Ranking the Guns of Netflix’s The Old Guard

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If you’re looking for a movie with superhero rescues, intense action scenes and revenge quests, then Netflix’s newest thriller, The Old Guard, is one you won’t want to miss.

Following a group of four immortal regenerative healers (starring Charlize Theron), the story is full of betrayal and twists.

But, my favorite part: it has guns. LOTS of guns.

So, for a totally subjective ranking of the weapons I loved most in this movie (and why), keep scrolling.

1. IMI Tavor TAR-21

What gave this Israeli-made rifle the top place on my list?

Well, to start, it looks amazing — like, straight out of the year 5000, we’re-fighting-aliens-and-space-slugs amazing. When Booker started popping off rounds with the Tavor TAR-21 in a firefight, I nearly jumped off the couch I was so excited.

More realistically, though, I’ve always loved the TAR-21 for its ambidextrous handling, compact build and quick optics mounting.

And don’t even get me started on shooting the thing. Its incorporation of top-notch technology makes it accurate, easy to maneuver and soft-shooting.

Tavor TAR-21 from The Old Guard
Source: Internet Movie Firearms Database

2. Heckler & Koch USP

Grabbing the second spot on my list is this incredible HK pistol.

Several times in the film, you catch Andy and Nile with this sleek two-toned beauty.

The international popularity of this gun is no surprise because it’s got a Browning-style cam-locked chamber, dual-spring recoil assembly, and is super soft-shooting considering its light weight.

I like to compare it to the Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm (which would also make my list if it was featured at all in The Old Guard).

H&K USP from The Old Guard
Source: Internet Movie Firearms Database

3. Beretta 92FS

Another pistol takes the number-three spot.

One of the most distinct handguns in the world with its exposed barrel, there’s no question why the Beretta 92FS is the favored choice of Bruce Willis in Die Hard, Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon and Keanu Reeves in The Matrix.

We see it show up in The Old Guard when our heroes interact with members of the U.S. military.


The 92FS is the carry weapon used by most of our country’s armed forces (though it is steadily being phased out by the SIG M17).

It’s accurate, feels sturdy in your hand, and is very easy to control, making it deadly in action, not just in looks, which is why it will forever be on my top-ten lists every time.

(FYI, if you’re in the market for some sweet Beretta accessories, check out this excellent Safariland holster and Streamlight TLR1.)

Beretta 92fs from The Old Guard
Source: Internet Movie Firearms Database

4. Heckler & Koch HK416

If Nile stalking her prey with this beast doesn’t send shivers down your spine, you’re braver than me.

An updated version of the classic M16 rifle, the HK416 snags my number-four spot for its free-floating handguard, foldable front sights and short-stroke piston system that makes for a cleaner action.

My favorite part?

It has full-length rails on all four sides, which means tons of accessory options.

H&K HK416 from The Old Guard
Source: Internet Movie Firearms Database

5. GLOCK 17

While some may argue the GLOCK 17 isn’t the most glamorous gun out there (I’ll grant it doesn’t look as cool as some of these on my list), it is by far one of the most dependable handguns ever.

Since the GLOCK 17 is the carry weapon of many government agents, we see this simple, but reliable, pistol show up several times throughout the movie — mostly when they’re confiscated by our main characters.

Another reason I added this gun to my list is the simple fact that I own and operate one of these beauties myself, so I’m particularly fond of the way they feel in my hand.

Unlike some of the others above, this GLOCK is very affordably priced and arguably one of the most economic options in its category.

GLOCK 17 from The Old Guard
Source: Internet Movie Firearms Database

Conclusion: The Old Guard Guns

To see some of these fabulous weapons in action, be sure to hop on Netflix and stream The Old Guard. And believe me, there’s tons of action!

What’s your favorite gun in Netflix’s The Old Guard? Let us know in the comments down below!

About the Author:

Richard Douglas

Richard Douglas is a firearms expert and educator. His work has appeared on large publications like The National Interest, Daily Caller, American Shooting Journal, and more. In his free time, he reviews optics on his Scopes Field blog.
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Comments (7)

  1. Sorry dude Old Gaurd is three years old. Netflix moves their movies around to different markets. They repost the popular one again. Look at it’s origin date.

  2. This was a decent movie. I stumbled on it a few months ago…really wishing it were a series…anyhoo. The Beretta has always been a favorite of mine despite it’s detractors. I couple years ago i acquired an M9A3, and she sits proudly in my safe to this day. Glocks, i own many. 3 or 4 17s and clones. They are workhorses. Not pretty, not flashy, but they work…every time.

  3. L like my RUGER 57 and FN PS90. Aldo my GLOCK 17 and Steyr AUG.
    All spacey and futuristic. “Tacti-cool”

  4. Not an exhaustive list obviously, but some of the non-firearm weapons are worth catching as well.

    It’s a great fun movie and Charlize Theron. Did I mention Charlize Theron? And it’s a great movie, too. But Charlize.

  5. So they were warriors from old, have been in thousands of battles, and yet their hide out had NO defensive capabilities and they know NOTHING about small unit tactics. Translation they are hollywood stars who pretend to know how to use the weapons they are handed and it showed. The show is filled with massive SJW WOKE Tropes and themes.

  6. I’ve owned a Tavor, loved it and wish I still had it. Replaced it with an AR15. My carry firearm is a SA-XD sub in 9mm. My favorite to shoot is my Glock 45. Best model Glock has ever produced, IMHO. Wish they would wise up and put metal sights on them at the factory though. Interesting that there are only 9mm pistols in this movie and not any PCCs in 9mm.

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