Cool Guns: Machine Pistols
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Beretta 93 R
A machine pistol variant of the Beretta 92 designed in the 1970s; it saw some use with security forces, but Beretta ceased production during the 1990s. The R stands for "Raffica," Italian for "burst." The 93R is an extensive modification; the pistol is single-action only with selective fire, able to fire in semi-auto or in 1,100 RPM 3-round bursts. It has a muzzle brake, fold-down foregrip, optional shoulder stock, and a 20-round magazine, though it could still use the standard 15-round magazines of the 92. In movies, a 93R will frequently be played by a modified 92 with a fullauto drop-in sear; the classic sign of a converted 92 is a slide-mounted decocking safety instead of the frame-mounted slide stop of the real weapon. Usually ends up being someone's Weapon of Choice
if it turns up, since it combines the popular look of a Beretta with More Dakka
- Perhaps the most famous use is by Robocop; the modification, nicknamed the "Auto 9," includes a large side-ported compensator and oversized rear sight. The Auto 9 prop was also used in the City Hunter movie, and in Sin City. The MagSec 4 weapon in Perfect Dark and AJM 9 in Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon are also copies of the Auto 9.
- The 1980's Heroes R Us group Able Team used a customised version with silencer, tritium dot sights and steel-core bullets for extra penetration.
- The male cop in the Hong Kong Les Yay action movie Naked Killer used one of these.
- The Big Bad played by John Travolta used one in Broken Arrow (1996).
- Also used in Eraser.
- This weapon becomes the first weapon used in Square Enix's Parasite Eve 2, where ironically it can be quite powerful if you abuse the critical hit mechanism.
- Noir ("Intoccabile"). Sicilian hitman Domenic uses one against Kirika.
- Nikita uses one on a target range when she's being trained as an assassin. She states that she's used one before, but "never on paper."
- In TheCW's 2010 TV reboot, Michael carries it with the foregrip removed for most of Season 2.
- Claire's basic handgun in Resident Evil: Code: Veronica. When you first get it, it's single-shot only and holds just 15 rounds. After you get an upgrade kit, it's capable of three-round burst fire and its ammo capacity is increased to 20.
- A weapon in Jagged Alliance 2. It's almost identical to the 92F, but capable of burst fire.
- Weapon of Choice for Melvin in The Big Hit.
- 'John Doe', the ex-CIA assassin who trained Pinocchio, is shown using one in Gunslinger Girl: Il Teatrino.
- The "Joker FP9 Burst Pistol" in All Points Bulletin is a crossover between Beretta 92 and 93R, fitted with a compensator, extended magazine and firing three-round bursts.
- Appears in GoldenEye Wii under the pseudonym "Kunara V."
- Ghost In The Shell Standalone Complex. A female secretary uses one to assassinate Imakurusu to prevent him talking to Section 9.
- Bionic Woman (2007 remake). In the final episode Jaime Sommers gets shot at by a guy on a bike wielding one of these — with full auto sound effects instead of three-round burst.
- Bucho the Big Bad from Desperado carries one of these until the Dark Action Girl borrows it to go hunt El Mariachi.
- Added in the Blue Sun mod for 7.62 High Caliber.
- Appears in Modern Warfare 2.
The Škorpion is a Czechoslovakian machine pistol used by officers, security forces, and armoured vehicle personnel; not to mention Eastern-bloc
supplied terrorists. Four chamberings exist; the vz. 61 in .32 ACP, the vz. 68 in 9x19mm Parabellum, the vz. 82 in 9x18mm Makarov, and the vz. 83 in .380 ACP. The Škorpion's small size and calibre makes it generally the weakest submachine gun in any videogame it appears in, but this also makes it popular on the screen for the same reasons as the micro-Uzi — it's a compact bundle of full-auto Dakka.
- Cool Calibers: Of note is the wide variety of calibers the Škorpion was produced in: .32 ACP (vz. 61 and 61 E), .380 ACP (vz. 64 and 83), 9x18mm Makarov (vz. 65 and 82) and 9x19mm Parabellum (vz. 68).
- Purchasable in 7.62 High Calibre, and suitable as a back-up weapon. It's slightly more powerful than the comparable Mini/Micro-Uzi and MP5K, as well as accepting a suppressor, but it's less accurate.
- The Matrix. Neo fires a pair with barrel shrouds Guns Akimbo during the slow motion shootout in the lobby, complete with falling slow-motion (rifle) cartridges. Also used by one of the Merovingian's henchmen in The Matrix Revolutions.
- Battlestar Galactica. Starbuck wields them Guns Akimbo in "Resistance". Chief Tyrol has one on New Caprica as well.
- A silenced version is used by the "little friend" assassin in the spoof Mafia!
- Used by a fake motorcycle cop for an attempted assassination in the Steven Seagal movie Exit Wounds.
- Gunslinger Girl: Il Teatrino. Pinnochio selects two of these from his Wall of Weapons for his upcoming mission with Franca and Franco; the latter using one of them against Triela.
- Carried by several of the terrorists who invade the Chinese embassy in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig.
- NCIS. A mook uses one against CIA agent Trent Kort in the opening shootout in "Dead Reckoning".
- Used in the Bugs episode "Buried Treasure".
- Milan Sova in xXx.
- Lazlo Soot in Smokin' Aces (with custom two-tone finish)
- The terrorists in Executive Decision.
- Agent 86 in the 2008 Get Smart movie.
- Members of the Joker's gang in The Dark Knight.
- Risberg in The Black Madonna.
- Many of Arnold Gundars' (Malcolm McDowell) men in the I Spy movie.
- Bodyguards in Ronin.
- Nyssa (Leonor Varela) in Blade II.
