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Rambo (2008)

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Theatrical Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
GER.jpg Germany
Directed by Sylvester Stallone
Release Date 2008
Language English
Studio Lionsgate
Equity Pictures Medienfonds GmbH & Co. KG IV
Distributor The Weinstein Company
Main Cast
Character Actor
John Rambo Sylvester Stallone
Sarah Miller Julie Benz
School Boy Matthew Marsden
Lewis Graham McTavish
Reese Jake La Botz
Diaz Reynaldo A. Gallegos
En-joo Tim Kang
Myint Supakorn Kitsuwon
Major Pa Tee Tint Maung Maung Khin

Rambo is the fourth installment in the John Rambo film saga that marks the return of the character that hadn't been seen on film since 1988's Rambo III. Sylvester Stallone returns as John Rambo, the former Green Beret and Vietnam War veteran who is seen working as a boat captain in Thailand and takes a job transporting missionaries on a medical aid mission. When the missionaries are captured by Burmese Junta soldiers, Rambo joins a group of mercenaries on a rescue mission. The 2008 sequel also marked the only Rambo film to be both written and directed by Stallone. After over a decade, Stallone would return as Rambo in 2019 in perhaps the final film in the franchise, Rambo: Last Blood.

The following weapons were used in the film Rambo (2008):



Walther P38

The Burmese pirate leader is seen pulling a Walther P38 on John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone).

Walther P38 - 9x19mm

The Burmese pirate leader with his Walther P38.

Tokarev TT-33

A Tokarev TT-33 pistol is dropped by one of Burmese pirates and visible on the deck of the boat before Rambo kills him.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
A Tokarev TT-33 pistol on the deck of the boat.

Colt M1911A1

During a flashback to his old days of killing, Rambo is seen being shot with an Colt M1911A1 by Colonel Samuel Trautman (Richard Crenna) in what appears to be a sequence from the original film First Blood. This actually was the original ending to the 1982 film, but was changed after extremely negative reactions by viewers from test screenings. Many saw it as the filmmakers "killing Rocky" (referring to one of Stallone's best known and most popular roles as boxer Rocky Balboa in the Rocky film franchise). The alternate ending was previously only seen on the DVD extras for First Blood.

Colt M1911A1 - .45 ACP
During a flashback to his old days of killing, Rambo is seen being shot by Colonel Samuel Trautman (Richard Crenna) in what appears to be the original film First Blood. This actually was the original ending to the 1982 film, but was changed when it is decided that Rambo should live.
The actual deleted scene from the original First Blood.

Custom Colt M1911A1

John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) uses a customized Colt M1911A1 to take down the Burmese pirates on the river.

An airsoft reproduction of the M1911 used by Sylvester Stallone in the film. The weapon is a standard M1911A1 with the addition of ambidextrous safety for old-type frames, mag well and extended slide stop. This configuration was chosen to make the weapon appropriate to a U.S. Army veteran of the caliber .45 ACP era.
John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) fires his M1911A1 pistol.

Jericho 941 RS Semi-Compact

A Jericho 941 RS Semi-Compact is used by the villainous Major Pa Tee Tint (Maung Maung Khin) as his personal sidearm, only seen during the final battle.

Trivia: The actor Maung Maung Khin, who plays the villain, was a real life Karen resistance fighter, who escaped to Thailand (where the film was filmed) to reunite with his relatives. Stallone wanted someone who understood the nature of the Burmese military and luckily had an actor with real life dealings with their brutality.

Jericho 941 RS Semi-Compact - 9x19mm
Major Pa Tee Tint (Maung Maung Khin) holds his semi-compact Jericho 941 in the final battle.


The armorers load up the Jericho 941 RS Semi-Compact.

Rifles / Carbines


A variety of AKM type full buttstock rifles (not Norinco Type 56) are seen in the hands of Burmese Junta soldiers. Notes: Must be noted that the Burmese Army never used AK variants in service, albeit the standard issue rifle of Burma was the MA-1 Mk.I which is a Burmese rifle inspired by the Galil but due the wooden stock and handguard still resemble an AK. Thus is likely that the AK platform rifles in those movies were used as stand-ins for the MA-1 Mk. I rifle.

AKM - 7.62x39mm
Two Burmese soldiers raiding the village hold their AKM rifles.
A Burmese soldier with his AKM, most likely a Hungarian SA-85 rifle, judging by the handguard.
A Burmese soldier prepares to execute the mercenaries with his AKM.
En-joo (Tim Kang) picks up an AKM when his captured AKMS runs dry.


