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Luger/Pistole Parabellum 1908
In the category of interesting trivia, "Parabellum" derives from the Roman military textbook titled; "Epitoma Rei Militaris," by Vegetius. (Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus) The relevant quote is usually written as Si vis pacem, para bellum, though sometimes as Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum.; and basically translates as If you want peace, prepare for war. The alternate version translates to: "Therefore he who desires peace, prepares for war."
Better known as the Luger (after designer Georg Luger; while the pistol was originally called "Luger" by American collectors, the terminology filtered back across the Atlantic and Europeans are now just as likely to call it a Luger as a Parabellum), and used by the Germans in both World Wars, this 7.65mm or 9mm (both originally designed for the Luger; 9mm Parabellum is essentially a 7.65mm (aka .30 Luger) cartridge with the bottleneck removed and a larger bullet seated) pistol has a distinctive grip and just looks evil. If Those Wacky Nazis
appear, they're probably carrying this. A large number were collected by Allied soldiers as trophies in the Second World War
and this means they are still common today. May or may not be particularly unreliable; American ammunition companies after the war downloaded 9mm ammo to keep GI's from blowing up their war trophies; this prevented the Luger's toggle-lock mechanism from cycling correctly. The most distinctive variants are the "Navy" model with a six-inch barrel and two-position rear sight, and the "Artillery" model, with an 8-inch barrel, 8-position rear sight, and optional stock and 32-round "Snail drum" magazine
(which proved far more prone to jamming than standard magazines
). A .45 ACP version (designed for the U.S. Army pistol tests that eventually led to the M1911) is among the rarest of Rare Guns
; only two were created, with one possibly being destroyed during the test.note
A few additional .45 Luger pistols (and one .45 Luger carbine) unconnected to the US Army testing are also known to exist, but the circumstances behind them are unclear; it's possible that Georg Luger and DWM were testing the waters for a potential civilian market. One of these later .45 Lugers is currently on exhibit at the R.W. Norton Art gallery in Louisiana, the other was sold to an anonymous collector in 2010 for $494,000. At least some of the additional .45 Lugers might also be later counterfeits.
If kept in proper condition and fed with ammo of the best quality available, it's the most accurate historic handgun in the world - which is not as astounding when you see it's built more like an Olympic target pistol than a combat onenote
. There are modern shooters who can achieve better results from this gun than most untrained people can from a rifle
, including shot groups a bit larger than 1-inch at short range to an 8-inch bullseye shot from beyond 120 meters.
The P08's intricate machinework proved to be expensive, it needed perfect ammo and absolute cleanliness to fire, the degree of hand-fitting meant that parts interchange less than perfectly, while the complicated toggle-lock was prone to corrosion, especially at sea; the weapon was gradually phased out
in favour of the simpler, less costly Walther P38, with some limited production of the Luger continuing into 1945.
- Band of Brothers. Cpl. Hoobler repeatedly expresses his desire to get hold of one, at one stage running out under fire to search a dead German soldier. When he finally does get hold of a Luger, it accidentally discharges and kills him.
- In the first Hellboy movie, Karl Ruprecht Kroenen uses one with uncanny accuracy against attacking Allied soldiers.
- In The Land That Time Forgot, British naval officer Bradley rather memorably uses a long-barreled artillery model Luger to kill an Allosaurus (!).
- The basis for the Lawgiver pistol in the Judge Dredd comics.
- From the play Bullshot Crummond.
- Wielded by farmer Bean in Fantastic Mr. Fox.
- Even Illinois Nazis use it.
- Fritz Stanford in Black Lagoon's Nazi arc uses a custom one of these called the Eisenreich Luger Special, chambered for .454 Casull (utterly impractical in Real Life since the .454 is twice the length of a 9mm Parabellum, leading to a huge grip which would fit only a bear's paw) and designed to be a Hand Cannon. He never gets to use it because he shoots off at the mouth way too much to boast about how he's the only one in the world strong enough to handle it, giving Revy all the time in the world to reload her Beretta (mentioned elsewhere on this page) and put him down like a mad dog. She then points out that giant hand cannons are pointless, because ordinary sized guns kill just fine.
- One of the alien mooks in Bad Taste use one.
- Talia uses one in Batman: Under the Red Hood.
- In a typically Anvilicious episode of All in the Family about the effectiveness of homeowners using guns as deterrents, Archie ends up going behind his family's back and purchases one from an army buddy. They aren't happy about it.
- In Captain America: The First Avenger, The Red Skull uses the Cosmic Cube to turn his pistol into an Energy Weapon.
- One of the many famous quotes in The Twelve Chairs references it by name.
- In various Sam & Max: Freelance Police works, Max has a very stylized Luger as a Weapon of Choice. This same weapon, called the "Lugermorphnote ", is available in Team Fortress 2 as a reskin for the Scout and Engineer's pistol.
- Gai in Guilty Crown uses a P08. This is especially notable because the show takes place in 2039. He still takes out an Endlave with it! German engineering at its finest!
- Used by Adolf Hitler in Epic Rap Battles of History to shoot the fucking Rancor that was going to eat him and to blow Boba Fett off the screen in his third battle against Darth Vader. Older Is Better indeed.
- In Skullgirls, Parasoul and her Badass Army, the Black Egrets, use this pistol to fit with their Nazi imagery.
- Appears in Parasite Eve 2. Weakest of the pistols, but due to how the game calculates critical hits, it has a somewhat Magikarp Power. Becomes much more useful if you pick up the drum magazine for it in the cellar, which increases its ammo capacity up to 32 rounds.
- Ace Rimmer makes use of one in Red Dwarf episode "Stoke Me A Clipper" that he takes from a Nazi. He's able to shoot the chains off a woman awaiting a firing squad with it.
Remington Model 95
The original concealed gun
, as designed specifically to be concealed, and which gave birth to an entire family of single shot concealed firearms in the late 19th century
. Based on the pocket-pistol work of Henry Deringer in the late 1840s, it appeared in 1866 and combined then-modern metallic cartridge, small size, concealability, double-shot ability by having over and under barrels like a hunting shotgun and a very simple action with few moving parts.
Incorrectly regarded as a low-powered plinking gun
since it had had less energy than a .22LR. It fired a .41 caliber soft lead bullet at very low velocity, with nearly zero recoil. At 15 yards it ran out of steam and bounced away if fired at a tree trunk. But it was never meant to be fired at such ranges, only at 2-3 yards at best, in confined spaces, where it could easily pierce an unsuspecting opponent's torso or skull and kill. A favorite of The Wild West
gamblers and card crooks, to hit if a brawl at the card table ensued, therefore it gained an unsavory reputation as an outlaw and assasin
weapon. There are reports from those time of the horrible wounds it made, since it lacked the velocity of normal handgun rounds and did not exit the body afterwards, leaving the victim to die a slow, painful death from organ failure or infection
Due to concealability and nearly inexistent recoil, it was also used as a last-resort, self defense weapon by the prostitutes and saloon girls of the time
, carried in a drawstring purse or garter belt.
The Lancaster Pistol
The British alternative to revolvers in the late 1880s
, it was more or less a shortened quadruple
rifle, with break-action to reload the barrels like a hunting double rifle or a modern COP 357.
Designed by Charles Lancaster, made good use of the patented "Lancaster Oval Bore": instead of conventional cut spiral rifling, it had a slight ovalization of the bore on a spiral track, which was nearly impossible to foul
by firing the smoky black powder of the time. Able to fire the largest revolver cartridges including the .455 Webley
, but with superior accuracy and range due to the gas-tight seal of the breech, long barrels, heavy weight (well over 2 lbs) to dampen recoil and better ergonomics, being designed and built to the owner's specification.
Usually carried by Great White Hunters
and British Army officers as a side arm in the colonies
, to be fired as a last resort weapon against tiger or lion
. During the early 1880s British-Egyptian campaign in Sudan, Major (future Field Marshal and Lord) Kitchener
spoke highly of the Lancaster pistols carried by officers, as being far superior in accuracy and reliability to revolvers. Still used as a frontline weapon until World War One
, superseded by cheaper revolvers and automatics in more reasonable calibers.
Walther P 38
A 9mm pistol conceived for use by the Wehrmacht at the beginning of World War II as a replacement for the costly Luger P08, it was the first locked-breech pistol to use a double action trigger (following in the footsteps of Walther's very successful PP and PPK blowback pistols). The shooter could load a round into the chamber, use the de-cocking lever to safely lower the hammer without firing the round, and carry the weapon loaded with the hammer down. A pull of the trigger, with the hammer down, fired the first shot and the operation of the pistol ejected the fired round, recocked the hammer, and reloaded a fresh round into the chamber, all features found in many modern day handguns. Early examples were of very high quality but as the war drew on this suffered in regards to the external finish. Otherwise, the weapon was sturdy and resilient to sand and dust; like the Luger it was designed for easy cleaning and disassembly on the battlefield so there aren't any screws aside from the one on the grip making the overall assembly quite complex. Later versions such as the alloy-framed P1 were often ridiculed for poor quality control, one quip was that the weapon was good for "eight warning shots and one aimed throw
." The main flaw of the P38 design is the heavy (about 15 pounds) and long double-action trigger pull, which makes a well-aimed first shot with the hammer down rather more difficult than with a Luger. Following the war, the P1 continued service as the sidearm of the (West) German Bundeswehr until upgraded versions of the USP9 (see below) began to phase it out in 1994.
