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The Expendables
The expendable-poster.jpg
Theatrical Release Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Sylvester Stallone
Release Date 2010
Studio Nu Image
Millennium Films
Distributor Lionsgate
Main Cast
Character Actor
Barney Ross Sylvester Stallone
Lee Christmas Jason Statham
Yin Yang Jet Li
Gunnar Jensen Dolph Lundgren
Toll Road Randy Couture
Hale Caesar Terry Crews
Tool Mickey Rourke
Dan Paine Steve Austin
James Munroe Eric Roberts

The Expendables is the 2010 action film co-written and directed by Sylvester Stallone that follows a team of mercenaries who are hired by the CIA to eliminate a South American dictator, until they find out the true nature of their mission. In addition to Stallone, the movie features virtually all of the living action film stars of the past 20 years including Jason Statham, Jet Li, Terry Crews, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Mickey Rourke, Eric Roberts, and Steve Austin. The film also features cameo appearances from Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Numerous sequels would follow: 2012's The Expendables 2, 2014's The Expendables 3 as well as Expend4bles, a fourth feature film, which was released on September 22, 2023.

The following weapons were used in the film The Expendables:



Beretta 92FS

Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) acquires a Beretta 92FS when confronting General Garza's soldiers and uses it until he throws it away while making a run for the plane on the docks.

Beretta 92FS - 9x19mm
Ross with his 92FS in a promo still.
Ross firing his 92FS when engaging Garza's soldiers.
"You look nervous."

Beretta 92G Elite 1A

Christmas carries a Beretta 92G Elite 1A on his vest in a cross draw holster. He uses it in conjunction with his knives in the final assault on General Garza's fortress. Hale Caesar (Terry Crews) is also seen with one holstered on his right leg during the final fortress battle. Toll Road (Randy Couture) pulls out a 92G Elite during the fight with Paine (Steve Austin), but the latter kicks the pistol out of his hand before he could fire a shot.

Beretta 92G Elite 1A - 9x19mm
Lee Christmas (on the left) carries a Beretta 92G Elite circled in red.
Lee Christmas uses the Beretta 92G Elite in the final battle.
Good close up on the Beretta.

Glock 17

James Monroe (Eric Roberts) is seen carrying the Glock 17. When Ross and Yin Yang (Jet Li) are ambushed on the road, a thug uses one before being shot by Yang.

Glock 17 2nd Generation - 9x19mm
A production still shows James Monroe (Eric Roberts) using the Glock 17 as he holds Sandra (Giselle Itié) hostage.
Munroe holds his Glock 17.
A thug aims his Glock 17 fitted with a hi-capacity magazine.

Glock 26

The Brit (Gary Daniels) fires a Glock 26 at the dock when Ross and Christmas escape from the island.

Glock 26 - 9x19mm
The Brit fires his G26.

Modified Kimber Gold Combat II

Ross (Sylvester Stallone) also carries a pair of Modified Kimber Gold Combat II pistols, which he typically fires and reloads at rapid speeds. In fact, thanks to the rather crude overuse of sound effects, the guns are often implied to be firing far faster than what is actually visible on the screen. A more detailed description of the weapons can be found here

Kimber Gold Combat II - .45 ACP
Ross reaching for his custom Kimber Gold Combat II. Note Panerai Luminor watch.
The Kimber in a case.
A production still of Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) as he pulls his Kimber on Gunnar Jensen (Dolph Lundgren).
Ross pulls both his Kimbers in the ship.
Ross does a fast reload on his Kimber. Several times during this sequence it is obvious the pistols aren't firing nearly as rapidly as the sound effects imply.

Custom M1911A1

A customized M1911A1 is seen in the hands of Gunnar (Dolph Lundgren) before pursuing Ross and Yang. He tries to use it at the factory after the chase, but Yang kicks it out of his hands before he could fire a shot. The pistols resemble the ones used by Thomas Jane in the film The Punisher (2004), in a likely shout out to Lundgren previously portraying the Punisher character in the 1989 adaptation.

The two blank firing prop Colt M1911A1s used in the film The Punisher (2004) - .45 ACP
Gunnar watches Ross and Yang leave with his pistol in hand.

Heckler & Koch P9S

One of General Garza's soldiers holds a Heckler & Koch P9S when he's taken down by Christmas.

Heckler & Koch P9S - 9x19mm
One of General Garza's soldiers holds a Heckler & Koch P9S.

