M60

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Weight has always been an issue with machine guns, and the production of the M60 was no exception. It may have been planned as a lightweight alternative to older guns in 1957, but soldiers still called it "the Pig" later on during the Vietnam War. Soldiers also complained it kept jamming due to dirt. Despite their criticism, the M60 is still successfully in service with the U.S. Army helicopters, and with the Navy. It was originally designed using aspects of German machine guns which American officials thought were impressive, such as the side-loading belt feed. The M60 has been used in multiple movies, especially on helicopters. In movie circles, the M60 is possibly most famous for being in Rambo's arms on a regular basis. The M60 uses the unstoppable .308 Winchester / 7.62x51mm....
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308 Winchester

First introduced in 1952, the .308 Winchester is the commercial version of the military 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge. It's extremely accurate, which is one of the main reasons along with its power that it is commonly used in military sniper rifles and police sharp-shooter rifles. With its widespread availability, it has grown to become one of the most popular and prevalent cartridges in the world and you will find it just as much in big-game hunting circles as military applications. It can be found in numerous firearms and movies here on...

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Modern Warfare

In recent decades, warfare has changed dramatically to suit the most recent technologies and tactics. But despite advances in technology and the ongoing arms race one  fact remains - guns are still the defacto means of arming soldiers, and that doesn't look set to change any time in the near future. Many firearms and cartridges can trace their lineage back over a hundred years which just goes to show that if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Different countries will always have different views on how to arm their troops...

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Vietnam

The Vietnam War started because the country was split between communism in the north and capitalism in the south. The Viet Cong rebels who wanted to free the south started a powerful revolution during the Cold War. America continued to support the south, and when a war against the North began in November 1955, they offered assistance. However, the American public were worried by the escalating crisis and angered by the casualties. Nearly 550,000 troops were in the area when President Nixon decided to withdraw. Eventually, the North Vietnamese Army...

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Apocalypse Now

Expert soldier Benjamin Willard is given a mission in the forests of Cambodia: to locate and kill Colonel Kurtz, a traitor. With the rest of his crew, including Kilgore and his helicopter unit, Willard heads off down the Nung River. They are persistently attacked by concealed forces hiding in the forest, resulting in multiple casualties. Struggling in the midst of this disastrous assignment, at the moment when all seems lost, Willard is captured and taken to Kurtz's village. The US soldier is tied up, and the bloody head of one...

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Full Metal Jacket

Privates "Joker", "Cowboy" and "Gomer Pyle" struggle to adapt to life as trainee soldiers, and the dedication demanded from Drill Sergeant Hartman as part of their basic training doesn't help. Pyle is seriously overweight, and starts to break down pyschologically under the pressure of battle training, resulting in his traumatic suicide. "From now on until the day you die, wherever you are, every Marine is your brother. Most of you will go to Vietnam. Some of you will not come back." Years later, the platoon have all moved on to...

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Predator

The Predator is an extraterrestrial life-form far more advanced than anything seen before on the Earth. It trails the special forces under the command of Major "Dutch", on their mission to rescue important hostages from Guatemalan soldiers. Upon arrival, they find a destroyed helicopter and dead soldiers, and locate a rebel base which they then attack. Suddenly, the predator arrives; it hunts each team member, and kills them one by one. The battle between the American forces and the all-supreme Predator is insanely tense. From grenade launchers to shotguns, machine...

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Rambo

Rambo is an expert in combat and survival skills. He struggles to come to terms with normal life in America, and moves to Hope in search of an easy job. However, the local sheriff dislikes Rambo, and orders him to leave the town. The war hero refuses and resists arrest, before escaping to the nearby forest. A flashback triggers some harsh memories of the battles in Vietnam, and Rambo struggles to deal with the psychological trauma. As members of the local police force move in, the former soldier prepares to...

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