- Probably best known in fiction as the guns used in The Man From UNCLE; the gun was so popular it actually received its own fan mail, up to 400 letters a week at the show's height many of which were simply addressed to "the gun." A variety of custom versions with additional parts were used throughout the series.
- Megatron. He was a Man From UNCLE Walther P38 with barrel extension, stock and scope, which became his Fusion Cannon. Oddly though, the beam shot out of the scope, not the barrel.
- Though not as well known as the Luger, it still often turns up in many WWII settings, and because the two are similar looking the casual observer may sometimes mistake one for the other.
- Weapon of Choice for the titular character of Lupin III.
- Hans Landa carries one in Inglourious Basterds.
- In the "jamming pistol" scene in Schindlers List, the SS are carrying P38s.
- Ernie in Return of the Living Dead uses a pearl-handled Walther P38 throughout the film.
- Cate Archer uses a silenced version in the first No One Lives Forever.
- Stretch the drug dealer in Harry Brown has a P38, which he is seen using as a crack pipe. This comes back to bite him in the ass, when he tries to fire it and it jams on him.
- Used by Captain Marco in The Manchurian Candidate.
- Major Reisman and Joseph Wladisaw use these guns as their sidearms when they infiltrate the German mansion in The Dirty Dozen.
- Used infamously by the Scorpio Killer and a liquor store proprietor in Dirty Harry.
- Toht's sidearm in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
- In Ishtar, the P38 is used by the Guerrilla leader and the secret police.
- Indy uses it himself during the tank chase in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, where it somehow manages to be a Hand Cannon and shoot through three Nazis at once.
- Seen many times in the classic series of Doctor Who.
- Used by countless people in Mission: Impossible.
- Appears in Battlefield 1942.
- Seen in Call of Duty 3 and World at War.
- The sidearm of choice of Panther Claw members (sometimes alongside the Nambu) in Cutey Honey.
One of the first successful double-action semi-automatics, the original PP pistol was released in 1929, the weapon proving popular with both civilians and police for its reliability and ease of concealment. The PPK (Polizeipistole Kriminalmodell
) was released in 1931 as a pistol for use by plainclothes and undercover police; the PPK is shorter than the PP and has a reduced magazine capacity. Due to the need for absolute concealability
, the small size forced the designers to use mostly very small calibers like .22 LR or .32 ACP, less suited to the rigors of combat. Both weapons were adopted by Nazi Germany
as service pistols, issued to the German military and police, the Luftwaffe, and Nazi Party officials; most notably, it was the weapon Adolf Hitler
used to commit suicide in 1945. The original PPK has been illegal for importation into the United States since 1968note
; American models are either the PPK/S (a PPK slide on a PP frame), or domestically assembled under license by Smith & Wesson. Production by Walther ended in 2008, but demand in the United States remains high enough that S&W still makes the licensed version. In the aftermath of World War II the PP/PPK design was highly influential, with many later handguns taking inspiration from it.
- The most famous user is, of course, James Bond, who replaces his Beretta (either an M1934 or 418, depending upon the media) with a PPK chambered in 7.65mm (.32 ACP, although calibres varied depending on the actor - Connery, Dalton and Brosnan carried it in .32 ACP, while Lazenby, Moore and Craig opted for the .380 ACP version) in Dr. No. He uses this until replacing it with a Walther P99 in Tomorrow Never Dies, though as of Quantum of Solace Bond has returned to the PPK.note In Skyfall, he is given a PPK with an ID lock so only he can fire it.
- Most parodies of Bond carry one as well.
- Umi Martin is assigned one in version one of Survival of the Fittest.
- The Equalizer uses a stainless steel PPK/S; as he's a former spy played by a British actor this is likely a James Bond Shout-Out.
- Doctor Strange: The Oath — a pistol identified as Hitler's suicide weapon (loaded with silver bullets) critically injures Doc. After being patched up, he uses it himself to kill a monster that his limitless magical powers couldn't faze.
- In Noir, the Soldats High Priestesses use gold plated PPKs.
- Fired Guns Akimbo by an old lady on a scooter in Hot Fuzz.
- Bridget Von Hammersmarck and Archie Hickox both use one in the bar shootout in Inglourious Basterds.
- In Zombieland, Wichita points one at Tallahassee, after he snatches a gun off her sister.
- Y: The Last Man. Agent 355 gives a PPK to Yorick to defend himself with.
- Dee Dee McCall in the earlier seasons of the TV cop series Hunter.
- Shoot 'em Up. In the opening shoot-out Clive Owen has a PPK jam on him; he throws it away, declaring the pistol a "piece of shit." Might be a Take That as Clive was briefly considered for the role of James Bond in Casino Royale.
- In the anime film The Sky Crawlers one is carried by Kusanagi everywhere she goes as a sign of her mental instability.
- Moira MacTaggart uses a PPK as her sidearm in X-Men: First Class.
- Like James Bond, Sterling Archer prefers a PPK in .32 ACP. As he explains it:
Archer: Chambered for the .32 ACP cartridge, my Walther has a magazine capacity of seven rounds, plus one in the chamber. And if whatever you're shooting doesn't die after you pump eight 32-caliber slugs into it, it's probably a dragon.
- In Once Upon a Time Mister Gold uses a PPK in the episode "Skin Deep."
- Ah Jong of The Killer empties one into one of the bad guys attacking his apartment. It's drawn from his sleeve.
- In Captain America: The First Avenger, Peggy Carter uses one. Not as implausible as it seems at first glance, since the PPK was introduced in 1931, before the Nazis even took power, and was available for export until the expansion of the German military and police led to domestic orders monopolizing Walther's production capacity. Also, Allied intelligence services stockpiled German weapons for behind-the-lines operations, the idea being that being caught with a German-made gun wouldn't automatically peg one as a spy.
- Harry Ioki in 21 Jump Street carries a PPK as his sidearm.
- The Pistol in Team Fortress 2 heavily resembles a stainless PPK. Ironically, it's used by the Scout and Engineer, but not the Spy.
- A suppressed PPK is seen in the hands of four characters in The Bourne Identity, including Jason Bourne.
- This is the weapon used to shoot Henry Jones in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
- Johnny English's primary weapon in Johnny English Reborn, and it seems to be the main sidearm of MI6.
- Pops up frequently in the classic series of Doctor Who.
- Found in Parasite Eve if you do the optional Warehouse dungeon.
- Appears in PAYDAY 2 as the "Gruber Kurz", named after Hans Gruber, the villain of Die Hard. By default, it's a PPK, but adding the long slide mod turns it into a PP.
After World War II, working from German experiments in improving the 9x17mm cartridge, Soviet engineers created one of the finest blowback pistols in history: the Pistolet Makarova or Makarov (after the designer, Nikolai Fyodorovich Makarov; the designation PM stands for "Pistolet Makarova" or "Makarov's Pistol") semi-automatic pistol. Based on the Walther "Ultra" wartime design, it used a 9x18mm cartridge and bullet that was not interchangeable with Western 9x17mm or 9x19mm ammunitionnote
, and was roughly within the same power class as the .38 Special revolver round. It replaced the TT-33 Tokarev for military use in the Soviet Union in 1951, and is still in limited use in Russianote
, several other former Soviet Republics, North Korea, and Vietnam. Many other Warsaw pact nations at the same time also adopted 9x18mm PP-derived blowback pistolsnote
. With the fall of communism, all of these variants have entered Western firearms markets; East German and Soviet Makarovs, coming from no-longer-existing countries, are considered "Curio and Relic" designs in the US, bypassing many licensing requirements for sellers. Due to being the standard Soviet pistol of the Cold War, it's widely seen as a "bad guy" gun in spy and war movies.
Appearances of the Makarov in fiction include:
Heckler and Koch USP
The USP is a German handgun, adopted by the German army as P8 and the German police as P10 (Compact version). Originally designed for the .40 S&W cartridge, shortly followed by 9x19mm and .45 ACP variants (each is superficially identical, save for the USP45 being visibly larger than the other versions). The USP is a derivative of the even larger Mark 23
, the SOCOM variant of which was adopted by the US special forces in the '90s. It was eventually superseded by the lighter, smaller and more user friendly USP Tactical (which was adopted by the Bundeswehr's Kommando Spezialkräfte and the German Navy's Kampfschwimmer as the P12), though is in service with several militaries and police forces around the world. The pistol is legendary for its reliability; during its development, Heckler and Koch subjected it to rigorous tests, all of which it passed with flying colors. It was frozen to -42 Celsius (-43 Fahrenheit), then fired. It was then heated to 67 Celsius (152 Fahrenheit) and fired again. One notable test had a bullet be deliberately lodged in the barrel, and then another bullet fired to clear the obstruction. The barrel only bulged slightly (most guns would explode in response), and a subsequent shot grouping test showed little degradation in accuracy.