Heckler & Koch USP

Paine (Steve Austin) carries a two-tone Heckler & Koch USP as his sidearm.

Heckler & Koch USP with two-tone finish - .45 ACP
Paine with his two-tone USP after Ross' plane takes out Garza's men.

Smith & Wesson 469

While in some scenes he appears to carry a Beretta in his holster, the Brit (Gary Daniels) is seen holding what appears to be a Smith & Wesson 469 on the dock that's dumped with gasoline by Ross. This is highly likely a continuity error, because seconds before he fired a Glock 26.

Smith & Wesson 469 - 9x19mm
The Brit (Gary Daniels) is seen holding what appears to be a Smith & Wesson 469 on the dock that's dumped with gasoline by Ross.

SIG-Sauer P228

Yang (Jet Li) also is seen using a SIG-Sauer P228 in the final battle.

SIG-Sauer P228 - 9x19mm
Yang finishes off a soldier with his P228. Notice how he appears to be firing it using his middle finger.

Browning Hi-Power

A Browning Hi-Power is used by one of Munroe’s Henchmen at the dock.

The first version of the Browning HP (FN P-35) with adjustable rear sight - 9x19mm.
A Browning HP in the hands of Munroe’s Henchmen.


Custom Single Action Army

Ross (Sylvester Stallone) also carries a Single Action Army with a shortened barrel, compensator cuts, and no front sight in a back holster that he keeps in the three o'clock position.

Custom Single Action Army - .45 Long Colt. This is the screen-used firearm first carried by Sylvester Stallone in The Expendables. Thanks to James Georgopoulos.
Ross prepares to draw his SAA.
Ross fanning his SAA with front sight removed.
Ross rapidly takes out all of the Somali pirates with his Single Action Army.
Ross opens fire with the SAA.

Submachine Guns

Heckler & Koch MP5K

An MP5K is used by Toll Road (Randy Couture) during the oil tanker sequence.

Heckler & Koch MP5K - 9x19mm
Toll Road and the rest of the Expendables aim their weapons.
Toll Road with his MP5K.
One of Monroe's men attacks Ross and Yin Yang with an MP5K.

Heckler & Koch MP5K-PDW

Lee Christmas (Jason Statham) uses a Heckler & Koch MP5K-PDW with a red dot sight and laser pointer in the oil tanker sequence.

MP5K-PDW with extended barrel (with 3 lugs & folding stock) - 9x19mm
Jason Statham as Christmas holds his MP5K-PDW in a promotional image.
Christmas's MP5K with the laser sight switched on.

Brügger & Thomet MP-9

Ying Yang (Jet Li) uses a MP-9 during a car chase with Monroe's men.

B&T MP9 - 9x19mm
Ying Yang (Jet Li) with a B&T MP9 in a promo still.
Yang reloading the MP-9.


Ying Yang (Jet Li) uses a P90TR during the oil tanker sequence.

FN P90TR - 5.7x28mm
Yang fires his P90TR.

Assault Rifles

FN F2000 Tactical

An FN F2000 Tactical is used by Ross, and later by Ying Yang, with an EOTech, flashlight, and laser sight during the mission to rescue hostages on the hijacked oil tanker.

F2000 Tactical with CAA FVG5 foregrip - 5.56x45mm
Ross fires his F2000 Tactical.
Ying Yang (Jet Li) aims his F2000 Tactical.

Noveske Rifleworks Diplomat

During the raid on Garza's compound, the majority of the Expendables can be seen carrying the Noveske Rifleworks Diplomat which is equipped with a Vltor VIS-1 monolithic upper receiver assembly. In February 2009, ISS (Independent Studio Services) received 12 Vltor VIS-1s with Diplomat barrel assemblies, with KX-3 flash-hiders. ISS also received 24 EMod stocks from Vltor, which were intended to be used in The Expendables. They are converted to full auto.

Noveske Rifleworks Diplomat with M68 Aimpoint red dot scope and Surefire M900 weaponlight foregrip - 5.56x45mm
A production image of the Expendables carrying the Vltor / Noveske Diplomats fitted with EOTech & C-More red dot sights, Surefire M900 weapon-light fore-grips & Universal weapon-lights, as well as laser sights.
Ross and the Expendables carry the rifles when they are confronted by Garza's troops.
Ross with the Diplomat. His rifle appears to be fitted with C-more sight and Surefire M900 weaponlight foregrip.
Toll Road fires the Diplomat. This rifle is fitted with an EOTech sight.

