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Argo is a 2012 thriller directed by, co-produced and starring Ben Affleck as CIA exfiltration specialist Tony Mendez, who in 1979 helped to devise a daring plan for rescuing six American Embassy workers from Iran during the Iranian Hostage Crisis by posing as a Canadian film crew scouting locations for a fictional sci-fi epic movie called Argo (inspired by the success of sci-fi films during that era, such as Star Wars). The film's cast includes John Goodman, Bryan Cranston, and Alan Arkin. Argo, which was co-produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov, would go on to receive three Academy Awards, including the 2012 award for Best Picture.
The following weapons were used in the film Argo:
WARNING! THIS PAGE CONTAINS SPOILERS!
When the US Embassy in Tehran is seized by Iranian demonstrators on November 4, 1979, a Walther P38 is used by one of the demonstrators to force the American embassy chief of security to order the opening of the doors to the main building.
The demonstrators also brandish M1911A1 pistols when seizing the embassy.
Several members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard are armed with Uzi submachine guns.
Mendez is inspired to come up with his plan while watching a scene from Battle for the Planet of the Apes on television that features the ape Caesar (Roddy McDowall) holding a Madsen M50 submachine gun.
Heckler & Koch MP5A2
A Revolutionary Guard at Mehrabad Airport holds a Heckler & Koch MP5A2 with a slimline handguard and the early-pattern "waffle" magazines.
Heckler & Koch MP5K
In one scene, a Revolutionary Guard shoots a man with a Heckler & Koch MP5K that has a MP5A2 stock.
Heckler & Koch G3A3
Most of the Revolutionary Guards and soldiers are armed with Heckler & Koch G3A3 rifles, the standard service rifle of the pre-revolutionary Iranian military. Though the weapon is accurate, the model is not quite exact; Iranian G3 rifles have olive-drab green plastic furniture, while the weapons in the film are seen with black.
US Marine embassy guards are seen grabbing and loading M16A1 rifles when the demonstrators break into the embassy compound. They also use the rifles to smash electronic equipment before the demonstrators seize control of the embassy.
Smith & Wesson 276 Gas Gun
US Marines use Smith & Wesson 276 Gas Guns to fire tear gas rounds at the demonstrators as they attempt to storm the embassy.
M7 CS Gas Grenade
The Marines also toss M7 CS gas grenades to fend off the demonstrators.