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Anachronisms 

When David is jogging in Albania, he's wearing Apple's earbuds with the longer controls which included the mic. These were introduced with the iPhone 3GS in June 2009, well after the story takes place.
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Character error 

During the flight to Albania, when Bashkim's wife begs David Packouz for information about her husband, she speaks Romanian, not Albanian.
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Continuity 

At 18:05 when Efraim is explaining David, you see a couple, (girl with a pink top and a guy with a green trunk) coming from far away, in the next shoot, they are passing behind Efraim, and when the focus is on David, you can see them behind David.
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According to the talk show David is watching the night Iz tells him she's pregnant, it is late February 2005 and she said she conceived "a few weeks ago." Later in the film, a check given to Ralph is dated mid-September 2005, which is roughly 8 months later, but a few moments later in the film when Iz discovers David is selling guns instead of sheets, she says she's only 5 months pregnant.
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In the chase scene in Iraq when the smuggler enters the truck, the back of the truck seems fairly empty aside from some crates stacked against the cab. A moment later when they are celebrating being rescued by the American army, the crates are against the back of the truck, which make the truck seem full.
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When Jonah Hill explains the bidding concept with Robbie Friedman story, the background of Miles Teller is filled with people in one scene, almost empty in the next and again full in the next few seconds. As mentioned by other users here, the couple walking in the background is a notable error.
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According to news and talk shows seen on David's television the day before and after he started working for Efraim, it was late Feburary 2005. In voiceover, he states that he learned the business over the next six weeks, which would advance the story to mid-April 2005, but in a montage of him learning how to use the federal website, the synopsis for the Beretta webpage is dated in March 2006.
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According to news and talk shows on David's TV when he starts working with Efraim, it is late February 2005, and when they go to Iraq, his voiceover says he'd been working with Efraim for six months, which would be around late August 2005, but the date entered on the ledger when Efraim gets paid in Baghdad is for a date in June of 2006.
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Errors in geography 

When it is firstly presented Albania, in fact it can be seen a picture of Palace of Parliament, Bucharest, Romania.
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The hotel "International" where Packouz is sitting is not in Albania, it is in the center of Bucharest, Romania.
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Factual errors 

In real life, Efraim was obsessed with the movie Lord of War, not Scarface.
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While it is true that AYE, Inc. did win a contract to deliver Beretta pistols for US forces in Iraq, David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli did not transport the guns by truck from Jordan to Iraq. In fact they failed to deliver the guns and defaulted on the contract.
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It is true that before David Packouz worked with Efraim Deveroli, Packouz had a business selling bed sheets to retirement homes in Florida. However he did not sell the sheets directly to the retirement homes. Packouz bought the sheets from the manufacturer in Pakistan and sold them to the suppliers of the retirement homes. Unlike its portrayal in the movie, Packouz's business was moderately successful.
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While it is true that David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli did travel abroad for their business, they never traveled to Iraq or Albania.
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On the shooting range, both Efraim and David remove their ear muffs. Someone as knowledgeable about guns as Efraim is would never do this. The sound of a gunshot in a confined space can cause serious hearing damage.
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During the 'price tag sequence' showing American soldiers in Iraq the voiceover mentions M16 rifles, while the correct type designation would be M4.
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During a phone call with Captain Santos, who is in Baghdad, David Packouz's voice-over says, "Berettas are an Italian gun, made and manufactured in Italy." He describes this as a problem because of Italian export restrictions to Iraq. While this may be true, it's also true that Beretta has manufactured the M9 (the U.S. military's version of the Model 92FS) in the United States (at their Accokeek, Maryland, plant) since 1985, so exporting firearms of U.S. manufacture might have been a solution to the problem, though this was not mentioned in the movie.
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When one of the main characters had a gun pointed at his head in Albania, the masked man holding him stood directly behind him. If the shot were taken, the masked man would have been seriously wounded (at least).
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When the woman tells David her husband, Bashkim, is missing, she talks in Romanian, not in Albanian.
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A David Packouz voice-over says that they went to Rock Island, Illinois, for a big meeting with military procurement officers, and a few seconds later a caption reads "ROCK ISLAND ARMORY" as he and Efraim Diveroli walk down a long hallway. Rock Island Armory is a commercial entity owned by Arms Corporation of the Philippines, or Armscor. The military installation in Illinois is Rock Island Arsenal.
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David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli were not the same age as the movie claims. Diveroli is three years older than Packouz.
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Miscellaneous 

Even If re-packing the AK-47 7.62 bullets, with changing Chinese Boxes to plastic Bags, each Bullet Would have a clear factory information and production year in head-stamp.
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When Efraim is explaining bidding to David, using the 'Robbie Friedman' concept, a couple, a girl in pink bikini top with a guy in yellow shorts walk past them. Seconds later the same couple are seen coming towards them.
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Although they removed all the Chinese packaging, the bullet casing head-stamps would still give away the country of origin.
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While in a hotel room in Albania, the television is on, and what looks like the evening news is seen, the news reader is an Australian News Reader for Channel 7 in Sydney. His name is Mark Ferguson.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When David and Efraim meet with Henri the arms dealer in Las Vegas, David's voiceover says "When Iraq hung Saddam Hussein for crimes against humanity, rumor was Henri sold them the rope they used." The scene is set in mid-2006, and Saddam was executed in December 2006. However, David is providing an after-the-fact overview to the entire story.
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The government Web site request for quotes for Beretta 9 mm pistols refers to type 92, a civilian term. While the military designation for this firearm is M9, the contract in question was to procure pistols for Iraqi police forces, so the commercial designation for the Model 92 is appropriate.
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Revealing mistakes 

When David and Efraim are smoking from the bong with night-vision goggles on, the specks of dust in their masks are completely identical in all the reverse angle cuts (even though these are supposedly seen through two different pairs of goggles), showing that both angles were shot through the same lens or the same post-production effect was applied to all the shots in the scene.
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