Congo

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Congo (1995)

Congo is the 1995 feature film adaptation of the Michael Crichton bestseller of the same name. Directed by Frank Marshall, the film follows a group of scientists who travel deep into the Congo jungle while searching for some colleagues who have gone missing after their camp was destroyed by an unknown force. The cast included Dylan Walsh, Laura Linney, Ernie Hudson, and Bruce Campbell.


The following weapons were used in the film Congo:

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Handguns

M1911A1 Pistol

Captain Munro Kelly (Ernie Hudson) carries a Custom M1911A1 pistol with an extended target front sight, a Bomar Rear Sight, and a Safari Arms Ambidextrous Safety.

Photoshop mockup of the pistol used in the film Cobra (1986) - .45 ACP.
Captain Munro Kelly (Ernie Hudson) carries a Custom M1911A1 as he talks to Eddie Ventro (Joe Pantoliano) on the tarmac.
Captain Munro Kelly (Ernie Hudson) with his Custom M1911A1 as he prepares for an attack by the Zinj Gorillas.

Luger P08

A Luger P08 is carried and fired by Dr. Peter Elliot (Dylan Walsh).

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
Dr. Peter Elliot (Dylan Walsh) runs with his P08 Luger.
Dr. Peter Elliot (Dylan Walsh) comforts Karen while holding the Luger.
Dr. Peter Elliot (Dylan Walsh) fires his Luger.


Submachine Guns

Ingram MAC-10

In addition to his M14 rifle, Kahega (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) also carries and uses a MAC-10 Submachine gun.

Ingram MAC-10 - 9x19mm
Kahega (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) watches with his MAC-10.
Congo-MAC10-3A.jpg
Kahega (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) fires his MAC-10.

MP40

During the negotiations after their arrest, a Junta soldier is seen threatening a man with an MP40 submachine gun.

MP40 Submachine Gun - 9x19mm
A Junta soldier threatens a man with an MP40 submachine gun.

IMI Uzi

Dr. Karen Ross (Laura Linney) carries and uses an Uzi Submachine gun during the final battle. The Uzi is later used by Dr. Peter Elliot (Dylan Walsh).

IMI Uzi - 9x18mm
Dr. Karen Ross (Laura Linney) fires her Uzi at the attacking Zinj Gorillas.
Dr. Peter Elliot (Dylan Walsh) fires his Uzi at the attacking Zinj Gorillas.
Kelly tries to clear Peter's jammed Uzi when Peter is grabbed by the Zinj Gorillas.

Machine Guns

M60 Machine Gun

An M60 Machine gun is briefly seen during the escape attempt from the Mwanzaa Airport.

M60 machine gun with bipod folded - 7.62x51mm NATO
Guards wield an M60 Machine gun (left) and an MG34 to stop the truck.

MG34

During the same sequence an MG34 is also seen being wielded by a Junta soldier.

MG34 with front and rear sights folded down - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Guards wield an M60 Machine gun (left) and an MG34 to stop the truck.

Rifles/Carbines

FN FAL 50.61 Paratrooper

Captain Munro Kelly (Ernie Hudson) carries an FN FAL 50.61 Paratrooper rifle.

FN FAL 50.61 Paratrooper with 21" barrel - 7.62x51mm NATO
Munro Kelly (Ernie Hudson) fires his FN FAL 50.61 Para.
Note that this is not a real 50.61 but a built up gun. The barrel is either a commercial barrel (with no ridges or rifle sling attached) or an IMBEL metric FAL barrel and the front sight is an Inch pattern L1A1 sight despite being outfitted with Metric Belgian FAL fore-ends.

M14

Kahega (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) carries an M14 Rifle.

M14 Rifle - 7.62x51mm NATO
Kahega (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) waits for the hippos at night with his M14 rifle.
Kahega (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) fights the Zinj gorillas with his M14.

