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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is the fourth installment in the Indiana Jones feature film series. Harrison Ford returns for his fifth appearance as the iconic archaeologist, who this time is in 1957 and on the hunt for an artifact known as the Crystal Skull while being pursued by the Soviet army. Steven Spielberg returns as director and the cast includes Cate Blanchett, Shia LaBeouf and Karen Allen, who returns as Marion Ravenwood.
The following weapons were used in the film Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull:
WARNING! THIS PAGE CONTAINS SPOILERS!
Webley "WG" Army Model
As in The Last Crusade, Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) carries a commercial Webley "WG" Army Model revolver as his main sidearm. He is seen cocking the hammer on one of the cemetery "guards", but doesn't fire it in the film.
The Tokarev TT-33 Pistol is carried by Soviet Army officers and KGB agents; the versions used in the film are actual Soviet made TT-33s and the Chinese Type 54 copy, which would have existed at the time (the '54' refers to the year of its adoption by the PLA), but would not have been used by the Soviets. You can tell because they have a large safety switch and the distinctive grips of the Chinese-made Tokarevs. Soviet TT-33s sometimes also have a safety, but this was forced upon importers after 1990 by the ATF, so many Soviet Era TT-33 pistols were drilled out and had a safety installed by importers in the 1990s. Soviets using TT-33s in 1957 is likely anachronistic, as it had been replaced from service by the Makarov PM in 1951.
A Browning Hi-Power is used by George 'Mac' McHale (Ray Winstone) in the film. Mac's BHP has an external extractor, which wasn't introduced until 1963. It also has the higher profile adjustable "beer can" sights first offered in 1971. It does, however, have the correct "ring" hammer, which was replaced with a spur hammer in 1972.
Colonel Dovchenko (Igor Jijikine), while disguised as US Army Colonel "Truman," carries a Colt M1911A1 pistol as his sidearm. This plastic and metal dummy Colt 1911 pistol, actually an airsoft gun (no longer capable of firing pellets), is a highly detailed copy of a real Colt 1911 pistol. Dummy pistols such as these are used during filming when a real firearm is not necessary as the actor is not firing the gun. They are also used for background actors to fill out the number of weapons in a scene, or as "holster stuffers." Keen eyes will catch that the "Prop Store of London"'s "official" version is an M1911A1, not an M1911, so the replica gun doesn't exactly match the blank firing weapon used on set.
M1 Carbines are used by the Soviet spies disguised as US Army soldiers and by Indiana Jones at the beginning of the film. Most of them are fitted with 30 round magazines. The ones with 15rd magazines are most likely non-firing plastic replicas.
Norinco Type 56-1
Almost all of the AK-47-type rifles in this movie are stamped-receiver Chinese Norinco Type 56s (fixed stock) and Type 56-1s (folding stock), including the one used by Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett) during the chase. Aside from the fact that the Soviets should not be using Chinese-made weapons, AKs with stamped receivers didn't exist until 1959, and the Chinese didn't go to the stamped receivers until 1963. So, although AKs were around then, these particular models are an anachronism. There is a very good possibility that the production crew used the Norinco Type 56 rifles as a "stand-in" for Soviet AK-47s since there are not many genuine Soviet AK-47s in the US as well as the Type 56 looking like the original Soviet-made AK-47 rifles from a distance (the Norinco Type 56 rifles have a smooth receiver cover that is similar to the ones used on the original Soviet AK-47 rifles). Also, the folding-stock model wasn't made until the early 60's, though the ones used might simply be stand-ins for AKS-47 rifles.
In some scenes, some of the rifles held by the Russian soldiers are AKMS rifles.
The Thompson M1928A1 held by Mac (Ray Winstone) in Hangar 51. The Thompson M1928A1s seen in the hands of the Soviet spies disguised as U.S. soldiers at the beginning of the film. This is slightly inconsistent with their disguises because the Thompson M1928A1 was replaced by the M1A1 by 1942, due to the drum magazines for it was being more prone to jamming, rattling when moving, and being bulky and heavier. It is presumed that these are Lend-Lease models, that the Roosevelt administration shipped to the Soviets as a form of military aid during the Second World War.
A Browning M1919A6 machine gun with the stock removed is seen on the GAZ 46 MAV in this movie, It is lost during the waterfall scene. It is possible this weapon could be a 'captured example' from WWII/Korea used by the Soviets prior to the PK machine gun, or on lease from Communist South American countries aiding the Soviets. A more likely possibility that the weapon was an attempt (and a fairly poor one at that) to imitate the design of the Soviet KPV.
Winchester Model 1897 "Trench Gun"
A Soviet spy disguised as a U.S. soldier is seen armed with a Winchester Model 1897 "Trench Gun" shotgun at the beginning of the film.
Type 69 RPG
An RPG-type launcher is seen used by Indy to take out a Soviet vehicle. This particular launcher resembles a Chinese Type 69 RPG and is meant as a substitute for the Soviet RPG-2, which was in use with the Red Army in 1957 (the date the film was set). In the film, the weapon is loaded with a PG-2 antitank rocket (a round which only the RPG-2 can fire), but the launcher still has the folding carry handle and thicker heat shield of the Type 69. CGI was utilized when the round is fired.
Mk 2 hand grenade
Jones uses gunpowder from several Mk 2 hand grenades to locate the highly magnetic box. The Mk. II grenade was filled with EC blank fire (smokeless firearm) powder.
In the United States, the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) does not allow firearms to be directly pointed at a person in the same screenshot in movie trailers that are deemed "approved for appropriate audiences" (so-called "Green Band" trailers). Thus, the studio resorts to CGI to disguise this fact. Below is an example:
For other examples, please see Cop Out, World War Z, and Iron Man.