- The USP Tactical was the starting weapon of Counter-Terrorist players in the Counter-Strike series until Global Offensive changed it to a P2000. A later patch to Global Offensive would let you replace the P2000 with a USP that comes with a removable silencer; besides the quieter firing sound they are identical except the USP had less recoil in exchange for less reserve ammunition.
- In the Tomb Raider movie, Lara Croft's pistols of choice are a pair of the Match variant of the USP. They're supposed to be sporting grade accurate. These pistols were discontinued in 1999, and thus are exceedingly rare on the market. They retail for about $2500-3000 a pistol. In comparison, the standard USP retails for between $850-900.
- The pistol Gordon Freeman uses in Half-Life 2 is a USP Match. Unlike the above, this pistol has abysmal accuracy at range.
- Silas in The Da Vinci Code. In the book it was a .45, but in the movie it is the 9mm version. Probably because 9mm blanks are cheaper than .45 ones.
- Tabletop Game Spycraft 's designers figured this weapon should be the most 'expensive' (per its requisitioning system) among auto handguns, on par with the .44s. Then again, the USP series are horribly overpriced in real life, too.
- Jack Bauer uses the Compact variant with stainless slide.
- Neil McCauley carries a USP early on in Heat but switches to a SIG Sauer P220 towards the end of the film.
- The Obeya FBW pistol in All Points Bulletin is clearly based on the USP.
- The AT-14 and ACM46 pistols in F.E.A.R. and its sequel are USP's with a different name.
- Misato carries a USP as her sidearm in Neon Genesis Evangelion.
- A common pistol in the Modern Warfare series. The first game seemed to want it to be the rarer Mark 23, however, as the USP in that game fits the Mark 23's laser aiming module (not possible in real life due to the difference in size).
- The USP shows up in both normal and tactical variants in 7.62mm High Calibre. The difference being that the tactical version is threaded to accept a suppressor. It's a perfectly good pistol for mid and late game fighting, thanks to the relatively large magazine and good accuracy.
- In the tanker chapter of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Snake acquires one chambered in 9mm (a rare move for a video game. Most of them go for the .40 or the .45 version) from Olga Gurlukovich and uses it until he is captured late into the plant chapter and even then, may still have it, as even when he is captured, he is still carrying a pistol in his hip holster.
- This is one of the guns The Joker is seen wielding in Batman: Arkham Asylum.
- A common pistol in Sleeping Dogs. Unlike most examples, all three variants appear ingame.
- USPs can be found in the Chrysler Building in Parasite Eve. A P8 variant can be found in Central Park.
- PAYDAY 2's Interceptor .45 is, appropriately enough, a .45 USP Tactical. Mods can be added to turn it into a USP Match or USP Expert.
- Rainbow Six offers it as a sidearm for players. In the original game, it's offered in both .45ACP and .40S&W, but later games replace the .45 version with the Mark 23.
A semi-automatic pistol chambered in 9mm with a 15-round magazine, it is easily identified by its iconic enlarged ejection port (the barrel is actually visible for a large part of the gun). The 92 is a descendent of the single stack Beretta M1951, and can be considered a modern-day variant of the Walther P38, as it uses the P38's locking block as opposed to a Browning-style tilting barrel; this allows for a lighter slide (or a lighter half of a slide, in Beretta's case; like almost every Beretta pistol in the last century, it features a slide that leaves the top half of the barrel exposed), and the barrel is restricted to back-and-forth motion, helping accuracy. It has been continually updated for a while, its latest model being the 92A1; there are also licensed Brazilian clones known as the Taurus PT92 and PT99note
which show up in fiction rather often; they are a clone of the first model of the 92, and feature a 1911-style frame safety as opposed to a slide-mounted decocker safety. This is a gun with multiple claims to fame:
- It's John Woo's favorite gun (he claims all others are ugly), and is seen frequently in his films.
- In said films, it is frequently seen Guns Akimbo, with a number of homages thereby (reviewed further down).
- It's also known as the M9, the standard service pistol for Yanks with Tanks as of 1990.
In this capacity, the M9 is looked upon poorly by some military users due to a perceived lack of stopping power, mostly by critics used to the more powerful .45 ACP load from the M1911. It has also had persistent issues with faulty magazines (as opposed to genuine Beretta ones; the issue seems to have been a US government mandated "sand-resistant" coating that actually attracted more sand), and a situation where the slide pops off the weapon during action and ends up in the face of the user. Though these issues have been dealt with, one branch or another of the US military tries to replace it with a .45 ACP pistol every other year or so, which eventually concludes with a cancelled project and a new big Beretta order
- The weapon of choice of Revy, of the anime Black Lagoon, who wields two of them. Her version, the Sword Cutlass, has an extended barrel and slide, stainless finish and is further pimped-out with ivory grips with skull-and-crossbones medallions.
- A main weapon in most Cop Shows.
- Supposedly what Doom I/II's pistol is based off of.
- Mack Bolan (The Executioner) used a silenced Beretta Brigadier, an early civilian model. He later updates to the 93R.
- Metal Gear has this as Snake's Weapon of Choice in the MSX games, and in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and The Twin Snakes he gets one modified to fire tranquilizer rounds.
- Any work that depicts the modern US Military accurately will feature this weapon. Ones that do include:
- When Chow Yun-Fat uses a gun (or two) in a John Woo movie, chances are it will be this gun. Examples include Mark Gor from A Better Tomorrow, Ah Jong from The Killer, and Tequila Yuen from Hard Boiled (these are actually Taurus weapons) and Stranglehold. John Woo's omnipresent use of the 92 in the Dual Wielding role may have been responsible for other works doing the same, such as:
- The player, in Counter-Strike. They were 92G Elite II's, supposedly chambered in .40, in the early games, but eventually replaced with Inox 92FS's in Global Offensive.
- Neo, in The Matrix (his first pair of Throw Away Guns in the lobby shootout).
- Max Payne also favors these as his pistol of choice. He's quite fond of wielding two at a time.
- During his stint in Brazil in Max Payne 3, he equips the Taurus PT92 instead, which is the Brazilian-licensed clone of the Beretta 92.
- John McClane in Die Hard. He upgrades to the SigSauer P220R in the fourth movie, though.
- Available in the Jagged Alliance series. It's the second best handgun in the first game, and a good benchmark handgun in the second.
- Martin Riggs used one in the Lethal Weapon series, upgraded with a laser pointer in the fourth film. Its depiction in that film is credited for further popularizing the firearm.
- Kane used one of these to kill Seth in the original Command & Conquer
- The Beretta 92's single-stack predecessor, the M951, was used by Tony Montana in Scarface (1983).
- The Beretta is the S.T.A.R.S. team's sidearm of choice. The Samurai Edge, developed by a local gunsmith and used by Rebecca, Jill, and in the Director's Cut, is a heavily modified 92FS; the GameCube REmake also includes a "Samurai Edge" variant of the .40 S&W Beretta 96, with an extended compensator and magazine that makes it resemble RoboCop's Auto-9. Claire gets a Beretta 93R in Resident Evil: Code: Veronica to replace her Browning Hi-Power from the second game.
- Standard issue sidearm of the Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance field agents in Resident Evil 5. Chris and Sheva will always draw their Beretta 92's in cutscenes. The 93R is also available.
- Preston in Equilibrium uses two Beretta 92FS pistols modified with drop-in auto sears and lengthened barrels and frames. The non-firing props also had a frame-mounted M16-style fire selector. Contrary to popular belief, he did not use 93Rs; the movie guns had slide-mounted safeties, while the 93R safety is frame-mounted. Similar converted 92s were used in Underworld and Judge Dredd.
- Hunter (TV series). In seasons 5 through 7, Rick Hunter used a Beretta 92F/FS.
- Both the Beretta and Taurus varieties are used in The Crow. Notably, the bad guys and Eric carry Tauruses, and the cops carry Berettas.
- Used by Conrad Marburg in Alpha Protocol. You can get his pistol too, but it's Guide Dang It hard.
- Reinhard in Blade II carries one with a huge choppa and some smaller bits bolted on.
- Used by Homura Akemi in Puella Magi Madoka Magica to fill Kyubey full of holes.
- The 92FS version shows up in 7.62 High Calibre. It's a decent, all-around handgun, but unlike the superior weapons (like the USP) it has magazines very easily available and cheap.
- The Thompson Sisters' weapon forms in Soul Eater are a pair of 92FS Inox pistols.
