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Best Guns from the John Wick Series

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve likely watched the John Wick series of movies. These action-packed features are full of some of the coolest guns and the best firearms handling in Hollywood. This is because Keanu Reeves, the star of the films, trained with professional shooter Taran Butler to prepare for the role.

With so many incredible firearms in the movies, trying to narrow it down was certainly a task. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but here are some of the best guns from the John Wick series.

Editor’s Note: There are some possible spoilers of scenes, but I’ve avoided major plot points. Although, if you haven’t seen the series at this point, what are you waiting for?

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Wick holding his compensated HK P30L. Photo from IMFDB.

Handguns

Starting off with handguns, John Wick uses a slew of high-quality pistols. In the first movie, he is mostly seen with two HK P30L pistols outfitted with compensators. The P30L is an incredibly durable and reliable double-action/single-action pistol used by military and law enforcement units. The German company is known for making some of the most dependable firearms in the world.

In the second movie, Wick upgrades to a custom Glock 34 built by Taran Tactical Innovations (TTI). This takes the Glock, a pistol known for durability and reliability, to the highest level of performance with key upgrades such as improved sights, grip stippling, extended controls, and a match-grade barrel. Later in the film, he is given a Kimber Warrior .45 ACP 1911, with a 7-round magazine capacity, to finish the job.

Finally, in the third movie, Wick runs a TTI Combat Masterpiece 2011 chambered in 9×19 Major in the climactic shootout in the Continental Hotel. In my opinion, this is one of the nicest and coolest firearms ever produced (with a price tag to match). It features aggressive slide cuts for easy manipulation, a 5.4-inch match-grade bull barrel, and an impressive stipple job on the grip — only the best of the best for John Wick.

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The TTI JW3 Combat Masterpiece is stunning. Photo from TTI.

Wick doesn’t just use modern tactical options, he’s also shown using older guns as well. In the third movie, Wick is handed a customized Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless as he makes the decision on his next move and whether to stand against the High Table. At the beginning of the movie, he races to build a functioning Remington 1875 single-action revolver out of spare working parts from other revolvers in a museum. Additionally, the first shots of the third movie are fired out of a modern classic, the Bond Arms Texas Defender Derringer 9mm. Later, the company created a limited edition “Wicked” model with a JW serial number that’s modeled after the one used in the film.

Rifles

When Wick needs some heavier firepower, he turns to a number of incredible rifles to get the job done. In the first movie, Wick uses a DTA Stealth Recon Scout as he infiltrates the compound where his target is guarded. This is a bullpup .308 Winchester bolt-action rifle that packs a lot of power in a compact and maneuverable package. Additionally, his friend Marcus helps him along the way with a Takedown Ruger M77 for those long-range shots to back him up.

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Wick aiming his DTA SRS as he prepares to enter the compound. Photo from IMFDB.

In the second movie, Wick packs a TTI TR-1 Ultralight for his great escape in the catacombs. Chambered in 5.56 NATO with an 11.5-inch barrel, this SBR is configured with a Trijicon Accupoint optic and an RMR on a canted rail. 

A SIG Sauer MPX upgraded by Taran Tactical shows up in the third movie when Wick is defending himself from the High Table enforcers in the Continental Hotel. Chambered in 9mm Luger, it’s not as powerful as a traditional rifle, but has very little recoil and offers fast follow-up shots. 

Shotguns

Wick’s heavier firepower doesn’t end there, he also uses some top-tier shotguns. In the first movie, he is shown using a Kel-Tec KSG pump-action shotgun. The KSG features dual magazine tubes, making it one of the highest capacity pump-action shotguns around.

Kel-Tec KSG
The Kel-Tec KSG is a truly unique pump-action shotgun.

In the second movie, Wick uses a Benelli M4 Super 90 with TTI upgrades in the catacombs. Some of the features include an extended magazine tube, fixed stock with pistol grip, and a spare shell holder. The Benelli M4 is about as rugged as it comes in the combat shotgun world, so it makes sense for Wick to use.

In the third movie, when Wick requires something with more “oomph,” he turns to the classic Benelli M2, this version of course upgraded with all the bells and whistles from TTI. The Benelli M2 is a semi-auto shotgun that utilizes the simple and reliable inertia-driven recoil system. At the same time, his friend Charon, the concierge, runs a Benelli M4, a gas-operated version with a similar design to back him up.

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The JW3 Benelli M2 from TTI features all the bells and whistles. Photo from TTI.

Support Gear

Aside from firearms, John Wick uses some amazing gear fit for an action hero. As far as blades, in the second movie, he is shown fighting with a Microtech Combat Troodon. Microtech makes some of the best automatic knives that are ready for serious use. In the later movies, Wick is outfitted with his lightweight, yet durable, bulletproof suit. Reinforced with a kevlar lining, this gives him the maneuverability and protection needed to get the job done. Finally, of course, it wouldn’t be John Wick without his trusty pencil. Known for using a pencil to dispatch his enemies in a pinch, this writing utensil makes several appearances throughout the series.

