Dawn of the Dead (2004)

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Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Dawn of the Dead is the 2004 remake of the 1978 George Romero horror classic of the same name. Directed by Zack Snyder, the film follows a group of survivors who take refuge in a shopping mall following a virus outbreak that have turned infected humans into cannibalistic zombies. The film's cast includes Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Michael Kelly, Mekhi Phifer, and Jake Weber.

The following weapons were used in the film Dawn of the Dead (2004):




Beretta 92FS Inox

Andre (Mekhi Phifer) uses a Beretta 92FS Inox as his weapon. This pistol is also used by other characters, mainly CJ (Michael Kelly) when he clears out the lower level of the mall of any zombies. Kenneth (Ving Rhames) also gets a hold of this weapon when he disarms CJ and holds it on him during the argument on the rooftop of the mall. Steve (Ty Burrell) can also been seen with a Beretta 92FS Inox with blued components (trigger, hammer, safety, disassembly latch, and slide release) when he gets out of the crashed bus, a continuity error is seen when the referred parts are stainless when he checks the gun's load.

Beretta 92FS Inox - 9x19mm
Andre with his Beretta 92FS Inox.
Andre firing his Beretta 92FS Inox at an approaching zombie.
Andre taunts a zombie behind shatter proof glass with his 92FS Inox in hand.
CJ kills a zombie with Andre's Beretta.
CJ (Michael Kelly) holds Andre's Beretta Inox on Kevin during the argument on the rooftop.
Kevin is threatened with the Inox.
Kenneth holds the Beretta 92FS Inox on CJ after taking it away from him.
Andre's Inox locks empty while holding off some zombies.
Closeup of Andre's 92FS Inox during his firefight with Norma, "Stainless" can clearly be seen underneath the front of the barrel.
Steve picks up a Beretta 92FS Inox after the bus he's in crashes - Notice how the trigger, hammer, safety, disassembly latch, and slide release are blued.
And now those parts are stainless when Steve checks the load.
Andre with his Beretta in a promotional photo.

Beretta 92FS

While the survivors are loading up at the gun store, a Beretta 92FS is among one of the weapons to be taken.

Beretta 92FS - 9x19mm
A Beretta 92FS and a Glock 36 on a counter.

Glock 21

After the survivors load up at the gun store, several Glock 21s are seen afterwards. CJ (Michael Kelly) hands a pair to a wounded Tucker (Boyd Banks) to fight off the zombies chasing them in the sewers while they make their way back to the mall, CJ also uses one of these pistols as his back up weapon, and uses it to to explode a propane tank and sacrifice himself at the docks so that the zombies can't reach the remaining survivors, and the last G21 we see is the one Michael (Jake Weber) uses to commit suicide after we learn he was bitten and infected while the other survivors sail away on Steve's (Ty Burrell) boat.

Glock 21 - .45 ACP
Closeup of CJ's Glock 21 firing. The muzzle flash indicates that this is an authentic blank-firing weapon.
CJ fires his Glock 21 at a zombie in the stairwell. The Glock seen here is a non gun.
The telltale "poof" of smoke indicates the Non Gun.
CJ firing his Glock in his final moments.
CJ uses his Glock to hold off the zombies. This shot shows the slide reads ".45 Auto", making it a 21.
A magazine drops out of CJ's Glock, ".45" can be seen engraved at the top of the magazine, this also suggests the model of the gun is a Glock 21 chambered in .45 ACP.
CJ uses his Glock 21 to ignite a flare before shooting a propane tank, causing the bus he's in to explode. Trivia note: Michael Kelly did actually ignite the flare by firing the blank gun close to it, something the crew did not expect to happen on the first take.

Heckler & Koch USP

When Kenneth (Ving Rhames), CJ (Michael Kelly), Terry (Kevin Zegers), and Michael (Jake Weber) enter Andy's (Bruce Bohne) gun store to rescue Nicole (Lindy Booth), they find an unloaded Heckler & Koch USP laying on the bloody floor. This is presumed to be the gun Andy was using to fend off zombies while letting the dog Chips, outfitted with food, through a doggy door before being bitten and infected by a zombie.

Heckler & Koch USP - 9x19mm
Andy's unloaded USP is seen on the bloody floor.


In the beginning of the film when the zombie outbreak first starts, one of Ana's (Sarah Polley) neighbors can be seen with a M1911A1 pistol and threatening her to stay back before he is hit by an out of control ambulance.

M1911A1 - .45 ACP
Ana's neighbor with a M1911A1 pistol.

SIG-Sauer P229

When the survivors are loading up at the gun store, a SIG-Sauer P229 pistol is seen being taken off the counter.

SIG-Sauer P229 - 9x19mm
A SIG-Sauer P229 is taken off the counter.


