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American Ninja 4: The Annihilation

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American Ninja 4: The Annihilation
AN4 Poster.jpg
Theatrical Release Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Directed by Cedric Sundstrom
Release Date 1990
Distributor Cannon Films
Main Cast
Character Actor
Joe Armstrong Michael Dudikoff
Sean Davidson David Bradley
Colonel Scott Mulgrew James Booth
Carl Brackston Dwayne Alexandre
Sarah Robin Stille
Sheikh Masood Ron Smerczak
Dr. Tamba Ken Gampu
O'Reilly Frantz Dobrowsky

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation is a 1990 martial arts action film that is the fourth installment in American Ninja film series. The Annihilation stars both Michael Dudikoff as Joe Armstrong and David Bradley as Sean Davidson. They oppose Muslim terrorist Sheikh Masood and his military adviser Scott Mulgrew, a former British Colonel who now commands a force of high trained ninjas. Directed by Cedric Sundstrom, the movie was filmed in South Africa, hence the choice of firearms.

The following weapons were used in the film American Ninja 4: The Annihilation:


Llama Comanche

A Llama Comanche revolver is a personal weapon of Colonel Scott Mulgrew (James Booth).

Llama Comanche III - .357 Magnum
Mulgrew fires his revolver.
Mulgrew readies to execute a supposed rebel. Vent rib over the barrel can be seen.
A close view of the frame and cylinder. Adjustable rear sights are often used on Llama Comanche revolvers.
Mulgrew fires his revolver during the final battle.

Unidentified revolver

An antique-looking revolver with a side mounted ejector rod is seen in hands of a rebel. Its general shape resembles such old British revolvers as Tranter Model 1878 Army or Adams Mk III.

Tranter Model 1878 Army - .450
Adams Mk III revolver
A rebel in center holds an antique-looking revolver.
The same revolver at the left.
The same revolver at the right.


M1911-style Pistol

Several commandos carry M1911A1-style pistols in the opening scene.

Colt Government Model M1911A1 - .45 ACP
A commando holds a discharged pistol while brawling with a ninja.
Another commando runs with a pistol in hand.
The grip of the pistol looks like a Colt Government Model or some other commercial version of 1911.

Browning Hi-Power

What appears to be a Browning Hi-Power is carried by O'Reilly (Frantz Dobrowsky), the chief of local police and Mulgrew's faithful servant. Some police officers carry same looking pistols. Trigger guards of some pistols appear to be more angular so these ones are possibly some clones, like FEG P9R.

Browning Hi-Power "Type 73" - 9x19mm. These Hi-Powers feature elongated bushings different from Hi-Powers Made before 1973 and after the MK II Series.
FEG P9R - 9x19mm
The slide of O'Reilly's pistol looks like Hi-Power.
A police officer at the right holds a supposed Hi-Power.
O'Reilly searches the mortuary with his pistol in hand. The trigger guard seems to be angular.
Carl Brackston (Dwayne Alexandre), Sean's assistant, holds a discharged pistol that also appears to be a Hi-Power.

Unidentified pistols

A pistol, hold by a police officer, is seen at the right.
A police officer in center aims a pistol.

Submachine Guns


A customized PPSh-41, fitted with a pistol grip (taken from Vektor assault rifle) instead of a wooden buttstock, is seen in several scenes.

PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
A commando at the right fires a pistol-gripped PPSh in the opening scene.
The PPSh is seen at the background.
A rebel on the foreground holds a pistol-gripped PPSh.
A barrel of PPSh is seen at the right below.


Armsel Protecta

In the opening scene two of commandos are armed with Armsel Protecta shotguns. Protecta shotguns are also seen in hands of rebels.

Armsel Protecta with 12" barrel - 12 gauge
A commando at the foreground holds a Protecta.
Another commando in a beret holds a Protecta.
Commandos fire their guns: a Vektor R4, an M16 carbine, an unidentified rifle and a Protecta.
A close thought a little blurry view of Protecta.
A frontal view.
A rebel in center holds a Protecta.

Atis R.G. 700

Pango (Jody Abrahams) is armed with a Atis R.G. 700 with short barrel and pistol grip when he meets Sean and Carl. A shotgun with pistol grip and standard barrel is seen in several scenes, passing from hands to hands.

Atis R.G. 700 with 4-round magazine and pistol grip - 12 Gauge
The shotgun appears from behind the tree.
A frontal view.
Pango holds his shotgun.
The shotgun is fitted with Vindicator grips.
A commando at the left fires a pump action shotgun with pistol grip in the opening scene.
A rebel in center holds a shotgun.
Joe Armstrong (Michael Dudikoff) holds a shotgun, taken from a rebel.
A rebel raises his shotgun in center.
A rebel at the left holds his shotgun after the battle.

Double Barreled Shotgun

Dr. Tamba (Ken Gampu), the leader of rebels, carries a hammerless Coach Gun during the final battle.

Stoeger/IGA Coach imported side by side shotgun - 12 gauge


Karabiner 98k

A Karabiner 98k rifle is seen in hands of a rebel.

Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A rebel in center raises his rifle in air.
A rebel at the right holds a bolt action rifle, most likely the same 98k.

Assault Rifles

Heckler & Koch G3

Local policemen and some of Sheikh Masood's bodyguards are armed with Heckler & Koch G3 assault rifles, mostly with shorten barrels. Some G3s with standard barrels are also seen.

Namibian G3A3 - 7.62x51mm NATO. Movie G3s with short barrels look similar to this model.
Policemen with G3s hunt for Sean and Carl on the town market.
A policeman holds his G3 at the background.
A good view of the rifle.
A policeman at the left holds his G3 during the scene in mortuary.
South African version of the Heckler & Koch G3A3 - 7.62x51mm NATO
A guard of the president palace holds a standard G3.
Masood's bodyguard holds a G3.

Heckler & Koch G3KA4

One of the rebels carries a Heckler & Koch G3KA4, fitted with additional foregrip.

Heckler & Koch G3KA4 - 7.62x51mm NATO
A rebel at the left holds a G3KA4 with extended buttstock and foregrip.

Vektor R4

In the opening scene several commandos are armed with Vektor R4 assault rifles. R4s are also seen in hands of rebels during the final battle.

Vektor R4 - 5.56x45mm NATO.
A commando holds an R4.
The same character runs with his rifle in hands.
Commandos fire their guns: a Vektor R4, an M16 carbine, an unidentified rifle and a Protecta shotgun.
An R4 is seen in hands of a rebel during the final battle (in center at the background).
A close thought slightly blurry view of an R4.

Vektor R4 (mocked up as AK)

Vektor R4 assault rifles, mocked up as AK-series rifles, are seen in several scenes.

Vektor R4 assault rifle of the South African forces with 50-round magazine - 5.56x45mm NATO
A commando at the background holds a fake AK in the opening scene.
The same gun is seen closer.
Sheikh Masood's bodyguards carry fake AKs.
Masood's bodyguard holds a fake AK at the right.

Vektor R5 (mocked up as AK)

At least one of fake AKs appears to be based on Vektor R5.

Vektor R5 - 5.56x45mm NATO
A captured commando, freed by Joe, takes a gun.
Another view of the same scene. This particular "AK" is based on R5, not R4, due to its shorter barrel.

Galil ARM

A single Galil ARM assault rifle with wooden handguards and folding buttstocks of unusual shape (the strange folding stock can be simply with a broken lower part) is seen in hands of several rebels, passing from hands to hands.

IMI Galil ARM with wood hand-guard - 5.56x45mm NATO
A Galil-style rifle with wooden handguard and non-standard stock is seen in center.
A rebel at the background holds a same looking gun.
One of the rebels at the background holds a same looking gun.


Some rebels are armed with FN FAL assault rifles of unclear model (possibly South African Vektor R1s).

Vektor R1 - 7.62x51mm NATO
A rebel at the left holds a FAL.
A rebel with a FAL in battle against ninjas.
Supposedly the same character with FAL.
One of the rebels at the background holds a FAL.

Colt Model 733

In the opening scene the leader of commando unit is armed with an M16 carbine that appears to be a Colt Model 733. During the final battle a same looking gun is seen in hands of a female rebel.

Colt Model 733 "M16A2 Commando" - 5.56x45mm
The commando leader holds his M16 carbine at the right.
He runs with his rifle in hand.
Commandos fire their guns: a Vektor R4, an M16 carbine, an unidentified rifle and a Protecta shotgun.
A female rebel holds an M16 carbine at the left.

Customized FN FALO

In the opening scene one of the commandos carries an FN FAL variant. The same rifle is seen in hands of a rebel during the final battle. It is appears to be a FN FALO, fitted with an additional perforated shroud and with bipod is displaced closer to the foregrip.

FN FALO with bipod - 7.62x51mm NATO
A commando in center holds the rifle. The shape of the buttstock can be seen.
A commando with rifle on a short rest. It can be seen here that it is also equipped with a side rail.
A close view of the barrel.
One more view of the rifle.
Commandos fire their guns: a Vektor R4, an M16 carbine, an FAL rifle and a Protecta shotgun.
One of the rebels on the car holds same looking gun.
A rebel, strangled by a ninja, holds a rifle that looks similar but seems to lack a perforated shroud and can be a different gun.

Machine Guns

Browning M2HB

A Browning M2HB is seen in hands of a rebel.

Browning M2HB - .50 BMG
A rebel carries an M2HB in front of the car. The machine gun seems to lack spade grips.
Another view of the man with M2HB.

Other Weapons

M79 Grenade Launcher

An M79 grenade launcher is used during the final battle by Pango (Jody Abrahams) and then by Carl Brackston (Dwayne Alexandre).

M79 grenade launcher - 40x46mm
Pango loads his M79 at the right.
Pango aims.
Carl aims at Sheikh Masood's helicoper.
Carl fires.
Carl holds M79 after the battle.


One of the commandos in the opening scene carries a crossbow. Several ninjas also use crossbows while bows are most often seen in their hands.

A commando holds a crossbow during the opening credits.
A ninja aims.

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