Corrected entry: During the rescue, Capt. Walden is shown firing the M-16 A2 on full auto. An M-16 A2 is incapable of firing on full auto. It will only fire semi-auto or a three round burst.
Corrected entry: During the "confrontation scene" when SGT. Monfriez shoots Capt. Walden, he is firing a weapon that shoots 7550 rounds a minute. In other words, in the second and a half that he holds the trigger down he pumps roughly 20 rounds into Capt. Walden's abdomen at point blank range. There should have been a hole in her stomach big enough to put both arms through; instead we see a few drops of blood on her flight suit.
Corrected entry: All through the movie, questions are asked concerning whether or not the M-16 ran out of ammunition, and it is stated several times that the M-16 ran out of ammo. However the Squad Automatic Weapon that SGT. Monfriez is carrying uses the EXACT SAME ammunition, so if the SAW (which was firing during the rescue) had ammunition so did the M-16. Lt. Col. Serling would have known that both Ilario and Monfriez were lying when they said the M-16 was empty; all they would have had to do, was pull the bullets out of the belt and put them in a magazine.
Corrected entry: This movie is used as a reference during our annual LOAC (Law of Armed Conflict) requirement, because Meg Ryan's character would never have been considered for a medal of honor. She would have been court martialed. The helicopter she piloted featured a Red Cross. This means that the vehicle cannot fire and participate in battle, otherwise, no one will respect the emblem. The director obviously did not consult any military lawyers since this was the premise of the movie.
Corrected entry: Along with the Red Cross/Gun debate, by the time Desert Storm came along, Huey helicopters had been almost completely replaced by Black Hawks. Hueys, if there were any, would have been used only for transportation of supplies. They would not have flown them over a battle zone for any reason, nor would they have been used to transport soldiers. Hueys have two blades and runners. Black Hawks have 4 blades and wheels.
Corrected entry: The sight on a tank is like a gunsight, in that the gunner must place his eye right up to it. Denzel's gunner was acting like he was playing a video game or watching TV.
Corrected entry: At the end of the conversation in Hershberg's office, as Serling is leaving, he does not pick up his file folders and tape recorder. Yet when we see him emerge from the room, he is carrying them. The film shows a smooth exit from the room with no time to pick up the folders.
Corrected entry: During the confrontation scene, Meg Ryan points her pistol at the bad guy. Later in the confrontation, she works the action, to emphasise how serious she is, I guess. That's probably a script trick left over from Westerns. But the thing is, revolvers can still fire when uncocked; automatics can't. Not only was the hammer uncocked, but there wasn't even a round in the chamber - and everyone in the scene would have known that. So why was anyone intimidated?