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Theatrical Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Directed by Ben Affleck
Release Date 2012
Studio GK Films
Distributor Warner Brothers Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Tony Mendez Ben Affleck
Jack O'Donnell Bryan Cranston
Lester Siegel Alan Arkin
John Chambers John Goodman

Argo is a 2012 thriller directed by, co-produced and starring Ben Affleck as CIA exfiltration specialist Tony Mendez, who in 1979 helped to devise a daring plan for rescuing six American Embassy workers from Iran during the Iranian Hostage Crisis by posing as a Canadian film crew scouting locations for a fictional sci-fi epic movie called Argo (inspired by the success of sci-fi films during that era, such as Star Wars). The film's cast includes John Goodman, Bryan Cranston, and Alan Arkin. Argo, which was co-produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov, would go on to receive three Academy Awards, including the 2012 award for Best Picture.

The following weapons were used in the film Argo:



Walther P38

When the US Embassy in Tehran is seized by Iranian demonstrators on November 4, 1979, a Walther P38 is used by one of the demonstrators to force the American embassy chief of security to order the opening of the doors to the main building.

Walther P38 - 9x19mm
The security chief is forced at gunpoint to call for help.
A demonstrator with a Walther P38 forces his way into the building after the doors are opened by the US Marine embassy guards.

Colt M1911A1

The demonstrators also brandish M1911A1 pistols when seizing the embassy.

Colt M1911A1 - .45 ACP
The demonstrators also brandish M1911A1 pistols when seizing the embassy.
A demonstrator threatens a hostage with a M1911A1.
A revolutionary guard holds the M1911A1 while running through Mehrabad Airport.

Submachine Guns


Several members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard are armed with Uzi submachine guns.

IMI Uzi - 9x19mm
On the left, an Iranian Revolutionary Guard brandishes an Uzi in a period photo.
One member of the Revolutionary Guard holds an Uzi.
The Uzi is seen in the hands of a Revolutionary Guard member.
Joe Stafford (Scoot McNairy) tries to avoid looking at an Uzi-toting protester.
On the right, a member of the Revolutionary Guard climbs aboard a truck with an Uzi.

Madsen M50

Mendez is inspired to come up with his plan while watching a scene from Battle for the Planet of the Apes on television that features the ape Caesar (Roddy McDowall) holding a Madsen M50 submachine gun.

Madsen M50 - 9x19mm
A scene from Battle for the Planet of the Apes where the ape Caesar (Roddy McDowall), Virgil (Paul Williams) and their human assistant MacDonald (Austin Stoker) are all seen with Madsen M50s.

Heckler & Koch MP5A2

A Revolutionary Guard at Mehrabad Airport holds a Heckler & Koch MP5A2 with a slimline handguard and the early-pattern "waffle" magazines.

Heckler & Koch MP5A2 with original "slimline" handguard and straight "waffle"-style magazine - 9x19mm
A Revolutionary Guard holds a Heckler & Koch MP5A2. Iran acquired a license from Heckler & Koch to produce the MP5 during the mid-1970s and continues to build them today as the "MPT-9".

Heckler & Koch MP5K

In one scene, a Revolutionary Guard shoots a man with a Heckler & Koch MP5K that has a MP5A2 stock.

Heckler & Koch MP5K - 9x19mm.
Revolutionary Guards drag a man out of his home. Though hard to see, the MP5K has a solid stock.
In one scene, a Revolutionary Guard shoots a man with a Heckler & Koch MP5K.


Heckler & Koch G3A3

Most of the Revolutionary Guards and soldiers are armed with Heckler & Koch G3A3 rifles, the standard service rifle of the pre-revolutionary Iranian military. Though the weapon is accurate, the model is not quite exact; Iranian G3 rifles have olive-drab green plastic furniture, while the weapons in the film are seen with black.

Heckler & Koch G3A3 with slimline handguard - 7.62x51mm NATO
On the right, an Iranian Revolutionary Guard brandishes a H&K G3A3 in a period photo.
In another period photo, Iranian troops execute captured Kurdish militants with G3A3s. This photo won the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography.
Revolutionary Guards hold G3A3 rifles.
A female demonstrator wields a G3A3.
A Revolutionary Guard holds a Heckler & Koch G3A3 at Mehrabad Airport.
A Revolutionary Guard (Farshad Farahat) uses a G3A3 to shoot open a door while pursuing the fleeing Americans.


US Marine embassy guards are seen grabbing and loading M16A1 rifles when the demonstrators break into the embassy compound. They also use the rifles to smash electronic equipment before the demonstrators seize control of the embassy.

M16A1 with 30 round magazine - 5.56x45mm
A US Marine chambers his rifle. In this shot the rifle features an M16A1-style forward assist, but lacks the fencing around the magazine release, indicating this gun is either an early-version Colt AR-15A2 Sporter II fitted with the A1 handguards or a similarly-built hybrid with an A1 upper receiver on an SP1 'slab-side' lower receiver.
A US Marine smashes a computer with the butt of his M16A1 as the demonstrators storm the embassy.


Smith & Wesson 276 Gas Gun

US Marines use Smith & Wesson 276 Gas Guns to fire tear gas rounds at the demonstrators as they attempt to storm the embassy.

Smith & Wesson Model 276 Gas Gun - 37mm
A S&W Model 276 is checked by a US Marine.
Marines fire tear gas at the demonstrators.
A Marine fires his S&W Model 276 at demonstrators who are trying to break in through the embassy's basement.

M7 CS Gas Grenade

The Marines also toss M7 CS gas grenades to fend off the demonstrators.

M7 CS gas grenade
Marines grab M7A3 CS gas grenades.
A M7 gas grenade is ignited.

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