The armorer's rack filled with AK rifles. Note Rambo's First Blood Part II knife on the armorer's belt.


A variety of AKMS under-folder-type rifles (not Norinco Type 56-1s) are seen in the hands of Burmese Junta soldiers.

FEG AMMS (Hungarian model of the AKMS) - 7.62x39mm
A Burmese soldier with his AKMS underfolder, most likely a Hungarian SA-85M rifle, judging by the handguard.
En-joo (Tim Kang) takes an AKMS underfolder (what seems to be another Hungarian SA-85M rifle) from a Burmese soldier and uses it.

Custom AKMS

Myint (Supakorn Kitsuwon), the Karen rebel leader, carries a cut down AKMS. The custom rifle has parts from the Norinco Type 56 and the AKMS. In reality, these rifles don't interchange parts, but it was possible since the gun is massively customized and practically rebuilt from scratch. This is similar to the same short rifle that Claire Danes fires in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. It is NOT an AKS-74U and there is no such rifle as an AKS-74U like the airsoft weapon we sometimes see.

Custom AKMS assault rifle with folded stock - 7.62x39mm
Myint (Supakorn Kitsuwon) aims his custom AKMS.
Myint (Supakorn Kitsuwon) fires his custom AKMS.

Norinco Type 56

There are many AK types in the film, and upon further study, most of the models will be identified. But one of the obvious ones is the Norinco Type 56. It is obvious in the hands of several Burmese Junta soldiers and during the final battle En-joo (Tim Kang) and Lewis (Graham McTavish) also grab Type 56 rifles and fight with them.

Norinco Type 56 (fixed stock variant) - 7.62x39mm
En-joo (Tim Kang) picks up a Norinco Type 56 and fires it.
Lewis (Graham McTavish) picks up a Norinco Type 56, this one with an AKM-style ribbed receiver cover and a laminate buttstock.
In this screenshot, the Norinco Type 56 used by Lewis changes to a smooth Type 56 receiver cover and Chinese 'cratewood' buttstock.

Junta soldiers also use Type 56 rifles with the classic 'Vietnam' era pig sticker underfolding bayonet.

Norinco Type 56 (fixed stock variant) with underfolding bayonet - 7.62x39mm
Junta soldiers shooting villagers with their Norinco Type 56 rifles with the "pig sticker" underfolding bayonets.

Rubber AK

Obvious in many shots there are many RUBBER AKs/Type 56s/AKMs. Most noticeable because their trigger guards are thicker than normal and sometimes the front sight has no hole and are solid rubber blocks.

A Burmese Junta soldier with a rubber AK slung on his back, the front sight has a hole in it.
A Burmese Junta soldier holds his rubber AK rifle.

AKM/Type 56 hybrid

A bizarre AKM rifle is seen with some Chinese Type 56 parts. This rifle cannot be confused with a similar Norinco Type 56, because it has a bakelite grip, ribbed dust cover, palm swell handguards and non-ported gas tube. This appears to be a custom AKM with a Chinese "pig sticker" spike underfolding bayonet. The bolt carrier is also blued, a feature Chinese AKs rarely have. The magazine, however, does appear to be a Type 56 Chinese "flat back" magazine.

AKM - 7.62x39mm
Norinco Type 56 (fixed stock variant) with underfolding bayonet - 7.62x39mm
A Junta soldier raids the village with his AKM/Type 56 hybrid rifle.


Karen rebels carry M16A1 rifles during the final battle.

M16A1 with 30 round magazine - 5.56x45mm
A Karen rebel with his M16A1.

M16 (SP1)

When Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) has a flashback to his old days of killing, scenes from the original film First Blood are shown when he tries to pick up an M16 (SP1) rifle in the police station to fight the police outside before Colonel Trautman (Richard Crenna) stops him.

M16 (SP1) slab-side with birdcage flash-hider - 5.56x45mm
In a flashback to the original film First Blood, Rambo tries to pick up an M16 (SP1) before Trautman stops him.

M4A1 Carbine with M203 grenade launcher

US Army Ranger Reese (Jake La Botz) carries an M4A1 Carbine with an M203 grenade launcher with a tan camo paintjob and an ACOG scope mounted on the carry handle. This is the exact same weapon that Independent Studio Services originally built for use by Tyrese Gibson in Transformers (although the camouflage paintjob had worn off during shooting on the earlier film and had to be re-applied for Rambo).

Colt M4A1 Carbine with M203 grenade launcher - 5.56x45mm / 40x46mm
Reese (Jake La Botz) with his M4A1/M203. Usually the lack of a fiber optic band on the top of the ACOG indicates that it is an Airsoft replica scope, however, new models of the ACOG don't have a visible fiber optic band on the exterior. However, it is very unlikely a real optic would be used in a film.


US Army Green Beret Diaz (Reynaldo A. Gallegos) carries a DSA SA58 OSW short FAL Carbine with a folding stock. His model has the Type III Metric receiver (with minimal machining cuts). The DSA SA58 OSW, is offered with the Type I receiver (more cuts, lighter weight, but not as strong). Thus it is suspected that the SA58 OSW in the film is a build up of a previous FAL Type III receiver with DSA OSW parts.

DSA SA58 OSW assault rifle with Type I Metric Receiver and M68 Aimpoint scope - 7.62x51mm NATO
Diaz (Reynaldo A. Gallegos) with his DSA SA58 OSW rifle (with Type III receiver) with rails, no grip and an Aimpoint sight.
Diaz (Reynaldo A. Gallegos) with his DSA SA58 OSW rifle.

SIG SG 551

A SIG SG 551 is carried by US Navy Seal En-joo (Tim Kang).

SIG SG 551 - 5.56x45mm
A SIG SG 551 is carried by En-joo (Tim Kang).
En-joo with his SIG SG 551 on Rambo's boat.
En-joo holds his SIG SG 551.

Sniper Rifles

Barrett M107CQ

This .50 BMG rifle designed by Barrett Firearms is a Close Quarters Combat model of the M82A1M/M82A3, easily distinguished by the short barrel. It is used by the SBS-trained sniper 'School Boy' (Matthew Marsden) throughout the film. During the night raid during the rainstorm, the M82CQ has an AN/PEQ-2A mounted on the scope, and is seen as fully sound suppressed, though a .50 caliber weapon (or any supersonic round, including the 5.56x45mm) can only be partially suppressed. It strangely lacks the fluting which is present on the barrels of almost all M82 variants, however.

Barrett M107CQ sniper rifle - .50 BMG
School Boy (Matthew Marsden) takes a sniper position with his suppressed Barrett M107CQ.
School Boy with his suppressed Barrett M107CQ during the night raid, fitted with an AN/PEQ-2A on the scope.
A detail shot of the barrel length of School Boy's (Matthew Marsden) Barrett M107CQ.
The business end of a Barrett M107CQ. Note the lack of fluting in the barrel.
A detail shot of the side of the Barrett M107CQ.


The Barrett M107CQ used by Matthew Marsden in the film.


Custom Mossberg 590

SAS trooper Lewis (Graham McTavish) carries a Mossberg 590 with a Magpul M93A rear stock attached to a Mesa Tactical M4 adapter block and a Mesa Tactical top receiver rail with an EOTech holographic sight.

Mossberg 590 with heat shield, bayonet lug, and M4-type stock - 12 Gauge
Lewis (Graham McTavish) exits the boat with his shotgun.
Lewis (Graham McTavish) carries his shotgun on the right.
Lewis (Graham McTavish) with his custom 590.
Lewis (Graham McTavish) with his custom 590.
Closer shot, detailing the Magpul M93A stock.


Graham McTavish walks the set with his custom Mossberg 590.

Machine Guns

Browning M2 Aircraft

The Browning M2 Aircraft model of the .50 cal machine gun used in the film has a perforated shroud around the barrel and a modern twist - a Muzzle Brake (similar to a Barrett M82A1) to divert the flash to the sides, especially useful if you're shooting from behind an armored shield and your only viewable area is directly above the barrel. The AN/M2 had a long heat shield for several reasons, not the least bit being that when used against aircraft in World War II, the bursts were much longer as gunners attempted to walk their fire (via tracers) onto their targets. The barrels grew red hot and the heat shield not only helped protect the crews, the added area improved the heat dissipation qualities of the barrel. It is not the standard air cooled Browning M2HB that is usually seen mounted on vehicles. The M2 and the M3 are visually identical however the M2 has a 600-750 RPM firing rate and the M3 has a 1000-1200 RPM firing rate. Since the gun is NOT firing as fast as a MAC-10, it must be the M2.

