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Rules of Engagement

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Rules of Engagement (2000)

Rules of Engagement is a 2000 military drama directed by William Friedkin (The French Connection) that stars Samuel L. Jackson as USMC Colonel Terry Childers, who finds himself facing a court-martial after ordering his troops to open fire on a crowd of civilian protesters during the evacuation of the US embassy in Sana'a, Yemen. Tommy Lee Jones co-stars as Hayes Hodges, a soon to be retired Marine Colonel and JAG lawyer whom Childers saved in Vietnam and now who must defend him in court.

The following weapons were used in the film Rules of Engagement:




The M1911A1 appears in the film as the sidearm of then-Lieutenant Terry Childers (Samuel L. Jackson) in Vietnam. Childers uses the M1911A1 to force NVA Colonel Binh Le Cao (Baoan Coleman) to order his men to disengage after they ambush the U.S. Marines being led by then-Lieutenant Hayes Hodges (Tommy Lee Jones).

M1911A1 - .45 ACP
Lieutenant Terry Childers (Samuel L. Jackson) threatens Colonel Cao's radioman with an M1911A1.
Highlight for Spoilers: Childers lowers his M1911A1 after executing the radioman.
Childers points the M1911A1 at Colonel Cao.

Customized Springfield Armory Professional 1911

While Childers is crying during a drunken fit, a Springfield Armory Professional customized with stainless parts is seen on his desk. When Hodges comes to check on him, Childers points it at him but is quickly disarmed.

Springfield Armory Professional 1911 .45 ACP
The Springfield Armory Professional 1911 seen on the desk

Makarov PM

A Makarov PM is seen on a Yemeni officer's desk when Hodges questions him about the massacre in Sana'a.

Commercial imported Makarov by Baikal, called the IJ-70 - 9x18mm Makarov. It features an adjustable rear sight, not seen on the military Makarov pistol. Also the finish is inferior to the original Makarov PM.
The Makarov PM lies on the officer's desk as Hodges questions him.


Remington 870 Combat Shotgun

One of the Marines in Hodge's squad in the opening Vietnam sequence carries a Remington 870 with a heat shield.

Remington 870 Trench Shotgun - 12 Gauge
The Marine with the Remington 870 is hit during a NVA ambush.
Another shot that clearly shows the Remington 870's heat shield.

Mossberg 590 Combat Shotgun

The Marine Embassy Guards can be seen armed with Mossberg 590 shotguns during the siege, fitted with bayonet lugs and wood furniture.

Mossberg 590 12 Gauge
Marine embassy guards with their Mossberg 500 shotguns under fire.


M16A1 Rifle

During the opening Vietnam scenes, then-Lieutenants Hodges (Tommy Lee Jones) and Childers (Samuel L. Jackson) lead a platoon of Marines armed with M16A1s.

M16A1 5.56x45mm
Hodges with his men armed with M16A1s.
Childers with his M16A1 in Vietnam.
A close-up of Childers' M16A1.

Type 56 Carbine

NVA soldiers are shown firing SKS rifles when they ambush Hodges' Marines in a swamp.

Type 56 Carbine - 7.62x39mm
A NVA soldier engages the Marines with Type 56 Carbine
A close-up of a NVA soldier firing his Type 56 Carbine.

AKM Rifle

AKM rifles are used by several NVA soldiers when they attempt to ambush Childer's Marines.

AKM, Stamped Steel Receiver w/ slant muzzle brake 7.62x39mm
The slanted muzzle brake and open sights of a North Vietnamese soldier's AKM.
A NVA soldier with an AKM is hit by return fire from Childers' Marines.

AKMS Rifle

The AKMS is used by the Yemeni protesters during the siege of the U.S embassy in Sana'a. A memorable scene in the film shows a first-person view of an AKMS firing at the U.S. flag as it's being taken down from the embassy, the shooter putting several holes in the flag before the Marines can get it down. In several shots, the AKMS rifles are fitted with PSO-1 scopes as used on the SVD Dragunov sniper rifle.

AKMS, stamped steel receiver w/ slant muzzle brake and under-folding stock - 7.62x39mm
A Yemeni gunman fires his AKMS at the embassy.
A gunman with a scoped AKMS takes aim at U.S Marines as they appear on the roof of the embassy.
A first-person point view of the AKMS firing at the U.S embassy.
Another view of the gunman with the scoped AKMS

L1A1 Rifle

A Yemeni gunman is shown firing a L1A1 with a scope at the Marine helicopters as they approach the besieged embassy.

