Curse of the Komodo, The

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The Curse of the Komodo (2004)

The Curse of the Komodo is a 2004 low budget B movie about giant Komodo dragons on a desolate island in the Pacific Ocean that is apparently within the flying range of a Bell Jet ranger helicopter, leaving from a major port, but is practically uninhabited, except for a few scientists and of course, a bunch of mutated monsters. It is noteworthy in that it has an unusual selection of weapons to appear in a movie. Like usual, everyone has the magical guns that never need reloading ... but this film also has magical bolt action rifles that fire ... semiautomatic (the magic of CGI gun flashes).

The following guns were using in the film The Curse of the Komodo:




A M1911 is carried by Jack (Tim Abell)

M1911 - .45 ACP

Taurus PT92

Dr. Porter (Gail Harris) carries and fires a Taurus PT92, and apparently she is the only one who is seen actually reloading her weapon during a fight.

Taurus PT92AF blued pistol - 9x19mm
Dr. Porter (Gail Harris) with her Taurus PT92 - 9mm



Early on in the film a covert OPs team in inserted via helicopter to the Komodo Island and are promptly eaten. They all carry variations of the AR-15 Rifles (most likely civilian clone rifles, being mostly filmed in California with some shots done in Hawaii). We see some A1 variants of the AR15, but we also see some POST BAN versions (post crime bill Politically correct rifles), with fake flash hiders and no bayonet lugs.

M16A1 outfitted with A2 handguards - 5.56x45mm NATO
M16A2 - 5.56x45mm NATO
The Covert OPs teams with a variety of AR15 rifles with A2 handguards (5.56mm NATO).
One of the teams in the night raid has an A1 variant of the M16/AR15 as seen by the barrel type (5.56mm NATO). This rifle, though, has A2 handguards.
Another one of the teams in the night raid has a POST BAN version of the A2 heavy barrel AR15 Rifle (5.56mm NATO). Fake Flash hider and no bayonet lug.

Norinco SKS Sporter

One of the few appearances of this SKS variant, Hanson (Ted Monte) holds an Norinco SKS Sporter Rifle with detachable AK magazine. A "post-ban" version of the Norinco export SKS with detachable AK magazines, the Norinco SKS Sporter rifle was trying to fill a market niche of being "just like an AK" but at less than 'half the cost'. The barrel was a "paratrooper" length barrel and the gun came with a thick thumbhole stock, but the rifle was imported for only a few years before it was banned. Not to be confused with an aftermarket conversion or standard SKS rifles that take 'aftermarket' detachable "duckbilled" magazines.

The Norinco SKS Sporter used in the film - 7.62x39mm
Hanson (Ted Monte) holds the Norinco SKS Sporter with detachable AK magazine - 7.62x39mm

Finnish Mosin-Nagant M39

A very odd choice for a modern scientist guarding giant lizards, Reece (Cam Newlin) carries a Finnish Mosin-Nagant M39 with a modern scope mounted. The rate of fire is slow (like any bolt action rifle) but the 7.62X54mmR round certainly has a lot more knock down power than the .223 rounds fired by the others. Too bad the Komodos seem to be 'bulletproof'....

M39 Rifle - 7.62x54mmR
Reece (Cam Newlin) carries a Finnish Mosin-Nagant M39 with a modern scope - 7.62X54Rmm

Daewoo DR200

Drake (Paul Logan) carries a Daewoo DR200 which is the post ban version of the Daewoo K1 / K2 Assault Rifle that was imported after 1989 but banned by executive order by Bill Clinton in 1993. It was the 'politically correct' thumbhole version that had a diagonal cut in the back of the receiver, a muzzle brake instead of a flash hider and no bayonet lug. This version has all of the US made aftermarket accessories to make it 'tacti-cool'. It has an aftermarket folding stock, a PSG-01 style pistol grip and palm pad, and a scope mount (with scope) attached to the upper receiver.

Daewoo DR200 - .223 Remington
Drake (Paul Logan) carries a Daewoo DR200 (5.56mm NATO) while Jack carries a MAK-90
Drake (Paul Logan) fires his Daewoo DR200 - 5.56mm NATO

Norinco MAK-90

Carried by Jack (Tim Abell), the Norinco MAK-90 was the post import ban version of the Norinco series of AK clones (Type 56, Type 84, AKS-47, etc.) It was imported between 1990 and 1994 (when all imports of Chinese 'non hunting' guns were personally banned by Bill Clinton). This Norinco MAK-90 originally was imported with a thumbhole stock and no bayonet lug. Also the threads on the end of the barrel were ground off. Jack's version has a ATI™ aftermaket synthetic dragunov stock and replacement synthetic foregrips. It also has a US made aftermarket dust cover with integral scope mount (with scope attached).

The MAK-90 used in the film - 7.62x39mm
Jack (Tim Abell) carries a MAK-90 tricked out with US made aftermarket parts. Note the ten round "Assault Weapons Ban" compliant magazine.

Ruger Mini-30

Tiffany (Melissa Brasselle) carries a Ruger Mini-30 in stainless finish and a Butler Creek™ aftermarket synthetic folding stock with pistol grip. Her Ruger Mini-30 also has a stainless barrel shroud and muzzle brake, just like Charli Baltimore's gun in the movie The Long Kiss Goodnight.

The Mini-30 used in the film - 7.62x39mm
Tiffany (Melissa Brasselle) holds her Ruger Mini-30 with scope - 7.62x39
Tiffany (Melissa Brasselle) runs with a Ruger Mini-30 with scope - 7.62x39

Lee Enfield No4. Mk1 Customized

Prof. Nathan Phipps (William Langlois) carries a British Short Magazine Lee-Enfield (SMLE) rifle, the No. 4 Mk 1, tricked out with an aftermarket tactical stock, Harris Bipod, scope and pistol grip. What is hilarious is that the rifle is depicted in the movie as firing semi automatic(!). Sure, Enfields are quick to operate, but not that quick.

The prop rifle used in the film - .303 British
Phipps (William Langlois) with his magical "Semi Auto" No. 4 Mk 1 rifle .303
Phipps (William Langlois) with his magical "Semi Auto" No. 4 Mk 1 rifle .303

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