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The Outpost

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The Outpost
Video cover
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Rod Lurie
Release Date 2020
Language English
Studio Millennium Media
Perfection Hunter

York Films

Distributor Screen Media Films
Main Cast
Character Actor
Staff Sergeant Clinton Romesha Scott Eastwood
Captain Benjamin D. Keating Orlando Bloom
Specialist Ty Michael Carter Caleb Landry Jones
Sergeant Josh Kirk Jack Kesy
Staff Sergeant Vernon Martin Cory Hardrict
Captain Robert Yllescas Milo Gibson
SSG Gallegos Jacob Scipio

The Outpost is a 2020 war film directed by Rod Lurie and adapted from the 2012 non-fiction book The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor by Jake Tapper. The film depicts the real-life Battle of Kamdesh, which occurred on October 3, 2009 when Taliban fighters assaulted U.S. Army soldiers at Combat Outpost Keating in Afghanistan's Nuristan Province, resulting in one of the bloodiest battles of the War in Afghanistan. The film stars Scott Eastwood as Staff Sergeant Clinton Romesha and Caleb Landry Jones as Specialist Ty Carter, who both earned the Medal of Honor for their actions during the battle.

For the 2008 film starring Ray Stevenson, see Outpost.
The following weapons were used in the film The Outpost:


M4A1 Carbine

The M4A1 Carbine is used by nearly all of the U.S. Army soldiers at Combat Outpost Keating (COP Keating), including Staff Sergeant Clint Romesha (Scott Eastwood) and Specialist Ty Carter (Caleb Landry Jones). The M4A1 Carbines are all fitted with either Trijicon TA01 or TA31 ACOG scopes and side-mounted AN/PEQ-15 ATPIAL laser aiming modules.

M4A1 Carbine - 5.56x45mm NATO
M4 Carbine with M203 Grenade Launcher - 5.56x45mm NATO / 40x46mm
Staff Sergeant Clint Romesha (Scott Eastwood) aims and fires his M4A1 fitted with an Trijicon TA01 and M203 grenade launcher while responding to an attack at his first day at COP Keating.
Romesha and Hardt (Jack Devos) with their M4A1s. The carbines have M203 grenade launchers.
U.S. Soldiers at the outpost fire their M4A1s in the air during a three volley salute to a fallen comrade.
Captain Robert Yllescas (Milo Gibson) holds a M4A1 carbine during a patrol.
Specialist Daniel Rodriguez (portrayed by himself) fires a M4A1 Carbine during the battle. Daniel's carbine has a Trijicon TA31 ACOG scope.
A close-up of SSG Romesha's M4A1 reveals that the lower receiver was built by Oberland Arms, a German manufacturer of AR15-pattern rifles.
SSG Romesha wields his M4A1/M203 during the final battle.

AR-15 variant

Some of the U.S. Army soldiers at Combat Outpost Keating (COP Keating), most notably Specialist Ty Carter (Caleb Landry Jones), carry an unknown AR-15 carbine that is replicated to appear as an M4A1 carbine with the KAC quad rail handguard and LE buttstock, however these carbines feature a pencil M16A1 barrel, flat top upper receiver, brass deflector and an aftermarket/off brand forward assist which more or less closely resembles the Canadian C8A1 carbine.

Colt Canada C8A1 carbine 5.56x45mm with ELCAN scope. Also known as the "C8FT" (Flat-Top)
Specialist Ty Carter (Caleb Landry Jones) reloads his AR-15 carbine during the battle. Note that his carbine has a pencil profile barrel instead of the stepped heavy barrel that is seen on genuine M4 carbines.


The Taliban fighters who assault COP Keating are mostly armed with AK-47 variants. Local villagers and Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers are also seen with AK-47s.

