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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
Theatrical Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Michael Bay
Release Date 2016
Language English
Distributor Paramount Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Jack Silva John Krasinski
Rone James Badge Dale
Tanto Pablo Schreiber
Boon David Denman
The Chief David Costabile
Oz Max Martini

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is a 2016 military thriller directed by Michael Bay that recounts the events surrounding the attack on both the Ambassador's residence and the CIA's diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012. The film stars John Krasinski, James Badge Dale, and Pablo Schreiber as members of the CIA's Annex Security Team who helped to repel the attackers and attempted to rescue the ambassador. The film was adapted from the book 13 Hours by Michael Zuckoff.

The following weapons were used in the film 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi:


SIG-Sauer P226R

The SIG-Sauer P226R is the pistol carried by Jack Silva (John Krasinski).

SIG-Sauer P226R - 9x19mm.
The SIG-Sauer P226 is pulled by Jack Silva (John Krasinski) when confronted by militiamen.
Jack draws his SIG-Sauer as Rone also draws his Glock.

Salient Arms International Glock 19

"Rone" (James Badge Dale) draws a Salient Arms International Glock 19 Tier 1 pistol at local militia members.

Salient Arms International Glock 19 Tier 1 Model - 9x19 Parabellum
"Rone" (James Badge Dale) draws a Salient Arms International Glock 19 Tier 1 pistol and Jack draws his SIG-Sauer during a confrontation.

Glock 17

Ambassador Stevens (Matt Letscher) is seen with a Glock 17 as his sidearm to defend himself when the attackers storm onto the Mission. Several other characters in the film also use Glock 17s.

Glock 17 3rd Generation - 9x19mm.
The Glock is seen in the hands of Ambassador Stevens (Matt Letscher).
Tanto hands off his Glock to his translator Amahl (Peyman Moaadi).


A black market rebel wields a TT-30 at the MANPAD buy back scene.

Tokarev TT-30 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev.
The rebel wields the pistol at the MANPAD buy back scene.

Submachine Guns

Beretta PM12S

A pair of Beretta PM12S submachine guns are seen being hawked at the arms market.

Beretta PM12S 9mm
Two Berettas are wielded at the left.


Colt M4A1

Jack Silva (John Krasinski) and "Oz" (Max Martini) carry Colt M4A1s as their rifle of choice. Team members "Boon" (David Denman), "Tanto" (Pablo Schreiber), and "Tig" (Dominic Fumusa) also carry and use M4A1s as secondary weapons. CIA security personal are also armed with M4A1s. The M4A1s are all equipped with EOTech sights, AN/PEQ-15 laser designators, SureFire flashlights, Magpul buttstocks and PMags, and forward grips.

Colt M4A1 with EOTech 552.A65 Holographic sight and SureFire M951XM05 tactical light - 5.56x45mm.
The GRS contractors with their M4 carbines.
Silva with the M4.
Silva advances armed with the carbine.
Profile of Jack's M4.
"Boon" (David Denman) with the M4.
Oz (Max Martini) takes aim with the M4.
"Tig" (Dominic Fumusa) behind the M4. This appears to be a continuity error as he was operating an M249 SAW while at the compound.

Mk 18 Mod 0

Glen Doherty (Toby Stephens) and the Tripoli GRS Team are all armed with Mk 18 Mod 0s fitted with a flashlights and EOTech XPS holographic sights. DS Agents assigned to protect Ambassador Stevens are also armed with Mk 18 carbines with the same rifle loadout.

Mk 18 Mod 0 with LMT rear sight, RIS foregrip, and Crane stock - 5.56x45mm
Glen Doherty (Toby Stephens) armed with the carbine as a mortar round falls on the building.
DS Agent Dave Ubben (Demetrius Grosse) armed with the carbine.

Salient Arms International GRY Rifle

Tyrone "Rone" Woods (James Badge Dale), is seen using a Salient Arms International GRY as his rifle of choice, pronounced "grey" like the color. The rifle is equipped with EoTech sights, AN/PEQ-15 laser designator, and Salient Arms' trademark "JailBrake" muzzle device attached to the end of its barrel. During the MANPAD buyback scene, Boon is seen using a "GRY Rifle" in a sniper configuration with a Advanced Armament Co. suppressor attached to the end of the barrel without the "JailBrake" muzzle device, and a ACOG sight. Note that this weapon is anachronistic because this rifle, specifically the JailBrake and the rail it attaches to, was only developed and put to market in 2015. Also, the Magpul SL stock that this rifle is equipped with is also anachronistic since it was first marketed in late 2014.