Smith & Wesson Model 27

One of the mall's security guards, CJ (Michael Kelly) is seen with a Smith & Wesson Model 27 .357 Magnum when we first see him. Later in the film, a struggle ensues between the survivors that are currently in the mall and the former security guards on whether or not to let more survivors into the mall with CJ threatening to kill everyone to stay alive, but when he is distracted, the survivors disarm both CJ and Bart (Michael Barry). The revolver is then mainly used by Michael (Jake Weber) for the rest of the film.

Smith & Wesson Model 27 with 4" barrel - .357 Magnum
A Model 27 laying on a counter just before Michael picks it up.
The revolver is used by Michael (Jake Weber).
While in the gun store, the revolver is held by Michael (Jake Weber).
On the far right, the revolver is held by Michael (Jake Weber).

Smith & Wesson Model 13

Terry (Kevin Zegers) uses a Smith & Wesson Model 13 throughout the film. Bart (Michael Barry) can also be seen with a Smith & Wesson Model 13 revolver before it is taken from him by the other survivors.

Smith & Wesson Model 13 with 4-inch barrel - .357 Magnum
Bart (Michael Barry) with the Smith & Wesson Model 13. In the background, CJ (Michael Kelly) wields a Smith & Wesson Model 27.

Smith & Wesson Model 66

Norma (Jayne Eastwood) uses a stainless Smith & Wesson Model 66 Snub Nose. Later when Norma dies, Ana (Sarah Polley) uses this weapon to kill a zombified baby, and it is also seen when the survivors go to rescue Nicole (Lindy Booth) at Andy's (Bruce Bohne).

Smith and Wesson Model 66 with 2.5" barrel (snub-nose) - .357 Magnum
CJ using Norma's Model 66 Snub Nose outside Andy's Gun Works.
Anna fires the Model 66 Snub on the dock.

Smith & Wesson Revolver "Non Gun"

While the survivors make their escape out of Milwaukee, Ana (Sarah Polley) uses a Smith & Wesson Model 66 "Non Gun", which temporarily replaces her actual Smith & Wesson Model 66, to put a bullet into the head of a zombified Steve (Ty Burrell). This "Non gun" was used because Polley was close to Burrell when shooting this scene, and at such close range, blanks can be considered unsafe, so a "non gun" was used.

Revolver Non-Gun commonly used to impersonate snub-nose or short-barreled Smith & Wesson K-frame revolvers.
Promotional image gives a good view of the "Non Gun".
Ana fires the Smith & Wesson "Non Gun".
The Non Gun gives off the telltale "poof" of smoke.


Remington 870 (Mounted Weaponlight)

Kenneth (Ving Rhames) uses a police issue Remington 870 shotgun fitted with a Surefire flashlight attachment on the foregrip as his signature weapon. He uses it for most of the film until the survivors go to rescue Nicole (Lindy Booth). He loses the weapon when it runs out of ammunition and a zombie grabs it out of his hand. The gun was also briefly used by Ana (Sarah Polley) to incapacitate the undead Ben Cozine early on in the film.

Remington 870 Police Magnum Riot Shotgun with Model 618 Surefire Light mounted in front - 12 gauge. This is the version used in the film.)
Kenneth carrying his Remington 870.
A closeup of Kenneth's Remington 870.
Kenneth shoots a lock off a door with his 870.
Kenneth aims his 870 at a zombie attacking Luda (Inna Korobkina).
Kenneth's Remington 870 on the floor while he fights with a zombie in the mall's fountain.
Ana (Sarah Polley) fires Kenneth's Remington 870 at a zombie.

Mossberg 500 Cruiser / Remington 870 (Compact)

One of the survivors, Tucker (Boyd Banks) has a Mossberg 500 Cruiser with a pistol grip. This weapon is also used by Michael (Jake Weber) and CJ (Michael Kelly).

Mossberg 500 Cruiser - 12 Gauge
Tucker fires a Mossberg 500 Cruiser on the top of Norma's (Jayne Eastwood) truck.
Kenneth turns off the safety on the Mossberg 500 Cruiser while it is in Michael's possession.

Remington 870 (Non Gun)

When escaping from the gun store, Tucker's shotgun appears to switch from a Mossberg 500 Cruiser to a short Remington 870 Non Gun version.

Remington 870 "Non Gun".
Tucker fires his Remington 870
The Non Gun gives off the telltale "poof" of smoke.

Custom Remington 870

After the survivors rescue Nicole (Lindy Booth) and load up at the gun store, Kenneth (Ving Rhames) packs a customized Remington 870 shotgun fitted with a magazine extension tube and Mossberg-style ghost ring sights (this is possible since some parts are easily swapped between Remington 870 and Mossberg 500 series shotguns) and uses it while the remaining survivors make their escape out of Milwaukee. Kenneth most notably uses this shotgun when he blows the top half of a zombified Andy's (Bruce Bohne's) head off. Ving also knows how to use a weapon effectively, because he doesn't flinch excessively and whenever he isn't firing, he demonstrates the excellent trigger discipline of a Marine.