- The first two Modern Warfare games feature the 92SB filling in as the M9; it's still in the third game, though never given to the player and not available in multiplayer.
- Inspector Richard carries a Beretta 92FS Inox as his sidearm in Kiss of the Dragon.
- Appears as the "B9-S" in PAYDAY: The Heist, where it's your starting pistol. It features night sights, a Hollywood Silencer and can be upgraded with a recoil compensator.
- Reappears in PAYDAY 2, now with the full name "Bernetti 9" (presumably, the "S" stood for "silenced" or "suppressed". It has a very high base concealment, so attaching a silencer to it isn't a bad idea.
- Frank Castle carries a pair of Beretta 92FS Inox's throughout Punisher: War Zone.
- Surprisingly rare in Cowboy Bebop, given the John Woo influence; the only notable appearance is Spike using one with a stainless barrel alongside his Jericho 941 in the fifth episode.
- Emergency weapon left to Sharon "Heather Mason" Da Silva in Silent Hill: Revelation 3D.
- Jack English's weapons of choice are a pair of Beretta M9's in Homestuck.
- Dr. Lucien Sanchez carries two of them around the hospital, most prominently in the scene where he shoots an iron. His pistol comes to life in his own hands, so he throws it down, stamps on it, then draws another Beretta and uses it to shoot the first one.
- NCIS: Los Angeles: LAPD detective Marty Deeks has one as his service weapon (which is eventually replaced by a S&W 9544). He claims the manual safety once saved him during a gun snatch by a junkie.
- Shows up with a certain frequence in Gunslinger Girl, but not nearly enough for a series featuring an assassination team sponsored by the Italian government.
- An M92F is given to you in Parasite Eve by Wayne after the precinct is attacked. It belonged to Torres, who died in the attack. M9s can also be found throughout the game, such as one dropped by the boss called Sheeva in the precinct.
- A lot of characters in Irish productions, particularly those featuring criminal gangs, tend to use Berettas including Jimmy Bennett in Fatal Deviation, Jerry Lynch Inter Mission, Francis Sheehy-Skeffington in The Guard and various characters in Love/Hate.
A more than century-old weapon, the M1911 is a single-action semi-automatic chambered in .45 ACP; it is iconic in gun culture and widely seen as one of the best handguns ever designed. Invented by legendary firearms designer John Browning and first manufactured by Colt, it has since been copied
by nearly every gun manufacturer worth its salt. Due to its age, any firearms manufacturer can make an exact copy of the M1911, without permission from or royalty payments to Colt. And they do. Not to mention various "improvements", a few of which even offer legitimate advantages (but most don't). It was the United States Army service pistol from World War I
until The Eighties
, when it was replaced by the M9. Some special operations units still use M1911s, and it is a common starting point for custom pistols. Dozens of variants exist.
- This weapon is shown in most WWII movies and videogames, since it was the standard-issue US sidearm at the time. As a historical footnote, M1911s manufactured under license in Norway from 1916 onwards continued to be produced for the German occupation forces during WWII, being designated Pistole 657(n). In other words, even the Nazis used this to a certain extent.
- In Letters from Iwo Jima, the Japanese general commanding the defense of the island carries a chromed M1911, leading his soldiers to believe that he took it from a dead American. Turns out he received it as a going-away gift from a group of American officers before the war began.
- In the 2004 Punisher film, Frank Castle is seen dual wielding Colt Customs made by his father.
- This is something of a trademark weapon for Frank in the comic book series as well.
- Able Team series by Dick Stivers. Not having faith in 9mm, Carl Lyons used a Colt M1911 extensively customised to give it the same qualities as the Beretta 93Rs wielded by his partners.
- The Shadow wielded a pair of these.
- EVA gives a customized M1911 to Big Boss (then Naked Snake) at the outset of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. He then falls in love with it (if you contact Sigint, he talks about fifteen different modifications made to the weapon), as seen here (partially; this is a joke version because the proper scene doesn't seem to be on Youtube). The custom 1911 was actually modeled from an airsoft gun.
- Nadie in El Cazador de la Bruja.
- Honor Harrington in the Honorverse series of books by David Weber uses a 1911 variant. The books take place 2,000 years in the future, and the standard firearms are pocket-sized rapid-fire mass drivers (called Pulsers) that can turn unarmored targets into hamburger meat * . She was introduced to the old-fashioned weapon by her uncle, who was an active member of the Society of Creative Anachronisms. The weapon, and her familiarity with it, has come in very handy from time to time, though she normally uses modern weaponry, including a Pulser concealed in her prosthetic arm.
- Devil May Cry's Ebony and Ivory, and their earlier equivalents Luce and Ombra, are custom 1911s; the main alterations being wooden grips and enormous ported compensators.
- An anachronistic nickel-plated M1911A1 is used by Cal toward the end of Titanic. While the basic 1911 existed at the time, the civilian version had only been available for about a month and the A1 didn't exist until 1926.
- Preferred 'rod' of private eye Mike Hammer, a World War II veteran. Stacy Keach used one in the 1980s TV series (unlike some other screen adaptations of Mickey Spillane's character) which he called "Betsy".
- Castor Troy's guns of choice in Face/Off - gold-plated, fitted with custom grips and carried in a special double holster. As it's a John Woo movie, he uses them Guns Akimbo.
- Used in the short story, I Did Not Want To Die.
- One of the most persistent weapon in the Battlefield series, present in almost every game except for Battlefield 2 and Battlefield 2142.
- Agent 47's handguns of choice are a pair of customizable 1911 clone AMT Hardballers, which he calls Silverballers. In the fourth game of the series, Blood Money two major antagonists also have their own different high-quality custom M1911s.
- In The Terminator, the eponymous character uses an AMT Hardballer with 7" slide and laser sight.
- In the sequel, the Terminator takes a "Coltonics" (Colt Series 70 slide mounted on the frame of a Detonics Score Master) from one of the bikers in the opening Bar Brawl and Sarah makes ironic use of a custom 1911 longslide when she goes to kill Dyson (The irony being that the Terminator from the first film tried to kill her with a similar gun).
- Vincent and Jules both carry 1911s. Jules carries a Star 9mm (which has a long history of being used as a film stand-in for the 1911, since it's easier to adapt for blanks), and Vincent carries an Auto-Ordinance in the original .45 ACP.
- The pistols in Left 4 Dead are fictional copies of the M1911, fitted with flashlights.
- Possibly the mascot weapon of the Call of Duty series - it appears in every game in some form, even being usable in all but the later Modern Warfare games and Call of Duty: Ghosts.
- Kämpfer: Akane Mishima is an M1911 wielder, although hers has some odd variations to it.
- Baby Doll (Emily Browning) wields a 1911 and a katana throughout the stylized action sequences of Sucker Punch.
- Lara Croft carries a pair of the stainless Colt Commanders (a version of the 1911 with a slightly shorter barrel) in Tomb Raider Anniversary. Curiously, it's marked as being chambered in .357- the .357 SIG being an all-but-unheard of chambering for 1911 models.
- Roberta of Black Lagoon primarily uses a pair of South American-made Sistema Colt Modelo 1927 pistols. The Special Forces unit in the OVA can also be seen using the M1911 as a side-arm; their leader, Major Caxton, appears to have a pearl grip on his.
- Magicka's PvP update added the Reservoir Wizard character, armed with an M1911A1 with infinite ammo.
- One of the worst weapons available in 7.62 High Calibre: the single stack magazine gives it a very low capacity (only the revolvers are worse) and it's not especially powerful despite the .45 ACP round. It's available from the beginning of the game and best replaced as soon as possible.
- The Blue Sun mod adds some more variants, typically just reskins with minor stat changes like weight and accuracy to reflect different production models, including modern tactical variants. It's also possible to get a race gun chambered in .40 S&W, which comes with a red dot sight and can accept extended magazines.
- Appears in Fallout: New Vegas DLC Honest Hearts due to the presence of Mormons (John Browning's faith). They're referred to as the .45 Auto pistol in-game, and can be upgraded with a suppressor and a heavy-duty slidenote . In addition, Joshua Graham carries an Ace Custom Colt Officer's ACP known as "A Light Shining In Darkness" that the player gains at the end of the campaign.
- In L.A. Noire, Cole Phelps carries one as his sidearm for the majority of the game.
- In Perfect Dark, Joanna's signature Falcon 2 pistol is a Colt Double Eagle (a multi-caliber version of the 1911 re-designed to fire in double action) with a metallic appearance and a Laser Sight. It can also be fitted with a scope for extra accuracy.
- An M1911A1 is featured prominently in a scene from X-Men: First Class in which Magneto asks Xavier to shoot him in the head, as he can stop the bullet before it hits him.
- Receiver was originally built around simulating an M1911A1 as realistically as possible; it's one of three weapons available to the player.
