House of Saddam

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House of Saddam (2008)

House of Saddam is the 2008 four part drama detailing the rise and fall of Iraq's most infamous president, Saddam Hussein. Shown on HBO, BBC Four, HBO On Demand and BBC iPlayer services.

The following weapons were used in the film House of Saddam (2008):

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Handguns

Valtro OSS 117

In the first episode, the first gun that is clearly seen is a Valtro OSS 117, a blank firing copy of the Walther PPK. The gun is used to preform 'executions' of 22 members of the Ba'ath party members and used by Saddam (Yigal Naor) personally to kill his best friend and ally Adnan Hamdani.

Valtro OSS 11 - 9mm blanks
Saddam aims the gun at Adnan before killing him. If you look closely, you can see a "Made in France" and "Valtro mod. OSS 117."

Beretta 84F

Now a slightly older Uday Hussein (Philip Arditti) loses control of himself in a Baghdad nightclub shortly after Iraq declares 'victory' over Iran. He fires his Beretta 84F wildly into the crowd, understandably causing a panic. Uday, however, 'persuades' the crowd to act and behave normally. Uday also uses the pistol to intimidate Kamel Hana.

Beretta 84F - .380 ACP
Uday and his idea of a night out in Baghdad.

Colt M1911A1

A Colt M1911A1 is seen first at a gun range which is used by Saddam and his military advisers. It is then used by Saddam to threaten Uday in the prison cell after Uday kills Kamel Hana.

M1911A1 - .45 ACP.
Saddam's M1911A1 Colt ready to be fired at the range.

Taurus Model 66 Revolver

Uday confronts General Hussein Kamel with a Taurus Model 66 when they are loading medical supplies onto trucks to be sold onto the black market.

Taurus Model 66 - .357 Magnum
"You like my new gun?"
Another view of Uday's Revolver

Walther P38

Ali Hassan al-Majid (Uri Gavriel), uncle to General Hussein Kamel and his brother Saddam Kamel, fires his Walther P38 at his nephews. In the real gunfight in February 1996, the battle lasted over 13 hours resulting in the deaths of both Hussein and Saddam. In the episode, the gunfight is severely shortened, lasting only a few minutes, with Hussein being shot multiple times and killed by Ali Hassan's P38. The P38 is also used by Saddam himself during his hiding, as well as the personnel he keeps around him.

Walther P38 - 9x19mm
Ali Hassan al-Majid fires his P38, commencing a gunfight.
The P38 lying next to a very dead Hussein Kamel
Saddam Hussein loses his temper and throws a tantrum.

Rifles

M1 Garand

While hunting in Tikrit, both Saddam and his son Uday use an M1 Garand.

M1 Garand - .30-06
A young Uday Hussein (Aris Sahn) aims his M1 at a wild rabbit.

AKM's & AK-47's

Variants of the AK-47 assault rifle are used many times throughout the series as many of Saddam's men and infantry carry AK-47s or AKMs. Also, in the final shootout, Qusay's son Mustapha use an AK-47 to stop US troops from entering Uday and Qusay's safehouse, even though he is clearly nervous and does not know how to fire effectively.

Poly Technologies AK-47 - 7.62x39mm
Saddam's men hold AK-47's ready when he confronts the crowd just after his failed assassination.
One of Saddam's men rushes to his aid during the failed assassination
Mustapha briefly holds an AK-47 before being killed by the US forces.

M16A1

The M16A1 is used many times in the latter part of the series, often seen as a replacement for the AK-47. It is used by Saddam's army and also by General Hussein Kamal (Amr Waked) and his brother Col. Saddam Kamel (Daniel Lundh) during the shootout which claims both their lives. In an eerily similar shootout, Uday and Qusay (Mounir Margoum) fight for their lives with the same gun.

Many if not all of the 101st Airborne Division soldiers that storm Uday and Qusay's house are seen using the M16A1 with a few modifications, for example, they are dressed-up to look like M16A2s, with some being fitted with heat shields and M203 launchers (below) or "PEQ" laser aiming devices. For the time period this is set in, mid-2003, these are not the weapons any of the U.S. forces in Iraq would have been using. In mid-2003, most U.S. soldiers would have been using the M16A2 or M4.

M16A1 - 5.56x45mm
An Iraqi soldier firing an M16A1
"How long do you think we'll hold out?" "At this rate? Not long."
"We either die now, or hang in a month..."

Other

M203

An M203 grenade launcher can be seen briefly under an M16A1, us by an American 101st Airborne soldier.

M16A1 with an M203 grenade launcher
American troops storm Uday and Qusay Hussein's safehouse. Note the 20-round magazines, which are inaccurate, as the U.S. military would have been using 30-round magazines in 2003.

BGM-71 TOW

In the closing stages of the gunfight between Saddam's sons and a section of the 101st Airborne, a missile from a BGM-71 TOW mounted on a HMMWV is fired at Uday and Qusay, killing them and Qusay's son, Mustapha, pretty much instantly.

BGM-71 TOW mounted on Humvee - 152mm
Uday: "FUCK!!".



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