Zero Dark Thirty
Zero Dark Thirty is the 2012 drama that focuses on one CIA analyst's involvement in the decade-long American manhunt to capture or kill Osama Bin Laden. The film was also one of the first to dramatize the raid on the Bin Laden's compound by US Navy SEALs in 2011. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow (Point Break, The Hurt Locker), the film encountered controversy in regards to whether the filmmakers were given classified information about details of the Bin Laden operation and the film's original release date (October 2012) occurring so close to the American presidential elections. The U.S. release date was pushed back to a limited release on December 19, 2012. and a wide release on January 13, 2013. Like the similarly themed SEAL Team Six: The Raid On Osama Bin Laden, portions of the film was shot in India (standing in for Pakistan) as well as in Jordan.
The following weapons were used in the film Zero Dark Thirty:
CIA SAD Ground Branch operative Larry (Edgar Ramirez) carries a Glock 17 as his sidearm. The security contractor John (Scott Adkins) draws his Glock while in Camp Chapman. A man on a motorbike pulls a two-tone Glock 17 after blocking the van Larry is driving.
A guard at Camp Chapman in Afghanistan draws a Beretta 92FS when he gets suspicious about Jordanian double agent Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi.
Heckler & Koch MP5A2
Heckler & Koch HK416
Members of SEAL Team Six including Navy SEAL Patrick (Joel Edgerton) and Navy SEAL Justin (Chris Pratt) are correctly armed with Heckler & Koch HK416 carbines with 10-inch barrels and a variety of accessories, including Advanced Armament Corp. suppressors, EOTech XPS2 sights and AN/PEQ-15 ATPIALs. While the configuration of the weapons seen in the film closely matches those of the real-life operators’ weapons, there are some inaccuracies: (1.) in real life, the EOTech 551 was the EOTech model used at the time by DEVGRU, (2.) some of them had Remington RAHG handguards, and (3.) most of the real-life weapons were painted in digital AOR1 desert camouflage pattern to match the rest of the team’s gear.
An operative at Camp Chapman can be seen with an M4A1 Carbine fitted with an M68 Aimpoint red dot scope. Another CIA officer is seen armed with a basic M4A1 Carbine while tracking Bin Laden's courier in Pakistan. Hakim (Fares Fares), a CIA SAD Officer who accompanies the SEALs as their translator during the Bin Laden raid, is armed with an Aimpoint-equipped M4A1.
U.S. Marines guarding the American embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan are armed with M16A2 rifles. The scene they appear in takes place in 2003, but they are wearing MARPAT LWH helmets and scalable plate carrier vests, the latter of which was not issued until 2008-2009. The LWH helmet did exist in 2003, but was in testing phases. MARPAT was only just being issued in 2002-2003, so the embassy Marines would've been more accurate wearing 3-color DCUs and IBA or PASGT vests.
Heckler & Koch G36C
CIA guards at the Black Sites and at Camp Chapman can be seen wielding Heckler & Koch G36C carbines.
A gunman fires a Zastava M92 during a 2004 terrorist attack by Al-Qaeda linked militants in Khobar, Saudi Arabia.
Pakistani police officers and a guard at the CIA Black Site in Poland carry AKMS rifles. Navy SEAL Patrick (Joel Edgerton) is also seen taking an AKMS that was mounted on a wall in Osama's bedroom after raiding the Bin Laden compound in Abbottabad. This is true to real life, as the weapon retrieved from Osama’s room in the Abbottabad compound was a Russian-made AKMS with counterfeit Chinese markings, rather than the AKS-74U that he routinely carried in propaganda videos over the years.
An Afghan soldier guarding Camp Chapman can be briefly seen holding an East German MPi-KMS 72.
Fake Bollywood AK-47
Pakistani agents clad in burqas wield "AK-47" rifles while apprehending a terrorist suspect. In reality, the rifles are actually blank-firing replicas used because of strict firearms regulations that make it difficult to bring genuine firearms to India (where many of the Pakistan-based scenes were shot).
A gunman fires a Hungarian AMD-65 rifle while attempting to kill Maya.
Heckler & Koch HK417
A SEAL uses a suppressed Heckler & Koch HK417 to cover his comrades as they raid Osama Bin Laden's compound.
FN MK 48 Mod 0
A FN MK 48 Mod 0 fitted with a suppressor is seen carried by a member of SEAL Team Six during the raid.
Browning M2HB Heavy Machine Gun
The Browning M2HB heavy machine gun is seen mounted on a military Humvee.