- In PAYDAY: The Heist it appears as the "Crosskill .45", featuring night sights and can be upgraded with a recoil compensator. PAYDAY 2 features it again as just the "Crosskill" with even more modifications.
- Carried by freakin' Donald Duck in the early stories of Paperinik, his superhero/antihero alter ego in some Italian stories. It isn't known if it's really Donald's gun or he found it with the stuff of Fantomius (the Gentleman Thief whose journal inspired him to become an antihero. As Paperinik, Donald used his tools in the first story, with Gyro providing the first non-Fantomius tool only in the second story), but he quickly switched to futuristic ray guns (or toy guns, or even chocolate guns, for when he feels like humiliating someone) even before the start of Paperinik New Adventures.
- Very popular in Sin City. Dwight and Manute are fond of carrying them in pairs and Marv named his "Gladys".
- Inspector Zenigata, from Lupin III carries a Colt .45 for his Weapon of Choice.
- In Real Life, this is R. Lee Ermey's favorite handgun, which he discussed in his History Channel show Lock 'n Load, although he admits the Beretta 92 has its place among modern firearm choices, and has an endorsement deal with Glock.
- Winston Churchill carried an M1911 for personal protection (and was actually proficient with it), and so did his bodyguard, Detective Inspector Walter Thompson.
- Issued to the Commandos from Men Of Courage onwards, though the box art of the original game had the Green Beret wield a Smith & Wesson produced variant. Strike Force had the Green Beret wield one as well.
- Steven Seagal uses them in a number of his movies, most notably Under Siege, The Glimmer Man, Hard to Kill and On Deadly Ground. This even extends to Real Life, as he carries a custom 1911 as part of his deputy sherriff's duties, or at least on Steven Seagal: Lawman.
- Magnum, P.I. carried one as his Weapon of Choice, which is probably a holdover from his service in the Navy.
- Vincent Valentine carries a 1911 as his starting weapon.
- One of Captain America's two weapons of choice in Captain America: The First Avenger, the other being his vibranium shield.
- In Parasite Eve, an M1911A1 can be found very early on in the sewers under Carnegie Hall. An A2 variant can be found in Chinatown, and later on the fictional A4 and A5 variants are also available in the Chrysler Building on a New Game+ playthrough. As a bit of humorous trivia, the game was released in 1998, while the M1911A2 wasn't developed until 2004, so it did some minor predicting of the future.
- Shows up in Sailor Moon. Unbelievably enough, the wielder is Chibiusa (thankfully, it was a fake).
- Sam from Ronin favours an M1991A1, a modernised version. Spence discusses his Weapon of Choice, noting that Sam's .45 is an old gun. Sam tells him that it's served his country well.
A 9mm pistol originally designed by John Browning for Belgian arms company Fabrique Nationale, and finished after his death by FN designer Dieudonne Saive, this pistol was first released in 1935, and due to Saive's invention of the double-stack magazine, carried an unprecedented 13 rounds of ammunition in the magazine. Colloquially known as the BHP, P-35, BAP (Browning Automatic Pistol), and the "King of Nines", this single action design can be seen as a successor to the 1911, to which it is very similar in design. Used by both sides in WWII, most NATO nations during the Cold War
, and still used by the British Army and some Commonwealth countries, and is one of the most common firearms outside of the United States (where the 1911 is still king). Due to a magazine disconnect attached to the trigger barnote
, the trigger pull is often very tough for a single action pistol; many users often say "screw the warranty" and remove it. Most Hi-Powers built during the Nazi occupation of Belgium lack the magazine disconnect (a cost-cutting measure rather than an an attempt to improve the trigger pull), while the ones made in Canada by Inglis for the Allies retained it. Decades later FN designed a new magazine disconnect for use in a specialized competition version of the Hi-Power that didn't adversely affect trigger pull...but it was deemed too expensive for inclusion in the standard models. Like the 1911, it's old enough that clones can legally be made without the permission of FN/Browning, and many are. Some are exact copies, while others try to "improve" the original Browning/Saive design with varying degrees of success.
- Indiana Jones uses one in a bar shootout in Raiders of the Lost Ark. He's later seen with an anachronistic Inglis Hi-Power.
- In Casino Royale, James Bond grabs one from a Madagascar diplomat during the Le Parkour chase scene.
- Alec Trevelyan's sidearms in Golden Eye are both based on the Hi-Power.
- The main characters of The Usual Suspects. In the audio commentary, the filmmakers point out how another type of gun turns into a Browning Hi-Power in between cuts.
- Axel Foley in Beverly Hills Cop.
- Batou in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex carries a fictional .45 ACP version of the Browning BDA (an upgraded Hi-Power which competed with the above Beretta 92 to replace the M1911 in US military use).
- Claire Redfield's starting weapon, after the RPD apparently upgraded to the more advanced VP70.
- Lara Croft's dual pistols in the original Core Design created Tomb Raider games seemed to be modeled on the Browning HP.
- Doctor Who. Wielded by The Brigadier, and the standard sidearm for every UNIT Soldier until it was replaced by the SIG P226. It made a comeback in the episode Cold War. Oddly enough, its appearance in the episode was a case of Improperly Placed Firearms, as the sailors should really have been carrying a Makarov PM.
- Anita Blake's favorite weapon.
- In Burning Water by Mercedes Lackey, Mark Valdez equips Diana Tregarde with a Browning 9mm.
- Common weapon in Fallout: New Vegas simply called 9mm Pistol. Benny carries a unique variant with engravings and decorated grips.
- 7.62 High Calibre has these, though they're fairly rare, and usually outclassed by the time they show up.
- In L.A. Noire Jack Kelso uses one as his sidearm.
- Finally makes its Call of Duty debut in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, where it appears in the 80's flashback missions. It's used quite prominently by Mason and Woods in two early cutscenes, and can be selected for any mission on the loadout screen.
- The Hi-Power is Jonah's primary sidearm in Jormungand.
- The Hi-Power shows up in the hands of Mac in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
- Used by Murdock in The A-Team., and in the series as well.
- In Red Dawn (2012), it's used by four of the good guys.
- Mounted on a wheelchair in Johnny English Reborn.
- A chrome version◊ is used by Rick in Season 1 of The Walking Dead.
- The main sidearm of many characters in Ultimate Force.
- The Browning Hi-Power Practical◊ is used by Clive in Rush Hour.
A semi-automatic polymer handgun designed by Gaston Glock (who had no prior experience whatsoever with firearms), known as the "plastic" or "Tupperware" gun. Though the concept of a polymer framed handgun dated back to 1970 with Heckler & Koch's rather futuristic VP70 machine pistol, the Glock series were the first to truly popularize the idea. The first Glock arrived on the scene in 1982 as a full size 9mm service pistol, and shocked the world when it beat out well-established gunmaker Steyr's GB pistol for the Austrian Army contract. It has since gotten variants for almost all "service pistol" automatic calibers, in full-size, compact, and subcompact versions. The Glock has become a standard service sidearm for many government agencies (the FBI, DEA, many police departments around the world, as well as many militaries around the world, starting with the Austrian Army that it was originally developed for) due to its ruggedness, competitive price, simple manual of arms, and built-in safety features, though a subset of shooters
enjoy recounting tales of Glocks exploding or otherwise malfunctioning.note
Aggressive marketing by Glock GmbH didn't hurt either; most police departments simply traded in their revolvers or older automatics for Glocks on a one-for-one basis. Perhaps the most common complaint is that dismantling the pistol requires the user to pull the trigger to release the firing pin, which has caused no shortage of accidents. Contrary to scaremongering
, the gun is not "plastic" in any sense; a Glock is 80% metal by weight and shows up quite nicely on an airport metal detector
. The selective-fire Glock 18 machine pistol variant is capable of firing at 1,100-1,200 RPM in fullauto mode. In total, there are 25 basic Glock models (defined by a combination of caliber and frame size, plus the Glock 18 which is identical in caliber and size to the Glock 17 but gets a different model number for being a machine pistol) and four "generations" (defined by various refinements to the design); generations 1-3 versions of every model have been produced, while generation 4 is being phased in from 2010 onward, naturally starting with the most popular models (the Glock 17 and 22). The model number 40 has been skipped, apparently to avoid buyer confusion since (especially in the United States) "Glock 40" is used to generically refer to any of the five .40 S&W models. In recent years, a slew of imitators have arrived on the market offering similar black polymer striker-fired pistols; the Springfield XD and Smith and Wesson M&Pnote
are among the most popular.