Salient Arms International GRY - 5.56x45mm
Tyrone "Rone" Woods (James Badge Dale) with his Salient Arms Rifle (note the exposed titanium nitrite coated bolt carrier group, another signature trademark of Salient Arms weapons).
Tyrone "Rone" Woods (James Badge Dale) armed with his Salient Arms International GRY rifle during the attack. Note that this weapon is anachronistic because this rifle, specifically the JailBrake and the rail it attaches to, was only developed and put to market in 2015.

Heckler & Koch HK416D

The two Delta Force operators that accompany Glen Doherty to rescue the besieged Benghazi personnel are both armed with Heckler & Koch HK416D. The rifles are equipped with SureFire suppressors, EOTech 552 sights and, DBAL-I2 laser modules.

Heckler & Koch HK416 D10RS with 10.4 inch barrel - 5.56x45mm NATO.
The stock of the Delta operator's (Kenny Sheard) weapon is visible here.
In this BTS image, the actors portraying the Delta operators on the left hand side can be seen carrying the Heckler & Koch HK416D.

Heckler & Koch HK417

The Heckler & Koch HK417 is used throughout the film. The rifle is first seen earlier in the movie manned by Oz (Max Martini), providing sniper cover for the team when they buy back stolen Gaddafi weapons from arms dealers. The HK417 is then used by Boon (David Denman) during the remainder of the film. It is seen fitted with a Harris bipod, Clip-On Night Vision Device (CNVD), and telescopic scope.

Heckler & Koch HK417 - 7.62x51mm NATO.
Production image of Oz (Max Martini) taking aim with the HK417.
Oz (Max Martini) taking aim with the suppressed HK417.
The rifle carried by Boon on the left (David Denman).
The rifle in the background.
Close up on the CNVD.
Boon fires the HK417.

FN F2000

A merchant waves around an FN F2000 at the arms bazaar.

FN FS2000 - 5.56x45mm NATO
An arms dealer advertises an FN F2000. F2000s were sold to the Libyan Army and ended up in the hands of militants after Gaddafi's fall, though all images show them with the integrated scope and GL-1 grenade launchers.


Members of the 10th Special Forces can been seen carrying M16A2 rifles. A potential buyer at the arms bazaar can also be seen inspecting an M16A2.

Colt M16A2 - 5.56x45mm
The soldier second from the left is carrying an M16A2. It appears that the carry handle is dented inwards, suggesting that it may be a rubber replica.
The rifle at the arms bazaar has the same dented carry handle, meaning that it is the same physical weapon/prop as the M16A2 shown above.


A few militiamen are armed with AIMS rifles.

AIMS - 7.62x39mm
An AIMS rifles rest against the wall on the right.


AKMS rifles are used by the militiamen storming the Benghazi compound.

AKMS, stamped steel receiver w/ slant muzzle brake and under-folding stock - 7.62x39mm
A potential buyer at the arms bazaar holds the rifle.
Militants hold their rifles.
The militants advances with their rifles.


Militiamen can also been seen using the full stock AKM.

AKM, Stamped Steel Receiver w/ slant muzzle brake - 7.62x39mm
Militia forces use AK rifles to shoot at the American flag.
A militiaman with an AKM gets one in the head.

Norinco Type 56-1

Background militiamen can been seen with Norinco Type 56 rifles. Some February 17th Martyrs Brigade militiamen also use nickel-plated variants.

Norinco Type 56-1 (under-folding stock variant) - 7.62x39mm
Nickel plated Norinco Type 56-1 (under-folding stock variant) - 7.62x39mm
Some February 17th Martyrs Brigade members also use nickel-plated variants.


A militia member is armed with an FN FAL.

FN FAL 50.00 - 7.62x51mm NATO
The militant with the rifle.

Machine Guns

FN M249 SAW Paratrooper

Members of the Annex Security Team (AST), including "Tanto" (Pablo Schreiber) and "Tig" (Dominic Fumusa), are armed with what appear to be M249 SAW Paratroopers with components of the Rapid Fielding Initiative, but with no heat shields attached to either of them.

M249 Para with Rapid Fielding Initiative telescoping stock, short barrel, heat shield, RIS handguard, Picatinny rail, ACOG scope, and 100-round cloth ammo bag - 5.56x45mm
The LMG is placed on the table.
"Tig" lets off a burst from his SAW.
Tanto clears the room while armed with his M249.
Tanto (Pablo Schreiber) and another AST member open fire with their machine guns.
"Tig" (Dominic Fumusa) behind the SAW. In some scenes at the annex, he is seen with an M4.


Rone uses an M240B GPMG to defend the Annex.

M240B 7.62x51mm NATO with newer style lower hand grip (designed to attach RIS rails via hex nut)
"Rone" is seen manning an M240B.
Another view of the M240B.


A militia member storming the compound is seen with an RPD Light Machine Gun.

RPD Light Machine Gun - 7.62x39mm
The militant on the right is seen holding the RPD.
A militiaman fires the RPD as they move across the road.


