You Don't Mess with the Zohan

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You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008)

You Don't Mess with the Zohan was a 2008 comedy starring Adam Sandler about an elite Israeli Commando who emigrates to the U.S. to become an elite hairdresser. Though the film and comedic elements are broad farce, the setup is actually based real life IDF Soldier Nezi Arbib, who left Israel to follow his calling - opening up his own salon and being a hairdresser in Southern California. Arbib was a technical consultant on the film, teaching Sandler on how to cut hair like a hairdresser, while Sandler modeled much of Zohan's mannerisms on the real life Arbib.

The following guns were used in the movie You Don't Mess with the Zohan:

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Uzi

Because The Zohan (Adam Sandler) is an Israeli Mossad operative, it should come as no surprise that most of the guns in the movie are designs manufactured by Israeli Military Industries (IMI). The most common weapon seen in the movie is the ubiquitous Uzi submachine gun, which is used in the film by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) personnel and Palestinian militants. Zohan can be seen loading an Uzi in his bedroom during the scene where he loads up his guns (all Israeli-made weapons) and then takes out his Paul Mitchell hair styles book. In another scene, The Zohan is confronted by a terrorist armed with an Uzi, and he disarms the terrorist by field-stripping the gun in the blink of an eye.

IMI Uzi 9x19mm
IDF soldiers practice with their Uzi submachine guns at an Army base. According the film, they are able to spell "Disco Disco" in lead on the target while firing on full-auto.
The Zohan (Adam Sandler) loads up his Uzi.
Zohan sets his Uzi down next to his Jericho 941FB Compact.
A Palestinian terrorist crouches behind a door with his Uzi ready. Note that this Uzi is clearly a rubber stunt version, as can seen by the molding on the front sight, which makes sense because the stuntman gets kicked through the door by The Zohan and thrown a considerable distance a split-second after this shot was taken.
A terrorist sneaks up behind The Zohan and sticks an Uzi in his back...
...which don't bother The Zohan, because he whirls around and takes the gun apart piece-by-piece before the terrorist can pull the trigger.

During one scene near the climax of the movie, when all of the Israeli immigrants in New York are loading up their weapons and preparing for the hacky-sack game between the Israelis and the Arabs, an Israeli working at a hot dog stand takes out and prepares an Uzi hidden in a soda fountain dispenser. The gun itself is hidden in the machine, while the magazine is hidden in a hot dog bun, and a sound suppressor is hidden in a hot dog cooker.

The Israeli at the hot dog stand opens the soda machine to take out his Uzi...
...extends the stock...
...screws on the suppressor (actually one of the cylinders on the hot dog cooker)...
...and then slaps in the magazine (hidden in a hot dog bun).

Jericho 941 RB Compact ("Baby Eagle")

One of The Zohan's other Israeli-made guns is a Jericho 941 RB Compact ("Baby Eagle"), which he takes out and sets down in the scene where he loads his guns and then looks at his Paul Mitchell hair style book.

Jericho 941 RB Compact - 9x19mm
The Zohan slaps a magazine into his Jericho 941 RB Compact.
He the sets the gun down on a table. Visible in this shot is the slide mounted safety/decocker confirming that this is the RB model.

Micro Galil

The last of The Zohan's guns which he takes out and loads is a Micro Galil compact assault rifle, yet another Israeli design.

Micro Galil 5.56x45mm
The Zohan takes out his Micro Galil and unfolds the stock.
He then loads in a magazine...
...and sets the gun down beneath the Uzi and the Jericho 941FB.

Desert Eagle

During the scene where The Zohan is on a CT mission in southern Lebanon, a Palestinian terrorist fires at him with a Desert Eagle .357 Magnum (the bore aperture is clearly too small to be any other caliber besides .357). He catches the bullets as they are fired at him (in one case, using his nostril) before knocking the terrorist out.

Although the Desert Eagle is of American origin (designed by Magnum Research, Inc.), it is manufactured by Israeli Weapons Industries, and thus its inclusion in this movie is appropriate. That makes it the fourth Israeli-manufactured gun which appears in this movie.

IMI Desert Eagle Mark I - .357 Magnum
The terrorist fires his Desert Eagle at The Zohan to no avail.
His eyes widen after he sees The Zohan catch a .357 Magnum round with his nostril.

Norinco Type 69

A Chinese Type 69 copy of the RPG-7 is used by the The Phantom (John Turturro) to shoot at The Zohan during his mission in southern Lebanon. Of course, The Zohan does an aerial cartwheel and avoids the incoming rocket. The Type 69 in this movie seems to have had its folding front sight replaced with a cartoonish old-school sight (It should also be noted that this Type 69 RPG with the cartoonish ring sight is identical in appearance to the one used in Tropic Thunder). It is identified as a Type 69 based on the thicker heat shield, folding carry handle, and lack of an extra pistol grip.

Aside from the Mk II grenades (described below), this is the only weapon in the movie which is not manufactured in Israel.

Chinese Type 69
The Phantom prepares to fire his Type 69.
A better view showing the launcher in detail after he has fired the rocket.

Mk II Hand Grenade

When The Zohan confronts The Phantom on the beach in southern Lebanon, The Phantom takes out a Mk II hand grenade and they both take out table tennis rackets to play tennis with the grenade after the pin has been pulled. When the grenade explodes, Zohan fakes his death so that he can escape to New York to become a hair stylist. Later in the film, when all of the Israelis are getting out their weapons prior to attending the hacky-sack game, an Israeli working at a hamburger joint can be seen taking Mk II grenades from a deep fryer, and then placing them in a takeout box.

Aside from the Chinese Type 69 RPG (described above), this is the only weapon in the movie which is not manufactured in Israel.

Mk II hand grenade.
The Phantom takes out a Mk II grenade and challenges The Zohan to a deadly game of tennis.
An Israeli in New York loads Mk II grenades from a deep fryer into a takeout box. (For those of you who actually wondered about this) Keeping hand grenades in boiling lard is not a recommended storage technique. Despite the fact that the fryer never exceeds 350 Degrees F (not nearly hot enough to create combustion of any kind) the grease itself would probably foul the fuse mechanism and if leaked into the body of the grenade would ruin the chemicals in the explosive.

M72 LAW

The Israelis working at the electronics shop can be seen pulling out an M72 LAW from behind a flat-screen digital television before going to the hacky-sack game between the Israelis and the Arabs, thus bringing the total number of non-Israeli made weapons to three.



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