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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.