Dawn of the Dead (2004)

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Dawn of the Dead
Dawn of the dead poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Zack Snyder
Release Date 2004
Studio Strike Entertainment
New Amsterdam Entertainment
Distributor Universal Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Anna Clark Sarah Polley
Kenneth Ving Rhames
Michael Jake Weber
Andre Mekhi Phifer
C.J. Michael Kelly
Tucker Boyd Banks
Terry Kevin Zegers
Andy Bruce Bohne
Norma Jayne Eastwood
Steve Ty Burrell

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 of choice. 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 (Mekhi Phifer) uses a Beretta 92FS Inox against the zombies.
Andre firing his Beretta 92FS Inox at an approaching zombie.
Andre's Inox locks empty while holding off some zombies.
Andre taunts a zombie behind shatterproof glass with his 92FS Inox in hand.
Andre with his Beretta in a promotional photo.
The Beretta is fired by Andre (Mekhi Phifer) during his confrontation.
Closeup of Andre's 92FS Inox during his confrontation with Norma (Jayne Eastwood). "Stainless" can clearly be seen underneath the front of the barrel.
Kenneth holds the Beretta 92FS Inox on CJ after taking it away from him.
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.
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.
Steve (Ty Burrell) raises the Beretta.

Beretta 92FS

While the survivors are loading up at the gun store, a Beretta 92FS is among 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 21 pistols are seen afterwards. CJ (Michael Kelly) hands a pair of the pistols 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 while at the docks so that the zombies can't reach the remaining survivors.

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 (Michael Kelly) firing his Glock while in the bus.
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 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. This pistol is seen in the hands of Michael (Jake Weber) at the end.

Heckler & Koch USP - 9x19mm
Andy (Bruce Bohne) with the pistol as seen through Kenneth's binoculars.
Andy's unloaded USP is seen on the bloody floor.
The pistol is seen in the hands of Michael (Jake Weber) while he stands on the dock.


In the beginning of the film when the zombie outbreak first starts, one of Ana's neighbors can be seen with an 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.

Star Model B

Ana and Michael are seen watching the movie Animal House where Kent "Flounder" Dorfman (Stephen Furst) fires a Star Model B loaded with blanks in order to take care of Neidermeyer's horse.

Star Model B with blue finish - 9x19mm
The scene from Animal House where Flounder uses the pistol.


Smith & Wesson Model 27

Two of the mall's security guards are seen with the Smith & Wesson Model 27. CJ (Michael Kelly) is seen with a Smith & Wesson Model 27 .357 Magnum during his initial standoff with the other survivors. The revolver also is seen in the hands of Terry (Kevin Zegers). 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 also seen in the hands of and 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 seen in the hands of Terry (Kevin Zegers).
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 (Snub)

Norma (Jayne Eastwood) uses a Smith & Wesson Model 66 snub nose revolver as her weapon in the film. The weapon is also used by Ana (Sarah Polley) and is also seen when the survivors go to rescue Nicole (Lindy Booth) at Andy's gun shop.

Smith and Wesson Model 66 with 2.5" barrel (snub-nose) - .357 Magnum
In the center, Norma (Jayne Eastwood) uses a stainless Smith & Wesson Model 66 Snub atop a truck.
Norma (Jayne Eastwood) pulls her Smith & Wesson Model 66 snub during a confrontation.
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"

During the fight to the gun store, CJ's hand is seen using a Smith & Wesson Model 66 "Non Gun" against a zombie at close range, temporarily replacing the Smith & Wesson Model 66 acquired from Norma. Later, while the survivors make their escape out of Milwaukee, Ana (Sarah Polley) uses the "Non Gun", also temporarily replacing the 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. Monica (Kim Poirier) uses a 6 inch "Non Gun" revolver in the bus scene.

Revolver Non-Gun commonly used to impersonate snub-nose or short-barreled Smith & Wesson K-frame revolvers.
CJ's Smith & Wesson Model 66 acquired from Norma temporarily turns into the "Non Gun" when killing a zombie at the BP truck.
Ana fires the Smith & Wesson "Non Gun".
The Non Gun gives off the telltale "poof" of smoke.
Promotional image gives a good view of the "Non Gun".
Revolver Non-Gun built to look like a S&W 27/28 revolver. The one used in the film has a 6-inch barrel.
The cylinder does not rotate during the shot.
The screws on the frame are clearly visible.


Remington 870 (Police Magnum)

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.
Kenneth fires his Police 870 while fighting toward the BP truck.
Clear (and final) view of Kenneth's Police 870. Note the placement of the pump on the length of the magazine, as well as the length of the barrel.

Remington 870 (Express Tactical)

During the dash to the truck, Kenneth's Police 870 turns into an Express Tactical model (as evidenced by the factory-extended 7-shot tube) with the same Surefire flashlight combination forend. This weapon is seen when the weapon is taken from Kenneth by encroaching zombies and more clearly in the extended version in a removed sequence of Kenneth shooting a zombie in the head at close-range.

Remington 870 Express Tactical with synthetic furniture and factory-extended 7-shot tube.
Kenneth struggles to level the weapon at the zombie. Notice the length of the tube in relation to the muzzle and the lens of the Surefire forend.
Kenneth fires; the tube length is still slightly discernible here.
Kenneth lets his weapon get ripped away to save himself. The tube length is still extended, and we can also see that it is not an aftermarket extension accessory but a solid factory extension, thereby proving that this is a completely different gun than the one seen previous to this. However, because it retains the original hero gun's Surefire forend, the original must have been on hand to be able to dress the Express Tactical to resemble it. Regardless, it is clear that the original was indeed replaced with this one for unknown reasons during the filming of this short sequence.

Customized 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 on a zombified Andy (Bruce Bohne). 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 gets out of the bus with his Remington 870 in hand.
Kenneth fires his Custom Remington 870 at the docks.

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.

Mossberg 500 Cruiser

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 as he and Norma (Jayne Eastwood) are atop a truck.
Kenneth turns off the safety on the Mossberg 500 Cruiser while it is in Michael's possession.

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.


Winchester Model 70

Andy (Bruce Bohne), the owner of the gun store across the street, is armed with what appears to be a Winchester Model 70 fitted in a camouflage-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.

Winchester Model 70 with a Realtree camouflage paint scheme - .30-06
Andy (Bruce Bohne) with the sniper rifle as seen through Kenneth's binoculars.
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.

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.


News footage shows US soldiers with the M16A2 rifle.

M16A2 Rifle - 5.56x45mm. Select Fire rifle (Safe/Semi/3 round Burst Only).
News footage shows US soldiers with the M16A2 rifle.

Machine Guns

Customized M249

In the opening credits during one of the various news broadcasts, a soldier (cameo by director Zack Snyder) can be seen firing an M249 SAW in front of the US Capitol.

M249 machine gun, paratrooper version - 5.56x45mm NATO
During the opening credit sequence, pixelated news footage shows a soldier (played by director Zack Snyder) firing a nigh-unidentifiable machine gun in front of the US Capitol. Note the tall front sight.
A behind the scenes photo showing Snyder with the machine gun. Originally, it was thought this weapon was an M60E4 Machine Gun, but based on the grip style, the carry handle, the box magazine, and the front sight, this photo shows that it is very clearly an FN Minimi that has been customized to perhaps look like a paratrooper model.

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 Surefire forend weaponlight, 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, 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 Hell of the Living Dead (1980)  •  Fido (2006)  •  Zone of the Dead (2009)

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