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Beasts of No Nation

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Beasts of No Nation
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga
Release Date 2015
Language English
Distributor Netflix
Main Cast
Character Actor
Commandant Idris Elba
Agu Abraham Attah

Beasts of No Nation is a 2015 Netflix original film that is an adaptation of the 2005 novel of the same name by Uzodinma Iweala. The film follows Agu (Abraham Attah), a young boy growing up in an unnamed West African nation during a civil war. When his family is killed by government forces, Agu finds himself drafted as a child soldier in the rebel army run by the Commandant (Idris Elba). The film was the first original feature released by Netflix and was directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, who had helmed every episode of the first season of the series True Detective and was the director of the 2021 James Bond feature No Time to Die.

The following weapons were used in the film Beasts of No Nation:


Makarov PM

A Makarov PM pistol is the sidearm of Commandant (Idris Elba).

Makarov PM - 9x18mm Makarov
A Makarov PM pistol is seen in the hands of Commandant (Idris Elba).
The pistol is put to the head of Agu (Abraham Attah).


Sterling L2A3

The Sterling L2A3 is briefly seen in the hands of a policeman.

Sterling L2A3 (Mk.4) - 9x19mm
A Sterling L2A3 submachine gun is seen in the lap of the relaxing policeman on the right.


Double-Barreled Shotgun

Double-barreled shotguns are used by rebel fighters.

A rebel loads his shotgun.



Romanian AIM rifles are used by rebel fighters.

AIM - 7.62x39mm
A rebel holds an AIM rifle.
A rebel with a Romanian Pm. Md 63 rifle.


The AKM is another rifle commonly used by the rebel fighters.

Egyptian Maadi AKM - 7.62x39mm.
A rebel holds an AKM.


Agu (Abraham Attah) uses an AKMS throughout the film. The rifle has a smooth receiver cover and a Chinese Type 56 plastic handguard, but has the open sights and slanted muzzle brake of an AKMS. Rebel fighters are also frequently seen with AKMS rifles with triangular single strut folding stocks.

AKMS - 7.62x39mm.
Rebels with their rifles.
Rebels aim AKMS rifles.
Agu (Abraham Attah) advances with an AKMS.
Agu (Abraham Attah) holds his rifle.

Colt M16A2

UN peacekeepers are armed with M16A2 rifles just when they meet face to face with the rebels, which they decide to surrender.

Colt M16A2 Rifle - 5.56x45mm. Select Fire rifle (Safe/Semi/3 round Burst Only).
A UN peacekeeper holds a M16A2.

Heckler & Koch G3A3

MONUC peacekeepers, government soldiers and rebels are armed with Heckler & Koch G3A3 rifles.

Heckler & Koch G3A3 with wide handguard - 7.62x51mm NATO
Government troops storm a building with G3A3 rifles.
A soldier holds a G3A3. The rifle is equipped with a carry handle.
A rebel cleans his G3A3.
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Norinco Type 56

Some rebel fighters use early-model Norinco Type 56 rifles, as distinguished by their milled receivers and hooded sights.

Norinco Type 56, milled receiver without the under-folding ("pig sticker") bayonet - 7.62x39mm. This is the "sanitized" (M22-code) exportversion made with no factory markings and the selector markings in the latin alphabet (L for full-auto and D for semi-auto).
The Type 56 rifle is slung.
The milled receiver can be seen in this shot.

Machine Guns


FN MAG-58 machine guns are seen used by both government and rebel forces.

FN MAG-58 - 7.62x51mm NATO.
A rebel holds a FN MAG while the commandant observes a battle.
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Browning M1919A4

Browning M1919A4 machine guns are seen on some military vehicles.

Browning M1919A4 on a pedestal mount - .30-06.
A government soldier fires a Browning M1919 mounted on a South African manufactured Ratel Wheeled APC.
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Browning M2HB

Browning M2HB machine guns are seen mounted on government jeeps and rebel technicals.

Browning M2 - .50 BMG.
A M2HB machine gun is hoisted up a cliff side.
Rebels fire a pickup-mounted M2HB.


Type 69 RPG

Rebels are seen armed with the Chinese Type 69 RPG launcher.

Chinese Type 69 RPG - 40mm
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