Type 3 AK-47 with laminated stock - 7.62x39mm
A villager attending a shura at the outpost holds an AK-47 decorated with paint.
The villagers surrender their AK-47 rifles to CPT Keating as a sign of goodwill.
ANA soldiers with AK-47s patrol the outpost.
Taliban fighters engaging the soldiers are armed with several AK-47s.
AK-47 armed Taliban fighters charge one of the COP Keating's bunkers.

Arsenal AR-F

Bulgarian Arsenal AR-F rifles are used by Taliban fighters. The presence of numerous Arsenal ARs is likely due to the fact that most of the film was shot in Bulgaria.

Arsenal AR-F - 7.62x39mm
Taliban fighters armed with AR-F rifles advance into COP Keating. Note that the rifle in the foreground has a rail on the receiver for attaching sights.
Taliban fighters disguised as ANA soldiers infiltrate COP Keating during the battle.

SVD Dragunov

SSG Clint Romesha (Scott Eastwood) uses a SVD Dragunov sniper rifle taken from an Afghan soldier to engage an enemy sniper during the Battle of Kamdesh.

SVD Dragunov sniper rifle - 7.62x54mm R
SSG Romesha (Scott Eastwood) aims the SVD Dragunov sniper rifle. In real life, Romesha did in fact use a SVD Dragunov to silence an enemy sniper who was attacking one of the outpost's armored Humvees.
Romesha fires the SVD.


Beretta 92FS

The Beretta 92FS, standing in for the Beretta M9, are used by the officers at the outpost, including Captain Benjamin Keating (Orlando Bloom), Captain Sylvanius Broward (Kwame D. Patterson), and medical officer Captain Chris Cordova (George Arvidson). Specialist Daniel Rodriguez (portraying himself) is seen using a Beretta 92FS when responding to the initial Taliban attack.

Beretta 92FS - 9x19mm
CPT Benjamin Keating (Orlando Bloom) has a Beretta 92FS attached to a chest holster.
CPT Sylvanius Broward (Kwame D. Patterson) draws his Beretta 92FS.
A Beretta 92FS is used by SPC Rodriguez during the opening moments of the battle.

Makarov PM

A Makarov PM pistol is seen in the hands of ANA Commander Zahid (Ahmad Sakhi).

Makarov PM - 9x18mm Makarov
A Makarov PM pistol is chambered by Commander Zahid. Note that although Zahid is referred to as a commander throughout the film, the rank shown on his uniform is that of an ANA Sergeant First Class. Zahid is also wearing a CADPAT-pattern uniform rather than the Spec4ce Afghan Forest camouflage used by the ANA in real life.

Machine Guns

FN M240B

M240B GPMGs are used by U.S. Army soldiers while defending the outpost, most notably by Staff Sergeant Justin T. Gallegos (Jacob Scipio). SSG Romesha also uses a M240B during the Battle of Kamdesh.

M240B with newer style lower handguard (designed to attach RIS rails via hex nut) - 7.62x51mm NATO.
SSG Justin T. Gallegos (Jacob Scipio) fires a M240B during a firefight.
A mounted M240B is operated by SSG Gallegos during the Battle of Kamdesh.
Gallegos's M240B is struck by enemy fire.
SSG Romesha fires a M240B from atop COP Keating's generator.
Romesha attempts to reload the M240B.

FN Minimi (Modified to resemble M249 Paratrooper)

A modified FN Minimi, standing in for the M249 SAW Paratrooper, is used by U.S. Army soldiers during the battle. The weapon appears to have been an older model FN Minimi with its barrel shortened and a paratrooper stock added based on the retention of the flared flash hider and straight carry handle, and is equipped with an Elcan sight.

FN Minimi with 200-round drum - 5.56x45mm. Note 90-degree carry handle and flash hider design.
M249 Paratrooper with Picatinny rail - 5.56x45mm. This is a real blank adapted movie gun.
The FN Minimi is fired.
A U.S. Army soldier uses a FN Minimi while retaking COP Keating.
A side view of the FN Minimi as it is used to clear out a building.