A 9mm pistol created by the Czech state arms factory (later privatized as Česká zbrojovka a.s. Uherský Brod), the CZ 75 was one of the more highly praised of the "Wonder Nines;" even famed M1911 advocate Colonel Jeff Cooper grudgingly admitted that if you absolutely had
to have a 9mm, it might as well be this one, and based his Bren Ten design on the weapon. Praised for its appearance (vaguely reminiscent of the M1911 and particularly its 9mm cousin, the Browning Hi-Power), grip, and accuracy, and noted for being subject to a truly ridiculous string of abuse
during trials. Unlike most semiautomatic pistols, the slide assembly actually rides inside of the frame, allowing the weapon both large tolerances for dirt and oil while maintaining good accuracy. In addition and unlike most 9mm pistols, the default safety is not a decocker model, allowing 1911-style "cocked and locked" carry. A number of clone manufacturers exist, aided by the fact that CZ used a secret patent (allowed in Czechoslovakia but not recognized by many other countries), and CZ itself has released new polymer and steel-framed tactical variants. Due to its high praise at a period in which East-West relations were not very warm
, the original "short rail" and "pre-B" models were at a premium price point, commanding up to a thousand dollars apiece in 1980s dollars
. Since large-scale importation of CZ pistols began in 1993, prices have subsided to the "normal" range for imported service pistols. A variant with an ambidexterous safety and slidelock is designated as the CZ 85 (with the current version being the CZ 85B). Starting with the CZ 75 SP-01 model, many currently manufactured CZ 75s include the left-handed safety lever, the CZ 85 designation having been retired.
- Rally Vincent from Gunsmith Cats carries one of these; in the manga, a long speech is dedicated to praising the original model and explaining the difference between it and the later versions.
- Gendo Ikari from Neon Genesis Evangelion (although actually finding this borders on a Freeze-Frame Bonus).
- Sonny Crockett's original carry gun from Miami Vice, the Bren Ten, was a beefed-up clone firing the powerful 10mm Auto cartridge. Also a Rare Gun, as poor quality control, worse marketing, problems with the round itself, and Crockett switching to a Smith & Wesson after season 2 caused the Bren Ten, despite being a rather good design, to be a flop. Repeated attempts by other companies (the original manufacturer went out of business) to revive Bren Ten have fizzled out.
- Gates, the crazed villain from Full Metal Panic: The Second Raid.
- Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop carries a closely-similar Israeli-made clone, the IMI Jericho 941.
- Batou in the original Ghost in the Shell films also carries the Jericho 941, or rather a hypothetical variant in .50 Action Express (in real life fired only by the IMI Desert Eagle, a cosmetically similar but much larger and mechanically unrelated pistol) dubbed the "Jericho 942".
- Rico from Gunslinger Girl carries an early model.
- Appears in Call of Duty: Black Ops, in spite of the game taking place several years before its introduction. Special Agent Hudson uses two of them as his sidearms in Kowloon, and it's carried by both allied CIA and enemy Spetsnaz units. The rarer (and even more anachronistic) full-auto variant is also available.
- A .40 S&W version is added in the Blue Sun mod for 7.62 High Caliber as a mid-game handgun, with excellent fit and finish compared to prior pistols.
- An update to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive added a CZ 75 Automatic as an optional replacement for the SIG P250 on both sides.
- Nicholas Angel carries a Jericho 941, a clone notable for having the aesthetic of the Desert Eagle without being an impractical Hand Cannon, among one of his many weapons in the climax, dual wielding it with a Beretta.
SIG P 210
A single action 9mm pistol (also available in .22LR and the obsolete .30 Luger calibers, the latter still being popular among Swiss target shooters) first introduced in 1947, this is, hands-down, one of the best 9mm pistols ever devised. Like the CZ-75, the slide rides inside of the frame, contributing to its legendary, target pistol-like accuracy (production models included the paper target used to "sight-in" the gun at 50 yards, often showing a 2" or smaller group). It was replaced by the Swiss Army in 1975 with the double-action SIG P220, but is still in use by the Danish Army. The weapon is very common in shooting sports, and will often fetch in excess of $2000 on the open market for used models (two to five times what a modern 9mm pistol will go for). SIG has reintroduced the pistol to the market in recent years (including a version that replaces the heel magazine release with a button at thumb level on the side, as tends to be preferred by American shooters), although its heavily machined and hand-fitted nature means prices aren't likely to go down anytime soon.
- Used by mobsters in Once Upon a Time in America
- A Commemerative Editon shows up in the hands of James Bond in Quantum of Solace.
- Used by Michael Caine in Get Carter.
- Twin P210-2s are the favoured weapons of Madlax.
- An issue of The Punisher in the 1980's featured Frank getting one of these from an old woman in his neighborhood. Unfortunately, it's the .30 Luger version, which means he's out of luck as far as actually shooting it.
SIG-Sauer P226/P228/P 229
A 9mm pistol designed by Swiss/German gun company SIG-Sauer, based on the single-stack P220 (used by the Swiss army), the P226 was introduced in 1984 and came in second to a US military contract only to the above-mentioned Beretta 92. The P226, however, found favor with the US Navy SEALsnote
, becoming their standard sidearm until its eventual replacement with the more compact P228 (which is also the standard sidearm of Navy pilots, a fact that SIG-Sauer is happy to note in advertisements). The P228 itself was eventually phased out in favor of the more modern, variable-caliber P229note
, but because of their solid construction and reliable performance, even the older models are still in use with many different military security forces and civilian police departments.note
Despite being a Swiss design, most of the weapons in circulation in Europe and the US are actually manufactured in the company's Germany and New Hampshire factories, due to a Swiss law which severely restricts the number of actual Swiss-manufactured handguns that can be exported yearly.
- Officers Ann Lewis and Alex Murphy of RoboCop (1987) are shown using P226s, though most of the other officers use Berettas or Walthers.
- Agents Gibbs, DiNozzo, McGee, Todd and David of NCIS have P228s (later, P229s) as their agency-issued sidearms, just like their real-life counterparts.
- From the FBI side of things, Agents Mulder and Scully both carry P228s in The X-Files. (Early seasons also depicted Scully with the P239, a much smaller concealed-carry variant of the P-series, and usually seen in conjunction with a rather distinctive small-of-the-back holster.)
- Jack Bauer uses a two-tone P228 in the first two seasons.
- Butler the Battle Butler from Artemis Fowl wields many weapons, but has a SIG Sauer as his primary sidearm.
- Marcus and Mike carry P228s in Bad Boys.
- The basic pistol in Left 4 Dead 2 is a heavily customized P220 with the slide and barrel of the P228.
- Michael Westen's pistol of choice in Burn Notice is a SIG Sauer P228, which he mentions explicitly at least once.
- Kris Hartmann's issued weapon is a P228. It's become associated with her to the point of forum members jokingly shipping the two.
- Giant Mook Ronald Neidermann is mentioned as using an unspecified SIG-Sauer pistol in The Girl Who Played With Fire, and is shown using a P228 in the film of The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest.
- Available for use in Counter-Strike, in which it is the middling pistol between the lighter USP and the heavier Desert Eagle; Global Offensive replaces it with the P250.
- King of Thorn: Katherine Turner finds a SIG-Sauer P226R in an abandoned Blackhawk helicopter and turns it on Owen. Owen later takes a holstered SIG from a dead SAS operator and fires it at himself to wake up from ALICE's influence and later destroying a vine apparition. It is also the sidearm of the SAS operators during Operation Sleeping Beauty.
- In Strange Days, Mace keeps a P226 in her limo.
- In Angel Detective Kate Lockley's sidearm is a P228.
- Emil Blonsky's sidearm in The Incredible Hulk is a P226R.
- Emma Swan in Once Upon a Time carries a P226 as her sidearm once she becomes the town's Sheriff.
- Also appears in Call of Duty: Ghosts as one of Ghosts sidearm.
- Former Irish Defence Minister Willie O'Dea infamously got himself in trouble with this photo◊ of himself pointing a P226 at cameras.
- The P226 is Dr. John Watson's Weapon of Choice in Sherlock.
- One of the Winter Soldier's three weapons of choice, the others being a Skorpion and an M4 Carbine with an M203 Grenade Launcher.
- The P226, P228, & P229 can all be found in the early floors of the Chrysler Building in Parasite Eve. The P229 returns in Parasite Eve 2 with a silencer and a flashlight. You pick up Kyle's 229 in the mines when he gets separated from Aya.
- A P226 appears in PAYDAY 2, as the Signature .40. Attaching the Two-Tone Slide mod turns it into a P226 Equinox.
FN Five-seve N
The Five-seveN is a handgun with an all polymer frame and slide. Like the P90, it fires the 5.7x28mm round. Although it is praised for its accuracy, durability and low recoil, it initially did not gain widespread use in either the law enforcement / military or civilian market, mainly due to the limited sources of ammunition and the stigma associated with the small PDW round. Due to its high magazine capacity (20 rounds, with 30 round aftermarket magazines available, but is sold with 10 round magazines in locations where the laws dictate bullet capacity limits), armor-piercing abilitiesnote
, supposed use by criminals, and involvement in one high-profile shooting (Fort Hood; the only documented actual
use by a criminal), the pistol has acquired a significant hatedom
from gun control advocates.
