King Kong (2005)

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King Kong (2005)

The following weapons were used in the film King Kong (2005):




The second mate of the Venture, Ben Hayes (Evan Parke) carries a pre-war Colt M1911A1 Government Model during the mission to rescue Ann.

Pre-War Colt Government Model- .45 ACP
Ben Hayes holding his M1911A1 while in Kong's grip.
Ben Hayes chambering his M1911A1.

Luger P08 "Artillery"

The skipper of the S.S. Venture, Captain Englehorn (Thomas Kretschmann) is seen using a long-barreled Artillery model Luger P08 pistol to shoot a Skull Island native with it just as the native was about to kill Carl Denham (Jack Black).

Artillery Model Luger P08 (with long barrel) - 9x19mm
Captain Englehorn fires a long barreled "Artillery" Luger P08.
Captain Englehorn with his long barreled "Artillery" Luger P08.

Smith & Wesson M&P Revolver

The Smith & Wesson Model 10 can be seen in the holster of an NYPD cop Jack Driscoll shoves past to get into the Empire State Building.

Smith & Wesson Model M&P Revolver .38 Special
A NYPD cop with a holstered revolver as he attempts to hinder Driscoll's path.
Jack Driscoll shoves past the cop.

Submachine Guns

M1928 Thompson

The M1928 Thompson is used by Jack Driscoll (Adrien Brody), First Mate Ben Hayes (Evan Parke), Lumpy the Cook (Andy Serkis), Bruce Baxter (Kyle Chandler), and various members of the crew of the S.S. Venture during the mission to rescue Ann Darrow (Naomi Watts). Jimmy (Jamie Bell) uses a Thompson to shoot the Weta-rexes off of Jack when in the insect pit. The Thompsons seen in the film have the classic 'gangster' configuration; vertical foregrips, Cutts compensators, charging handle on the top, and high-capacity 50rd. drum magazines. It would be a task to correctly identify if the Thompsons used in the film are 1921AC (compensated), 1928 "overstamp" from 1921 Colt, or 1928A1's with vertical grip added for the film to give them the earlier look. However, it is logical to assume that these are actually WWII M1928A1's with make-overs in order to give the appearance of the earlier pre-war Colt guns. Also, the M1928 Thompson was already in production and was widely available during the time period the film was set in (early 1930s), so the use the M1928 Thompsons by the crew of the Venture is authentic to the period of time.

M1928 "Tommy Gun" .45 ACP with 50-round drum magazine, made famous through countless classic gangster movies
M1928s stored underneath a crewman's bed in the Venture, which the crew retrieves before landing on the island.
A crate full of drum magazines.
Carl Denham (Jack Black) firing an M1928 Thompson. (Note: This scene is from the extended edition of the movie)
Jack Driscoll (Adrien Brody) with an M1928 Thompson.
Lumpy readies his Thompson when he hears a noise.
Lumpy The Cook firing an M1928 Thompson.
Ben Hayes kills a Venatosaurus with his M1928.
Jimmy loads his M1928 when he finds a spare drum magazine.
Jimmy fires his M1928 Thompson at the insects.
Bruce Baxter(Kyle Chandler) swings down firing at giant insects in the chasm.
Captain Englehorn(Thomas Kretschmann) fires at insects in the chasm.


Mauser Gewehr 1898

Another weapon used by the crew of the Venture is the German-made Mauser Gewehr 1898 bolt-action rifle. Though firing a more powerful round (7.92x57mm Mauser), they tend to be less effective in the film overall than the rapid-fire Thompsons, possibly due to the Gew 98's straight bolt handle (which slows down reload time compared to the rate of fire of a bolt-action rifle that has a turned-down bolt handle), "cock on opening" bolt-action and five-round magazine. Carl Denham (Jack Black) is also seen using a Gewehr 98 rifle as a club against the giant insects in the chasm.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 Rifle - 7.92mm
Mauser Gewehr 1898s in the Venture's Armory.
Mauser Gewehr 1898s are loaded into rowboats when the crewman go ashore to rescue Ann
A crewman loads a Gewehr 1898.
Crewmen fire their Gewehr 1898s at Kong.
A crewman futily fires his Gewehr 1898 before having his head bit off. Note the large muzzle flash, likely from post production.
Jimmy (at the front of a raft) with a Gewehr 1898 before encountering the Piranhadon.
Jimmy takes aim with a Gewehr 1898.

