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The Dogs of War

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The Dogs of War (1981)

The following weapons were used in the film The Dogs of War:

Rifles & Carbines

Colt Sporter 1 Carbine (Mocked up as XM177E2)

Faux XM177E2 carbines are carried by Jamie Shannon (Christopher Walken), Terry (Ed O'Neill), Drew (Tom Berenger), and the rest of the mercenaries at the beginning of the film, when they are fleeing a Central American Airfield. They are not real CAR-15s nor XM177s. Special Effects Unlimited, Inc. converted Colt Sporter I Carbines with the 16" barrels and made them resemble the XM177 series carbines with an aftermarket flash hider.

Late 1970s model AR-15 Sporter 1 Carbine - converted into an XM177 Lookalike for the film Dogs of War - 5.56x45mm
Shannon's team flees Central America carrying mocked up XM177 carbines, with a mix of 'slab side' and A1 upper receivers.

Colt M16 Variant

Some South American troops on the runway, hold what appear to be M16 variants, during the opening scenes of the film.

Colt M16 aka SP1 (flat "slab side receiver") with an A1 "birdcage" Flash hider, used to resemble the M16A1 in many Vietnam era movies. This version has a 20 round magazine - 5.56x45mm

Australian L1A1

The Zangaran troops carry what appears to be the Australian version of the FN FAL - The Lithgow Arsenal L1A1.

Lithgow L1A1 rifle - Australian Version of the British L1A1 - 7.62x51mm NATO
Zangaran troops beat an innocent boy while documentary crews film - the soldiers carry what looks like Lithgow L1A1 rifles.

Valmet M71S

Some of the Central American soldiers are seen running with Valmet M71S Rifle with 20 round 5.56x45mm NATO magazines. A number of Valmet M71s' can also been seen in the hands of Zangaran troops policing the Zangaran civilians when the curfew siren sounds, as Shannon (Christopher Walken) is taking pictures from his hotel room window.

Valmet M71S - 5.56x45mm
Soldier seen running with Valmet chambered for 5.56x45mm (noted by the magazine).


An SKS rifle is seen in the hands of a Zangaran guard who is later killed by Jamie Shannon (Christopher Walken) during his initial recon of the Zangaran capital. A number of SKS rifles can also be seen in the hands of a South American troops holding back the crowd on the runway during the opening scenes of the film.

Simonov SKS - Russian Manufacture with blade bayonet - 7.62x39mm
Zangaran guard with an SKS.

Submachine Guns


The main weapon used by the mercenaries during the final assault. There are a mix of real Uzi Submachine Guns and MAC-10s mocked up to resemble Uzis. Similarly modified MAC-10s (fake Uzis) or 'MAC-Uzis' have been seen in Raw Deal (1986), Stripes, The Killer Elite and on The A-Team television series.

IMI Uzi - 9x19mm
Line up of real Uzis and fake ones made from MAC-10s. The SMG in the immediate foreground is the mockup as noted by the different bolt action.

During the first stages of the assault, Jamie Shannon (Christopher Walken) and Jinja (Eddie Tagoe) put Sionics Two Stage Sound Suppressors on their Uzis and use them to take out the sentries. Shannon's is also equipped with a small Star-Lite scope. As the battle begins all the main actors use Uzis. However in the final few minutes all have switched to MAC-10s disguised as Uzis.

IMI Uzi with Sionics Suppressor - 9x19mm
Shannon with his Uzi, suppressor and Night Vision Scope
Jinja (Eddie Tagoe) puts his suppressor on his Uzi


Mixed in with the mercenaries using Uzis during the weapons training on the ship are a few standard MAC-10s.

Ingram MAC-10 - 9x19mm
Zangaran Mercenaries line up to fire off the bow of the SS Toscana with a mixture of unaltered MAC-10s, Uzis, and Fake Uzis built from MAC-10s.


Walther P38

A Walther P38 is used by a Zangaran woman during the final assault.

Walther P38 - 9x19mm
Zangaran woman uses a Walther P38.


A M1911A1 is used by Jamie Shannon (Christopher Walken) to shoot Colonel Bobi (George Harris) towards the end of the movie, though the pistol that he tosses to the desk moments later, looks like a Browning Hi-Power.

Military issued Colt M1911A1 - .45 ACP
Jamie Shannon (Christopher Walken) shoots Colonel Bobi (George Harris) with a M1911A1 stashed in the Presidential Desk.

French M1935A Pistol

A M1935A Pistol (built at S.A.C.M. (Societe Alsacienne Construcion Mechanique)) is carried by Michel (Jean-François Stévenin), when his truck is inspected by the border police.

