Movie Guns: Volume 1

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First up, Assistant Editor John Burgman, with his movie gun picks: Pulp Fiction, released in 1994, is part crime drama and part parody of the hardboiled film-noir movies of yesteryear. It has a start-studded cast and some memorable one-liners… but it also has a lot of guns!
Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta use primarily 9mm pistols in the film.
Frequently, the guns are shown in chrome. Specifically, Star Firearms Model B 9mm in chrome.
Star’s Model B production saw many ups and downs through the early 1900s. Production quietly ceased in 1983. The gun was frequently updated over the years with minor tweaks, including the shortening of the barrel and changes to the sights.
The classic MAC-10 also makes an appearance in Pulp Fiction.
Dirty Harry, an early Clint Eastwood movie, prominently features Harry Callahan’s trusty Model 29 .44 mag.
Gun enthusiasts will notice the Model 29 and the Colt .45 in the film.
Switching to television for a moment, we turn to Magnum P.I., which aired from 1980 to 1988.
Magnum, played by Tom Selleck, primarily used a Colt M1911 (Gov.)
Magnum is, famously, a Vietnam War veteran, which might help explain his remarkable skill and accuracy with his firearms.
Starsky & Hutch, another television show, featured two Bay City, California, police officers, David Starsky and Kenneth Hutchinson, who cruised the city in their Ford Gran Torino.
Hutch’s trusty weapon was a Colt Python.
The Python, a .357 Magnum, is a double action gun that has been called “the Rolls Royce of Colt revolvers.”
Commando is about an elite, highly trained super-soldier stealing guns to save his friends. As you’d imagine with any Schwarzenegger movie (Jingle All the Way excluded), the featured guns are fantastic.
The M60 provides much of the action as Schwarzenegger (as John Matrix) is captured by the enemy.
The MAC-10 makes a brief appearance as well.
The Terminator, another franchise that was successful in large part because of Schwarzenegger and his impresive guns, features a number of guns–some authentic, some made up strictly for Hollywood storytelling.
The Terminator often relies on a modern-day 12-gauge, which speaks a lot about the gun’s performance, considering he comes from the year 2029.
You can’t have a Terminator film without Sarah Conner. And Sarah Conner sure has an array of weaponry. Here she is with her Colt AR-15 Sporter 1 Carbine mocked up as CAR-15 – 5.56x45mm
The classic Terminator look – stone-cold stare, gun and black leather jacket.
The A-Team, which aired on television in the mid-1980s, was about a group of Special Forces who are on the run and anxious to fight injustice.
Ruger’s Mini-14, among other rifles, was one of the team’s preferred guns. The guns were originally manufactured in the early 1970s.
As the opening credits state, “Ten years ago, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem…if no one else can help…and if you can find them, maybe you can hire The A-Team.”
Black Hawk Down, about soldiers stranded in Mogadishu, features many guns, including Springfield Armory M1A rifles and, of course, M4 carbines.
Die Hard, the 1988 action movie that made Bruce Willis a household name, showcases the semi-automatic Beretta 92F.
The Beretta 92 first appeared in the mid-1970s. Variations, including the 92S, 92S-1 and 92FS were designed for various military unites across the globe.
Nearly a decade after Die Hard, Bruce Willis starred in The Jackal, which featured a semi-automatic rifle…
The PSG1 originated in Germany. In The Jackal, it’s used for sniping.
No talk of movie guns would be complete without mentioning the Westerns. The entire genre is practically an extended celebration of cowboy guns.
There are a lot of guns from Westerns that we could mention, but we’ll start with the classic Winchester Model 1892. The lever-action rifle, designed by Browning, is seen in everything from John Wayne’s The Searchers to Chuck Connors’ The Rifleman. We might even have to have a entire photo gallery of Western Guns down the line. Mosey on there, cowboy.
Next up, Online Producer Eric Aichele, with his movie gun picks: I could go on and on about the fictional guns from Sci-Fi movie blockbusters, but for this first set of movies, I’ll stick to the basics. Jurassic Park is the story of a Grandfather trying to impress his family by bringing back animals that were supposed to be extinct. Oh, wait, am I being a little too loose with that? Either way. Dinosaurs need a little persuasion to be put into cages sometimes.
That’s where Robert Muldoon comes in with his Franchi SPAS-12 to keep them in line. “Clever girl…”
Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is a movie about guns, with a lot of guns, from a country that bans the use of handguns. Odd? Yes. Entertaining? Yes.
The whole plot is based around a pair of 12-gauge sidelock double-barrel shotguns that are worth millions of dollars ( or £ ). The exact origins of these guns is never really revealed.
While quite a few pieces make it into this film, one of the more notorious ones is this Bren MK1 Light Machine Gun. “It’s me brain gun…”
Next up is a movie some of you might know, The Matrix. There is a lot of lead flying in this film. Neo tends to use the M16 (SP1) pictured in the poster, but there is a variety of them in the film.
Trinity, for one, sports a pair of Beretta 84FS Cheetahs.
One of my favorite classics from the ’80s: Predator. Who’s really being hunted here? Not only does this movie feature two actors who have been governors at some point in their careers, but it also features some hefty firearms. Pictured in the poster is Arnie wielding his AR-15/SP1
Former Governor Ventura is seen in the film ( although briefly ) showing off his GE M134 Minigun Handheld.
The real hero of this movie uses a Plasma Caster to defeat his foes. But he’s also a cheater. Turning invisible? Really?
Not just any cop. A robot cop. Conveniently named RoboCop. Obviously a robot cop needs an amazing firearm to complement his awesome armor plating.
RoboCop sports a modified Beretta M93R Auto 9mm.
Here is a detail shot of the prop gun.
Snatch ****is yet another British film that has a few famous gun moments.
Bullet Tooth Tony, played by Vinnie Jones, displays his IMI Desert Eagle Mark I
Tomb Raider! A movie about, believe it or not, RAIDING TOMBS.
Lara Croft, wealthy, ruin-pillaging socialite, wouldn’t be caught dead without a trusty pair of H&K USP Match pistols.
You definitely cannot raid tombs without the proper protection.
Can you think of a movie weapon that we missed? Leave comments below and we’ll try to get them in Volume 2 of Movie Guns.