Dual PKM machine guns are seen mounted on a vehicle during the attack.

PKM with latest version of Flash hider - 7.62x54mm R
Dual PKM machine guns are used.

DSHK Heavy Machine Gun

A DShK heavy machine gun is seen used by the insurgents mounted on a technical.

DShKM - 12.7x108mm
This vehicle is fitted with dual DSHKs on a tripod.
The DSHK can be seen on a tripod in the foreground.
The DSHK can be seen on a tripod, circled in red.

Browning M2HB Heavy Machine Gun

Browning M2HB machine guns are seen mounted on technicals used by the friendly February 17th Martyrs Brigade militia.

Browning M2HB on vehicle mount - .50 BMG
An M2HB as seen fitted on a Feb 17 technical.
Feb 17 members man the M2 Brownings fitted to technicals.

KPVT Heavy Machine Gun

An insurgent technical appears to be fitted with twin mounted KPVTs.

KPVT heavy machine gun - 14.5x114mm
"They've got a KPV."
A militant mans twin KPTV heavy machine guns in what appears to be an anti-aircraft mount.
A 40mm round tears the vehicle apart.


Remington Model 870

After securing Ambassador Stevens in the saferoom, DS Agent Scott Wickland (David Giuntoli) arms himself with a compact Remington Model 870 with a heatshield and vindicator grips. When the DS Agents are in a car chase with the attackers in hot pursuit, DS Agent Vincent (Kevin Kent) uses the compact shotgun to take out an attacking gunman who was close to shooting out their vehicle's bulletproof windows.

Remington 870 - 12 gauge
DS Agent Scott Wickland (David Giuntoli) arms himself with a compact Remington Model 870.
Sideview of Wickland's shotgun.
DS Agent Vincent (Kevin Kent) uses the compact shotgun to take out an attacking gunman.

Mossberg 500 Persuader

When the mysterious attackers begin their assault on the CIA Annex, the Annex's Cook (Shane Rowe) uses a Mossberg 500 "Persuader" to defend the compound at ground level.

Mossberg 500 "Persuader" with standard five-shot magazine tube - 12 gauge. This is the most commonly produced version of the 500 series today.
The cook arms himself with a Mossberg 500 when the assault begins.
Firing the Mossberg.


Heckler & Koch HK69A1 Grenade Launcher

"Tig" (Dominic Fumusa) is seen using a Heckler & Koch HK69A1 Grenade Launcher to take out an enemy technical as well as a couple of the attackers. "Tig" accidentally drops the HK69A1 as the team departs the burned Mission, and the grenade launcher is never seen again.

Heckler & Koch HK69A1 40mm
"Tig" (Dominic Fumusa) readies the launcher.
Firing the launcher.


The Benghazi attackers use large numbers of RPG-7s during their attacks on the Mission and the Annex throughout the movie.

RPG-7 40mm
A launcher and several RPGs are seen at the film's beginning.
A dealer attempts to sell RPG warheads to Rone.
Closeup of the RPG.
A militant mistakenly fires his RPG into the ground after being shot.

M1 81mm Mortar

An M1 Mortar is used to attack the compound in the final wave of the attack.

M1 Mortar - 81mm
The mortar tube smokes after being fired.
A militant prepares to load the mortar
Mortars can be seen next to the tube ready for firing
A mortar round about to hit the compound. This particular image is reminiscent of one seen in Michael Bay's Pearl Harbor.

SA-7 Grail

SA-7 Grails are seen at the MANPADS buy back scene at the racetrack early in the film.

SA-7 Grail (Strela-2) surface to air missile - 72mm
SA-7 Grails are recovered after being bought back.


M230 Chain Gun

An AH-64 Apache with its M230 Chain Gun is seen at the film's beginning.

M230 Chain Gun - 30mm
An AH-64 Apache with its M230 Chain Gun is seen at the film's beginning. This appears to be footage from Michael Bay's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

M61 Vulcan

The M61 Vulcan appears in the film as the secondary armament of USAF F-16 Fighting Falcons and US Navy F/A-18 Hornets.

M61 Vulcan - 20mm
Pilots race to their F-16 Falcons.
An F/A-18 Hornet launches at the film's beginning.

Arms Bazaar

During a meeting, an arms bazaar is seen with several weapons being held up for sale.

In addition to the AKs, M16, FN F2000, and the M14, an M1 carbine is seen in the lower left.


Boon is seen playing Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, and the weapon seen used in the game is the "ASM1" submachine gun. In reality, Advanced Warfare was not released until 2014, two years after the Benghazi attack. The latest Call of Duty game that was available at the time was Modern Warfare 3.

Boon sits in front of the screen that is playing the anachronistic Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

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