Say hello to my little friend: M203 and Joya de Nicragua
“Say hello to my little friend!” You’ve almost certainly heard Tony Montana’s phrase and probably recall the M203 it heralded. What does it have to do with “Jewel of Nicaragua”, i.e. Joya de Nicaragua cigars? Stand by, we’ll explain.
Tony Montana was a hard-working, cigar-smoking, refugee from Cuba who came to the United States during the Castro era and made it big in the Land of Opportunity. He “made it big” murdering people and setting up a drug empire in Miami. Granted, he was a villain (or maybe anti-hero) but come here he did. He showed up with just the shirt on his back and died in a mansion surrounded by mountains of cocaine.
Ah, ya gotta love Hollywood. Or not. Incidentally, Hollywood is where most of Scarface was filmed after the residents of Miami protested the movie and its depiction of Cuban-Americans.
Tony loads up a grenade and stuffs a couple of old-school steel magazines (no Magpul in1983!) in his suit pockets.
After delivering his classic line, the shooting and grenade launching starts.
During the movie, Tony smokes a lot of cigars. What cigar he is smoking is anyone’s guess. I just recently watched Scarface and I couldn’t see a band on any of the cigars he lit up.
So what cigar was he smoking?
Here is my theory. Tony was Cuban. But he was a refuge from Castro and his Communist regime. So I am going to rule out any Cuban cigars for that reason alone. So what was it?
One of the most popular cigar brands in the US in the late 1970s and early 80s was Joya de Nicaragua. The current production joy de Nicaragua No. 6 looks to be about the same size as the cigars Al Pacino lights up in Scarface. That doesn’t make it 100% certain, but it’s a reasonable deduction based on what we know.
And, these cigars are still in production today. That’s why the Joya de Nicaragua is my recommended pairing for the next time you take out an M16 (or an M4, as you prefer) with an M203 grenade launcher.
Otherwise known as your little friend.
Shooting Notes: Just like your AR-15 but with full auto and old-school hardware. Oh, and you are gonna need a tax stamp for the grenade launcher.
Tasting Notes: The Joya de Nicaragua Clasico No. 6 is a full-bodied, but smooth cigar with flavors of wood, spice, and cocoa.