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Special Ops: Lioness

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Special Ops: Lioness
Special Ops Lionness.jpg
Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Language English
Channel Paramount+
Creator Taylor Sheridan
Genre Drama
Broadcast 2023
No. of Seasons 1
No. of Episodes 8
Main Cast
Character Actor
Joe Zoe Saldana
Cruz Manuelos Laysla De Oliveira
Kaitlyn Meade Nicole Kidman
Byron Westfield Michael Kelly
Edwin Mullins Morgan Freeman



Special Ops: Lioness is a Paramount+ original streaming series starring Zoe Saldana as Joe, a covert operative who recruits Cruz Manuelos (Laysla De Oliveira), a young woman and US Force Recon Marine, into a secret CIA program codenamed "Lioness", in order to take down a terrorist organization from the inside. The series' cast includes Michael Kelly, Morgan Freeman, and Nicole Kidman. The series, which premiered on the streaming service Paramount+ in July of 2023, was created by Taylor Sheridan and several episodes were directed by John Hillcoat.

The following weapons were used in the television series Special Ops: Lioness:



Pistols

Agency Arms Glock 19

In "The Beating" (S1E02), an Agency Arms Glock 19 pistol fitted with a red dot sight and a tactical weaponlight is being stripped for cleaning. It's seen with Bobby (Jill Wagner) as her personal sidearm.

Screen-used Agency Arms Glock 19 (5th Generation) from Extraction 2 - 9x19mm. Image courtesy of ISS (Independent Studio Services).
In "The Beating" (S1E02), Bobby (Jill Wagner) on the right is seen cleaning the Glock 19 pistol.
A closeup of the stripped-down Glock pistol being cleaned by Bobby (Jill Wagner) in "The Beating" (S1E02).
Another shot of the Glock being cleaned in "The Beating" (S1E02).
The AA Glock 19 drawn out in "The Choice of Failure" (S1E04). Note the ambidextrous slide stop, indicating that this is a Gen 5 model.

SIG-Sauer P226

A SIG-Sauer P226 appears to be seen in "Wish the Fight Away" with an Islamic State of the Iraq and Levant (ISIL) fighter.

SIG-Sauer P226 - 9x19mm
A masked ISIL fighter in a hostage video in "Wish the Fight Away".

SIG-Sauer P365X

Joe (Zoe Saldana) is seen retrieving a SIG-Sauer P365X pistol fitted with a reflex sight in "The Beating" (S1E02).

SIG-Sauer P365X - 9x19mm Parabellum
Joe loads the P365X in "The Beating" (S1E02).
This shot from the official trailer provides a better view of the P365X.

Taser Pulse+

Two Cups (James Jordan) uses a Taser Pulse+ pistol during "The Beating" (S1E02).

Taser Pulse+ pistol
Two Cups uses a Taser Pulse+ pistol while inside the Charlie Mike bar in "The Beating" (S1E02).

Assault Rifles

AKS-74U

AKS-74U rifles are seen with ISIL fighters in the show.

AKS-74U - 5.45x39mm
Some AKS-74Us seen unloaded and mounted on the wall in "Sacrificial Soldiers" (S1E01).
An AKS-74U seen with an ISIL fighter in "Wish the Fight Away".

AKMS

An AKMS appears to be used in "Wish the Fight Away" with an ISIL fighter.

AKMS, stamped steel receiver w/ slant muzzle brake and under-folding stock - 7.62x39mm
The ISIL fighter with the AKMS in "Wish the Fight Away".

Knight's Armament SR-16 CQB

The Knight's Armament SR-16 CQB, used by Joe's SAC team, is equipped with an EOTech EXPS2 sight, G43 magnifier, and an LA-23/PEQ Squad Aiming Laser.

Knight's Armament SR-16 CQB - 5.56x45mm
Tucker (LaMonica Garrett) uses an SR-16 CQB in "Sacrificial Soldiers" (S1E01).
Tucker (LaMonica Garrett), Randy (Austin H├ęber) and Kyle (Thad Luckinbill) use their Knight's Armament SR-16 CQB rifles to conduct a vehicle intercept op in "Bruise Like a Fist" (S1E03).
"Two Cups" accosts an unarmed person after a successful intercept op in "Bruise Like a Fist" (S1E03).

SIG-Sauer MCX VIRTUS

During the intro credits of every episode of the first season, Joe is seen holding a SIG-Sauer MCX VIRTUS. One fitted with an EOTech EXPS3, LA-23/PEQ Squad Aiming Laser, tac light, and suppressor is seen in a weapons case in "The Beating" (S1E02). Cruz Manuelos (Laysla De Oliveira) uses a suppressed VIRTUS while masquerading as a BATF SRT operator in "Truth is the Shrewdest Lie".

SIG-Sauer MCX VIRTUS SBR with 11.5" barrel - 5.56x45mm NATO
Intro credits show Joe (Zoe Saldana) holding a SIG-Sauer MCX VIRTUS.
The VIRTUS rifle is visible on the right in the weapons case in "The Beating" (S1E02).
Cruz sets up a suppressed MCX VIRTUS in San Antonio in a work bench in "Truth is the Shrewdest Lie" (S1E05).
Cruz with her MCX VIRTUS in "Truth is the Shrewdest Lie" (S1E05).
The VIRTUS rifle is visible in "Truth is the Shrewdest Lie" (S1E05).

SIG-Sauer MCX-SPEAR LT

Suppressed SIG-Sauer MCX-SPEAR LT rifles are used by Joe the SAC team when they masquerade as a BATF Special Response Team (SRT) tac team in "Truth is the Shrewdest Lie" (S1E05).