French M1935A (S.A.C.M.) - 7.65mm Longue

Beretta M1934

Jamie Shannon (Christopher Walken) keeps a Beretta M1934 in his refrigerator. He also removes seemingly the same pistol from a drawer when answering the door. It is identifiable by the heel-clip magazine release.

Beretta M1934 - .380 ACP
Shannon's M1934 in his fridge. Shannon takes the phrase "taste of cold steel" a bit literally.
Shannon racks the slide on his M1934
The large Beretta medallion positioned low on the wood grip indicates that it is an early Pre-BB Model Beretta Pocket pistol.

Smith & Wesson Model 10

Amongst the many handguns hidden around his New York Apartment, Jamie Shannon (Christopher Walken) also has a stub-nosed Smith & Wesson Model 10 , where he keeps his "bills".

Smith & Wesson Model 10 with 3" barrel - .38 Special
S&W Model 10 seen in Shannon's bill drawer. The grips and cylinder latch are giveaways that it's a Smith and Wesson. The size suggests it's a K-frame as opposed to a J or N frame snub-nose.

Machine Guns

M60 Machine Gun

An M60 machine gun is used in the final assault. First on a fixed mount by the Zangaran troops and then by the mercenaries including Derek (Paul Freeman) who removes it from the mount for the final shootout at Kimba's compound. It should be noted that former SAS trooper Derek does the "correct" thing during most of his weapons use in the movie by firing short, controlled bursts from both the M60 and his Uzi.

M60 GPMG - 7.62x51mm NATO
Derek fires a commandeered M60. Note that the 7.62 blanks are clearly visible.

Specialty Weapons

Manville 25mm Projectile Launcher

Known as the fictional "XM-18" in the movie, the multi-shot grenade launcher itself is the late model variant of the Manville Projectile Launcher. Originally it was designed in 1936 as a rotary-cylinder 12 gauge shotgun with 24-shell capacity. The device was later redesigned to fire 25mm tear gas or smoke grenades and flares and had a capacity of 18 shells. By the early 1940s Charles Manville developed his final version of the Manville Projectile Launcher, this time in 37mm with a 12 round capacity. Even with the advent of World War 2 occupying everyone's thoughts, the orders for a multiple grenade launcher didn't catch, especially since, when fully loaded, the Manville would be incredibly heavy. By 1943, the Manville Launcher was scrapped.

After decades of being out of production, the Movie "Dogs of War" generated incredible interest again in the Manville. Frankford Arsenal decided to renew the production with new materials and developed 25mm, 37mm, and 40mm versions - calling it the Hawk MM1 grenade launcher. It's also been written that Andries C. Piek, chairman of the Milkor company, was inspired to design the now-famous Milkor MGL after seeing the Manville in this movie.

The Manville Projectile Launcher was primarily used by Jamie Shannon (Christopher Walken) and Drew (Tom Berenger) in the final assault. Several internet sources claim that the "XM-18" was the first Manville 12 gauge shotgun (24 round capacity), but that is incorrect. The version in the film is the late-model 25mm Manville with 18 round capacity. As has been said in many online sources, the explosive effects of the Manville in the film are a piece of fiction. The "shells" are aluminum casings designed to take 12 gauge blanks.

The Hawk MM1 grenade launcher, the newest incarnation of the Manville, using modern materials and manufacturing techniques - 40x46mm
Manville 25mm Gas Grenade launcher being used by Jamie Shannon (Christopher Walken) as the XM-18.
Manville 25mm Gas Grenade launcher being used by Drew (Tom Berenger) as the XM-18.


M72 LAWs are used by the Zangaran Mercenaries during the final assault for both anti-tank and as a bunker buster kind of weapon.

M72A2 LAW Rocket - 66mm
Lineup of Zangaran ex-patriates (trained as mercenaries) firing the original M72 LAW.
Zangaran Mercenaries firing M72 LAW rockets.

M18A1 Claymore

M18A1 Claymores are shown being laid out on the road by Drew (Tom Berenger) when he leads a groups of mercenaries towards the back entrance to the compound.

M18A1 Claymore Mine
Setting the Claymore Mine on the road.


In the novel from which the film is loosely based, the mercenaries use a cache of World War II MP40s purchased from an ex-SS soldier. For fire support, the mercenaries use RPG-7s and 60-mm mortars smuggled out of Yugoslavia. The Zangaran troops are armed with Mauser Gewehr 1898s. During the evacuation in the opening of the book, the mercenaries are armed with FN FALs rather than Colt SP1s mocked up to be XM177s. The evacuation is from Biafra (Southern Nigeria) rather than South America. The book is well worth a read.

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