Saving Private Ryan – Pfc Reibens (Edward Burns)
Dragon/CyberHobby’s US Ranger BAR Gunner – Richie – certainly makes for a remarkable realisation of the outspoken Private Richard Reiben (Edward Burns) in Steven Speilberg’s war movie, Saving Private Ryan. I felt a sense of instant gratification (or perhaps relief that I wouldn’t have to do much) when I took delivery of the figure which boasts of some new moldings and patterns to the M1 helmet, combat boots and jacket.
As the squad’s support gunner, PFC Richard Reiben potrayed by actor Edward Burns carries a Browning Automatic Rifle M1918A2 or “B.A.R.” as his main weapon. The B.A.R. that Reiben carries and uses in the movie is not his originally issued one, which he claims he lost during the start of the D-Day landing to keep from drowning. The automatic rifle has the bipod removed, making it more into an assault rifle instead of a Light Machine Gun. Further supporting this theory is how he fires it on the faster of the B.A.R.’s two full-auto fire modes, instead of the more efficient slow auto-fire used for support. Reports have said like the M1 Garands in the film, this B.A.R. was lightened for easier use by the actors, making it far easier to shoulder fire the weapon as an assault rifle. (Periods have been added to the B.A.R. abbreviations to make sure no one refers to the weapon incorrectly as a “Bar”.)