SilencerCo, USMC M27: First time on the Big Screen!

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Firearms product placement within Hollywood movies always provides a fascinating look into how firearms are portrayed on the big screen. In this case, we have two firsts when it comes to product placement, that of the H&K M27 IAR, and the Radius from SilencerCo.

Man Down is a recent movie coming out portraying the struggle a young Marine goes through while serving. One of the main actors is armed with the M27 IAR. It is correctly pictured with the Trijicon SDO (with RMR atop), AN/PEQ15, Vickers Tactical 2 point sling, Harris bipods, and Knight’s Armament BUISs. Different battalions outfitted their M27 gunner with either AN/PEQ15s or 16s, depending on what the Battalion Gunner deemed necessary. Unfortunately, the movie got the location wrong because the M27 didn’t enter operational service until December 2011 when 1/3 was the first infantry battalion to deploy with the rifle to Garmsir District in Helmand Province.

The movie description mentions Afghanistan, but the actual setting within the movie is much more akin to Iraq with the massive built up, concrete urban areas, completely unlike the rural terrain and mud hut villages that Marines found themselves in through operating in Helmand Province. There were urban areas in Afghanistan that Marines were deployed to (most notably in the early stages of the war), however Marines would not have been wearing FROG suits and be armed with M4s, AN/PEQ15s, or M27s. So either way, the location and equipment just doesn’t match up. By the time we got the M27, the Iraq deployments had really come to a close, in the 2008 and 2009 time frame.

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xXx: The Return of Xander Cage will be coming to theaters next year, and has a number of firearms portrayed within the movie, but of interest is SilencerCo’s Radius laser range finder.

Colt Model 633 outfitted with a Daniel Defense Rail 7.0

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I was going to venture a guess that this is a SilencerCo suppressor, but I cannot find it in their product line.

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Rifle is a .308 DRD Tactical Paratus P762 with what appears to be a Schmidt & Bender PM series scope

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SilencerCo’s Radius laser range finder

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Miles V

Former Infantry Marine, and currently studying at Indiana University. I’ve written for Small Arms Review and Small Arms Defense Journal, and have had a teenie tiny photo that appeared in GQ. Specifically, I’m very interested in small arms history, development, and Military/LE usage within the Middle East, and Central Asia.

If you want to reach out, let me know about an error I’ve made, something I can add to the post, or just talk guns and how much Grunts love naps, hit me up at miles@tfb.tv


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  • Mr Mxyzptlk

    Firstly, the official synopsis for Man Down says that he is veteran returning from a deployment in Afghanistan, not Iraq as you surmised.

    Secondly, do you actually know that this is “product placement”? That is a very specific thing, where somebody is paying to have their product featured in a movie. This does happen with firearms, but it is pretty uncommon (one example would be the SEALs armed with M9s in Lone Survivor). Much more likely is that the weapon was picked by the director or armourer to be realistic.

    • Good calls, just looked up the movie description. In that case, then the entire setting is completely off. Depicting Humvees in very built up areas isn’t portraying Helmand Province correctly at all, the only province Marines deployed with the equipment pictured in the movie, FROG suits, M27s, etc…

      Also true, the movie might have just had an armourer that really knew their stuff. However, with movies such as Fast & Furious 7, literally choked to the brim with Magpul and Daniel Defense products, there has to be some product placement at the least…

      • Mr Mxyzptlk

        It is pretty rare for movie armourers to procure weapons or accessories for a specific project based on the whims of a director. Most of the time it is more likely the case that on the day the armourer will have a line of rifles and the director will point at the one he likes. You could argue that an armourer or prop house may be payed off by a company to use their products, but in the case of things like Magpul (or to a lesser extent DD) that is pretty much the industry standard way to make a Plain Jane AR look a bit more special.

        You will always get cases where weapons are specifically built up for a project (the first example that springs to mind is Suicide Squad where their were a number of custom weapons built to the film makers needs), but most of the time the weapon is already sitting on an armourers rack in that exact configuration before it appears in a film or TV show.