- A Counter-Terrorist onlynote weapon in Counter-Strike. Even though it's considered underpowered and overpriced by most of the players, its accuracy makes it popular for Cherry Tapping via headshots. That and it was one of the few small arms (alongside the Desert Eagle) that would punch through armor easily.
- It became much more popular with Global Offensive, when it became cheaper and more powerful. Previously a headshot wouldn't be a One-Hit Kill against someone even if they had no helmet, now it is even if they do. Combined with the reduced accuracy and increased price of the Desert Eagle, it is now considered one of the best pistols in the game.
- Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield adds a version of the Five-seveN with an external hammer (the real gun is striker-fired).
- Splinter Cell as Sam Fisher's sidearm.
- Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain
- Canaan, tactical version, Alphard's Weapon of Choice.
- Snake's standard handgun in Metal Gear: Ghost Babel, and can be purchased or stolen from Haven Troopers in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.
- In Battlestar Galactica (Reimagined), this was the standard-issue sidearm for the Colonial military from season 2 onwards. It was slightly modified with a microgrenade launcher on the accessory rail.
- Shows up in UFO: Aftermath as a findable weapon. Very effective at penetrating armor, not so much against anything else. Not to mention the very low range.
- The Samael pistol in Alpha Protocol is modeled after the Five-Seven.
- Leon S. Kennedy in Resident Evil 4 can purchase a Five-seveN from the merchant under the name Punisher. This also explains why the gun has the ability to penetrate through enemies.
- Available in 7.62 High Calibre as a very high-end (read: expensive) handgun. It has the largest semi-automatic mag of any handgun, high potential damage, and a very good accuracy rating. The only thing it doesn't have going for it is that the associated silencer/suppressor cannot be used on any other weapon, is rare, and very expensive when found.
- It appears in Modern Warfare 3, essentially taking over the role formerly filled by the Beretta 92SB in previous games, and is used by practically every faction at one point or another. Its magazine capacity in-game is reduced from the proper 20 to 15, probably for balancing reasons.
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 once again features the Five-seveN as the default sidearm in multiplayer, this time with the proper 20-round capacity (except when dual-wielded in Zombies mode).
- Henrietta's standard carry in Gunslinger Girl (sharing ammunition with her iconic P90).
- Kirito purchases one of these during the Phantom Bullet arc of Sword Art Online, though he doesn't use it often, instead preferring to rely on his Laser Blade. However, the Five-seveN becomes crucial in the arc's climax when he empties the magazine on Death Gun at near point-blank range while he is activating his active camouflage, and the single bullet that hits disrupts Death Gun's cloaking field.
Mauser C 96
The first commercially successful automatic pistol, with unauthorised copies still being made to this day. Variously nicknamed the "broomhandle," (due to the shape of the grip), "box cannon" (in China, due to the square integral magazine and fact that it could be holstered inside its own stock), and "Red 9" (the 9mm version, due to the large number nine burned into the stock and painted red; this was to prevent soldiers from trying to load it with the original 7.63mm bullets). In its day, the 7.63mm version was something of a Hand Cannon
, with the highest muzzle velocity of any commercial pistol cartridge until the introduction of the .357 Magnum cartridge in 1935. Vastly popular in the 1920's and 30's, most notably in the Russian Civil War, Spanish Civil War and Second Sino-Japanese War
, despite rather poor ergonomics. It was loaded with "stripper clips" that fed through the top, though later versions, such as the M1932/M712 Schnellfeuer
, would incorporate a 20-round detachable box magazine and were modified to fire full-auto (see Gangsta Style
). Noted for its detachable wooden shoulder stock which doubled as a holster (a feature copied by many later machine pistols, and briefly remained in fashion even for semi-automatics), its photogenic appearance caused the C96 to be used in countless Saturday afternoon serials. The original featured a flip-up tangent sight very similar to the one used on the AK series of assault rifles; in something of a display of wishful thinking (to an even greater degree than was common in rifles of that era), this was calibrated for ranges out to one kilometre
. Chinese copies are extremely common, some dating to the 20s and 30s and some being rather more recent (using 20s machinery that had somehow avoided being melted down during the "Great Leap Forward") for export sale. One famous Chinese version was an enlarged .45 ACP model by the Shansi Arsenal
, for warlord Yen Hsi-Shan (who wanted his "security forces" to have a C96 chambered in the same round as their Thompson submachine guns). Modified copies were also made in Spain, such as the Astra 900 series, which included both semi-auto and full-auto versions. These are now considerably less common than the German and Chinese Broomhandles.
- Cool Action: Attaching the wooden stock. If a C96 has a wooden stock on it, or a character is shown putting it on, chances are it is going to be used for a long distance shot. Full-auto fire as well, even if the '96 involved is not a Schnellfeuer.
- Mel Gibson has one (among many other weapons) in Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. Bubba Zanetti carried one in the first film as well.
- Used to tear-jerking effect in the final scene of Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade.
- In Star Wars, Han Solo's DL-44 blaster is built around one of these, as you can see in the close-up before he shoots Greedo. Luke Skywalker also carries a C96-based blaster in The Empire Strikes Back, though it gets little actual use.
- The eponymous Humongous Mecha from Deus Machina Demonbane uses a seriously-upscaled C96.
- Elliott Gould wields one Guns Akimbo with a P-38 in the WW2 action movie Escape to Athena. Telly Savalas's Greek resistance leader character strongly cautions him to fire in short bursts to avoid overheating.
- EVA in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater and 4 has one of these as her Weapon of Choice, apparently because Hideo Kojima had been wanting to use it in one of his games for years but only now had a plausible reason to. Hers is actually the .45 Chinese copy, foreshadowing the fact that she's actually a Chinese agent. It's also available to the player in Metal Gear Solid 4, where it has the full-auto capability of the M712; it's one of the few weapons that the player cannot reload until it is emptied.
- An archaeologist shoots at Sufficiently Advanced Aliens with a full-auto version, in the opening scene of The Fifth Element.
- Murderface's "driving gun" in Metalocalypse.
- The Red 9 version is featured in Resident Evil 4 where it is among one of the best weapons.
- Ian McKellen uses it to slay the previous King and his son in the opening scene of Richard III.
- Rotton the Wizard carries two Schnellfeuer Mausers in akimbo mode in Black Lagoon, as part of his generally cool look. He usually gets blasted before he can use them.
- Professional "freelancer" Jon Sable of Jon Sable Freelance uses a customized C96 Mauser: specifically, the Chinese Shanxi Tye 17 (firing .45 ACP rounds) as a base, with the box-magazine loading mechanisim of the 'Schnellfeuer' model instead of the stripper clip-loaded internal magazine. This is his primary firearm for much of the comic.
- This is one of the modern weapons available in Red Dead Redemption. The version used in the game is fully automatic, even though the full-auto variant was not in production in the year the game takes place.
- J.P. Stiles in Tall Tale uses a pair of these, in keeping with his representing the advance of modernity upon the untamed west.
- "The Captain" from Hellsing wields two of them with very, VERY long barrels.
- Three Days of the Condor. Professional Killer Joubert aims a scoped, silenced and stocked Mauser at the protagonist, but can't get a clear shot.
- Appears in Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai!!, of all things, where it is mounted on Rikka's wall. She refers to it as a "holy gun". Then again, this is someone who uses an umbrella as a spear AND a shield.
- Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Crack marksman Sebastian Moran actually recommends one to Holmes when he catches him snooping around an arms factory; Holmes later takes his advice.
- Doctor Doom often carried a Mauser for people he wanted to kill who he felt were worthy to die at his armor's weaponry.
- 7.62 High Caliber has the M712 machine pistol available, along with the rare carbine variant with an extended barrel and stock. It incorrectly fires 7.62mm Tokarev roundsnote , possibly because they figured that 7.62x25mm Tokarev is close enough to 7.63x25mm Mauser and they didn't want to add a new ammo type for a single weapon. Regardless, it has relatively low stopping power, offset by the full auto capability and the large magazines available allowing for it to be used as a close quarters room sweeper.
- The Mauser is a recurring weapon throughout the Fallout series.
- Wild Dog's handgun of choice is a C96 Mauser, or a pistol heavily inspired by it, in Time Crisis. In the sequels, it supplements various types of Arm Cannon.
- From Russia with Love. Red Grant uses one to shoot a man about to backstab James Bond during the gypsy camp fight.
- In the comic book series, The Rocketeer, and in the Disney Film of the same name as well, the C96 is The Rocketeer's weapon of choice.
- Shows up in BioShock Infinite under the title "Broadsider" . It has low damage at the beginning, but shoots incredibly fast and has a ridiculously high critical damage multiplier.
- Appears in Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land, wielded by Captain Hill.
- Michael Collins. Used to assassinate Tywin Lannister...I mean the head of the Cairo Gang.
- The famous "Curtains Down" opera mission in Hitman: Blood Money has the protagonist of the theatre's production of Tosca executed by means of a prop Mauser. One of 47's options to assassinate the actor playing Cavaradossi is by swapping the prop gun out for the real thing.