Custom Remington 870 combat shotgun with extended magazine tube and Mossberg Ghost Ring sights - 12 Gauge. (Identical configuration to the shotgun in the film: This weapon was assembled and built specially for IMFDB by MoviePropMaster2008).
Kenneth with the newly acquired Custom Remington 870.
Kenneth with his Custom 870 in the gunstore
Kenneth fires his 870.
Closeup of the ejection port on Kenneth's Custom 870.
Kenneth fires his Custom 870.
Kenneth gets out of the bus with his Remington 870 in hand.
Kenneth fires his Custom Remington 870 at the docks.

Franchi PA8

When the survivors load up at the Andy's (Bruce Bohne) gun store, CJ (Michael Kelly) arms himself with a Franchi PA8 with a factory folding stock and high-capacity magazine tube, and uses it while they make their escape out of Milwaukee. From the report of the gun and the look of the wounds it inflicts, it seems he is using rifled slugs.

Franchi PA8 - 12 Gauge
A Franchi PA8 with folding stock and high-capacity magazine tube on a gun rack.
CJ unloads several 12 Ga. shotgun shells into a horde of zombies.


Heckler & Koch G36

During the opening credits during one of the news broadcasts, a soldier in Istanbul can be seen firing a Heckler & Koch G36 assault rifle (fitted with a G36C-style carry handle) before being overwhelmed by zombies.

Heckler & Koch G36 - 5.56x45mm
During the opening credits, pixelated news footage shows a UN soldier in Istanbul firing a Heckler & Koch G36.

Winchester Model 70

The owner of the gun store across the street, Andy (Bruce Bohne) is armed with what appears to be a Winchester Model 70 fitted in a camoflauged-painted stock with a folding bipod which he uses to play "Hollywood Squares" with the other survivors stranded in the mall on the other side of the street in which Kenneth (Ving Rhames) shows Andy a celebrity's name on a dry erase board, and Andy puts a bullet in the zombie look-a-like's head. CJ (Michael Kelly) later uses Andy's rifle to explode a propane tank to clear a path to the sewers for the other survivors.

Andy (Bruce Bohne) with the sniper rifle.
CJ about to fire the rifle.
Closeup of the Trigger guard as CJ fires the rifle. Note the bolt action is consistent with the Winchester.
CJ holds the rifle after blowing up the propane tank.

Machine Guns


In the opening credits during one of the various news broadcasts, a soldier (played by director Zack Snyder) can be seen firing an M60E4 Machine Gun in front of the U.S. Capitol. Note the large triangular front sight.

M60E4 machine gun - 7.62x51mm NATO
During the opening credit sequence, pixelated news footage shows a soldier (played by director Zack Snyder) firing an M60E4 Machine Gun in front of the U.S. Capitol. Note the large triangular front sight.

DVD Special Feature "Andy's Terrifying Last Days Revealed"

An extra featurette on the DVD release features a 'recovered home video' of the gun store owner Andy (Bruce Bohne), and his dealing with the zombie outbreak from (mostly) inside his gun shop. In this featurette, the following firearms are seen -

Heckler & Koch MP5A2

In some scenes, Andy (Bruce Bohne) can be seen carrying around an Heckler & Koch MP5A2 with a Flashlight attachment, but is never seen firing it.

Heckler & Koch MP5A2 with Surefire 628 dedicated forend weaponlight - 9x19mm
"Anybody wants to crash this dinner party, they're gonna get some copper coated candy for dessert!".
Andy with his MP5A2.

Safari Arms .45

In some scenes, Andy (Bruce Bohne) can be seen carrying around a Safari Arms .45 with a Surefire 310R/610R flashlight attachment mounted on.

A Closeup of Andy's Safari Arms .45 before going to get the food sent to him.

SIG-Sauer SSG 3000

In some scenes, Andy (Bruce Bohne) can be seen with what looks like a SIG-Sauer SSG 3000 although he used a Winchester Model 70 in the film, but it's quite possible that it could have been one of the many other guns in Andy's store.

SIG-Sauer SSG 3000 with Harris bipod - 7.62x51mm NATO
A closeup of Andy's SIG-Sauer SSG 3000.
Andy with his SIG-Sauer SSG 3000.

See Also

Living Dead Series
Romero's Dead films Night of the Living Dead (1968)  •  Dawn of the Dead (1978)  •  Day of the Dead (1985)
Land of the Dead (2005)  •  Diary of the Dead (2007)  •  Survival of the Dead (2009)
Remakes Night of the Living Dead (1990)  •  Dawn of the Dead (2004)  •  Night of the Living Dead 3D (2006)  •  Day of the Dead (2008)
Return of the Living Dead The Return of the Living Dead (1985)  •  Return of the Living Dead Part II (1988)
Parodies Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Homages Fido (2006)  •  Zone of the Dead (2009)

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