Tactical Gear in Movies

There’s a t-shirt on our site that is only enjoyed by people who are familiar with one of the best action movies ever made. “Now I Have A Machine Gun. Ho. Ho. Ho.”

So you know exactly what movie it’s from, and probably that Hans Gruber said it. But what’s that nice hard chrome piece that he’s using in Die Hard? And if you don’t know, how can you find out that it’s a Heckler & Koch P7M13?

The Internet Movie Firearms Database is one of the coolest sites on the web. People have gone through movies frame by frame identifying every single gun that been used in thousands of movies. It’s an amazing task that tells you:

What the heck that thing was: We’re sure you know guns, but do you know every gun? Most of us have a specialty…American arms, modern German firearms, guns used exclusively by the Marines…but no one knows every gun. That’s why, when you see of flash of a strange sniper rifle in a movie you can find out just what the company and country of origin, and if the prop department supplied the right prop ammunition for it.

If there were mods made: Ever wonder what guns were used as the base for prop guns in sci-fi films? Did you know that some guns in the original Star Wars were based on the Nazi’s Sturmgewehr 44? IMFDB has the best possible information regarding where the propmaster started before he added all of the extra junk on top.

If there’s a story: When I was eight my dad bought a Smith & Wesson Model 29 .44 magnum with the 8 ⅜” barrel, because that’s what Dirty Harry shot, “the most powerful handgun in the world.” But did you know that Dirty Harry shot both the 8 ⅜” and the 6 ½“ barrel in the same movie? And that it wasn’t truly the most powerful handgun in its day? There are lots of great stories at IMFDB.

So when you’re not busy shopping with us for full body armor or AR500 targets, spend some downtime with a drink and browse the IMFDB, you may learn something about tactical gear in movies!

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