Norinco Type 56

Soldiers at the Mwanzaa Airport carry Chinese Norinco Type 56 rifles. Junta soldiers prior to their entry into Tanzania (and then into Zaire) also carry Norinco Type 56-1s.

Norinco Type 56 (Imported into the U.S. as the Norinco AKS-47 or AKS-47 Sporter) - 7.62x39mm. Rather than having the underfolder pig sticker Bayonet assembly, this has the standard Bayonet lug underneath the gas block as the AKM and later variants.
Norinco Type 56-1 (under-folding stock variant) - 7.62x39mm
Soldier with an Norinco Type 56 at the Mwanzaa Airport.
Another soldier at the Mwanzaa airport with a Norinco Type 56.
One of Kelly's men fires his Type 56-1.
A closeup of the red Bakelite stock of a full stocked Type 56 rifle.
A closeup of the receiver, indicating it is a semi automatic Type 56 variant.
One of Kelly's men at the base camp fires his Type 56-1 at the attacking Zinj Gorillas.
One of Kelly's men at the base camp readies his Type 56-1 at the base camp.

Rocky Mountain Arms Patriot Pistol

A full-auto Rocky Mountain Arms Patriot Pistol is seen being loaded by Kelly's men prior to the night battle and Dr. Karen Ross (Laura Linney) ends up using it during the fight. The pistol is built up from a Patriot barreled upper receiver on a full-auto Colt XM lower (possibly a Model 614 Export version), which has a partial magazine fence as opposed to the "slab side" receiver found on the SP1 Sporter. Rather than use the short buffer tube on most AR-15 pistol variants, the armorers simply removed the XM177 style buttstock from the standard Carbine Buffer tube and kept it on the firearm. The finishes are noticeably different from the Patriot upper receiver and the Colt lower receiver. These custom firearms appear to have also been used in 1998's Soldier.

Rocky Mountain Arms Patriot - .223 Remington
The Patriot Pistol being loaded (note the Colt XM partial-fence lower receiver).
The Patriot Pistol's charging handle being racked, note that it is built on an XM16E1 partial-fence lower and has only a 20 round magazine.
Dr. Karen Ross (Laura Linney) fires her Patriot Pistol. The buffer tube is simply the Colt Carbine buffer tube devoid of the buttstock and not the short buffer tubes provided on guns like the Patriot or other AR-15 pistol variants.

Remington Model 700

A background Kelly man holds what appears to be a Remington Model 700 bolt action rifle with on scope or iron sights but never fires it. Facing a horde of attacking Grey Gorillas one would want an assault rifle at the least.

Remington Model 700 (1970s Production) - .308 Winchester
One of Kelly's men holds a Remington Model 700.
Note that his barrel changes length in different shots.

Shotguns

Franchi SPAS-12

Munro Kelly (Ernie Hudson) is seen armed with a Franchi SPAS-12 shotgun when fighting the Zinj Gorillas.

Franchi SPAS-12 with stock folded and butt-hook removed - 12 gauge
Loading up the SPAS-12 with shells.
Munro Kelly rests after firing his SPAS-12.

Other

Automated Sentry Guns

Similar to the sentry guns used in the director's cut of the film Aliens, the camp has machine guns with dual drum magazines operating automatically to fire at movement 'out to 40 yards'. Though the sentry guns in Aliens were actually German MG42 machine guns, these are fake acetylene gas firing mockup guns. In the book, they also had sound suppressors, which had to be taken off to scare off the gorillas.

Sentry guns fire during the night battle - they are acetylene gas firing mockup guns
Sentry guns fire during the night battle - the 'flame' of the acetylene gas fire is evident.

FIM-92A Stinger

Zaire border troops use FIM-92A Stinger missile launchers to shoot down the expedition plane.

FIM-92A Stinger - 70mm
A Zaire border troop fires his FIM-92A Stinger missile at the expedition plane.
Zaire border troops fire two Stingers at the fleeing plane.



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