British Inch Pattern L1A1 SLR (Self Loading Rifle) chambered in 7.62x51mm NATO - Variation of the FN FAL rifle. British & New Zealand SLRs were later fitted with black fibreglass furniture as seen here.
The gunman aims his L1A1 at the approaching helicopters.
The gunman fires the L1A1.

M16A2 Rifle

Most of Colonel Childers' Marines in Yemen are armed with M16A2 rifles.

M16A2 5.56x45mm
Childers recovers the American flag from the embassy as a Marine covers with his M16A2.
A Marine opens fire on the crowd with a M16A2.
Childers examines the aftermath of the massacre while his Marines remain behind cover.

M4A1 Carbine

The M4A1 carbine is used by Captain Lee (Blair Underwood) during the embassy evacuation. Another Marine escorting Ambassador Mourain (Ben Kingsley) is also armed with a M4A1.

Colt M4A1 Carbine with 4 position collapsible stock - 5.56x45mm
Capt. Lee with an M4A1 gives a situation report to Col. Childers.
The first Marine to the right carries a M4A1.
Cpt. Lee fires his M4A1 at the protesters.

AKMSU Carbine

AKMSU carbines are carried by Yemeni security forces when Hodges visits Sana'a as part of his investigation, and in flashback sequences during Col. Childers' court-marshal.

AKMSU Krinkov - 7.62x39mm. This is a blank adapted full auto transferable AKM (7.62x39mm) pistol that was converted into a Krinkov via parts kit.
A Yemeni soldier stands guard with an AKMSU.
Highlight for Spoilers: A Yemeni protester fires an AKMSU at the embassy in Childers' flashback.

Machine Guns

M60 Machine Gun

The M60 machine gun is used by Marines in the opening Vietnam scenes and later on the UH-1 helicopter that transports Col. Childers' team to the besieged U.S. embassy in Yemen.

M60 machine gun 7.62x51mm NATO
A Marine lays down fire with a M60 during the Vietnam ambush.
A door gunner on a Marine UH-1 mans an M60 machine gun as Col. Childers and his men arrive at the embassy.

RPD Light Machine Gun

RPD light machine guns are used by the North Vietnamese in the opening scene.

RPD light machine gun 7.62x39mm with ammo drum
A RPD opens up on the U.S Marines at the start of the ambush.
A North Vietnamese machine gunner fires bursts from his RPD.
A North Vietnamese machine gun team continues to fire their RPD before being ordered to withdraw.

Daewoo K3 Light Machine Gun

During the embassy siege, several Marines use Daewoo K3 light machine guns that have been visually modified to resemble the M249 SAW (they are fitted with M249 heat shields, among other features, but are recognizable as K3s due to the shape of the front sight and gas tube).

Daewoo K3 5.56x45mm
A Marine with a K3 checks on a wounded comrade.
Several Marines are armed with the K3 machine guns as they open fire on the protestors.
A Marine fires the K3 at the protesters.


M18 Smoke Grenade

During the scene in Vietnam, several Marines, including Childers, have M18 smoke grenades attached to their web gear.

M18 smoke grenade
Childers with an M18 smoke grenade while threatening a NVA soldier
Another shot of Chilers with an M18 smoke grenade on his vest

M26 Hand Grenade

A M26 hand grenade is seen on Hodges' belt when he is pinned down by enemy fire in Vietnam.

M26 High Explosive-Fragmentation hand grenade
Hodges lies under fire with an M26 hand grenade strapped to his web gear

M79 Grenade Launcher

The M79 grenade launcher is shown being used by marines during the opening scene in Vietnam.

M79 grenade launcher 40mm
A Marine tries to fire his M79 during the opening Vietnam sequence.


Several Marines in Vietnam have M72 LAW rocket launchers attached to their packs.

M72A2 LAW, 66mm
A Marine lies dead with a M72 launcher strapped to his back.

M203 Grenade Launcher

Several of Col. Childer's Marines have M203 grenade launchers mounted on their M16A2s during the embassy siege.

M203 40mm mounted on M16A2 5.56x45mm
A Marine with a M16A2/M203 is struck by gunfire.
A Marine armed with an M16A2 and M203 launcher combo escorts the ambassador's wife and child to the awaiting UH-1.

M136 AT4 Rocket Launcher

A few Marines have M136 AT4 rocket launchers strapped to their backs during the embassy mission, although they do not use them.

M136 AT-4 84mm
An AT4 Rocket Launcher is carried by one of the Marines pinned down at the embassy.

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