- Leonardo DiCaprio as agent Roger Ferris in Body OF Lies.
- Seen in Golden Eye 1997, Perfect Dark, Resident Evil 5 and Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, though not really a Cool Gun in any of these. It's probably most remembered by gamers as GoldenEye and Perfect Dark's Klobb (or KLO1313 if you prefer). (It was originally titled "Spyder" in development, but Rareware changed it to honor designer Ken Lobb.)
- An easy-to-miss vz. 61 appears in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater; useful in a later sequence because it has an attached laser sight. A vz. 83 shows up in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, where it's distinctly less useful, being overshadowed by the P90.
- Used alongside various Glock pistols as a standard sidearm for ZAFT personnel in Gundam SEED.
- In the Doctor Who episode Revelation of the Daleks the assassin Orcini uses one to blow up a Dalek.
- In the Matthew Reilly book Scarecrow a team of Russian soldiers (and occasional bounty hunters) are named after this weapon due to their extensive use of them.
- Sidearm of the Georgian officers in the first Splinter Cell.
- In Resident Evil 5, much like in the description above, it's the weakest automatic weapon, though it has the best Critical Hit chance on headshots. In three highly unusual aspects for this mosquito bite of a gun:
- It's almost double its real life size;
- Its fire rate is lower (around 600 RPM, as usual for machine guns in the series);
- Finally, it's held in a tight two-handed grip by all player characters – including Chris Redfield, a muscular Mighty Glacier who could easily fire it one-handed. The only character who can wield it Guns Akimbo is the wiry Jill Valentine when under the effects of the P30 controller drug (which apparently gives her extra Waif-Fu powers along with the Mind Control), both in this game and in Marvel vs. Capcom 3. That's actually homaged in Resident Evil: Retribution, where a brainwashed Jill wields them Guns Akimbo while Fast Roping out of an Osprey tilt-rotor while blazing away at Alice.
- Usable in Call of Duty: Black Ops.
- All Old-School matches begin with players holding these in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.
- Conker dual wields a pair of these in the War and Heist chapters of Conkers Bad Fur Day.
- 7.62 High Caliber features the vz. 82 variant in 9x18mm Makarov.
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The Winter Soldier has one holstered on his back for the freeway shootout, apparently just for Rule of Cool as he empties it in under two seconds and then throws it away.
Ingram MAC- 10 / MAC- 11
Developed as a "room-broom" for house-clearing in the riot-torn 1960's, the MAC-10's small size and high rate-of-fire made it difficult to control, thus it never really took off with military and law enforcement. Such considerations did not hamper its use by criminals both on and off the silver screen; the fact that it was relatively cheap to buy made it particularly popular in low-income areas with attendant high crime rates. Like its fellow "ghetto gun" the Intratec TEC-9, the original semiautomatic version of the MAC-10 fired from an open bolt, making it very easy to convert to automatic fire. Two main versions exist; the MAC-10 is chambered in .45 ACP while the MAC-11 is chambered in .380 ACP; the latter version having an increased rate of fire and being even harder
to control. Versions of both chambered in 9mm Parabellum also exist (in the case of the MAC-11, the receiver is elongated to accommodate the larger round). A movie MAC will often be fitted with the distinctive suppressor; in both models, this is longer than the weapon itself.
Intratec TEC-9/TEC-D C9/AB- 10
Probably among the most infamous guns in America, the TEC-9 was originally developed by the Swedish company Interdynamic AB in a quest to build a simple and inexpensive submachine gun. Since Sweden, a wealthy, industrialized country where law enforcement carries much fancier weapons, is a poor market for a cheap SMG, they established an American subsidiary called Intratec to sell semi-auto versions of the gun in the lucrative American civilian market. Gun enthusiasts paid it little attention, as it was inaccurate, unreliable and too big to be carried comfortably. However, the gun had several things going in its favor, namely its low price, its 32-round magazine capacity
, its menacing appearance (it was originally designed as a submachine gun, after all) and, most importantly, its open-bolt design, which made it (relatively) easy to convert back to full-auto with only a few modifications.
All of these factors made it very popular among criminals and spree killers in The Eighties
and The Nineties
, earning it a reputation as the
" — something that was eventually noticed by the ATF. Intratec was forced to redesign the gun twice to comply with gun control laws; the first redesign, the TEC-DC9, made it so that it couldn't be converted to full-auto, and the second, the AB-10note
, was done to comply with the Assault Weapons Ban. As the Assault Weapons Ban largely targeted cosmic features deemed "scary-looking", such as barrel shrouds, the AB-10 was functionally unchanged from the TEC-DC9.
- You can use a full-auto TEC-9 in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and San Andreas.
- Name-dropped in a long, long list of Gangsta Rap songs, which helped contribute to its reputation. Rapper Tech N9ne borrows his stage name from the gun.
- In one scene in Last Action Hero, a few bad guys armed with these are in the house and Slater entered from the ceiling and used their own guns to kill them.
- The Law & Order episode "Mushrooms" features a TEC-9 as the murder weapon.
- In the climax of the heist film The Town, James "Jem" Coughlin uses a TEC-9 with two magazines jungle-taped together in a running shootout with FBI agent Adam Frawley and several Boston police officers.
- Jack Burton used one in Big Trouble in Little China. Not that it did him a lot of good.
- Available in the Blue Sun mod for 7.62 High Caliber as a rather poor early weapon, with low accuracy and relatively uncommon magazines outside of scavenging them from thugs.
- Ria wields a pair of TEC-9s during the final shootout scene of Crank High Voltage.
- Lana Kane's firearm of choice in Archer. She wears dual full auto TEC-9s in shoulder holsters.