District 9, abbreviated D-9, is a 2009 science fiction film directed by Neill Blomkamp and produced by Peter Jackson. Released August 13, 2009 internationally and August 14, 2009 in North America, the film is set in a near-future Johannesburg, South Africa, several decades after an insectlike alien race arrives in the city. Apparently leaderless and unable to leave, the creatures are confined to a squalid shanty town known as District 9, secured by private military contractors working for the MNU corporation. Told partly in the "found footage" format, the film follows an MNU bureaucrat (Sharlto Copley) as he is tasked with evicting the creatures to a new settlement outside of Johannesburg. During the course of his job, he is accidentally infused with the DNA of the aliens, leading him to slowly transform and become something less than human. District 9 was based on Alive in Joburg, a short film by also by Blomkamp featuring Sharlto Copley, Simon Hansen and Shanon Worley in acting roles.
IMFDB would like to thank the film's armorer, Olly Steele, for his contributions to the page.
See the Discussion Page for a listing of the alien weapons used in the film.
The following weapons were used in the film District 9:
Multi-National United (MNU) soldiers guarding the District 9 internment camp carry Vektor CR-21 rifles with white stocks and what appear to be Leupold CQ/T optical sights.
Vektor CR-21 Prototype "BW-90"
There is also the 1st prototype for the CR21 in the movie for the first time on screen. It is used by the Nigerians and has a lot of dressing draped on it.
This is called the BW90 after Bruce Wentzel who designed it in 1990 - Olly Steele.
Several MNU mercenaries are armed with Vektor R5 carbines, the South African version of the Israeli Galil SAR.
Throughout much of the final action sequence, Koobus is armed with a Vektor R6, a compact version of the R5 with a 11-inch barrel.
Full-stocked Vektor R1 rifles, equipped with shell deflectors, and scopes are carried by snipers aboard the helicopters circling District 9. This is an early model R1 which uses the wooden stock with metal ferrule.
FN FAL 50.61
Vektor R4/R5 synthetic AK-47 mockup
An Kalashnikov-style rifle of unknown make is used by several mercenaries, with 5.56x45mm magazines, a 45 degree gas block and a shortened barrel. The front sight block is close to the gas block much like the Hungarian AMD-65 rifle, but the weapon differs in having a AK-74 style muzzle brake and black polymer furniture. Closer Inspection of the receiver and magazine show it to be a Vektor R4/R5 mocked up as some kind of AK-47 type rifle.
Heckler & Koch G36C
Some mercenaries are armed with Heckler & Koch G36C rifles when they are searching for Wikus in District 9.
AKM rifles are commonly seen in District 9, mostly in the hands of the Nigerian gangsters.
Vektor R4/R5 mocked up as AKM
Several of the Nigerians and a PMC carry a Rifle that at first glance looks like a Norinco Type 84 or an AKM. However closer inspection of the receiver and magazine shows that in all likeliness it is a member of the Vector R4/R5 family made to look like a Type 84/AKM.
Heckler & Koch G3 mocked up as G3SG/1
One mercenary sniper uses a Heckler & Koch G3 rifle modified by Hire Arms to look like a G3SG/1 or a SR9-type rifle, to shoot at the alien mech in the final battle sequence. The rifle also has what looks like a modified or mocked up U.S. Optics rifle scope.
A Mechem NTW-20 is used by a mercenary against the alien mech. This is the first appearance of this weapon in a film.
Heckler & Koch MP5A4/2
Some of the MNU PMCs are armed with Heckler & Koch MP5A4/A2 submachine guns.
Koobus carries a South African Armscor BXP submachine gun fitted with a red-dot sight during the shootout at MNU headquarters.
Remington 870 14 inch barrel
An MNU PMC and the manager at Gunters both arm themselves with some sort of short barreled shotgun fitted with a side saddle.
Musgrave Pump Action
A South African Policeman is armed with Musgrave Pump Action shotgun during the news footage of the Armored car robbery.
Custom Armsel Striker
A Nigerian which is shot by a mercenary after the rebels catch Wikus fires a Armsel Striker shotgun, which according to armorer Olly Steele has a long barrel and was fitted with various extras (such as an Imatronic LS45 Laser Sight).
One of the mercenaries holds Christopher prisoner with what appears to be a Beretta 92SB-C shortly before the Casspir they are riding in is attacked by the Nigerians.
Star Model BS
A Nigerian gangster threatens Wikus with a Star Model BS pistol when he goes to see Obesandjo. According to the movie's armorer Olly Steele, the pistol is a Star Model BS, which differs from the Star Model B due to the addition of a magazine safety.
A Nigerian gangster can be seen briefly armed with a Walther P38. The Walther P38 was the standard police sidearm in South Africa before being replaced.
GE M134 Minigun
The GE M134 Minigun is used by the Nigerians who have mounted it on a tower, and later by a PMC who commandeers it during the battle.
FN M249-E2 SAW
One mercenary uses an FN M249-E2 SAW to shoot at the alien mech.
A Vektor SS-77 machine gun is mounted on a helicopter circling District 9.
Griffon .177 air-rifle
There is a Griffon .177 air-rifle in the cache.
A RPG-7 launcher is used by Koobus in an attempt to attack the alien transport ship as it takes off.
Koobus uses a Denel PAW-20 grenade launcher during the final action sequence to disable the alien mech. This is the first appearance of this weapon in a film.
Carried by MNU soldiers who burn down an alien hive. Unless proven otherwise, this weapon is probably a fictional model like countless other film productions. In a deleted scene in which Wikus steals an AFV, a canister that is attached to the flamethrower hose and nozzle is thrown from the vehicle before being driven off. The canister appears to be similar to a gas tank, much like that of a propane tank.