M1917 Enfield

Several U.S. Army soldiers can be seen using the M1917 Enfield bolt-action rifle alongside soldiers armed with Springfield M1903 rifles.

M1917 Enfield .30-06
U.S. Army soldiers with M1917 Enfields as they form an improvised roadblock with a truck as to halt Kong's rampage through New York City.
Jack Driscoll (Adrien Brody) pushes past soldiers carrying M1917 Enfield rifles.
Soldiers armed with M1917 Enfields pose for a photo in front of Kong's body.
A soldier holds back the crowd while armed with an M1917 Enfield. Note the open front sights, which confirms it as an M1917 Enfield.

Heavy Weapons

Browning Automatic Rifle

In the extended edition of the film, a soldier armed with a Browning Automatic Rifle in the back of a military truck is telling his fellow comrades what they will do to Kong before the giant ape runs into the vehicle, and smashes it into a wall. Note that the gun is a BAR M1918A2 with bipod removed, anachronistic to the movie's 1930s setting. A BAR M1918 would have been correct.

Browning Automatic Rifle - .30-06
The soldier in back of this truck has a Browning Automatic Rifle.

Browning AN/M2

The Browning AN/M2 heavy machine gun can be seen mounted on Navy-flown Curtiss F8C-5/O2C-1 Helldiver biplanes as the primary armament.

Browning AN/M2, fixed mount - .30-06 Springfield
The Curtiss F8C-5 Helldiver with its dual Browning AN/M2 before engaging Kong.
The pilot then signals the pilots to attack Kong in waves.
A Curtiss F8C-5 Helldiver aims its Browning AN/M2 at Kong.
A Curtiss F8C-5 Helldiver opens up on Kong.
The Curtiss F8C-5 Helldiver pilots look on with indifference as Ann attempts to convince them to not kill Kong.
A Curtiss F8C-5 Helldiver circles around Kong after one of the other Curtis Helldivers gets downed by a lunging attack from Kong.

Lewis Gun

During the climax of the movie, the Curtiss F8C-5/O2C-1 Helldiver biplanes that attack Kong on the Empire State Building are fitted with Lewis guns for the observer/tail gunner. Like virtually all aircraft-mounted Lewis guns, the version used on the biplanes in the film had the cooling shrouds removed from their barrels.

Lewis Gun Aircraft Version - .303 British
A gunner in a biplane fires a Lewis gun.
Another gunner opens fire. The gunner is director Peter Jackson in a cameo.
Interesting way the gunner stabilizes himself.

Browning M1919A4

In the scene where Kong is pursued from Central Park to the Empire State Building, U.S. Army soldiers are seen firing on the giant ape with a Browning M1919A4 machine gun mounted in the back of a car. Some are also seen mounted on the top of U.S. Army cars facing the Empire State Building. The model shown, the M1919A4, is somewhat anachronistic for 1933 however.

Browning M1919A4 .30-06 on M2 tripod
A Browning M1919A4 manned by a U.S Army soldier in pursuit of Kong.
A Browning M1919A4 manned by a U.S. Army soldier while watching the fight between Kong and the airplanes.

Enfield 13-pdr 9-cwt Mk I, 3

While Kong is being pursued through New York City, U.S Army soldiers fire at him with QF 13 pounder 9 cwt, 3 mounted on several military trucks. This was a First World War adaption of obsolete 13 pounder cannon as air defense weapons, hence the high angle mounting shown on the truck. The weapon is of three inch (76mm) calibre; the "9-cwt" indicating the barrel/breech assembly weighs nine hundredweight and differentiates this model weapon from other "thirteen pounders".

A QF 13-pounder 9 cwt mounted on a Thornycroft lorry.
The Enfield 13-Pounder is fired at Kong.
Cannon in the back position.
The Enfield 13-Pounder Cannon being escorted by a small crew of U.S. Army soldiers.
The Cannon tries to fire at Kong during the chase.


Fighter Planes

The Fighter Planes used to attack Kong in the film were Curtiss F8C-5/O2C-1 Helldivers.

A Curtiss F8C-5/O2C-1 Helldiver
All six planes approaches Kong.
The Curtiss Helldiver flies around the Empire State Building, firing at Kong.

See Also

King Kong Series
Merian C. Cooper King Kong (1933)  •  The Son of Kong (1933)
Dino De Laurentiis King Kong (1976)  •  King Kong Lives (1986)
Peter Jackson King Kong (2005)
MonsterVerse Kong: Skull Island (2017)
Spin-offs Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie (2005)

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