Deadliest Warrior (2009): S01E09 – IRA vs. Taliban


Deadliest Warrior is a 2009 documentary series in which the great warriors of history are examined for fantasy combat simulations.


IRA – the urban guerrilla from Ireland versus the Taliban mountain fighters from Afghanistan.

  • I.R.A. team: Skoti Collins (I.R.A. Descendant/Historian), Peter Crowe (I.R.A. Weapons Expert)
    I.R.A. weapons: Slingshot, LPO-50 Flamethrower, AR-15 Armalite, Nail Bomb
    I.R.A. armour: None
  • I.R.A. statistics: Height: 5 feet, 11 inches Weight: 180 lbs Gear Weight: 30 lbs
  • Taliban team: Fahim Fazli (Mujahideen Freedom Fighter), Alex Sami (Counter-Terrorism Specialist)
    Taliban weapons: Bayonet, RPG-7 Rocket Launcher, AK-47 Assault Rifle, PMN Mine
    Taliban armour: None
  • Taliban statistics: Height: 5 feet, 9 inches Weight: 160 lbs Gear Weight: 30 lbs
  • For short-range weapons, the Taliban’s bayonet proved more deadly than the IRA’s slingshot. The slingshot was a very accurate weapon (capable of hitting the eye socket of a skull), and its velocity was clocked at roughly 155 mph, but it did not provide sufficient killing power. The bayonet was declared the winner because it turned the already powerful AK-47 into a short range spear, ripping a reinforced cloth punching bag in half with repeated strikes, and puncturing a gel torso’s heart and lung.
  • For mid-range weapons, the LPO-50 flamethrower was paired against the RPG-7 rocket launcher. The LPO-50 (or rather, since the LPO-50 is banned in the US, a substitute flamethrower) burnt its targets at temperatures of 1500 degrees Fahrenheit. However, the effective range (920 meters), explosion radius, and killing power of the RPG-7 were unquestionable, giving it the edge in mid-range weapons.
  • For long-range weapons, the IRA’s AR-15 was tested against the Taliban’s AK-47. The AR-15 was capable of hitting a smaller target, meaning it was more accurate. The AK-47 was the victor of a reliability test involving mud. Geoff decided to take the assault rifles into his own hands to decide. In his test, Geoff liked the AR-15 better, earning it the win.
  • For special weapons, the IRA’s nail bomb was compared to the PMN mine. The nail bomb managed to take out all of its targets by lodging its nails into them. The PMN mine proved to be powerful enough to dismember limbs, but could only kill two of its five targets. The nail bomb was more effective at lethally damaging multiple targets, giving the edge over the PMN mine.
  • This is the first squad-on-squad battle on the show where a counter to tell how many men are remaining on each side was used.
  • The Taliban were the only warriors in the final battle to be killed with their own weapons (other than in suicide). One was killed by friendly fire with the RPG-7, and another was killed with his own bayonet after losing it in a struggle with the IRA leader.
  • This is the closest match-up of season 1, as well as the closest match-up with the original simulator.
  • The IRA are the first of two warriors to get the edge in explosive weapons and win (The other is the US Army Rangers).
  • According to the listed statistics, the IRA had a size advantage of 2 inches and 20 lbs. Gear weight was equal.

Reenactment 9

The battle starts with five Taliban militia climbing over a small hill leading to an abandoned car lot. They survey the area for potential targets. Meanwhile, an I.R.A. squad is sneaking through the lot, using the cars as cover. The Irish Republican Army leader leads his four men through the lot, but wind up running into the Taliban. Both sides manage to get off one kill with each of their assault rifles, the AK-47 and the AR-15 ArmaLite. Both teams scramble and run off in different directions. A Taliban member runs from an I.R.A. man in between two cars. As the I.R.A. man begins to catch up, he steps on a PMN mine and is killed by the explosion. The Taliban soldier escapes, but runs into an I.R.A. member wielding an LPO-50 Flamethrower. He is set on fire and desperately tries to shoot in random directions, but dies before he can make a hit. Another Taliban member runs up and shoots the flamethrower’s gas tank, causing it to explode and kill the I.R.A. soldier. Another I.R.A. man runs in between the cars, but is spotted by a Taliban member. He pulls out his RPG-7 Rocket Launcher and fires a rocket at the I.R.A. man, killing him. The I.R.A. leader slowly enters a run-down trailer, keeping an eye out for the Taliban. He opens a closet door and sees a hand holding an AK-47. He quickly moves to avoid the gunfire, and then pulls out the Taliban boss from the closet. The two get into a fight, with the Taliban boss throwing the I.R.A. leader against the cupboards. Outside, the Taliban member with the rocket launcher sees the two men and prepares another rocket. The I.R.A. leader pushes the Taliban boss against the wall and knocks him to the floor, then looks out the window just in time to see the Taliban member with the RPG-7 pointed right at the trailer. He quickly runs out of the trailer, leaving the Taliban boss inside. The Taliban member outside fires the rocket, unaware that the I.R.A. leader left without the Taliban boss. The Taliban boss gets up and sees the rocket flying towards the trailer, leaving only enough time to scream in terror before the trailer explodes. The other Taliban member pulls a bayonet off his AK-47 and runs after the I.R.A. leader. The I.R.A. leader turns and fires his slingshot, but misses. The Taliban man catches up and tries to stab him, but the I.R.A. leader swings a car door in his face. The two struggle to gain control of the bayonet and the I.R.A. leader gains the upper hand, stabbing the Taliban man in the throat. A final Taliban member rushes in with his own AK-47 and tries to shoot the I.R.A. leader. He picks up an ArmaLite from a fallen I.R.A. man and runs from the Taliban member, trying to shoot him as well. The chase leads to a broken-down bus. The I.R.A. leader runs into the bus and pulls out a nail bomb. He sticks it next to the exit in the back and gets out. As the Taliban member enters the bus, the I.R.A. leader blocks the exit with the Armalite. The Taliban member tries to open the door, but is unable to do so. The I.R.A. leader begins taunting him with the remote and then runs away. The Taliban member sees the bomb and tries harder to open the door. The I.R.A. leader runs to a safe spot, then presses a button on the remote. The bomb begins beeping, then explodes and kills the last Taliban member. The I.R.A. leader raises his fist and yells “Ireland!” in victory.

Winner: I.R.A.

Deadliest Warrior Series

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Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 31 May 2009.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Running Time: 42 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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