  • valorius

    A green haired SJW (at the very least look alike) behind the trigger of an Ar-15….now i’ve seen everything. o.O

    • Blake

      You must be some sort of wizard to be able to tell someone’s beliefs and stances solely based on their hair color. Or a troglodyte I guess.

      • Just sayin’

        “Hair that’s green, should go unseen”
        “Hair that’s blue, will make you hu3″
        ‘Hair that’s red, will make you dread”
        “Hair that’s black, is where its at”

        • Uniform223

          You can sleep with brunette
          You can sleep with a blonde
          But you’ll never get any sleep with a redhead

      • valorius

        I’m a wizard. How did you guess?

        Do you have green hair Blake?

        • Blake

          Never dyed my hair. But colored hair has way more to do with color preference than anything like political beliefs. You sound like a grandpa haha.

          • Anonymoose

            Unnatural hair color is a quite common trait among Hillary supporters and other genocidal radfems. It is the human version of warning coloration.

          • Blake

            Jesus christ, can you hear me alright pawpaw? You remember to take your Geritol today?

          • valorius

            LMAO 😀

          • valorius

            My SJW schaudenfruede is still in high gear after the events of the past week I guess. 😉

    • VanDiemensLand

      That is Ruby Rose, for the new Triple X movie, You’ll see lots of things in movies that you wont see in real life lol

    • Bill

      I see a fair number of green-haired women while i’m working. I can’t tell if it’s dye, mildew or algae.

      • valorius

        LMAO!

    • roguetechie

      My wife is definitely not an SJW, and while she hasn’t had green hair, there’s been pinks blacks reds blues and etc. Often in multicolored arrays.

      Hell, she not only let me cut her hair once… But somehow it also turned out really hot looking. (Total fluke I confess, DO NOT let me cut your hair! The one and only time being able to bust out a sexy haircut for a chick was crucial for me divine stylists guided my hands that day. I’m confident said noncorporeal stylists are in high demand, thus it likely won’t happen again)

      The wife also has several colors of pistols to choose from, holsters too!

      She’s even got a growing collection of long guns I’ve built and custom finished for her according to her whims…

      Consequently, I’ve got a wife who happily comes shooting with me and window shops apex and palmetto’s deals of the day with me.

      Maybe I just got lucky, but I suspect that my willingness to include her and willingness to do builds for her where I plaster on a fake smile while thinking please Jesus kill me now I’m building a pink Kalashnikov has something to do with it.

      • valorius

        Did you convert her to the light side, or did she come equipped from the factory with sanity?

  • Mr Mxyzptlk

    I don’t think that the ar-15 you pictured is a Model 633, if it was it would have the different brass deflector that the Colt 9mm guns had whereas this one has a normal A4 style upper (so even if it was a 9mm it would be a 991, 993 or 6951 based on the flat top). The gun also has a forward assist which rules out any factory Colt 9mm rifle.

    • Jonathan Ferguson

      It’s definitely not a 633, but it’s also not a pistol calibre model. If you freeze the video at 9 seconds in you can clearly see that it’s an M4 clone, i.e. 5.56, 14.5″ barrel with 203 cut.

  • Joe

    The story line is not being advertised as “Based on a true story” for all we know the story IS from Afghanistan….in 2020. There are Marines in other places in Afghanistan than Helmand, and even in Helmand there are concrete structures as depicted in the trailer and the ANA/ANP are regular users of Humvees.

  • RAED

    Judging from the markings on the suppressor, I think that’s an elite iron suppressor.

  • BXS

    MAN DOWN 0.11 sec , airsoft m16a4? See the “bolt carrier”, it seems a simply airsoft plate.

  • Patriot

    XXX, 0.34 here is the real “product placement”, “there are no more patriots, only tyrants and rebels……..” Globalist message to this film viewer kids.
    In the “MAN DOWN” i think that M27, “frog suits” (that said Miles V.) ….are more for mistake that “product placement”

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Shia Laboof is a tool.

    • A bearded being from beyond ti

      I knew someone would write a comment like this

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Why because hes a tool?

        • A bearded being from beyond ti

          People really dislike him, that’s all i know.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Yeah, hes an ass head.

  • valorius

    Glad you’re happy man. 🙂