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The Last King of Scotland

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The Last King of Scotland
The Last King of Scotland.jpg
Country UKD.jpg UK
Directed by Kevin Macdonald
Release Date 2006
Main Cast
Character Actor
President Idi Amin Forest Whitaker
Dr. Nicholas Garrigan James McAvoy

The Last King of Scotland is a 2006 historical drama that tells the story of Nicholas Garrigan (James McAvoy), a young Scottish doctor who travels to Uganda in the 1970’s to work in a rural hospital. By chance, he meets President Idi Amin (Forest Whitaker) and they become friends. However, Idi Amin’s increasingly erratic behavior turns their friendship into a dangerous relation. The film was based on the novel written by Giles Foden, who mixed fictional and historical events. Whitaker would receive an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Amin in the film.

The following weapons were used in the film The Last King of Scotland:


Zastava M88

President Idi Amin (Forest Whitaker) carries a stainless Zastava M88 as his main sidearm. Dr. Nicholas Garrigan (James McAvoy) is seen grabbing it and putting a water buffalo out of its misery with it. While this is the appearance of a rather rare pistol on the screen, this is an anachronism, as the M88 was not available until 1988 (something closer would be the TT-33, on which the M88 is based). Furthermore, in real life Amin preferred the Webley Mk VI revolver.

Zastava M88 - 9x19mm
Nicholas fires the stainless Zastava M88 at the ailing water buffalo.
A few seconds later, Nicolas hands back the Zastava M88 to Idi Amin.

FN Hi-Power

Nicholas is seen firing an FN Hi-Power to start the swimming race between President Amin and his men.

Inglis Hi-Power - 9x19mm
Nicholas firing the Hi-Power at the side of the swimming pool.

Submachine Guns


In a number of scenes, Ugandan soldiers are seen with Sterling submachine guns, most notably in the scene where Nicholas is held at gun point.

Sterling Mk. IV Submachine Gun - 9x19mm
Nicholas facing the business end of a Sterling.


One of Amin's bodyguards is seen carrying a full size Uzi.

Uzi with buttstock collapsed - 9x19mm
The bodyguard to the left of Idi Amin carries the Uzi.

Beretta M12

One of Amin’s bodyguards is seen carrying a Beretta M12. It is never fully visible at any one time, but enough detail can be seen as the bodyguard moves backwards and forwards slightly during the shot. One of Amin's secret police can also be seen holding one during the aircraft hangar scene.

Beretta M12 9x19mm Parabellum
The bodyguard to the right of Idi Amin carries the Beretta model 12.

Assault Rifles

Heckler & Koch G3A4

The main rifle seen in the hands of the Ugandan army and Presidential guards, and also used by assassins, is the Heckler & Koch G3A4, the rare early version with slimline handguard. This particular (original) version was produced in a short period from 1974-1978, which makes it historically accurate.

Heckler & Koch G3A4 - 7.62x51mm NATO
A Presidential guard firing at attackers of the presidential motorcade.
Two attackers firing at the presidential motorcade with AK-47 (left) and Heckler & Koch G3A4 (right).

Heckler & Koch G3A3

The fixed-stock Heckler & Koch G3A3 is also used by the Ugandan troops.

Heckler & Koch G3A3 with slimline handguard - 7.62x51mm NATO
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One of the attackers of the presidential motorcade wields an AK-47.

Type II AK-47 - 7.62x39mm
Two attackers firing at the presidential motorcade with AK-47 (left) and Heckler & Koch G3A4 (right).

Sa vz. 58 V

In a hangar after the attempted assassination of Idi Amin, one of Amin's soldiers is seen holding a Sa vz. 58 V which can be easily identified by the unique bolt.

Sa vz. 58 V - 7.62x39mm
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