Trivia: Sylvester Stallone was originally going to wield the Browning M2 by hand. The gun was weighed in at +120 lbs and Sly could physically carry and fire it, but it was so cumbersome and slow that it cut down the action too much (also firing blanks handheld is possible, firing live rounds is another matter). They decided to mount it on the back of a jeep instead but the recoil was so immense that it ripped off the jeep floor. They bolted the mount down on the jeep frame and that is what is seen in the film.

Browning M2 Aircraft model, most commonly seen as door gunners on B17s and used on PT boats during WWII. An electronically fired model of the M2 was used as the main gun in many U.S. aircraft during WW2 - .50 BMG
The Browning M2 with a muzzle brake, first seen used by Junta soldiers to gun down villagers.
Rambo charges the M2.
Rambo uses the M2 to obliterate the driver.
Rambo lets out his war cry while on the M2.
The M2 .50 caliber machine gun is used by Rambo to kick ass.
Note how the belt box is for 5.56mm 10 round stripper clips, not .50 BMG belts.
The Browning M2 Aircraft is also mounted on the Burmese patrol boat with a snail drum magazine (common on Naval boat mounted guns).
Good side shot of the M2 .50 caliber machine gun.

Browning M2HB

The only standard Browning M2HB in the film is seen on the Burmese pirate boat.

Browning M2HB - .50 BMG
A standard Browning M2HB machine gun on the deck of the Burmese pirate boat.
Rambo pours gasoline on the Browning M2HB before burning down the boat. The missing primers on the rounds indicate that they are dummy cartridges, rather than live ammunition.


The FN MAG 58 is seen in a guard tower where School Boy (Matthew Marsden) sets up a sniper position. The machine gun is also seen on the Burmese patrol boat. The FN MAG 58 with an M240-style flash hider.

FN MAG 58 mocked up to resemble an M240, with synthetic buttstock and heat-shield added - 7.62x51mm NATO
When School Boy (Matthew Marsden) takes a sniping position in a guard tower, a MAG 58 is seen.
A MAG 58 used by a Burmese sailor. It appears to have an M240-style flash hider.


When Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) has a flashback to his old days of killing, he is seen holding the M60 machine gun in a sequence from the original First Blood.

M60 machine gun - 7.62x51mm NATO

Rambo holds the M60 from the original First Blood.


When Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) has a flashback to his old days of killing, he is seen using the M60E3 machine gun in a sequence from Rambo: First Blood Part II.

M60E3 machine gun - 7.62x51mm NATO
Rambo with the M60E3 in Rambo: First Blood Part II.
Close-up of the M60E3 firing from Rambo: First Blood Part II.


M18A1 Claymore Mine

Rambo takes an M18A1 Claymore from School Boy to set a booby-trap. It looks to be the BLUE training model of the Claymore.

M18A1 Claymore anti-personnel mine
Rambo uses a Claymore mine to set a booby-trap for the pursuing Burmese soldiers. He has a secondary small charge on the back of the mine.

M67 Hand Grenade

En-joo (Tim Kang) grabs an M67 hand grenade from a pouch and throws it. But in the shot it's an obvious M69 Metal training grenade (even visible with the 'blue' paint of the inert model).

M69 training grenade - an inert model of the M67 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade. The real live model has a more brownish color and has painted factory markings on the body.
En-joo (Tim Kang) grabs an M67 hand grenade from a pouch.

British Grand Slam Bomb

A large bomb is seen partly buried in the Burmese jungle and described by the film as a "Tallboy" dropped by the British during the Second World War; the tail section shown, however, has a much thicker tail-cone than the Tallboy and seems to have been based on the larger "Grand Slam". One of the first bunker buster bombs, the British Grand Slam "earthquake" bomb (more formally known as Bomb, Medium Capacity, 22,000 lb) was 26 feet long and weighed 10 tons, and was used by the RAF and US Army Air Force in 1944. Though some audiences thought that the explosion mimicked a nuclear explosion more than anything, a Grand Slam bomb contains 9,135 lb of Torpex D1 explosive; even the "Tallboy", just under half the size of a "Grand Slam", was quite capable of creating an explosion that displaced a million cubic feet of earth. The only really unrealistic aspect of the detonation as shown in the film is that the explosion starts from the bomb's tail; in reality, this is just a metal assembly attached to the back of the main bomb body for aerodynamic purposes, and contains no explosive. The weapon's presence is hard to fathom, since no "earthquake" bomb of any weight was used in the Far East or Pacific theaters; the RAF never even deployed the type of plane (Avro Lancaster) that carried the Grand Slam in Burma. While some B-29 Super-Fortresses were modified to carry the "Grand Slam" bombs, it was used against the Germans in Europe during WWII rather than against the Japanese in the Pacific Theatre. Even if a Grand Slam had been dropped, there would be no point doing so in the middle of nowhere far from any reinforced structure, and in the soft earth shown it would have plunged dozens of feet underground and been left completely buried. About the only way the situation shown would transpire is if the bomber carrying it had ditched or crashed while flying low and shed the bomb some distance from the crash site.

