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5 Days of War

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5 Days of War (2011). The plague of random Apaches on this poster does not exactly reflect the movie's actual content.

5 Days of War is a 2011 movie about the 2008 South Ossetia War. Directed by Renny Harlin, the film depicts an American reporter and his British cameraman caught on the front lines of Russia's invasion of Georgia. After they are caught filming war crimes committed by pro-Russian militias, they become the target of a Russian officer and his thuggish mercenary. With the help of a local woman and the Georgian security forces, they become determined to publish the atrocities, but are beset by the conflict and global apathy. The film was produced in Georgia with the support of the Georgian government, which lent soldiers, vehicles and aircraft for the production.

The following weapons were used in the film 5 Days of War:



The AKM is the standard-issue weapon for Russian troops and hired mercenaries, although most of the combatants on both sides were armed with the AK-74 during the conflict. Iraqi insurgents in the prologue also carry AKMs.

AKM, Stamped Steel Receiver w/ slant muzzle brake - 7.62x39mm
Iraqi insurgents armed with AKMs scatter as they take fire from a Georgian motorized company.
Insurgents return fire on the Georgians.
Mercenaries approach a Georgian town armed with AKMs.
A young conscript reports to a mercenary.
The mercenary fires his AKM to coach hiding civilians into surrender.
A Russian guard is mowed down as he fires his AKM at attacking Georgians.
A mercenary guard fires his AKM.
A mercenary is gunned down. Note that his rifle has a bakelite magazine.
Highlight for Spoilers: The conscript, disgusted by the atrocities, kills Daniil and saves Anders.


The main weapon of Georgian Army troops, including Cpt. Rezo Avaliani (Johnathon Schaech), is the AKMS. Almost all of the AKMS rifles are fitted with GP-25 grenade launchers. They also make an appearance, although in smaller numbers, amongst the hired guns.

AKMS, stamped steel receiver w/ slant muzzle brake and under-folding stock - 7.62x39mm
A Georgian soldier fires his AKMS fitted with a GP-25 Grenade Launcher.
A Georgian reporter helps medevac a casualty.
A Georgian soldier covers a corner with his AKMS.
An intimidating mercenary armed with an AKMS barks orders.
A Georgian soldier loads a new magazine.
A Georgian fires from the back of a commandeered ute.
Cpt. Rezo Avaliani (Johnathon Schaech) loads a new magazine into his AKMS...
...and fires.

SVD Dragunov

Mercenary leader Daniil (Mikko Nousiainen) uses an SVD Dragunov briefly in the film.

SVD Dragunov sniper rifle - 7.62x54mm R
Daniil (Mikko Nousiainen) looks through the sights of his SVD Dragunov.
Daniil lowers the rifle.

Machine Guns

PKM Machine Gun

The PKM is mounted on Georgian Army Humvees in the film, most notably in the prologue when Cpt. Avaliani's forces come to the rescue of the besieged reporters.

PKM with classic (most seen) version of the flash hider - 7.62x54mm R
A Georgian soldier fires a Humvee-mounted PKM at Iraqi insurgents.

KPVT Heavy Machine Gun

The KPVT Heavy Machine Gun makes an appearance mounted on Russian BTR-80's.

KPVT heavy machine gun - 14.5x114mm
A KPVT Heavy Machine Gun mounted on this BTR-80 is visible by it's light.

NSVT Heavy Machine Gun

The NSVT Heavy Machine Gun is mounted by the commander's post on Russian and Georgian T-72 tanks. It is not fired in the movie.

NSV HMG - 12.7x108mm
An NSV Heavy Machine Gun mounted atop a Georgian T-72.

Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-30-2K

The Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-30-2K is mounted on Mi-24P Hind-F gunships used by both the Georgian and Russian Armies. Whilst most of the Hinds only use their rockets, one can be seen firing the GSh-30-2K on a column of refugees.

Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-30-2K 30mm automatic cannon with unfired rounds - 30x165mm
A Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-30-2K mounted on a Georgian Mi-24P Hind-F is visible as the Hind takes off.
A Russian Army Hind-F fires its GSh-30-2K at fleeing refugees.


Beretta 92FS

Cpt. Rezo Avaliani (Johnathon Schaech) and Daniil (Mikko Nousiainen) carry the Beretta 92FS pistol, although it would probably make more sense for them both to be wielding the Makarov PM.

Beretta 92FS - 9x19mm
Cpt. Kezo Avaliani (Johnathon Schaech) fires his Beretta 92FS at Russian guards.
Daniil (Mikko Nousiainen) pulls his Beretta on war correspondent Anders.
Dramatic gun cock...
A rather unequal Mexican standoff.


GP-25 Grenade Launcher

The GP-25 is mounted on almost every AKMS rifle used by the Georgians, although never used independently from the rifle.

GP-25 Grenade Launcher - 40mm
GP-25 Grenade Launchers are visible on the AKMS rifles inside the Humvee.
Close-up of a GP-25 on an AKMS.


Georgian and Russian forces use the RPG-22, as well as one of the Iraqi Insurgents. It is notably used by Cpt. Rezo Avaliani (Johnathon Schaech) to shoot down an Mi-24P Hind-F gunship, in a rather unlikely situation.

RPG-22 - 72.5mm
An insurgent takes aim with an RPG-22.
A Georgian soldier fires his RPG at a mercenary car.
Another takes down a tank with one.
Cpt. Kezo Avaliani (Johnathon Schaech) readies an RPG-22.
He takes aim...
And fires. Note the rocket about to impact with the Mi-24P Hind-F, whose crew are about to have a bad day.



A Russian soldier uses a flamethrower to torch a Georgian village.

A Russian soldier lets loose with his flamethrower. This is not a Soviet-era LPO-50, the last flamethrower Russia actually fielded, as that had a cluster of three pyrotechnic charges at the muzzle while this has what appears to be a pilot light.

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