Deadliest Warrior (2010): S02E02 – SWAT vs. GSG9


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


SWAT, the upper branch of the US law enforcement, vs. GSG 9, the elite counter-terrorist organisation of Germany.

  • SWAT team: Jon Darrah (9 Year SWAT Veteran), Steve Gordon (Metro SWAT Operator)
    SWAT weapons: Benelli M4 Shotgun, LWRC PSD Rifle, Remington 700 Sniper Rifle, Taser Shockwave
    SWAT armour: Kevlar Vest, Combat Helmet
  • GSG 9 team: Michael Nagel (Former German Infantry), Damien Puckler (GSG 9 Combat Instructor)
    GSG 9 weapons: Remington 870 Shotgun, HK G36, HK PSG1 Sniper Rifle, Stingball Grenade
    GSG 9 armour: Kevlar Vest, Gefechtshelm Schuberth B826 Helmet
  • For Short Range weapons, the GSG9 team used the Remington 870, a pump shotgun with a slower cycle than the SWAT’s semiautomatic Benelli M4 Super 90. In the first test, the SWAT team destroyed its six targets in less time. In the second test, the GSG9 was far more devastating and accurate, destroying the target’s head in 17.35 seconds. The Benelli was also accurate, delivering a kill in every shot, and making it in 11.25 seconds. Finishing their target during both tests in less time gave the advantage to the SWAT team’s Benelli.
  • For Mid Range weapons, each team ran a simulation: rescue a hostage from three enemies, while securing three bystanders. The GSG9 experts, armed with the HK G36 Assault rifle, completed their simulation in 1 minute and 27 seconds. The SWAT team completed the course in 1 minute and 20 seconds. The SWAT’s LWRC-PSD utilised higher calibre bullets, and therefore killed with much more damage in less time; earning it the advantage in middle-ranged weapons.
  • For Long Range weapons, the SWAT team’s Remington 700 destroyed the skull of its target by shooting it through the left eye. The GSG9’s HK PSG1, however, was able to kill its target by shooting it through the right eye; saving the hostage from kidnapping and being spattered in blood. In addition, the PSG1 was more accurate in hitting its target by about 1/8 of a centimetre, so it earned the advantage in long-ranged weapons.
  • For special weapons, the GSG9 stingball grenade was tested in a room with test figures, but hit only one of its targets. The SWAT team’s Taser shockwave is a weapon composed of 36 Tasers mounted together. At 25 feet, it managed hit all five of its targets while only deploying half of its arsenal. During a test of a single Taser, it was able to bring down its live target non-violently. Therefore, the Taser won the special weapons advantage. The Taser was the first and, to date, only weapon on Deadliest Warrior to be tested on a living subject.
  • This is the first squad on squad battle that featured four on four instead of the traditional five on five.
  • This is the first match which does not have melee weapons.
  • SWAT is one of only three warriors to receive the edge in 3 out of 4 weapons match-ups (the Māori Warrior and Vlad the Impaler being the others).
  • SWAT is one of six warriors with no battle cry at the end.
  • SWAT is the fifth of fourteen warriors to win after scoring more kills at mid range and long range.
  • The SWAT leader has claimed the most human kills in a four-on-four squad match, with three kills.
  • The HK PSG1 and the Benelli M4 Super 90 are the fifth and sixth weapons to be given the edge and score fewer kills than the opposing weapons.
  • True to their billing as non-lethal weapons, neither the stingball grenade nor the Taser shockwave scored any kills in the simulation (although the Taser has been reported to unintentionally cause fatalities). They are the fourth and fifth weapons not to score kills.

Re-enactment 10

The battle begins with the SWAT team’s armored van parking near a series of abandoned buildings and parked cars. The squad’s captain looks into his binoculars and sees 4 GSG9 members approaching from the other side of the area. The SWAT team splits up, with 3 of the members going off in different directions and the leader setting himself down to set up his Remington 700 sniper rifle. The GSG9 also split up, with each team going into different buildings. In one building, a member of the SWAT team sets up his taser shockwave and hides in another room. A GSG9 member enters the same warehouse, gun in hand. The SWAT team member watches as the GSG9 member slowly crosses the room, then pushes a button on his remote. The taser shockwave shoots out hooks that latch on to the GSG9 member and electrocutes him. A nearby GSG9 hears the commotion and runs in to find his teammate dazed and on the floor. He sees the cord connecting the taser to the remote control and follows it to the next room. The SWAT member tries to shoot the GSG9 man with his LWRC PSD, but misses and is shot himself with the HK G36. The GSG9 member then proceeds to remove the taser hooks from his teammate. The two exit the building, deciding on which building to enter next. The SWAT team captain sees them and shoots one with the sniper rifle, causing the other to flee. He runs up to the roof of a building, sets up his HK PSG1 sniper rifle, and begins to search for a SWAT team member to shoot at. Down below, a SWAT team member is chased into a building by two GSG9 members. The two GSG9 members approach the building, where the SWAT team member tries to shoot them from inside with his Benelli M4 shotgun. One of them tries to fire back with his Remington 870 shotgun, but misses. He pulls out a Stingball Grenade and throws it into the room. It explodes right next to the SWAT member, throwing him to the floor. The GSG9 member then quickly runs in and dispatches him. He enters the next room and finds an exit, only to be shot by a SWAT member and his LWRC PSD. The GSG9 member on the roof sees this and shoots him with his sniper rifle. However, he is spotted by the SWAT team captain and is picked off by the SWAT’s sniper rifle. The SWAT team captain then gets up and runs for cover, with the last GSG9 member not too far behind. He hides on the hill behind the SWAT van, slowly approaching it with his Remington 870 shotgun. He opens it from the back, only to find it empty. The SWAT captain, hiding in a parked 4X4 steps out with his Benelli M4. The GSG9 member turns around and tries to fire his gun, but the SWAT team captain shoots first and kills him. The SWAT captain slowly approaches the GSG9 member to make sure he is dead, then turns and removes his goggles.

Winner: SWAT.

Deadliest Warrior Series

You can find a full index and overview of Deadliest Warrior here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 20 April 2010.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Running Time: 42 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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