Kalashnikov Variants

Various AK-47 models can be seen in the hands of Somali pirates and soldiers of General Garza (David Zayas).

AKM - 7.62x39mm
Garza soldiers with AKMs.
A Somali pirate with an AKM is shot before he can shoot a hostage.
AKMS - 7.62x39mm
A Somali pirate fires his AKMS in a behind the scenes image.
Custom AKMS with shortened barrel, as seen in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Pineapple Express, Rambo, and Taken 7.62x39mm
A Somali pirate points a modified AKMS, likely the same shortened model that was previously seen in Rambo (2008).
AKMSU - 7.62x39mm
The Brit fires an AKMSU after the fight with Ying Yang.
The Brit fires his AKMSU.

Norinco Type 56

Norinco Type 56 rifles were used by Somali pirates aboard the tanker ship.

Norinco Type 56 - 7.62x39mm
Somali pirate aiming at the Expendables.



Hale Caesar (Terry Crews) uses an AA-12 with drum magazine and flashlight attachment. The weapon is first loaded with normal rounds, later Caesar switches to FRAG-12 explosive rounds (which he describes in great detail right before the raid). He states that the rate of fire is 250 RPM rather than the real one's 300 (in the film it actually fires at 300 RPM). Furthermore, during the raid, he is seen firing around 53 rounds without reloading, even though the AA-12 can hold a maximum of 32 rounds.

AA-12 - 12 Gauge
Hale Caesar holds a FRAG-12 round: "You know, the enemy's always been terrified of noise, especially shotguns. With this big boy spitting out 250 rounds a minutes, you tell me who's tolerating that. Absolutely zero."
"What happened to you?!"
"Remember this shit at Christmas!"
Caesar firing the AA-12.
Caesar destroys a watch tower with his AA-12 shotgun.
Director Sylvester Stallone instructs Terry Crews where to aim his AA-12 in the Behind the Scenes video.

Saiga 12

Hale Caesar (Terry Crews) uses a cut down Saiga-12 with a shortened barrel, the stock removed, a laser sight, and a 20-round drum magazine during the tanker scene. This appears to be the exact same custom Saiga 12 from Gamer, in which Terry Crews also wielded this very weapon.

Saiga-12K - 12 Gauge
Caesar aims at Somali Pirates.

Serbu Super Shorty

A Serbu Super Shorty is used by Gunnar Jensen (Dolph Lundgren) when he contacts Munroe (Eric Roberts) and Paine (Steve Austin) on the island of Vilena.

Serbu Super Shorty Shotgun - 12-Gauge.
A production still showing Gunnar (Dolph Lundgren) pulling the Serbu Super Shorty on "The Brit" (Gary Daniels).
Gunner with the Serbu.

Machine Guns

Browning M1919A4

The Browning M1919A4 machine gun is used by the General Garza's army when engaging the Expendables.

M1919A4 Machine Gun - .30-06
A Vilenan soldier opening fire with the M1919A4.

Browning M2 Aircraft

Christmas (Jason Statham) is seen using Browning M2 Aircraft heavy machine guns quad-mounted in the nose of the seaplane.

Browning M2 aircraft heavy machine gun - .50 BMG
The Expendables' plane opens fire with its quad machine guns.
View of the belt feed.
Muzzle flash from the machine guns.


M79 Grenade Launcher

Gunnar Jansen (Dolph Lundgren) uses a M79 grenade launcher, loaded with 40mm buckshot and a laser sight during the oil tanker sequence, which blows away the entire torso of one luckless pirate. It is also used later in the film by an enemy guard, who uses it to destroy a truck Ross is standing next to.

M79 grenade launcher - 40mm
"Warning shot!"
"Little low."
Gunnar Jansen (Dolph Lundgren) opens fire with his M79.

M8 Flare Pistol

Christmas (Jason Statham) is seen firing an M8 Flare Pistol at Garza's men during the dock bombing sequence to light up the fuel spilled onto the dock.

M8 Flare Pistol - 37mm
Christmas takes an M8 flare pistol hidden in a storage box.
Christmas fires the M8 flare pistol.

M67 hand grenade

During the final battle, the Expendables throw several M67 hand grenades.

M67 grenade
Ross throws an M67 grenade after exiting the dungeon.
Yang throws a frag grenade.
Toll Road tosses an M67 to the enemy weapon pile.

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