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Elephant White is a 2010 action movie about mercenary Curtie Church (Djimon Hounsou) who takes up an assignment in the Thai capital of Bangkok to stop a ruthless gang of human traffickers. With the help of old-time friend and shady arms dealer Jimmy (Kevin Bacon) he enters the dark side of Bangkok, only to discover that nobody is who they say they are and that he’s right in the middle of a local mob war. The title refers to an apparent Thai belief that a white elephant, being very rare, brings luck. In one scene in the movie, Thai godfather Boss Katha offers a white coated elephant to an opposing godfather in a vain attempt to stop the gang war.
The following guns were used in the film Elephant White:
The Beretta 92FS is a prominent handgun in the movie, being used by most Thai thugs. It is seen in black, two-tone but in most cases the inox version is used.
Several M1911A1’s are being used by Curtie during his exploits in Bangkok but they don’t get much ‘screentime’ so good screenshots are rare.
Another weapon of choice for Curtie is the SIG-Sauer P226. It is not seen fired and may be some kind of non-gun because on several occasions it is held close to actor’s faces and because of the incorrect/missing SIG inscription on the slide.
During the shoot-out in front of the nightclub, a Thai gangster is seen firing a Browning Hi-Power with a ring hammer.
During a car chase, one of the Thai thugs fires what appears to be a blued Colt XSE with an extended barrel, but it could also be that the image was taken just as the slide was locking back.
Glock non gun
During the climatic shoot-out at the brothel, one of the thugs send to ‘welcome’ Curtie is carrying what looks like a Glock non-gun, evidenced by the closed barrel and the crude finish. Since the gun is kicked from his hand martial-arts style, it is not surprising that a non-gun is used.
When Jimmy gives Curtie a tour of his warehouse gun cache, he picks up a M1928 Thompson submachine gun elaborating on a future business venture that will focus on guns actually used in movies (sounds familiar?!?).
Remington 700 AICS
For his first assignment in Bangkok, Curtie chooses an Remington 700 AICS tactical rifle in olive drab version. He uses it with both a regular as well as with a night vision scope. In addition, he uses some kind of custom-made silencer but because it sits halfway down the barrel it’s probably a prop with the sole purpose to make the gun look cool.
For his second assignment, Curtie picks a Barrett M82A1M from the impressive weapons cache that Jimmy keeps on board of the oriental junk moored in Bangkok harbor. Interestingly, it does not have the standard muzzle brake but rather a big suppressor that makes the rifle look even more massive than it already is.
Norinco Type 56-1
Jimmy’s night club has a gambling joint where he likes to show off his weapon’s skills by betting with visitors how quick he is able to assemble an Norinco Type 56-1 assault rifle blindfolded. The rifle appears to be some kind of modified version because it has several Picatinny rails and does not have the traditional wooden grips but some kind of composite instead.
Curtie steals a M16A1 from a gunman on the rooftop to shoot a sniper on the next who is wielding a scoped M16A1.
M16A1 with M203 grenade launcher
As a matter of last resort, Thai thugs who try to stop the fleeing Curtie, are employing an M16A1 with M203 Grenade Launcher. The shooter seems to be surprisingly skilled as he puts his first grenade right on top of the speeding van in which Curtie is leaving the scene.
A scoped assault rifle is used by a Thai sniper trying to take out Curtie during one of his missions. The pronounced carrying handle, handguards and front sight post seem to give it away as an Norinco QBZ-95-style rifle.
SWD/Cobray Street Sweeper
For the brothel shootout, Curtie chooses a SWD/Cobray Street Sweeper to clear Rajahdon’s brothel. He manufactures an unidentified duckbeak-shaped device and affixes it to the barrel. Apart from making the shotgun look like a vacuum cleaner this device seems to make the spray of the shotgun shells wider, allowing him to hit more targets in the confined hallways.
Gun cache in warehouse
When Curtie checks with Jimmy for the first time for ‘tools’, Jimmy takes him to his downtown warehouse. Here, Jimmy keeps a cache of predominantly historic weapons that he plans to use in a future business venture; a Hard Rock Café-style franchise which instead of guitars will have screen-used guns on the walls. It is possible that most wall-mounted guns are actually airguns or props.
Gun cache on junk
On a non-assuming junk in Bangkok harbor, Jimmy keeps a weapons cache that’s even more complete than the one in the warehouse. The place looks like a ‘gun candy store’, containing a wide array of historical and present-day pistols, rifles and everything in between. Here, again, it may be that most guns are props but there’s not enough detail to tell.