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The Book of Eli

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The Book of Eli
Book of eli poster2.jpg
Movie Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United states
Directed by Allen Hughes

Albert Hughes

Release Date 2010
Language English
Studio Alcon Entertainment
Silver Pictures
Distributor Warner Bros.
Main Cast
Character Actor
Eli Denzel Washington
Carnegie Gary Oldman
Solara Mila Kunis
Redridge Ray Stevenson
Claudia Jennifer Beals
Martz Evan Jones
George Michael Gambon
The Engineer Tom Waits

The following weapons were used in the film The Book of Eli:



Heckler & Koch HK45

Eli (Denzel Washington) carries a weathered Heckler & Koch HK45 pistol (an LEM variant as noted by the bobbed hammer and lack of external safety) as his sidearm throughout the film. In true movie fashion, Eli fires about twice as many rounds as the pistol can hold before reloading.

Trivia: Even though the pistol had only been out a year when the film was made, the brand new HK45 was sanded and worn down to look very old (as this film takes place around 3 decades in the future, so it will look like an antique vintage firearm) for the film. The actual pistol is currently on display at the National Firearms Museum located at the NRA headquarters in Fairfax, VA.

Heckler & Koch HK45 (right side) - .45 ACP. This is the screen used firearm carried and fired by Eli (Denzel Washington) in the movie.
Eli racks the slide on his Heckler & Koch HK45 pistol.
The business end of the HK45 pistol.
Eli (Denzel Washington) aims his HK45.
Eli fires his HK45 while taking cover.
Eli holds his sidearm on George (Michael Gambon) in his house.

Browning Hi-Power

Carnegie (Gary Oldman) carries a Browning Hi-Power as his weapon of choice throughout the film.

Classic Commercial Browning Hi-Power - 9x19mm
Carnegie (Gary Oldman) holds his Browning Hi-Power on Eli.
Carnegie holds his Hi-Power on Solara (Mila Kunis).

Beretta 92FS

Redridge (Ray Stevenson) is ordered at one point to shoot Eli with his two toned Beretta 92FS pistol.

Two-tone Beretta 92FS - 9x19mm. This has a stainless slide on a standard frame & barrel.
Redridge (Ray Stevenson) holds his two-tone Beretta 92FS on Eli.
Redridge kills one of his henchmen. Notice how the muzzle flash is CGi, as it is dangerous to fire blanks this close to the actor.
Redridge casually fires his sidearm at Eli (Denzel Washington).
After seemingly missing Eli, Redridge takes aim with his Beretta with two hands.

Colt New Service

What appears to be a Colt New Service revolver is seen at the beginning of the film, lying on the ground, unloaded, in the middle of the woods. It is never held or fired, however.

Colt New Service - .45 Long Colt
A Colt New Service on the ground, with the cylinder swung out as if it was discarded in mid-reload. Note the grips as well as the long "tripartite" ejector rod knob, typical of those versions of the New Service.


Remington 870 "Witness Protection"

Eli (Denzel Washington) carries a short barreled Remington 870 "Witness Protection" shotgun, with various weathering and a heavily taped handle. In the end of the film, Solara (Mila Kunis) can be seen with the shotgun, as she "inherits" it from Eli.

This is the screen used Remington 870 "Witness Protection" short barreled shotgun, carried and fired by Eli (Denzel Washington) in the movie - 12 Gauge
Eli holds his shotgun, as he clears a house near the beginning of the film.
The iconic shot that is replicated in the movie posters, Eli (Denzel Washington) walks through a post apocalyptic wasteland with his Remington 870 shotgun on his back.
Eli sits to talk with Solara with the Remington near his side.
Eli fires his Remington 870. He chicken wings it a bit here, but at least he actually aims it, unlike most fictional characters when using a sawn-off weapon.
Eli tries the door of George's house with his 870.
Eli racks his shotgun prior to an attack on George's house by Carnegie's henchmen.
Solara (Mila Kunis) holds the shotgun.

Remington 870

Hoyt (Joe Pingue), one of Carnegie's men uses another Remington 870 with magazine tube extension and saddle shell holder. He is seen most notably at the end loading his shell holder as anarchy breaks out at Carnegie's bar near the end of the film. Other men are seen with different Remington 870's.

Remington 870 Police Magnum with Black Furniture and extended mag tube - 12 Gauge
Hoyt in the foreground with his shotgun.
Hoyt holds his Remington on the right.
Hoyt fires his Remington at Eli during the house shootout.
Hoyt mechanically loads his shell holder as anarchy breaks out around him.

Mossberg 500

Another one of Carnegie's henchmen uses a Mossberg 500 with wooden furniture.

Mossberg 500AT - 12 Gauge
One of Carnegie's men aims his Mossberg.

Winchester 1897 Riot Gun

George (Michael Gambon) keeps a Winchester Model 1897 shotgun in his home.

Winchester Model 1897 Riot Gun - 12 Gauge
George holds the Winchester on Eli and Solara.
George with the Winchester.

Sawed-Off Double Barrel Shotgun

The Engineer (Tom Waits) holds a Sawed-Off 12-Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun when Eli comes into the store. Eli quickly disarms him of it, but returns it as a sign of trust. One of Carnegie's men also uses one after the fight at Carnegie's bar.

Sawed-off Double Barreled Shotgun - 12 Gauge
Eli holds The Engineers shotgun.
Eli (Denzel Washington) hands The Engineer (Tom Waits) back his double barreled shotgun.
One of Carnegie's men holds his shotgun on Eli on the left.