SIG-Sauer MCX-SPEAR LT with 11.5" barrel - 5.56x45mm NATO
Promotional image of Zoe Saldana holding a suppressed SIG-Sauer MCX-SPEAR LT.
MCX-SPEAR LT rifles are visible in a weapons case in the foreground in "Truth is the Shrewdest Lie" (S1E05).
Full view of a suppressed SPEAR LT in "Truth is the Shrewdest Lie" (S1E05).
Joe (Zoe Saldana) readies her MCX-SPEAR LT in "Truth is the Shrewdest Lie" (S1E05).
An operative behind Cruz advances with the SPEAR LT.

Type 56-1

ISIL fighters use Type 56-1 rifles in "Sacrificial Soldiers" (S1E01).

Type 56-1 - 7.62x39mm
ISIL fighters use Type 56-1 rifles in "Sacrificial Soldiers" (S1E01).
ISIL fighters capture an undercover Lioness operator in Syria in "Sacrificial Soldiers" (S1E01).

Zastava M70AB2

The Zastava M70AB2 is seen in archived video in "Wish the Fight Away".

Zastava M70AB2 - 7.62x39mm
An ISIL fighter with the M70AB2 in "Wish the Fight Away".

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Sniper Rifles

Heckler & Koch G28

Bobby is seen using a suppressed Heckler & Koch G28 rifle with a SIG-Sauer TANGO6 low-powered variable optic in "Sacrificial Soldiers" (S1E01), being used as her primary weapon.

Heckler & Koch G28 E2 - 7.62x51mm NATO
Closeup shot of the SIG-Sauer TANGO6 low-powered variable optic that is used by Bobby in "Sacrificial Soldiers" (S1E01).
In "Sacrificial Soldiers" (S1E01), Bobby opens fire with her suppressed Heckler & Koch G28 rifle with a SIG-Sauer TANGO6 low-powered variable optic at incoming ISIS fighters in Kobane, Syria.
In "The Beating" (S1E02), Bobby conducts maintenance on her G28.

Machine Guns

Browning M2HB

Tucker uses a Humvee-mounted Browning M2HB Heavy Machine Gun to fend off an ISIL attack in "Sacrificial Soldiers". Archived video of an Abrams MBT being attacked by an IED is seen at the end of "Wish the Fight Away".

Browning M2HB - .50 BMG
Tucker uses a Humvee-mounted Browning M2HB Heavy Machine Gun to fend off an ISIL attack in "Sacrificial Soldiers" (S1E01).
Cruz examines an archived video of an Abrams at the end of "Wish the Fight Away".

FN M240B

CIA SAC operatives use a FN M240B Machine Gun while battling ISIS fighters in "Sacrificial Soldiers" (S1E01).

M240B with newer style lower handguard (designed to attach RIS rails via hex nut) - 7.62x51mm NATO
CIA SAC operatives use the FN M240B Machine Gun while battling ISIL fighters in "Sacrificial Soldiers" (S1E01).

FN M249

CIA SAC operatives use an M249 while battling ISIL fighters in "Sacrificial Soldiers" (S1E01).

M249 with folding carry handle, heat shield, improved handguard, plastic stock, and 200-round drum - 5.56x45mm.
CIA SAC operatives in the background use the M249 while battling ISIL fighters in "Sacrificial Soldiers" (S1E01).

General Electric GAU-8/A Avenger

The USAF A-10 Thunderbolt II ground-attack fighter jet is seen firing its General Electric GAU-8/A Avenger cannon at the ISIL onslaught in Kobane in "Sacrificial Soldiers" (S1E01).

General Electric GAU-8/A Avenger - 30x173mm
The USAF A-10 Thunderbolt II ground-attack fighter jet is seen firing its General Electric GAU-8/A Avenger cannon at the ISIL onslaught in "Sacrificial Soldiers" (S1E01).

PKM Machine Gun

ISIL fighters are seen using PKM Machine Guns in Syria during "Sacrificial Soldiers".

PKM with classic (most commonly seen) version of the flash hider - 7.62x54mm R
ISIL fighters open fire in "Sacrificial Soldiers" (S1E01).

Grenades

AN/M14 incendiary grenade

The AN/M14 incendiary grenade is used by Kyle in "Bruise Like a Fist" to torch an SUV he used to conceal SAC activities in Texas.

AN/M14 incendiary grenade, airsoft version with modern-day markings.
Kyle with the grenade in "Bruise Like a Fist".

M83 Smoke Grenade

When the team conducts their "CQB training" in the team room inside a house in Fort Liberty, Bobby gets fed up and pops an M83 smoke grenade on them, setting off the smoke detectors in "The Beating" (S1E02).

Sample Inert M83 smoke grenade.
The tossed M83 in "The Beating".

Other

Milkor MGL

A Milkor MGL is used to fire smoke grenades in "Sacrificial Soldiers" (S1E01). Based on the shorter barrel and barrel interior, this launcher is likely an airsoft replica.

Milkor MGL Mk 1S in desert tan finish fitted with Armson OEG reflex sight - 40x46mm
ICS-190 GLM, an Airsoft replica of the above for comparison.
A Milkor MGL is used to fire smoke grenades in "Sacrificial Soldiers" (S1E01). Based on the shorter barrel and barrel interior, this launcher is likely an airsoft replica.

Air Guns

Several airsoft rifles are used by the team during "CQB training" in the team room in "The Beating" (S1E02).

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