Famous Movie Guns
Firearms play a significant role in pop culture and films. Some models of movie guns are particularly memorable, either because they are used often or because their use was particularly iconic. At Armory, we offer a wide variety of blank-firing and non-firing replica guns, including replicas of firearms that have appeared in many well-known films.
Here are some of the most iconic movie guns that we offer:
.44 Magnum Revolver
The .44-Magnum-caliber Smith & Wesson Model 29 was made famous by the 1971 movie Dirty Harry. It's common to hear this gun referred to simply as the "Dirty Harry revolver."
In what is likely the most well-known scene from the film, the detective Harry Callahan, played by Clint Eastwood, gives a speech about how the firearm is the "most powerful handgun in the world. " This ends with the icon quote, "You've got to ask yourself a question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?"
Fun fact: The original version of the script actually included a compact 12-gauge shotgun instead of the revolver.
In the 1962 movie Dr. No, James Bond is given a Walther PPK to replace his Beretta M1934. This switch was originally made in the Ian Fleming novels due to a letter from a fan, firearms expert Geoffrey Boothroyd.
Boothroyd recommended that the Walther PPK should be Bond's weapon of choice because its caliber (.32 ACP) would be widely available anywhere in the world. The .32 ACP cartridges would also be more powerful than the .25-ACP-caliber Beretta Bond used in the books. As thanks, Flemings named Major Boothroyd, more commonly known as Q, after the man who made this suggestion.
The Walther PPK is synonymous with the Bond films and has been used by every actor who has played the spy.
It has appeared in all but five of the movies:
- Moonraker (no pistol)
- Never Say Never Again (Walther P5)
- Octopussy (Walther P5)
- The World is Not Enough (Walther P99)
- Die Another Day (Walther P99)
Variants of the Beretta 92 have appeared in several films.
In the first Lethal Weapon movie, Martin Riggs, played by Mel Gibson, carries a Beretta 92F. He uses a Beretta 92FS in the rest of the films. This is in contrast to Danny Glover's character, Roger Murtaugh, who carries a Smith & Wesson Model 19 Revolver. At the time, many police departments were in the process of making the transition from revolvers to semi-automatic pistols.
The Beretta 92FS also makes an appearance in Die Hard where NYPD detective John McClane, played by Bruce Willis, is armed only with this gun for most of the movie. At one point, he chooses to grab the pistol instead of his shoes. Aside from the MP5, the Beretta 92 is the only firearm that appears in all five Die Hard movies.
The Desert Eagle is one of the most widely-used firearms in pop culture. It appears in over 500 different movies, television shows, and video games. The XIX variant appears in The Matrix and its sequels, where it is the sidearm of choice for all of the Agents. This gun was chosen by the Wachowskis against the advice of the armorer working on the films.
Modified Mauser C96
The Mauser often appeared in Soviet films as a symbol of the Russian Revolution. However, one of the most interesting uses of this firearm on screen was not actually identified by its name.
Han Solo's BlasTech DL-44 heavy blaster pistol in the Star Wars films is a modified Mauser C96. The original version of the prop was actually built from a real Mauser that had first been used in the 1968 Frank Sinatra film, The Naked Runner. The version of the DL-44 that was made for Return of the Jedi sold at an auction in 2008 for over $200,000.
Purchase Movie Replicas at Armory
Armory has a large collection of replica guns from movies, television shows, and video games. Additionally, our high-quality blank-firing and non-firing models can be used for filmmaking and the theatre and we have a wide variety of options to choose from.