12 Strong is a 2018 Afghanistan War film that focuses on the men of Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) 595, the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan to fight the Taliban only a few months following 9/11. Chris Hemsworth stars as Captain Mitch Nelson, the commanding officer of the Green Beret unit, who must find a way to work with a Northern Alliance warlord to take down the enemy. The film marked the US feature film directorial debut of Danish director Nicolai Fuglsig and was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer (Black Hawk Down). The cast included Michael Shannon, Trevante Rhodes, Navid Negahban, William Fichtner, and Michael Pena.
The following weapons were used in the film 12 Strong:
A Beretta 92FS pistol is used by U.S. Army Special Forces Captain Mitch Nelson (Chris Hemsworth).
A Makarov PM pistol is the sidearm carried by Northern Alliance General Abdul Rashid Dostum (Navid Negahban).
Makarov PM - 9x18mm Makarov
A Browning Hi-Power pistol is the sidearm carried by the Taliban Leader Mullah Razzan.
Browning Hi-Power - 9x19mm Parabellum
Captain Mitch Nelson (Chris Hemsworth) and other Special Forces soldiers use M4A1 carbines with a variety of attachments.
M4A1 Carbine with M68 Aimpoint reflex optic and Knight's Armament RAS railed handguard and vertical forward grip - 5.56x45mm
A screen-used M4A1
as seen in the film 12 Strong
, from Independent Studio Services. (Video from Vickers Tactical).
Nelson rides as he wields the M4A1.
Hal Spencer (Michael Shannon
) carries the M4A1 while on a training mission.
Most of the Northern Alliance soldiers and the Taliban militants are armed with AKM rifles.
AKM, Stamped Steel Receiver w/ slant muzzle brake - 7.62x39mm
AKM rifles are used by Taliban.
Surrending Taliban raise their rifles.
Some of the Northern Alliance soldiers and the Taliban fighters use AKMS rifles.
AKMS, stamped steel receiver w/ slant muzzle brake and under-folding stock - 7.62x39mm
Some AKMS rifles are seen with Taliban.
Surrending Taliban raise their rifles.
Some of the Northern Alliance soldiers and the Taliban fighters use AKMSU rifles.
Some of the Northern Alliance soldiers used Czech SA vz.58V rifles
SA vz. 58V (Výsadkový aka "Airborne") with folding stock - 7.62x39mm
Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III*
The Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* is carried by a young Afghan Northern Alliance soldier named Najeeb (Arshia Mandavi).
Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* - .303 British
M24A1 Sniper Weapon System
An M24A1 Sniper Weapon System in tan is also used by the Green Berets.
M24 sniper rifle - 7.62x51mm NATO
The PKM is used by both Taliban and Northern Alliance forces.
PKM with latest version of Flash hider - 7.62x54mm R
is used by Northern Alliance forces.
The PKM is seen at the left.
Several T-72 tanks have DShK heavy machine guns mounted atop them. The DShK heavy machine gun is also seen mounted on a Taliban technicals.
DShKM heavy machine gun in standard vehicle mounting on a Romanian TR-85 main battle tank - 12.7x108mm
The DShKM is mounted on a Taliban T-72 tank.
An M240 GPMG is seen mounted on US Army humvees,
M240B 7.62x51mm NATO with newer style lower hand grip (designed to attach RIS rails via hex nut)
General Dynamics GAU-17/A
The GAU-17/A Miniguns are seen mainly on the U.S. Army Spec. Ops. MH-47 Chinook helicopters carrying the troops.
General Dynamics GAU-17/A - 7.62x51mm NATO
M203 Grenade Launcher
Several U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers carry M203 Grenade Launchers mounted to their M4A1 carbines.
M203 grenade launcher - 40x46mm. The original M203, intended for attachment to full length M16s and to carbines with a barrel step. This M203 example has its forward barrel clamp removed.
At the right, an M203 is attached to the M4A1 carried by SFC Sean Coffers (Geoff Stults
Other militants use RPG-7 launchers with PGO-7 sights. An RPG is also used by SFC Ben Milo (Trevante Rhodes).
RPG-7 with PG-7VM rocket and PGO-7 scope - 40mm
A fighter is armed with the RPG.
At the right, a Taliban fighter launches a rocket from the RPG.
F-1 hand grenade
A Soviet F-1 hand grenade is seen thrown in the direction of Mitch, who picks up and throws it back.
F-1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade