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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Theatrical Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Michael Bay
Release Date 2009
Studio DreamWorks Pictures
di Bonaventura Pictures
Distributor Paramount Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Sam Witwicky Shia LaBeouf
Mikaela Banes Megan Fox
William Lennox Josh Duhamel
Robert Epps Tyrese Gibson

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is the second installment in the Transformers film franchise. Michael Bay returns as director and the 2009 sequel finds Earth threatened by a longtime enemy of the Autobots. The film would be followed by 2011's Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

The following weapons were used in the film Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen:



SIG-Sauer P226

A SIG-Sauer P226 is seen in a Blackhawk tactical holster on CMSgt. Epps’(Tyrese Gibson) vest, though he is never seen using it.

SIG-Sauer P226 9x19mm
CMSgt. Epps with his holstered SIG-Sauer P226

Beretta 92FS

NEST soldiers and the U.S. Armed Forces carry Beretta 92FS pistols in leg holsters.

Beretta 92FS - 9x19mm.
The NEST soldier wielding the HK416D has a Beretta 92FS in his leg holster seen in a behind the scenes image.


M26 Modular Accessory Shotgun System

During the battle in Egypt, U.S. Marines are briefly seen engaging the Decepticons with an M26 Modular Accessory Shotgun System attatched to their M4A1 Carbines.

M4 with M26 12 Gauge Modular Accessory Shotgun System
A Marine fires at a Decepticon with his M4A1, with the M26 MASS attached. Note how the Marine's M4 lacks a magazine of any kind as he seems to use the magazine well to hold the rifle as some form of grip; most likely due to lack of a proper grip on the M26.
As the Fallen lands in Egypt, the Marine on the left with his M4-mounted M26 MASS, which appears to be a rubber prop due to the C-More sight and front sight being filled out. Before the Fallen's strike, two Marines can be seen carrying M4A1s with M26s.


M4A1 Carbine

The M4A1 carbines is seen as the main weapon of both NEST and the U.S. Armed Forces. The ones used by NEST are dressed up with futuristic shell handguards (some including a raised rail that overlaps the bolt release) fitted with EOTech 552 Holographic sights and/or Aimpoint Comp M4 CCO optics, AN/PVS-14 night-vision scopes, Surefire Universal weaponlights, AN/PEQ-2 IR designators, Magpul P-Mags and either Magpul CTR or LMT Crane SOPMOD stocks. Other U.S. military personnel can be seen using regular M4A1's with varying accessories including Aimpoint Comp M2 CCO optics, Trijicon ACOG scopes, C-More red dot sights, Surefire Universal weaponlights, and RIS foregrips; some which also have under barrel weapons such as M203 grenade launchers or M26 MASS shotguns.

M4A1 with M68 Aimpoint scope and RIS foregrip 5.56x45mm
A NEST soldier armed with an M4A1 carbine durning Ravage's infiltration.
The rubber prop version of Epps's dressed up M4 - Right side
The rubber prop version of Epps's dressed up M4 - Left side
Major William Lennox (Josh Duhamel) with a dressed-up M4A1 in Shanghai.
CMSgt. Bobby Epps (Tyrese Gibson) wields a dressed-up M4A1 in Egypt fitted wtih an Aimpoint Comp M4 CCO optic and AN/PVS-14 night-vision scope behind it.
Captain Graham (Matthew Marsden) wields a dressed-up M4A1 carbine in Egypt. Besides the futuristic shell, the weapon is also fitted wtih an EOTech red dot sight and AN/PVS-14 night-vision scope.
Maj. Lennox stands ready with a dressed-up M4A1 carbine before the final battle in Egypt.
Three NEST soldiers ride in Ironhide's bed armed with M4A1 carbines; one with a C-More sight and foregrip and two fitted with M203 grenade launchers and Aimpoint Comp M2 sights.
A Marine fires at a Decepticon with his M4A1 outfitted with an M26 MASS. Note how the Marine's M4 lacks a magazine of any kind, yet the Marine is somehow able to fire multiple rounds out of his rifle at the Decepticons.

Magpul Masada

A NEST soldier is briefly seen using a tan Magpul Masada with a EOTech red dot sight during the Shanghai engagement.

Magpul Masada, 5.56x45mm/7.62x39mm
A NEST soldier with a Magpul Masada in this behind the scenes image.

Heckler & Koch HK416D

A NEST soldier is seen firing an Heckler & Koch HK416D with a 10.3" barrel during the Shanghai scene.

Heckler & Koch HK416D with 10 inch barrel, 5.56x45mm NATO
The NEST soldier on the left fires his HK416D in a behind the scenes image.


A number of M16A2s were seen in the hands of Jordanian special forces soldiers after their Black Hawk helicopter was shot down by the Decepticons in Egypt. A few can also be seen in the hands of U.S. military personnel when NEST is disbanded.

M16A2 5.56x45mm
A Jordanian soldier with an M16A2


Several M16A4s can be seen in the hands of U.S. military personnel when NEST is disbanded, fitted with RIS foregrips, ACOG scopes, and Surefire Universal weaponlights.

M16A4 5.56x45mm with ACOG scope, AN/PEQ-2 IR designator, and RIS foregrip
A U.S. Army soldier aims a M16A4 at the Autobots as NEST is disbanded.


AKMs were seen in the hands of Egyptian soldiers (incorrectly wearing Iraqi Republican Guard berets and shoulder boards) at the Egyptian/Jordanian border.

AKM, Stamped Steel Receiver w/ slant muzzle brake 7.62x39mm
An Egyptian border guard with an AKM slung.

Bushmaster M17S

A number of Bushmaster M17S rifles are seen incorrectly in the hands of Chinese police officers & PLA soldiers in Shanghai, fitted with an unknown red dot scope. These were likely used due to their resemblance to the Chinese-made Norinco QBZ-95 rifle.

The Bushmaster M17S Bullpup Assault Rifle - 5.56x45mm
A Chinese PLA soldier directs evacuees while armed with a Bushmaster M17S

M1 Garand

M1 Garand rifles with the metal parts chromed are seen in the hands of a military honor guard at the NEST base in Diego Garcia when the bodies of the NEST soldiers that died in the Shanghai operation are loaded onto an awaiting USAF C-17 Globemaster transport plane.

M1 Garand semiautomatic Rifle with leather M1917 sling - .30-06
A military honor guard holds ceremonial M1 Garand rifles as the bodies of slain NEST soldiers are loaded on a C-17.

Barrett M82A1

When the Decepticons are detected in the eastern United States, a NEST soldier can be seen carrying an Barrett M82A1 sniper rifle while mobilizing.

Barrett M82A1 sniper rifle .50 BMG
A NEST soldier (bottom-right) carrying a Barrett M82A1 sniper rifle. You can clearly see him straining to heft the massive .50 cal Barrett one-handed
Behind the scenes image of the NEST soldiers engaging Demolisher in Shanghai. The soldier standing up is seen with the M82A1.

Machine Guns

Mk 48 Mod 0

Several NEST soldiers are seen using Mk 48 Mod 0 machine guns, dressed up with futuristic shells, barrel shroud, M68 Aimpoint red dot scopes, Harris bipods, and M145 MGO scopes.

Mk 48 Mod 0- 7.62x51mm
A rubber Mk. 48 prop. - Right side view.
Another shot of the same Mk. 48 prop. - Left side view.
A NEST soldier awaits the final battle in Egypt armed with a dressed-up Mk. 48 Mod 0 machine gun

M249 Paratrooper

A few NEST soldiers are briefly seen firing dressed up M249 Paratroopers, fitted with futuristic shells, barrel shrouds, and M68 Aimpoint red dot scopes, during the final battle in Egypt.

M249 SAW Paratrooper 5.56x45mm with 200 round ammo drum
A NEST soldier firing a dressed-up M249 during the final battle in Egypt
A NEST soldier fires his dressed-up M249 during the battle in Egypt

Hand Held M134 Minigun

A Hand Held M134 Minigun is seen being used by an unnamed NEST soldier in Shanghai. Movie armorer Steve Karnes had the following to say about the film thread on our discussion forum: "You missed the hand held Dillon M134DT Titanium Minigun with a carbon fiber backpack ammo box with power source. I designed and built the hand hold mount for the Minigun. It's a different set up than the old style used in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. The set up for Transformers 2 is the same one we used in G.I. Joe except it was a standard M134 and not the Titanium model."

Airsoft handheld M134 Minigun with 'Chainsaw grip' to handle the recoil force. This variant was seen in Terminator 2: Judgement Day. This is an airsoft version which retains the half-circle attachment point for the M60 foregrip from Predator; the real T2 minigun did not have this - (fake) 7.62x51mm NATO
A NEST soldier firing the hand held M134 Minigun
Another shot of the NEST soldier firing his hand held M134 Minigun


A behind the scenes image of the NEST soldier with his minigun.
A behind-the-scenes photo of a NEST soldier with a hand held M134 Minigun. Note that the flexible chute attaches to the right side of the magazine "upside" down, as opposed to "right side up" on the left side and looped around to the gun like in Predator

Browning M1919A4

The Hummer HXs and H3Ts used by NEST are armed with mocked up Browning M1919A4s, made to looke like futuristic tri-barreled rotary guns that somewhat resemble the GAU-19/A by the addition of cosmetic outer barrels and spade grips.

Browning M1919A4 - .30-06
GD GAU-19/A with muzzle brake and mount - .50 BMG.
NEST soldiers respond to Ravage's infiltration of NEST headquarters in rotary gun-equipped Hummer HX's
A NEST HX armed with a roof-mounted rotary gun when Ravage attacks. These weapons somewhat resemble the GAU-19/A.

Browning M2HB

Browning M2HBs are seen mounted on several military vehicles, such as Humvees, M1A2 Abrams tanks, and M113 armored personnel carriers.

Browning M2HB on vehicle mount .50 BMG
A flechette-loded Browning M2HB mounted on an M1A2 Abrams tank. Unlike the first movie, this appears to be an authentic Abrams.
A Browning M2HB heavy machine gun mounted on a humvee.
A Browning M2HB heavy machine gun mounted on two M1A2 Abrams tanks. This particular image appears to have been reused for 2017's Transformers: The Last Knight.
The Abrams fires. Some of this footage was enhanced and reused for 2017's Transformers: The Last Knight.


Several M240 machine guns can seen mounted on M1A2 Abrams and UH-60 Blackhawks, namely the M240D and M240C.

M240C machine gun 7.62x51mm NATO
An M1A2 Abrams with a coaxial M240C machine gun mounted next to the main gun during the final battle in Egypt.
M240D machine gun 7.62x51mm NATO
A U.S. Army soldier fires an M240D machine gun mounted on an M1A2 Abrams during the final battle in Egypt.
An M240D machine gun door-mounted on a UH-60 Blackhawk.

Heavy Weapons

M242 Bushmaster Chaingun

During the final battle in Egypt, U.S. military reinforcements include U.S. Army M2 Bradley fighting vehicles armed with M242 Bushmaster chainguns as their primary armament.

M242 Bushmaster chaingun 25mm
An M2 Bradley arrives for the final battle in Egypt armed with an M242 Bushmaster chaingun.
An M2 Bradley in the center.

General Dynamics M197 Vulcan

Marines' AH-1W Super Cobras are seen with their three-barreled version of the GE M61 Vulcan, the General Dynamics M197 Vulcan.

M197 Vulcan 20mm chin-mounted on an AH-1Z "Viper", one of the newest versions of the AH-1 Cobra.
Super Cobras and Hueys are seen.

M61 Vulcan

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

M61 Vulcan - 20mm
A squadron of F-16 Falcons prepare to engage the Decepticons, the firing ports for the M61 Vulcan visible behind and slightly below the canopy of each aircraft.
F/A-18E Super Hornets prepare to launch off the carrier, the firing port for the M61 Vulcan visible on the nose of the Super Hornet facing the camera.

M230 Chain Gun

AH-64 Apaches with their M230 Chain Gun are seen at the film's beginning.

M230 Chain Gun - 30mm
An AH-64 Apache on a mission in China prepares to engage a hidden Decepticon. It appears that this footage was also used in Michael Bay's 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.
An Apache fires on the Decepticon.

Starscream weapon

Starscream can be seen firing his arm-mounted rotary weapon that resembles the M61A2 Vulcan several times in the movie.

GE M61Vulcan 20mm Cannon
The muzzle flash from the rotary weapon of Starscream.


M203 Grenade Launcher

During the battle in Egypt, two NEST soldiers riding in Ironhide's bed are armed with unmodified M4A1 carbine with attached M203 grenade launchers. U.S. Army soldiers and Marines also have M203s on their M4A1s.

M203 grenade launcher 40mm mounted on M4A1 5.56x45mm with folding rear sight & M68 Aimpoint red dot scope
Two NEST soldiers ride in Ironhide's bed armed with an M4A1s fitted with M203 grenade launchers.

Milkor M32 MGL

The Milkor M32 MGL is seen being held by a NEST soldier while suiting up. Seen in action by NEST troops throughout the film.

