I have a B.S.—Bachelor of Science, not the other B.S., though my father might argue that one—in Radio-Television-Film, so I’m a bit of a movie buff. I am also a gun nut. Needless to say, I love movies with guns in them. I equally love researching and writing about those movie guns. This is pretty much an endless topic, but the boss man only wants five, so I picked a couple of classics, one of my favorites, a military rifle, and a lesser-famous gun that shows up in a surprising amount of good gun-play movies.
PW Arms Yugo M48 Mauser Bolt Action Rifle, 8mm Mauser
The Yugo M48 Mauser is a post WWII bolt-action rifle based on the design of the original German 98K Mauser, but utilizes a shorter length receiver. Produced from 1950 to 1965 at the Preduzece Zastava Arms factory, the Yugoslavian Mauser saw service as a sniper rifle in the Yugoslav Wars, and was used during the Bosnian Civil War. Chambered for the 8mm Mauser cartridge, the Yugo M48 Mauser bolt-action rifle is a hard-hitter. Adopted by the German military over 120 years ago, the 8mm Mauser German cartridge is comparable to our .30-06 and is a highly sufficient round for big game here in the United States. It is an excellent rifle and well worth its price. Most parts are made from milled steel, with few parts being stamped to help cut cost in production. It has a 23.25-inch barrel, a five-round magazine and weighs 8.2 pounds. The Yugo M48 Mauser makes its most famous appearance in the 2001 film No Man’s Land about the Bosnian War. It won the 2001 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
CZ VZ 61 Skorpion Semi Automatic Handgun .32 ACP
When we first started carrying the CZ VZ 61 Skorpion, I immediately wanted one. I went to handle one, but could not bring myself to purchase it. I just wasn’t at the right financial place to purchase a for fun-only guns. And gosh darn it, I just purchased my for fun-only gun and so now my CZ Skorpion will have to wait. If you want one badly enough, just go ahead and buy one, as CZ discontinued the Skorpion in 2010. The CZ VZ 61 Skorpion is the semi-automatic commercial model of the classic fully automatic sub machine gun chambered for .32 ACP. In 1961, the Czechoslovakian Army issued the CZ 61 Skorpion to vehicle drivers as a side arm. Police and military units around the world still use the Skorpion. However, I am not really sure what the advantage of the .32 ACP cartridge is besides a plinking cartridge. The Skorpion has a 20-round capacity, a 4.5-inch barrel, and fixed sights. It makes an appearance in some of the best gun fighting movies ever, such as The Matrix, Equilibrium, and Smokin’ Aces.
“And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when it strikes a man.” Revelation 9:5 NIV
Auto Ordnance Thompson 1927A1 T1B Semi Auto Rifle .45 ACP
I’m pretty romantic about the gangster days; flapper girls, sultry singers, and bootleg liquor, so the Thompson is my ultimate dream gun. Plus Johnny Depp carrying a Tommy Gun is enough to make any girl blush. (Public Enemies. Good movie.) General John T. Thompson designed the Thompson sub machine gun to be a “trench broom.” Not only was the Thompson or Tommy Gun popular with gangsters like Al Capone, John Dillinger, and Baby Face Nelson, but the Thompson was issued to the U.S. Coast Guard and in 1928 a model for the Navy was used by the Marines in World War II. In the 1920s, the Thompson was sold in hardware stores, sporting good stores, and through mail order. Boy, wouldn’t it be nice to walk into your local gun shop and walk out with a Thompson sub machine gun? No paper work, no Class 3 license. I don’t even want to think about how much a Thompson cost back then. Now that Kahr Arms has purchased the rights to Auto-Ordnance and the Tommy Gun, they make sure that every part of manufacture of a current Thompson is historically accurate. The Thompson 1927A-1 is chambered for .45 ACP, holds 30 rounds, a detachable walnut stock, and has all the classic details of the original Tommy gun.
“That’s Tommy. He tells people he was named after a gun, but I know he was really named after a famous 19th century ballet dancer.” Snatch
Colt SP6920 Sporter Semi Automatic Rifle .223 Remington
No Vietnam War movie or any other war movie since Vietnam is complete without an M16—not to mention Full Metal Jacket, Predator (though everyone focused more on the mini gun in this movie), Rambo and Scarface (“Say hello to my little friend.”). It’s hard to say which is the most recognizable rifle in the entire world, the M4 or the AK-47. The Colt SP6920 is about as close as you are going to get to the Military M4 rifle, as seen in Proof of Life and Tears of the Sun. It is chambered for 5.56x45mm NATO, which accepts .223 Remington. It has a 16.1-inch chrome-lined barrel, a direct gas system, and a four-position collapsible M4 stock. Colt says, “The Colt M4 is the ONLY 5.56mm carbine in the world today that is manufactured to meet or exceed the stringent performance specifications (MILSPEC) required for acceptance and use by the U.S. Armed Forces.”
Beretta Model 92FS Semi-Automatic Handgun 9mm
Personally, I think the Beretta 92 is one of the most iconic Hollywood guns of all time. The Die Hard series made a lot of guys in the 80s want a Beretta. It has appeared in every genre of movie; drama, zombie, war, action, spy, fantasy/sci-fi, cop, and even in our personal favorite gun fight movie of all time- Heat. The Beretta model 92 was first designed in 1972 and is still currently in production in a variety of calibers and variations. The US military adopted the 92 in 1985. Its military designation is the Beretta M9. All five branches of the United States military were issued the Beretta 92/M9 until 2006. It is a proven handgun. CTD Martin owns a Beretta 92 and he says it is smooth, has zero issues, and it a fun gun to shoot. The Beretta 92 holds 10 rounds of 9mm with a 4.9-inch barrel.
“Now I have a machine gun. Ho ho ho.” Die Hard