Sahara (2005)

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Sahara (2005)

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



Heckler & Koch USP Compact-9

Yves Massarde (Lambert Wilson) uses a Heckler & Koch USP Compact) to threaten Eva Roja (Penelope Cruz) in the helicopter near the climax.

Heckler & Koch USP Compact 9 - 9x19mm
Yves Massarde (Lambert Wilson) threatens Eva Roja (Penelope Cruz) with a Hecker & Koch USP Compact.
Yves Massarde (Lambert Wilson) with his USP Compact Pistol. Lambert Wilson happened to also co-star in the unrelated 1983 adventure film with the same name.

Browning Hi-Power

A Browning Hi-Power can be seen in the hands of Kazims' Troops and later commandeered by Dirk Pitt (Matthew McConaughey).

Browning Hi-Power Mark III - 9mm
Browning Hi Power pistol.

Walther PPK

Al Giordino (Steve Zahn) can be seen wielding a Walther PPK in the film, most notably when he is disarming himself when confronted by the Tuareg.

Walther PPK - 7.65x17mm Auto (.32 ACP)
Al Giordino (Steve Zahn) holds up his Walther PPK while dropped his guns on the road.

French Flintlock Pistol

Yves Massarde (Lambert Wilson) gives a matched pair of Flintlock Pistols to General Kazim (Lennie James) at his palace. They are a dueling set with silver caps at the bottom of the grips and have other inlaid silver accents. It is mentioned that they were formerly the property of "General Mayenne" causing Kazim to quip that they must have killed 'The Comte de Vézelay' (French for The Count of Vézelay, in the Bourgogne region of France. Though there is no famous Count from that area, it is most known for holding the abbey where the bones of Mary Magdalene were brought.)

Tower Sea Service Pistol used by the Royal Navy.
Kazim (Lennie James) admires a match set of French Dueling pistols, delivered as a gift from Yves Massarde (Lambert Wilson).

Submachine guns

Sterling SMG

A Sterling SMG is seen held by Tuareg horsemen in the desert.

British Sterling Submachine Gun - 9x19mm
Tuareg horsemen hold aloft AK rifles and Sterling submachine guns.


Heckler & Koch G36K

The Heckler & Koch G36K is carried by one of Yves Massarde's guards and one of Kazim's soldiers in the climax.

Heckler & Koch G36K - 5.56x45mm
One of Yves Massarde's guards with a Heckler & Koch G36K.
One of Kazim's soldiers with a G36K.

Norinco Type 56-1

The Chinese Norinco Type 56-1 under-folding stock version of the AKS-47, can be seen in use throughout the film. Mostly a mix with other AK types, carried by Kazims' Troops.

Norinco Type 56-1 (underfolding stock variant) - 7.62x39mm
Type 56-1 folding stock AK47s, seen on the left in the hands of a Govt. Soldier, on the right in the hands of Matthew McConaughey in an action shot.

Short Magazine Lee-Enfield (SMLE)

Some of the Tuareg horsemen also carry Short Magazine Lee-Enfield (SMLE) rifles.

Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* - .303 British. This was the main battle rifle of British and Commonwealth forces during the First World War, introduced in 1907 it has seen action throughout the 20th century.
A Tuareg fighter to the left of the bazooka is seen with a Lee-Enfield No.1 MkIII* rifle in his hands.

Colt M4A1

The Colt M4A1 Carbine can be seen in the hands of one of Kazim's soldiers, riding in the pickup truck that takes a handcuffed Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino across the desert.

M4A1 Carbine - 5.56x45mm
The Guard holding an M4 Carbine listens to the endless chatter of his driver.
M4 behind General Kazim's desk.


One of Tuareg fighters who help Pitt and Giordino raid the waste plant carries what appears to be an original milled receiver AK-47.

AK-47 (Type III) - 7.62x39mm
Modibo (Paulin Fodouop) (with a stolen uniform) with a milled receiver AK-47 - 7.62x39mm
Modibo (Paulin Fodouop) with a milled receiver AK-47 - 7.62x39mm


Mixed in amongst the AK-47 rifles are AKMs, many of which are modified with 'tribal' decorations.

AKM - 7.62x39mm
A nice 'rubber stunt' AKM with Tuareg decorations - note that the rubber cast wooden buttstock has the bloodgroove of the AK-74 but the rifle is cast from a 7.62x39mm gun


The FN FAL is seen carried by General Zateb Kazims' armored troops at the final battle (in addition to the plethora of AK-47 type rifles). They look to be the solid Metric style front sight block, however the barrels seem shorter than usual, so the exact model is unknown, but they appear to be Metric FALs - 7.62x51mm.

FN FAL 50.00 - 7.62x51mm NATO
Kazims' soldiers carry AKs and FN FALs.


