Predators is the third installment in the Predator movie franchise that began with 1987's Predator and continued with 1990's Predator 2. The 2010 sequel stars Adrien Brody as Royce, a mercenary who finds himself stranded on a strange planet along with seven other human 'predators'. The film was directed by Nimród Antal (Armored) and was produced by Robert Rodriguez. The franchise would continue in 2018 with the Shane Black-directed feature The Predator.
See the Discussion section for behind the scenes images from the film.
The following weapons were used in the film Predators (2010):
Royce (Adrien Brody) carries an AA-12 automatic 12 gauge shotgun throughout the movie. The shotgun is fitted with a drum magazine loaded with Frag-12 rounds, and fitted with a Surefire M910A weaponlight foregrip. It is also covered in a skin-like camouflage tape, which closely resembles that of the US Army's pixelized UCP pattern.
M134 Hand held Minigun
Nikolai (Oleg Taktarov), a member of the Spetsnaz Alpha Group carries a hand-held M134 Minigun substituting for a GShG-7.62, or a Slostin machine gun that is described in the script, reminiscent of the gun used by Jesse Ventura in the original film. When Nikolai first uses the Minigun a stoppage occurs. Nikolai is forced to fix the jam and reload the weapon. Nikolai later uses the Minigun to slay two Predator hounds and to lay down suppressing fire on Predators before the gun is destroyed in battle by a well aimed shot from a Predator Plasmacaster.
During a lot of the firing scenes the barrels appear as if they are stationary. Likely the weapon had a fire rate very close to the film frame rate making the barrels appear to not rotate. During the non-firing scenes, Taktarov carries a very obviously non-firing replica. The most obvious telltale sign is that there is no central shaft attaching the four barrel clamp discs on the non-firing prop.
Interesting to note about this film is that the Minigun's power supply appears to be stored in the actor's backpack. There is a brief scene in the Predator camp where the actor fires the gun while walking and the power cables can be seen leading from the gun and into the backpack.
Heckler & Koch MP5K
Cuchillo (Danny Trejo), a Mexican Drug Cartel enforcer, carries two Heckler & Koch MP5Ks fitted with braided leather covers on the foregrips and leather straps attached to the rear sling swivels and then slung over his shoulders, in a manner similar to Chuck Norris' Micro Uzi harness in Invasion U.S.A..
Blaser R93 LRS2
Isabelle (Alice Braga), an IDF sniper, carries a Blaser R93 Sniper Rifle fitted with an Elcan DigitalHunter scope (replacing the Heckler & Koch PSG1 described in the script). In several scenes, we hear the scope adjusting even though she isn't hitting any of the buttons. Note: this is due to an auto-focus feature on the scope, not an error in the movie. Isabelle uses this weapon to take down Predator hounds and uses it to wound a Predator near the film's finale. She also attempts to take down another hunted alien but after what appears to be a great shot at a fast moving target, she notes that she actually missed.
Mombasa (Mahershalalhashbaz Ali), a member of an RUF death squad, carries an AKMS rifle with the stock folded up throughout the movie. He once uses it to save Stans from an attacking Predator Hound when they first encounter them.
Heckler & Koch HK45C
Isabelle (Alice Braga) carries a Heckler & Koch HK45C with a compensator attachment and a 10-round extended "elephant foot" magazine as her sidearm in the film. She carries it in a custom holster. She most notably uses it during the attack of the Predator hounds.
Beretta 92FS Inox (Customized)
Hanzo (Louis Ozawa Changchien) carries a customized Beretta 92FS Inox with ivory grips as his sidearm. The compensator was custom built by armorer Steve Karnes (AKA Phoenixent). The Yakuza assassin uses it until he acquires a katana from Noland's weapon cache.
When the group stumble upon a dead American soldier (a comic prequel to the film published by Dark Horse reveals him to be a US Navy SEAL named Drake), he is grasping an empty M1911A1 with the slide locked back. Mombasa (Mahershalalhashbaz Ali) also uses a plain M1911A1 as his sidearm, and most notably uses it during the standoff between him and Stans (Walton Goggins).
Cuchillo (Danny Trejo) carries an heavily engraved, nickel plated Colt Commander as his sidearm. The gun also has golden parts which include the safety, slide release, plunger plug, trigger, hammer, and grip screws. He is seen using it when his MP5Ks run empty during the attack of the Predator hounds.
Royce (Adrien Brody) also uses a customized modern M1911 as his sidearm. Although, the weapon is not seen clear enough to determine the make and model, the gun has at least Novak sights, a beavertail grip safety, a combat hammer, and an M16-style flash suppressor (though the latter is not seen in the film). It has also been fitted with UCP-patterned tape on the grips.
Nikolai (Oleg Taktarov) carries a Tokarev TT-33 as his sidearm in the film. After his Minigun is destroyed by one of the Predators, he switches to his sidearm. He fires it at a Predator in Noland's hideout when he goes back to save Edwin.
Mk 2 hand grenade
When Nikolai (Oleg Taktarov) sees Noland's weapons cache, he eyes a M18A1 Claymore anti-personnel mine on the table. Nikolai apparently grabbed the Claymore mine offscreen, because he is seen using it prominently later.
Webley No.1 Mk. V Signal Pistol
Noland's weapons cacheWhen the group are taken to Noland's (Laurence Fishburne) cave, they see he's collected a mixture of weapons, some human and some alien. There's also a 26.5mm flare launcher which is used later in the film.