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Avatar: The Way of Water
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Avatar: The Way of Water is the 2022 science fiction adventure sequel to 2009's Avatar. The sequel was once again co-written and directed by James Cameron and the cast includes Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver (in a different role), and Zoe Saldana with Stephen Lang and newcomers Cliff Curtis, CCH Pounder, and Kate Winslet. The feature film sequel was released to theaters on December 16, 2022.
The following weapons were used in the film Avatar: The Way of Water:
WARNING! THIS PAGE CONTAINS SPOILERS!
Resources Development Administration Security Operations (RDA SecOps) / Cetacean Operations (RDA CetOps) / Project Pheonix Recombinants
The AVR-30 Machine Gun is seen in the hands of Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and other loyal Avatars to the Na'Vi in his retelling of the ending of the the first film. The machine gun was previously used as a door gun on the SA-2 Samson tiltrotors, and as an assault rifle by the ten-foot-tall Avatars but seems to have been replaced by the MBS-9M .50 Caliber "Hydra" Tri-Barreled Machine Gun now as the main door guns of the newer SA-9 Kestrel Gunships and by the Recom M69-ARs for the Avatars / Na'Vi.
The weapon was built around an M60 machine gun, sheathed within CNC machined alloy housings (as well as assorted add-ons), and the end product still bears a close resemblance to the M60. It uses a side-mounted detachable drum magazine (very closely resembling a conical MG42 or MG3 magazine) instead of an ammo belt.
MBS-9M .50 Caliber "Hydra" (Tri-Barreled Machine Gun)
The MBS-9M "Hydra" Tri-Barreled Machine Gun returns from the first film now appearing to be the standard door guns on the modern Aerospatiale SA-9 Kestrel Gunship and now also as a portable squad automatic weapon with a bipod and ammunition box with a feed chute (in similar configuration as Blaine's M134 hand held minigun in Predator) carried by Project Pheonix member Mansk (Kevin Dorman). A few MBS Hydra machine guns are also seen as emplacements on board the CetOps S-76 SeaDragon mothership, Matador and Picador boats.
The MBS-9M "Hydra" is a Tri-Barreled Machine Gun that fires .50 Caliber Uranium "Needle" Rounds, resembling the General Dynamics GAU-19/A however the three barrels on the Hydra do not spin like a GAU, but all three barrels fire in full-automatic simultaneously.
SN-9 WASP (Custom Break-open Revolver)
A WASP revolver returns once again as the sidearm of Col. Quaritch (Stephen Lang) carried in a cross draw leather leg holster like he did in the first film and uses 9mm hypervelocity sabot rounds. Because of Quaritch's duplicated consciousness was put into a 20-year-old Recom under Project Phoenix, the revolver appears to have been enlargened to fit in scale with the Colonel's Avatar hand.
The revolver is said to have been based on the Russian revolver MP-412 REX which it also bears resemblence to but the original prop was actually assembled around a Ruger GP100 .357 Magnum using CNC machined alloy housings over top of the real weapon. Hammer tang was cut off meaning it could only be fired double action and the prop was designed to appear as though it has a break-open action, however it retains the "flip-out" cylinder of the donor weapon (at some considerable technical effort) in order for it to be able to be loaded and fired (blanks). There was only ONE hero prop, and at least one stunt prop (distinguishable by the back of the trigger being filled in as in pic below).
GS-221 Base Carbine unit (Standard Issue Rifle)
The RDA SecOp soldiers on Pandora use the fictional GS-221 BCU modular rifle. The props, realized by Weta Workshop, have been built in at least 2 primary variants: the Standard Issue Rifle GS-221 and the Personal Defence Weapon (PDW) variant with a shorter barrel. Max Patel (Dileep Rao) is seen briefly carrying a GS-221 Base Carbine in Jake's retelling of the ending of the first film. In the final battle a majority of RDA SecOps and CetOps operatives use the rifles against the Sully's.
The Recom M69-AR or Skei 69-AR is a large frame assault rifle standard issue and specifically designed for the RDA SecOps EXO-32 Light Mobility Platform aka "Skel Suit" operators and/or by members of the Project Pheonix Recom Avatar unit under Quaritch's (Stephen Lang) command which he carries as well. The Na'vi including Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) himself also use captured rifles as their standard assault rifles due to their appropriate frame scale design. Manufactured by Freeborn Ballistics boasting with the firepower of a Browning machinegun, the rifle is chambered in .50 caliber BAT (12,7x76mm) to allow effective firepower in the hands of a Skel Suit operator and appears to have been based on the Magpul Masada and/or Remington ACR, mostly on part of the rear reciever, pistol grip, fire selector and the cheek pad with a Vltor Modstock like retractable buttstock. When Jake cleans his rifle, it opens pivot much like the Colt M16 rifle family.
Norm Spellman (Joel David Moore) is briefly seen armed with a CARB Combat Shotgun in Jake's retelling of the ending of the first film. Upon the humans eventual return to Pandora, a RDA SecOps soldier in a flameproof suit carries a Combat Shotgun. In the final battle a majority of RDA operatives use the shotgun. The live fire props were based on Norinco HP9-1/Norinco Hawk 982 shotguns.
Bush Boss FD-11 (Flamethrower Unit)
RDA SecOps soldiers are seen using Bush Boss FD-11 (Flamethrower Unit) in the start of the film upon retelling to Pandora.
The Chunker is an automatic grenade launcher used by the CetOps operators on board the Picador boat for hunting the Tulkuns and for self-defence purposes against attacking Na'vi or marine creatures from Pandora. The automatic grenade launcher appears to have been inspired and based on the Mk 47 Mod 0 Grenade Launcher but seemingly enlarged, including it's grenade belt rounds which are 90mm (3.5") depth charges fed from the left side.
GAU 33-K Stub Wing Gun
The GAU 33-K Stub Wing Gun is the main nose auto cannon on the Aerospatiale SeaWasps and the SA-9 Kestrel Gunships. The tri barreled auto cannon appears to be based on the General Dynamics M197 Vulcan.
GAU-90 30mm Autocannon (Fictional Heavy Cannon)
The GAU-90 30mm Autocannon is brefly seen carried at the start of the film by RDA Sec Ops soldiers in AMP suits upon returning to Pandora.
Gatling-style Guns resembling the M61 Vulcan are seen on General Frances Ardmore's (Edie Falco) Dragon gunship.
The Dragon Assault Ship, in line with modern-day gunships also is seen equipped with multi-rocket launchers on it's wings.