- A couple variants of this gun appear in Parasite Eve, specifically the M96, the M96R, and the M712 "Schnellfeurer." These guns are all found randomly in the Chrysler Building.
COP 357 Derringer
Designed as a backup weapon that could fire the same rounds as a police officer's service revolver (the name "COP" stands for "Compact Off-duty Police
"), though its heavy weight (relative to its compact size), even heavier trigger pull and substantial recoil turned out to be a problem. Nevertheless, the COP's four muzzles make it a distinctively menacing weapon for the silver screen.
- KGB agent Natalia Tiemerovna uses a COP at one stage in The Survivalist series by Jerry Ahern. John Rourke also has one among his impressive armoury.
- The Big Bad tries to pull one of these out of his coat pocket at the end of Bad Boys in an attempt to finish off the protagonists when their backs are turned, unfortunately for him Will Smith is quicker on the draw...
- This is the gun Leon shoots Holden with in the opening scene of Blade Runnernote , likely inspiring its use in the other sci-fi shows mentioned below.
- Matrix Reloaded. Persephone uses this on one of the Merovingian's mooks.
- Battlestar Galactica. Under the fiction model name of 'Stallion', this was a civilian gun used by various criminal types (such as Tom Zarek's men), and by Romo Lampkin to threaten Lee Adama in "Sine Qua Non".
- Stargate SG-1. A night-guard on an alien planet uses one to menace our heroes in "Bad Guys".
- Standard carry gun of Lumiere, in the anime Kiddy Grade.
- The COP's distinctive four-barreled design appears in Team Fortress 2 as the basis for the Shortstop, an alternative primary weapon that can be found or created for the Scout class. Unlike the COP, it appears to fire ratshot or snakeshot, as each pull of the trigger fires a four-pellet spread. The Shortstop is also much larger than the COP.
- Used by Devon Aoki's character in War
- Nina uses one during the neo nazi arc in Monster.
- Shows up in City Hunter as Reika's gun, but only when she's not in the police (the one time we see her in her cop days she carried the M60 service revolver).
- Turns up in PAYDAY 2, as the Broomstick True to form, the manufacturer's name is an obvious play on the original-namely, Schnauser. Depending on mods, it can also become a Mauser C96 Carbine, Mauser M712 Schnellfeuer (sans the selective fire), or Mauser M712 Carbine (aagan, without the selective fire).
Thompson Center Arms Contender
The Contender is a single shot breach-loading pistol designed by Thompson/Center (not to be confused with John T. Thompson, inventor of the Thompson Machine Gun) as a target pistol and as a pistol hunter's weapon. The biggest feature of the Contender is its sheer customization potential. The trigger, safety and sights could all be easily adjusted. The frame of the pistol was designed so that any Contender barrel length or caliber could fit with any model frame and could be changed out with just a flat screwdriver. You could even put a stock and scope on it and turn it from a Cool Pistol into a Cool Rifle.note
In addition, while Thompson/Center at first only manufactured barrels stopping just short of the .308 Winchester caliber, they could fit any caliber from .22 LR to .30-30 Winchester. It could also accept .410 shotgun shells with the right barrel type. Numerous custom gun manufacturers also created custom ammunition types for the Contender. This means that it can run the range from being a .22 Long Rifle target pistol to a .45-70 caliber deer or bear hunting pistol. The Encore is essentially a beefed-up Contender, allowing it to fire more powerful rounds. In more than a few depictions however, the pistol fires an additional (and very fictional) cartridge: high explosive!
It is also typically seen as a weapon used by sinister characters
, often professional assassins and hitmen
. There are two reasons for being depicted this way. It's a target pistol, meaning it's designed for extreme accuracy, and it's single shot, which emphasizes how deadly the user is: he only needs one shot.
- Cool Action: As with many breach-loading guns in movies, it's opening the break top to insert or remove a cartridge, often opening it with the snap of a wrist.
- The John Woo classic Hard Boiled, where Mad Dog takes shots at our heroes with a .223 caliber pistol towards the climax of the film.
- Another John Woo movie, Hard Target, had this used by the film's Big Bad Emil Fouchon. His is a .45-70 version. Towards the end of the film, he forces Chance Boudreaux's love interest to load it for him, suggestively ordering her to "load me".
- In Fate/Zero, this is the weapon of choice of Kiritsugu Emiya. It uses custom bullets called "Origin Bullets" which have magical properties, alone with more mundane .30-06 rounds for disposing of lesser targets.
- In the No One Lives Forever series, it appears as the Bacalov Corrector. It's a Sniper Pistol with a long range scope, and fires high explosive ammunition.
- In The Specialists video game, it fires 7.62x51mm rounds and can be modified with an LAM and a 3x Magnification scope. You can also beat your foes silly with it.
- In American Guns, Rich sells a Contender to a man looking for a weapon to go hunting with his buddies. The handgun's ability to convert to a rifle, as well as the huge customization potential are touched upon as selling points.
- The Contender makes an appearance in the DayZ standalone game as the "Longhorn", firing the same 7.62mm round that the game's Mosin-Nagant fires. It can also attach a scope.
Yarygin P Ya/MP- 443 Grach
A Russian pistol developed in 1993 by Izhmekh for Russian military trials. It was adopted as the P Ya
in 2003 and was issued in small numbers to special forces units in the North Caucasus in 2008. In 2011, it entered mass production, and is now the standard sidearm of the Russian army, replacing the earlier Makarov PM. It uses the 9x19mm 7N21 cartridge, a Russian-made armor piercing variant of the 9mm round, but is also compatible with standard 9mm ammo. A civilian variant, known as the MP-446 Viking, is also produced by Izhevsk.
Ruger Standard MkI/MkII/MkIII
A .22 target pistol designed by Bill Ruger, who based it on an aborted attempt to recreate the Japanese Type 14 Nambu pistol. The MkII in particular, is the most famous iteration of the pistol, even being issued to Navy SEALs. Most fictional depictions of this gun will be the suppressed version, making it a weapon of choice for assassins and anyone wanting to play it quiet. Despite being only chambered in .22 Long Rifle, in fiction, this gun will usually avert the Little Useless Gun
- A version of the MkII modified to fire tranquiliser darts is given to Snake along with a Springfield Operator in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. The Wu Silent Pistol from Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain looks to be based on the Ruger as well.
- One of 47's targets in Hitman 2: Silent Assassin has one in the basement of his castle. It can be downloaded in Absolution.
- The Silenced .22 Pistol in Fallout: New Vegas is a MkII. It's rather useless, however; its only advantages over bigger pistols is that it can be smuggled into casinos even with no points in the Stealth skill, and it comes with increased chances of and damage dealt with a Critical Hit.
- The controversial book Hit Man: A Technical Manual for Independent Contractors suggested it as a weapon of choice due to low cost and reliability.
- Collateral. Vincent uses a MkII when he wants to play it quiet. Otherwise, he uses a USP.
- Used by both antagonist and protagonist in Assassins (1995), as they are rival contract killers.
- The original Delta Force game by Novalogic had a choice between a MkII and a 1911. The MkII is arguably a better choice of sidearm, due to its higher ammo capacity and integral silencer, especially given that every shot against enemies is a One-Hit Kill, negating the 1911's one advantage.
- Inara in Firefly carries one with a few extra bits when she holds up Saffron at the end of "Trash".
- The Nordic Man in The Firm carries a suppressed Mk1.
If you live in America, you probably know this gun as the Springfield XD. This modern polymer pistol isn't made in America; it's actually made in Croatia under the official designation, HS2000. This pistol has been in service since 1999 and has served admirably, and has seem some international success as a competitor to the ubiquitous Glock, although its greatest commercial victories have been in civilian handgun sales, where the Croatian pistol has taken a bite out of Glock's dominance through a combination of matching Glock in utility, matching upmarket pistols in shootability, and beating both in price. The XD comes in 9x19, .357 SIG, .40 S&W, .45 ACP, and .45 GAP in full size, compact, and subcompact sizes. The XD also features manual safeties, including a grip safety, which is rare on handguns, especially modern designs.
- Used by Bruce Willis in Lucky Number Seven.
- The .45 version appears in Miami Vice in the hands of detective Gina Calabrese.
- The President uses one in White House Down.
- Kate has an XD-45 in the Charlie's Angels revival series.
- The 9mm match version, both full-size and compact, feature in State of Decay.
- Featured as Rentaro Satomi's duty pistol of choice in Black Bullet.
- The "Blacktail" in Resident Evil 4 is an XD with the grips of an FN FNP, and the all-around best non-bonus 9mm pistol in the game. When fully upgraded, it has the highest capacity, fastest rate of fire and reload speed, and second-highest firepower, which is offset by it being available only a fair bit later than the others and costing the most to fully upgrade.
- Like many other guns on this list, appears in Payday 2, as the LEO.