PK Machine Gun

A PK Machine Gun is seen next to a dead Taliban fighter after the battle.

PKM with classic (most commonly seen) version of the flash hider - 7.62x54mm R
A PK machine gun can be seen in the background as members of the Quick Reaction Force examine a bomb crater.

Browning M2HB

Browning M2HB machine guns are mounted on the armored Humvees that are based at COP Keating.

Browning M2 .50 BMG
A soldier manning a Browning M2HB watches over a meeting between the U.S. Army forces and the local elders.
Specialist Zachary Koppes (Todor Barov) fires a Browning M2HB from a Humvee designated as LRAS-1.
The Browning M2HB mounted on a Humvee.
The Browning M2HB mounted on a Humvee designated as LRAS-2 is disabled by enemy fire.

M230 Chain Gun

The M230 Chain Gun is used by the AH-64 Apaches that arrive to provide air support.

M230 Chain Gun 30mm
The Apache is seen at the top.

Missile Launchers

M136 AT4

Sergeant Josh Kirk (Jack Kesy) retrieves a M136 AT4 rocket launcher when responding to the Taliban assault.

M136 AT4 Anti-tank recoilless launcher - 84mm
SGT Kirk grabs a M136 AT4 launcher.
SGT Kirk is seen carrying the M136 AT4.
Kirk attempts to fire the M136 AT4.


Taliban fighters use RPG-7 rocket launchers to attack the outpost during the battle.

RPG-7 - 40mm
A Taliban fighter holds a RPG-7.
A Taliban fighter with a RPG-7, disguised as an ANA soldier, flees after coming under fire.


M203 Grenade Launcher

M203 Grenade Launchers are mounted to some of the soldiers' M4A1 carbines.

M4A1 with 9" barreled KAC-manufactured M203 (non-A1) grenade launcher - 5.56x45mm / 40x46mm
Romesha (Scott Eastwood) and Hardt (Jack Devos) with their M4's and M203 grenade launchers.
SGT Kirk wields a M4/M203 while chasing down a fleeing villager.
1st Sergeant Jānis Laķis (Aleksandr Aleksiev) of the Latvian Army Mentor Liasion Team fires his M203 grenade launcher. Note that Lakis appears to be wearing a Chinese Type 07 camouflage uniform as a stand-in for the harder to obtain Latvian NBS pattern camouflage. Also, according to Clint Romesha's account, Lakis was armed with a Heckler & Koch G36 rifle, the standard issue rifle of the Latvian Land Forces.
SSG Romesha wields his M4/M203 during the final battle.

M18A1 Claymore

Specialist Rodriguez attempts to detonate M18A1 Claymore mines during the battle as the Taliban overrun the mortar pit, only to have them fail to detonate.

M18A1 Claymore anti-personnel mine with command cable and M57 'clacker' detonator switch
Rodriguez attempts to set off the Claymore mines.

M67 Hand Grenade

M67 Hand Grenades are used by COP Keating's defenders during the Battle of Kamdesh.

M67 fragmentation grenade with "jungle clip".
Soldiers at the mortar pit prepare to throw M67 hand grenades.

M120 Mortar

A 120mm M120 mortar is used by the soldiers at COP Keating to provide fire support.

M120 Mortar - 120mm
Soldiers load the M120 mortar.
The mortar is fired.

M224 Mortar

A 60mm M224 Mortar is seen in COP Keating's mortar pit, but is never used during the film.

M224 Mortar with M7 baseplate - 60mm
The M224 mortar can be seen to the left of the M120 mortar.



The real Ty Carter appears in a cameo role as a soldier who chats with Sergeant Michael Scusa (Scott Alda Coffey).
Henry Hughes, who served at the real COP Keating, appears in a supporting role as Sergeant Brad Larson.
Daniel Rodriguez, who fought at the Battle of Kamdesh, appears as himself in a supporting role.

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