"Grand Slam" or "Bomb, Medium Capacity, 22,000 lb". Note the rounded base of the bomb's tail; the smaller 12,000lb "Tallboy" had a much thinner pointed tail.
The British "Grand Slam" bomb, unexploded in the jungle for over 60 years.

M136 AT4

Myint (Supakorn Kitsuwon) fires an M136 AT4 rocket launcher at the Burmese patrol boat.

M136 AT4 anti-tank rocket launcher - 84mm
Myint (Supakorn Kitsuwon) fires the M136 AT4.

M1 Mortar

M1 Mortars are used by Burmese Junta soldiers and Karen rebels.

M1 Mortar - 81mm
The M1 Mortar used by Junta troops. In the film, Burmese soldiers use the rather unusual strategy of bombing the village while their own 'death squad' is going through it, which obviously puts their own soldiers at risk. Note the marking saying M43A1 on the shell, which is actually the correct HE shell for the M1.
The M1 Mortar used by Junta troops.

LC-T1-M1 Flamethrower

Burmese soldiers use a customized LC-T1-M1 flamethrower twice in the film. The flamethrower is a combination of the tanks from the older M2 Flamethrower and the gun from the newer LC-T1-M1 flamethrower.

LC-T1-M1 flamethrower
A Burmese soldier fires his LC-T1-M1 flamethrower.
A Burmese soldier uses his flamethrower to torch a hut.
A Burmese sailor uses the same flamethrower on the patrol boat, this time behind a cradle-mounted gun shield.

ML14 Mountaineer Longbow

Rambo uses an ML14 Mountaineer Longbow with an attached reel to fish from the bow of his boat at the beginning of the film. It can be differentiated from the compound bow he uses throughout the rest of the film by its lack of cam wheels.

Rambo fishes with his ML14.

Martin Cougar II Compound Bow

Contrary to the previous Rambo films, which featured Sly stealthily killing enemies with a Hoyt Rambo (based on the Hoyt Spectra), Rambo picks up another vintage compound bow opting this time for the Martin Cougar II. The film showcases Rambo's skill with the bow by killing Burmese soldiers from a distance of 60 yards.

Rambo takes out Junta soldiers in the rice paddy with his Martin Cougar II compound bow.
"Live for nothing, or die for something" - Rambo points his bow at Lewis (Graham McTavish).

Rambo's Mini Machete

Rambo's bladed weapon in this film is a primitively built golok made out of a slab of metal as opposed to his expertly crafted survival knives in the other films. Sylvester Stallone actually stayed up all night filming the scene of him building the machete like you see in the film, although due to time restrictions, he had to do it all at once without cooling the blade. They went through about seven pairs of heat protective gloves due to this. Sly claims after making the machete, he had a rather warm handshake.

The machete used by Rambo in the film. Image supplied by www.yourprops.com.
Rambo chops off the M2 gunner's head with his machete. The initial "Red Band" trailers released online were of such poor video quality that when this sequence was seen, the machete was barely visible and people were led to believe Rambo actually punched off the guy's head!
Rambo disembowels an enemy with his machete.
Rambo with his machete.


During the introduction "The Weapons of Rambo" special feature, they show a nice close-up of the machete from a film poster.
Sylvester Stallone practices with the machete.

Rambo: First Blood Part II knife

Before deciding on using the machete, Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) was going to use his survival knife from Rambo: First Blood Part II and drop it in the burning Burmese pirate boat, symbolizing his end to killing. This sequence was restored in some TV edits of the film.

Survival knife from the second Rambo film.
Rambo with his Part II knife in a deleted scene.
Rambo tosses his knife onto the burning boat.

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