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Volunteers poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Directed by Nicholas Meyer
Release Date 1985
Studio HBO Pictures, Silver Screen Partners, TriStar Pictures
Distributor TriStar Pictures, HBO Home Video
Main Cast
Character Actor
Lawrence Bourne III Tom Hanks
Tom Tuttle from Tacoma John Candy
Beth Wexler Rita Wilson
John Reynolds Tim Thomerson
At Toon Gedde Watanabe
Chung Mee Ernest Harada
Souvanna Clyde Kusatsu

The following weapons were used in the film Volunteers:

M1 Thompson

A People's Army soldier and Souvanna (Clyde Kusatsu) carry an M1 Thompson.

M1 Thompson with 20-round magazine - .45 ACP.
A soldier holds a Thompson (red arrow).
Souvanna takes the Thompson. It appears to be a replica with no front or rear sights, the bolt actuator on the right side, and a vertical foregrip.
Souvanna holds the Thompson.

Ruger 10/22

One of Chung Mee's guards carries a carbine similar to a Ruger 10/22.

Ruger 10/22 (Pre-2005 model) - .22 LR.
A guard grabs Lawrence from behind while holding a carbine.


One of Chung Mee's guards carries an MAS-36.

MAS-36 - 7.5x54mm French.
A guard aims an MAS-36 (red arrow).

M1 Garand

During the opening credits, an undated television news clip shows US Marines with M1 Garands.

M1 Garand with M1917 sling - .30-06.
US Marines with M1 Garands deploy from an HRS-3 helicopter.

M1 Carbine

Most of Chung Mee's guards carry M1 Carbines.

Post-World War II M1 Carbine - .30 Carbine.
A guard holds an M1 Carbine.
Most of the guards are pointing M1 Carbines.


M16s are used by US Army Special Forces personnel working for the CIA, and several of Chung Mee's guards. The film is set in 1962, so it is possible that CIA operatives had M16s.

M16 rifle - 5.56x45mm.
US Army Special Forces personnel with replica M16s.
One of Chung Mee's guards with an M16.
The silhouette of an M16 carried by one of Chung Mee's guards.

Type 56

Most of the People's Army soldiers carry Type 56s.

Norinco Type 56 - 7.62x39mm.
People's Army soldiers point Type 56s at Tom Tuttle from Tacoma (John Candy). Two soldiers have AK-47 style bayonets attached (red arrows).

Unknown Rifles

Some of the People's Army soldiers carry unknown rifles.

A soldier carries an unknown rifle (red arrow).

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