The L1A1 is used by a Mali sniper with a scope, but later commandeered by Al Giordino (Steve Zahn).

British Inch Pattern L1A1 SLR (Self Loading Rifle) chambered in 7.62x51mm NATO - Variation of the FN FAL rifle.
Sniper fires an L1A1 with early style wood grips and scope.
Steve Zahn holds an L1A1 in the truck.
Guard on the Solar plant supply train holds a Wood stocked L1A1 rifle.
Guard on the Solar plant supply train peers around a corner holding a Wood stocked L1A1 rifle.

Romanian WASR-3

I believe that Al's rifle during a desert battle is a Romanian WASR-3 Rifle built at the S.C. Uzinele Mecanice Cugir S.A. (Cugir Factory) in Romania. The weapon probably came from a foreign armory, but for the purposes of identification, the U.S. version of the Romanian .223 AK will be identified. The Romanians imported a series of three AK type rifles called the SAR series.

The SAR-1 was 7.62x39mm, the SAR-2 was 5.45x39mm and the SAR-3 was the 5.56x45mm. Then a later variant was imported, the WASR. The WASR was essentially the same firearm, but with a lower grade of fit and finish. (The original WASRs were imported to take only single stack magazines (to please BATF) and the wholesalers opened up the mag well to take standard magazines and replaced some of the parts with U.S. Made parts to make them legal). Like the SAR series, the WASR-1 was 7.62x39, the WASR-2 was 5.45x39mm and the WASR-3 was 5.56x45mm. However, the SAR-3 rifle has the original AK74 style gas block, the WASR-3 has a modified AKM style gas block and blonde wood. Both the SAR-3 and the WASR-3 take the ROMAK 223 magazine (Wieger style). This rifle is set up with the Wieger style magazine. Al Giordino's rifle is a WASR-3 (or the European equivalent) and of course, his is fully automatic. It looks to be the same rifle used in the movie Casino Royale since the Sascha Robey was the armorer for both movies.
A U.S. imported Romanian WASR-3 rifle that had the thumbhole stock replaced with a laminated buttstock and US made synthetic pistol grip (for legality) - 5.56x45mm
Dirk Pitt uses the same rifle after Al Giordano liberates it
Al Giordino fires his Romanian 223 AK
Al Giordino fires his Romanian 223 AK
Al Giordino fires his Romanian 223 AK

Civil War Rifles

Seen in the historical flashback sequence at the beginning of the film, many rifle are seen from a distance, but it is hard to identify them since the battle is at night and the only time we see long rifles, the soldier holding them is being blown up by cannon fire.

Confederate Soldier holds a rifle as his position is hit by Union Cannon Fire
Union Soldier holds a rifle while running from cannon fire from the CSS Texas.


Unknown Pump Shotgun

When Kazim's troops are mobilizing, a soldier walks by carrying a pump-action shotgun, of a yet undetermined make and model.

Unknown shotgun in the center.

Machine guns

M249 SAW

The M249 SAW is seen carried by General Zateb Kazims' armored troops at the final battle, identified from minimi due to heatshield and solid stock.

M249-E2 SAW - upgraded M249 with heat shield and full synthetic Stock, equipped with a 200 round ammo drum - 5.56x45mm
soldier in the background has a M249.


The FN MAG-58 machine guns are seen mounted on trucks and boats, all manned by Kazims' troops.

FN MAG 58 - 7.62x51mm NATO
FN MAG-58 mounted on a patrol boat.


Kazims' Soldiers are seen holding PKM Machine Guns.

PKM - 7.62x54R
Soldier guards the palace with a PKM (slung). The soldier checking the papers is holding a Norinco Type 56-1 under-folding stock AK rifle.
Soldier walking past Yves Massarde has a PKM.

Browning M2HB

The Browning M2HB is mounted on the APCs used by Kazim's Armored troops.

Browning M2HB on vehicle mount - .50 BMG
Browning M2HB mounted on M113.


The M60D is mounted on top of Kazim's Tanks.

M60D machine gun - 7.62x51mm NATO
pair of M60Ds mounted on M60 Patton.


M20B1 Super Bazooka

An M20B1 "Super Bazooka" is carried by Tuareg tribesmen in the desert battle.

M20B1 "Super Bazooka" - 3.5"
Tuareg fighter on the right holds an M20B1 "Super Bazooka".

Type 69 Rocket Launcher

Some of the Tuareg carry Chinese Type 69 RPGs though they have different warheads

Chinese Type 69 RPG - 40mm
Modibo (Paulin Fodouop) looks on as his Tuareg fighters carry AK rifles and Chinese Type 69 Rocket Launchers.

M79 Grenade Launcher

When Kazim's troops are mobilizing, a soldier walks by carrying an M79 grenade launcher.

M79 grenade launcher - 40x46mm
M79 Grenade Launcher.

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