Sniper is a 1993 action thriller directed by Luis Llosa and starring Tom Berenger as Master Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Beckett, a USMC sniper who is paired with Richard Miller (Billy Zane), a novice former Olympic shooter now employed by the National Security Council, as the two are sent on a mission to Colombia to eliminate a drug cartel leader. When the mission is comprised, the duo must find a way to complete their missions as well as devise a way for their safe extraction. Sniper would be spawn a series of DTV films, as Berenger would return as Beckett in 2002's Sniper 2, 2004's Sniper 3 and 2014's Sniper: Legacy and Zane would return as Miller in 2011's Sniper: Reloaded and 2016's Sniper: Ghost Shooter. Both Berenger and Zane would reunite onscreen in the 2017 sequel Sniper: Ultimate Kill.
The following weapons were used in the film Sniper (1993):
USMC Master Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Beckett (Tom Berenger) uses an M40A1 in 7.62x51mm NATO, a sniper rifle based on the Remington Model 700. The M40A1 rifles used in the film were Remington 700 rifles, supplied for the filming by 'Weapons and Effects' of San Rafael, CA. The rifles were fully prepared as though they would see real use, with aftermarket bedding, trigger jobs, McMillan stocks and parkerization done by Scott, McDougall & Associates of Santa Rosa, CA.
Remington M40A1 sniper rifle - 7.62x51mm NATO
Closeup of the rifle's bolt action.
Beckett retrieves the spent shell after taking the shot.
Beckett looks through the scope of his M40A1.
Beckett takes aim with his M40A1. Apparently a Unertl 10X Mildot scope could not be procured for the filming, so what is mounted appears to be a Leupold M3 Ultra 10X.
Heckler & Koch SR9TC
NSC sniper Richard Miller (Billy Zane) uses the Heckler & Koch SR9TC rifle as his weapon of choice.
H&K SR9TC Sniper rifle with factory foregrip - 7.62x51mm NATO
Miller takes aim with his H&K SR9TC from the UH-1.
The guerrilla sniper DeSilva (Edward Wiley), who was trained by Beckett (Tom Berenger), uses an SVD Dragunov as his sniper rifle. Another guerrilla sniper at Ochoa's Compound also uses a Dragunov.
SVD Dragunov sniper rifle - 7.62x54R
DeSilva's Dragunov can be seen as the Marine UH-1 takes off.
Beckett spots the Dragunov of the enemy sniper through his scope.
Rifles / Carbines
Corporal Doug Papich (Aden Young), Beckett's spotter, is seen with an M16A2 mounted with a scope as he and Beckett move to the extraction site at the beginning of the film.
Corporal Doug Papich (Aden Young
) with his scoped M16A2.
The Norinco Type 56 is carried by several guerrilla fighters in the film, most notably by the one who opens fire on the helicopter carrying Miller.
Norinco Type 56 (fixed stock variant) with under-folding bayonet ("pig sticker") - 7.62x39mm
A guerrilla fighter with his Norinco.
The guerrilla fighter uses his Norinco on the Marine helo.
Norinco Type 56-1 (slant muzzle brake)
The Norinco Type 56-1 is carried by several guerrilla fighters in the film. They are fitted with AKM-style slanted muzzles, but are identifiable as Type 56s and not actual AKMs from the hooded foresight that only Chinese AKs have.
Norinco Type 56-1 (under-folding stock variant) - 7.62x39mm
A Type 56-1
with an AKM-style muzzle brake is used by a guerrilla fighter in the film.
L1A1 Self Loading Rifle
An L1A1 SLR rifle is seen hanging on a wall of the Marine Enlisted Club. As the movie was filmed in Australia and used an actual Australian Army NCO club this would have been an actual Lithgow Small Arms Factory Australian L1A1 with the original handguards prior to the introduction of the rounded variant more common on Australian L1A1s.
L1A1 with wood furniture - 7.62x51mm
An L1A1 SLR
rifle is seen hanging on a wall of the Marine Enlisted Club. As the movie was filmed in Australia and used an actual Australian Army NCO club this would have been an actual Lithgow Small Arms Factory Australian L1A1 with the original handguards prior to the introduction of the rounded variant more common on Australian L1A1s.
The leader of the guerrillas aiding Beckett carries an M1A1 Carbine.
M1A1 Carbine - .30 Carbine
The leader of the guerrillas aiding Beckett carries an M1A1 Carbine
Heckler & Koch MP5A3
The Heckler & Koch MP5A3 is seen carried by several Ochoa guards. One guard carries his MP5A3 fitted with a night vision scope.
Heckler & Koch MP5A3 - 9x19mm
One guard carries his MP5 fitted with a night vision scope.
Another Ochoa guard carries a pistol-gripped Remington 870.
Remington 870 with Tac Star furniture, the firearm in the film had the standard foregrip, not the Tac Star foregrip- 12 Gauge
"El Cirujano" (Ken Radley) fires a tripod mounted Browning M2 at the lookout tower where Beckett was.
Browning M2HB on M3 tripod - 12.7x99mm NATO (.50BMG)
El Cirujano fires the Browning M2. The rounds appear to be blanks.
Marine doorgunners fire M60D machine guns from their Marine UH-1 helicopters.
M60D machine gun 7.62x51mm NATO
A Marine doorgunner sweeps the area with his M60D. Note the C-ration belt feeder.
Guerrillas are seen firing an RPD light machine gun into the countryside after Beckett's target is eliminated.
RPD Light Machine Gun - 7.62x39mm
A guerrilla fighter opens fire with his belt-fed RPD light machine gun.
LAR Grizzly Mk I
"El Cirujano" (Ken Radley) carries a LAR Grizzly Mk I in his shoulder holster. Beckett is also able to use it at the end of the film.
LAR Grizzly Mk1 - .45 Winchester Magnum
A closeup of the LAR Grizzly.
Beckett carries a SIG-Sauer P226 as his sidearm throughout the film.
SIG-Sauer P226 (early model) - 9x19mm
Beckett runs from fire carrying his SIG-Sauer P226.
An Ochoa soldier is seen aiming a Browning Hi-Power when the helicopter comes for the extraction.
Classic Commercial Browning Hi-Power (Belgian Mfg) - 9x19mm
An Ochoa soldier is seen aiming a Browning Hi-Power
when the helicopter comes for the extraction.
M203 Grenade Launcher
A young Marine riding with Miller in the helicopter has an M203 grenade launcher underslung on his M16A2.
M16A2 5.56x45mm with M203 grenade launcher - 40mm
A young Marine riding with Miller in the helicopter has an M203 grenade launcher
underslung on his M16A2.