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The Microtech Combat Troodon is a high-quality OTF automatic knife. Photo from Microtech.

Conclusion

I could go on and on, but you get the point. The John Wick series is filled with some of the most badass firearms and best action I’ve seen in a while. The training and consulting from Taran Tactical Innovations definitely paid off. If you’re a fan of action movies and haven’t checked it out yet, you’re missing out.

What do you think of the John Wick series? Do you have any other favorite guns from the films? Share your answers in the comment section.

About the Author:

Alex Cole

Alex is a relatively young firearms enthusiast who’s been shooting consistently for around seven years. Though he is fairly new to the industry, he loves consuming all information related to guns and is constantly trying to enhance his knowledge, understanding and use of firearms. Not a day goes by where he doesn’t do something firearms-related.

Alex tries to visit the range at least a couple of times a month to maintain and improve his shooting skills. He also enjoys disassembling and reassembling firearms to see how they work and to keep them properly cleaned and maintained. He installs most of the upgrades to his firearms himself, taking it as a chance to learn.

Additionally, he is very into buying, selling and trading guns to test different firearms and learn more about them. He is not only interested in modern handguns and rifles, he appreciates the classics for both historical value and real-world use.
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Comments (7)

  1. The John Wick series was great until JWIII. The plot and direction sucked. TOO many never-ending fight scenes, the trip to the desert, the fall down multiple stories and surviving-BULLSHIT. Best part? Halle Berry and the fur missiles!
    Hope #4 is back on track!

  2. I was not new to H&K pistols, I’ve owned a USP 45 Tactical for almost 20 years now. And a full sized USP in 9mm. But I did love the P30L that was used in “John Wick”. I rushed out and picked one up and was mostly very happy with it. That was until a friend let me shoot his VP9. Overall I felt like it shot better and had a much better trigger than the P30L. I sold my P30L and picked up a VP9 Tactical, since it had a slightly longer barrel than the stock VP9. Still to this day, that is the very best H&K pistol I own and carry. Not to say the USP’s are no good, but the VP9 Tactical is much easier to conceal… I will probably pick up one of the newer VP9’s that have the full 5″ barrel. Not to mention the VP9SK(which he actually carries a Glock 26 located in the SOTB as his back-up gun)!!!

  3. How does someone “run” a gun? Never have been able to figure that one out. Seems like a misuse of words to me. Heard it used a lot lately but can’t quite picture how someone runs a gun or ammo.
    Please explain.

    Thank you.

    Angus

  4. You did forget one suttle yet notable weapon. Need anything for the pain. “I think i got that covered” (Blanton’s). As I may not own a Kimber, DTA or Benelli I have enjoyed 3, maybe 5, fingers of Blanton’s Bourbon. Anybody that discerning about their bourbon and weaponry is top notch in my book.

  5. Although all of the weapons used are outstanding, the cost of replicating this armory would be prohibitive for anyone not winning the PowerBall or MegaMillions lottery.
    On the other hand the selection further demonstrates the reasonability of selecting quality and dependable platforms to start with. I would/do depend on any/many of the base firearms that evolved into the masterpieces used in the films.

  6. Any early Steve Seagal action film, Colt .45 Cal ACP.

    Any early action films with Browning Hi-Power 9mm.

    Early Miami Vice T.V. episodes, with the Bren Ten 10mm – Don Johnson.

    Early Dirty Harry Clint Eastwood, S & W Model 686 .44Cal Revolver.

  7. I haven’t seen any of the John Wick Movies and see no reason for me to do so. I will not try to dissuade anyone from watching it, but I will not partake. Between my time in the Army going back a little more than 50 years ago, and then spending 30 plus years in civilian ERs, I have seen more than enough real dead people shot with real guns, (not to mention having been shot at) I do not find anything attractive in that genre of movie. Even when I watch historically based movies from WWII and later (which I seldom will do), it is a rare occasion that I can watch it in less than two or three days. Some I have never finished watching. I am sure I am not the only vet with this point of view.

    Now, I realize that what is projected on the giant screen is not real, but what I have actually witnessed with my own eyes was real, and some of those things visited me for years in my dreams. And some of those dreams were just as real to me at the time as the real thing was in real life. Don’t need the reminders or anything to trigger a recurrence of those dreams. It is hell waking up dripping with sweat, your heart racing, being scared to death and then thanking God it was just a dream; then you start praying that it will not return when you go back to sleep because frequently waking up was just an interruption in the nightmare. Most vets I know understand this and non-vets have no clue. That’s good. You do not want to walk that path because once it is stuck in your head, you are never the same and you can’t return to innocence.

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