M32 MGL 40mm
A NEST soldier (second from right) carrying an M32 MGL

Sage Control SL6

During the Shanghai battle, one of the NEST soldiers can be seen using an Sage Control SL6 Grenade Launcher fitted with a C-More red dot sight.

Sage Control SL6 grenade launcher with C-More red dot sight - 37mm.
The NEST soldier on the right is seen with the SL6 in this behind the scenes image.

Rocket Launcher (mocked up from M136 AT4)

Several custom rocket launchers built up from the M136 AT4 are seen on the backs of NEST soldiers. The launchers are fitted with AN/PVS-4 night vision scopes and Hollywood embellishments (including what appears to be an M16 lower receiver), riding on a Can-Am Spyder during the Shanghai search for Decepticons. One can also briefly be seen as NEST soldiers are preparing for the final battle with the Decepticons in Egypt. The launchers would make a return appearance in Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

M136 AT4 84mm with AN/PVS-4 night-vision scope
Customized M136 AT4 launcher as seen in the film, with AN/PVS-4 night-vision scope
A NEST soldier in Shanghai with an M136 AT4 slung on his back.


In addition to the aforementioned Bushmaster chaingun, the M2 Bradleys that arrive to reinforce the protagonists are also armed with twin BGM-71 TOW launchers on the side of the turret, but are not shown firing them on-screen.

BGM-71 TOW mounted on Bradley IFV - 152mm
An M2 Bradley arrives in Egypt, the twin TOW launcher visible folded against the side of the turret


Heckler & Koch P2A1

A Heckler & Koch P2A1 Flare Pistol is seen being fired by Cpt. Graham (Matthew Marsden) in Egypt to mark the location of the NEST forces and the Autobots for Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf).

Heckler & Koch P2A1 26.5mm
A Heckler & Koch P2A1 being fired to mark the location of NEST & the Autobots.



There really is a NEST in the U.S. It stands for Nuclear Emergency Support Team (formerly Nuclear Emergency Search Team) and it is not a fighting force but has lots of scientists and bomb disposal experts. NEST usually counts on elite units from the various branches to help it with any fights or defensive postures. It is a unit of the US Department of Energy and deals mostly with detecting, controlling and deactivating nuclear devices or threats on U.S. Soil.

NEST Island Base

One of the main reasons why NEST, a US run special operations unit would allow British Special Forces into their ranks not only because they are one of the few foreign nations in which the US have had good special operations history with, but because of the island in which NEST's base is stationed on. The island, which is actually a live US Naval Base called Diego Garcia, was given to the US by the British for lease. Keeping the secret of the Autobots residing on the island from the British would not have lasted long, so in good faith payment I suspect the US government allowed the British to have their own Special Forces teams within NEST; which would make sense because in several of the battle scenes it depicts British Special Forces like the SAS involved. In exchange the British would allow the US military to have full operation control of NEST and the secret of the Autobots existence to be safe.

In many ways the island that NEST is based in is probably the most sound and logical place for a secretive Special Ops/Autobot Task Force. Diego Garcia is in the middle of the Indian Ocean, far away from any modern city which contains curious reporters, journalists, as well as pesky nerdy conspiracy theorists. And because it is an island with water on all four sides, and its waters patrolled by a heavily armed US Naval Task Force it would be literally impossible for any trespassers to sneak onto the island to collect evidence about the existence of the Autobots. That is unless you are a Decepticon as shown in the movie.


the SAS (Special Air Service) soldiers are seen wearing their sand colored berets in combat, which in real life would not happen. The sand beret is reserved only for ceremonial occasions and parades, and is substituted with either a bush hat (known as a "boonie hat" in the US) or a helmet when in the field, same as with US military headwear regulations.


Toward the climax of the movie's final battle, Agent Simmons contacts the US Navy via radio and requests for bombardment firing order of their classified railgun to fire on the Devastator Decepticon climbing on the Great Pyramid of Giza attempting to use the harvester. The railgun is mounted on the USS Kidd. The weapon is mounted in place of its standard MK 45 naval cannon. The establishing shot shows USS Preble instead of Kidd, but Kidd was actually used during production, so it is likely that some of the other scenes are filmed on Kidd.

The railgun gained a somewhat notorious reputation as a pure Deus Ex Machina, being used to conveniently resolve one major conflict with no mention of it beforehand and never being mentioned again afterwards. In reality, railguns are still experimental developments and probably won't be fielded anytime soon.

The railgun prepares to fire.

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