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Machine Gun Preacher

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Machine Gun Preacher
Film Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
RSA.jpg South Africa
Directed by Marc Forster
Release Date 2011
Language English
Studio Relativity Media
Moonlighting Films
Distributor Relativity Media
Main Cast
Character Actor
Sam Childers Gerard Butler
Lynn Childers Michelle Monaghan
Paige Childers Madeline Carroll
Daisy Kathy Baker
Donnie Michael Shannon
Crackhead Sean Patrick Leonard
Deng Souleymane Sy Savane
Marco Mduduzi Mabaso
Nineteen Percy Matsemela
AJ Ronnie Nyakale

Machine Gun Preacher is a 2011 American action drama that tells the true story of Sam Childers, a drug-dealing biker who found God and later became the savior of hundreds of Sudanese orphans and child soldiers. Gerard Butler stars as Childers, and the film is directed by Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace and World War Z).

The following weapons were used in the film Machine Gun Preacher:


Smith & Wesson Model 36

A crackhead (Sean Patrick Leonard) pulls a Smith & Wesson Model 36 on Sam Childers (Gerard Butler) in one scene.

Smith & Wesson Model 36 - .38 Special
The S&W-style cylinder release is seen here.
The five-shot cylinder is seen here.
A crackhead (Sean Patrick Leonard) holds his revolver.

Submachine Guns


Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) troops both are seen carrying PPS-43 submachine guns.

Soviet PPS-43 Submachine Gun - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
An LRA member with a PPS-43 during the prologue.
The SPLA soldier in the background has a PPS-43.
The SPLA soldier in the middle has a PPS-43 with the stock extended.


Sawn-Off J.C. Higgins Model 20

Sam Childers (Gerard Butler) uses a sawn-off J.C. Higgins Model 20 early in the film.

J.C. Higgins Model 20 sawed-off shotgun (18.5" barrel) - 12 gauge
Sam Childers shoots the floor.
Sam Childers (Gerard Butler) holds his shotgun.

Sawn-Off O/U Shotgun

Sam's buddy Donnie (Michael Shannon) carries a sawn-off O/U shotgun in one scene.

Full-size Browning 5.25 O/U - 12 Gauge
Donnie (Michael Shannon) with his shotgun. This is the best view of it in the film.

Mossberg 500

Sam grabs a Mossberg 500 from his personal collection.

Mossberg 500AT Shotgun - 12 Gauge
A Mossberg 500 can be seen on the left in the cabinet.


Norinco Type 56-1

Sam (Gerard Butler) uses a Norinco Type 56-1 as his primary weapon for much of the film. Troops from both sides are seen using this gun as well.

Norinco Type 56-1 - 7.62x39mm
Sam (Gerard Butler) fires his Type 56-1 during an ambush. Note the hooded front sight.
Sam with his rifle.
Sam with his rifle.
Sam holds his rifle.
Sam holds his rifle.


William (Junior Magale) can be seen with a genuine AKMS.

AKMS - 7.62x39mm
William (Junior Magale) with his AKMS. Note the narrow front sight, stamped stock and unported gas tube which distinguish this from the more common Norinco Type 56-1s seen in the film.
William's AKMS is seen from the front. Note the open front sight.

Vektor R5 (Mocked up as Norinco Type 56C)

Deng (Souleymane Sy Savane) uses a Vektor R5 rifle mocked up as a Norinco Type 56C exclusively throughout the film. Sam briefly examines this gun.

Vektor R5 - 5.56x45mm
Norinco Type 56C (also known as QBZ-56C) with 20-round magazine - 7.62x39mm
Deng's R5 on his bed. Note that for this non-firing scene, it would appear that a real bakelite AK-74 magazine has been shoved into the magazine well.
Sam checks the chamber, noting that it's dirty and needs cleaning.
Deng (Souleymane Sy Savane) provides covering fire for Sam. Since this scene involves the rifle firing, a real R5 magazine, which has been painted orange, is used.
This view shows the cuts and shape of the R5 receiver.

Vektor R4 (Mocked up as AKMS)

Marco (Mduduzi Mabaso) uses a Vektor R4 mocked up as an AKMS for much of the film. Deng also hands Sam one during the night attack on the orphanage.