Rifles / Carbines


Some of Carnegie's thugs carry AK-47 variants.

Poly Technologies AK-47 - 7.62x39mm. This is the commercial clone of the original Type III AK-47 and is the most used in American films and shows when showing the milled receiver AK-47
A thug with an AK variant. Though it's hard to make out, it has an open front sight, meaning it isn't a Type 56 as previously identified.
A couple of Carnegie's henchmen hold their AKs after the shootout at George's house.


Redridge (Ray Stevenson) carries an FN FAL paratrooper as his main firearm in the film. Also one of Carnegie's other thugs uses one during the shootout at George's house.

FN FAL 50.63 "Paratrooper" with 18" barrel - 7.62x51mm NATO
On the left, Redridge holds up his FN FAL Paratrooper
On the right, Redridge (Ray Stevenson) with his FAL Para.
One of Carnegie's henchmen aims his FAL at Eli (second from right).

Colt M4A1

George uses an M4A1 Carbine fitted with a vertical foregrip and Aimpoint sight at one point during the assault on his house. The guards at Alcatraz also use M4A1s fitted with C-More red dot sights.

Colt M4A1 Carbine with M68 Aimpoint reflex optic, Knight's Armament RAS railed handguard and vertical forward grip - 5.56x45mm
George wields his M4A1 during the shootout at his house.
George wields the rifle.
An Alcatraz guard holds his M4A1 at Eli and Solara.


Some of Carnegie's men wield M16A2 rifles several times in the film.

M16A2 Rifle - 5.56x45mm
One of Carnegie's men goes down holding his rifle, which appears to be an M16A2.
George fires at one of Carnegie's men, who's holding an M16A2.

M1903 (Mannlicher Schönauer Carbine stock)

When Eli is walking through the town the camera pans on a man on a roof with a bolt-action rifle. This rifle is a sporterized M1903 Springfield with a Lyman peep sight and fitted into a Mannlicher Schönauer Carbine (Stutzen) stock. The military stock had been replaced, as well as the sights, and likely the parkerized finish was replaced with a blued finish. This was common practice at a time when surplus military rifles were cheaper than sporting rifles. It is the same prop featured in the film A Boy and His Dog, noting the heavy stylistic and atmospheric homage already paid, as well as featuring a poster of the movie.

Springfield M1903 in a Mannlicher Schönauer Carbine stock - .30-06. This is the screen used rifle (and sling) carried and used by Don Johnson in the movie A Boy and His Dog as well as in The Book of Eli.
Good shot of the Mannlicher Schönauer stocked M1903 rifle.
Carnegie's thug with the rifle.

M1 Carbine

One of Carnegie's men holds an M1 Carbine during the standoff outside the bar and the shootout at George and Martha's house.

The Modern Manufactured version of the M1 Carbine, with standard stock, from Auto-Ordnance (affiliated with Kahr Arms and Thomson Arms) - .30 Carbine
One of Carnegie's henchmen aims his M1 Carbine at Eli (first on the right).
The man on the left holds his M1 Carbine.

Blaser R93 Sporter

What appears to be a Blaser R93 in sporting configuration is held by one of Carnegie's men.

Blaser R93 Semi Weight Sporting Rifle - .308 Winchester
One of Carnegie's thugs holds his Blazer as Eli walks into town.

Savage 14 Euro Classic

Some of Carnegie's thugs who spread out to find and kill Eli carry bolt action rifles that resemble the Savage 14 Euro Classic.

Savage 14 Euro Classic, the rifle in the film was very similar to this
What appears to be a Savage 14 Euro Classic is seen in the center.
What appears to be a Savage 14 Euro Classic is seen at the far right.


One of Carnegie's men holds an SKS with detachable magazine during the shootout at George and Martha's house.

SKS - 7.62x39mm
One of Carnegie's men with SKS is seen on the right.
Second left Carnegie's soldier holds SKS.

Submachine Guns

Heckler & Koch MP5A2

George's wife Martha (Frances de la Tour) uses a Heckler & Koch MP5A2 while defending the home from Carnegie and his men. We can see a MP5K-PDW and a SIG-Sauer P22X pistol in the case.

Heckler & Koch MP5A2 with 'Tropical' (wide) forearm and Navy trigger group - 9x19mm
Martha opens up the case of weapons, most prominent in this shot is the Heckler & Koch MP5A2.
In the background, Martha fires the MP5A2.

Heckler & Koch MP7A1

Solara (Mila Kunis) is seen firing a Heckler & Koch MP7A1 while she and Eli are defending George and Martha's house.

Heckler & Koch MP7A1 - 4.6x30mm
Solara holds her MP7 as Carnegie's henchmen prepare for an assault.
Solara reloads the MP7A1.


Type 69 RPG

Redridge (Ray Stevenson) attacks George and Martha's house with a Chinese Type 69 RPG with a PGO-7 scope.

Type 69 RPG with optical sight - 40mm
Redridge prepares to fire the RPG.

MK II Hand grenade

Eli uses a Mk 2 hand grenade during the shootout at the house. Solara (Mila Kunis) also spies a Mk 2 hand grenade and throws it to destroy a pursuing car.

Mk 2 dummy grenade (this is a movie prop)
The hand grenade spotted by Solara and later thrown by her at a car.
Solara prepares to throw the grenade.

Gatling Gun

At one point, Carnegie's men use a hand-cranked Gatling Gun on George's house.

1865 Gatling Gun - .45-70
Carnegie's men prepare the Gatling Gun.
Carnegie's men firing the Gatling Gun.

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