received the Medal of Honor during the Battle of Okinawa for holding off a Japanese attack with, amongst other things, 60mm mortar shells.
A US soldier firing the M2 Mortar as his comrade takes fire co-ordinates.
US soldiers, most notably Wal Kirzinski (Nico Cortez), use the M2 Flamethrower. Propane hoses are clearly seen rigged up to the torch in all the shots where the flamethrower fires. Kirzinski uses it against attacking Japanese troops on the battlefield, as if it were a standard small-arms weapon instead of a device used to clear caves and bunkers. Kirzinski also never runs out of fuel for his M2, which would be totally dry after 10 seconds of shooting. The film also plays into the 'exploding fuel tank' myth, largely thanks to Saving Private Ryan and countless videogames, whereupon the fuel tank gets shot and erupts in a massive fireball.
An M2 Flamethrower in the prologue.
Wal Kirzinski (Nico Cortez
) takes cover with his flamethrower.
Kirzinski with his flamethrower.
Kirzinski fires his flamethrower. Note the propane hose now attached.
Kirzinski clearing out a bunker.
Kirzinski fires at attacking Japanese soldiers.
Kirzinski working his flamethrower. Another clear view of the propane hose.
A flamethrower operator moves to burn out a cave.
M37 Satchel Charge
Andy "Ghoul" Walker (Goran D. Kleut) and Smitty Ryker (Luke Bracey) use the M37 Satchel Charge in an attack on a Japanese bunker. During the final battle, a combination of satchel charges and flamethrowers are used to clear the Japanese caves.
Smitty grabs the satchel after Ghoul is temporarily knocked out by a mortar.
Smitty primes the satchel.
The satchel lies in an ammunition cache, about to go boom.
A US soldier throws a satchel charge into the Japanese cave system. Behind him, an M2 Flamethrower operator moves into position.