Vektor R4 - 5.56x45mm NATO.
AKMS, stamped steel receiver with slant muzzle brake and under-folding stock - 7.62x39mm
Marco (Mduduzi Mabaso) fires his R4.

Norinco Type 56

Various characters from both sides are seen using Norinco Type 56 rifles with "pig sticker" bayonets.

Norinco Type 56 with under-folding ("pig sticker") bayonet - 7.62x39mm
A rebel holds his Type 56.
A child soldier with a Type 56. Note that his sling appears to be a braided leather belt.
The same child soldier surrendering his Type 56.
A wounded LRA member lies next to his Type 56.

Vektor R4 (Mocked up as AKM)

Various characters from both sides are seen using Vektor R4 rifles mocked up as AKM rifles.

Vektor R4 assault rifle of the South African forces with 50-round magazine - 5.56x45mm
AKM, stamped steel receiver with slant muzzle brake - 7.62x39mm
An LRA member fires blindly with his R4.
Nineteen (Percy Matsemela) with his R4. Note that his magazines are taped together "jungle-style".
Two SPLA soldiers fire at the LRA.

Zastava M70AB2

Various characters from both sides are seen using Zastava M70AB2 rifles.

Zastava M70AB2 folding stock rifle - 7.62x39mm
A child soldier on the right holds his M70AB2.
AJ (Ronnie Nyakale) with his M70AB2.

Vektor R5

Various characters from both sides are seen using unmodified Vektor R5 rifles.

Vektor R5 - 5.56x45mm
A child soldier with his R5.
An LRA member returns fire with his R5.
An LRA member returns fire with his R5.
The SPLA soldier on the right has an R5. The one on the left has a Type 56-1.


An LRA sniper (Ikagene Mogotusi) opens fire at Sam with an SKS rifle.

Russian SKS rifle - 7.62x39mm
An LRA sniper opens fire.
An SKS is seen.


One of Dr. John Garang's (Fana Mokoena) soldiers appears to be armed with a real AKM.

AKM, stamped steel receiver with slant muzzle brake - 7.62x39mm
A soldier in the background holding his AKM.

Colt Government Model HBAR

Sam takes a Colt Government Model HBAR from his personal collection.

Colt Government Model HBAR, the A2 version of the AR-15 civilian rifle - 5.56x45mm. Note the lack of a third position for burst mode for the selector switch.
Sam's rifle has a scope mounted.

Mauser 98 Sporter

Sam asks Deng to hand him a Mauser 98 Sporter when they are pinned down by an LRA sniper. Sam refers to it as "the Mauser".

Mauser 98 Sporter with scope - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Sam asks Deng to hand him a Mauser 98 Sporter.
Sam aims his Mauser.
Sam aims his Mauser.
The barrel of the rifle.
Sam with his Mauser.

M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle

A member of the LRA fires an M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle in one scene.

M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle - .30-06 Springfield
The rebel is seen firing his BAR on the technical.
The rebel on the left fires his BAR.

Machine Guns


A member of the LRA fires an RPK during an attack.

RPK light machine gun with 75-round drum magazine - 7.62x39mm
The rebel with the RPK (circled in red).


One of Sam's SPLA allies fires an FN MAG 58 during an ambush.

FN MAG 58 - 7.62x51mm NATO
An SPLA soldier fires the MAG 58.
An SPLA soldier fires the MAG 58.


A member of the LRA fires an MG42 in one scene.

MG42 with sling and bipod collapsed - 7.92x57mm Mauser
An MG42 is seen on the technical.
The rebel fires the MG42.


M79 Grenade Launcher

A member of the LRA fires an M79 grenade launcher during an attack.

M79 grenade launcher - 40x46mm
The rebel fires his M79.


Various characters, including Sam, are seen using RPG-7s.

RPG-7 - 40mm
Sam Childers aims the RPG-7.
Marco about to fire his RPG-7.
An LRA member grabs an RPG-7.
The same LRA member, incorrectly holding the RPG-7.

F-1 Hand Grenade

A child soldier has an F-1 hand grenade attached to his webbing.

F-1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
A child soldier has an F-1 hand grenade attached to his webbing.

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