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Political definitions aside, handguns are commonly defined as guns that are held in one hand. They are some of the first type of guns ever invented, in the form of literal hand cannons — cannons shrunk down to hand size. Yes, revolvers are handguns too, but this page specifically focuses on pistols.
The use of the term "pistols" as a synonym for "handguns" is a bit of an issue of Insistent Terminology. These two terms are interchangeable in daily use, but most technical experts would make a distinction between the two terms, categorizing pistols as as subset of handguns with one chamber, distinguishing them from revolvers who have revolving cylinders containing multiple chambers.
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Chambered in 9x19mm and fed by a 15-round magazine, the Beretta 92 is easily identified by its enlarged ejection port and open slide (like almost every Beretta pistol in the last century, most of the slide is cut away to expose the barrel). The 92 is a descendant 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), and the barrel is restricted to back-and-forth motion, helping accuracy. It has been continually updated throughout its lifespan, with its latest model as of 2019 being the 92X Performance, a heavily modified and customized version meant for high-end pistol competition. There are also various licensed clones, the most notable of which is the Brazilian Taurus PT92 and PT99note (they are clones of the first model of the 92, and feature a 1911-style frame safety as opposed to a slide-mounted decocker safety) which show up in fiction rather often. Beretta themselves later released a variant chambered in .40 S&W as the Beretta 96 and one in 9x21 IMI as the Beretta 98. The gun has had multiple claims to fame:
- It's very common in film and television for a variety of reasons: because it was and continues to be a common police service weapon worldwide, because Beretta paid lots of money to make sure that many action movie heroes of the 1980s carried one, because the Beretta 92 is simple to convert to blank cartridges, and because it simply looks cool.
- 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 thanks to being the standard service pistol for the Yanks with Tanks from its adoption in 1986 until its replacement starting in 2017.
The gun is occasionally looked upon poorly by military users and firearm enthusiasts due to being bulkier than the 1911, generally poor performance in dirty conditions, and the 9x19mm's perceived lack of stopping power compared to the larger .45 ACP. It has also, in the past, had issues with faulty magazines (not made by Beretta for cost reasons) and an issue where the slide would very rarely pop off of the frame when firing, most infamous when the Navy SEALs were training with earlier versions of the weapon (due to a part on the 92F failing after about a fifth as many rounds through the weapon as it was supposed to last; at least one SEAL lost an eye to a flying Beretta hammer, though reports of anyone dying from it are an exaggeration). It is a high-maintenance gun that doesn't get along well with dust due to its open-topped slide. While the Beretta 92's usage by police and civilians hasn't seen these reliability problems, the mixed reputation of the Beretta in U.S. military service caused many U.S. police and security agencies to pass it on in favor of handguns with less controversy. The M9 is now being officially phased out of the US military in favor of the SIG Sauer P320 as of January 2017.
- 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 in The '90s.
- Supposedly what the classic Doom pistol is based off of. Interestingly (and hilariously), the same sprite with parts of the sides cut off stands in for a WWII German-issue pistol in one of the console ports of Wolfenstein 3D as well. Even in the reboot, the pistol strongly resembles a futuristic Beretta.
- 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. In Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes, he gets a suppressed one modified to fire tranquilizer rounds as a Mythology Gag.
- 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 with wooden grips in Global Offensive.
- Neo, in The Matrix (his first pair of Throw-Away Guns in the lobby shootout).
- Trinity swaps out from the 84FS she uses in the first film for a compact variation of the 92FS in Reloaded and then gets a second one in Revolutions. The guards in Club Hell in the latter film also make use of various full-size 92FS variants, with Trinity again grabbing an Inox Brigadier off of one of them to threaten the Merovingian with.
- 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 SIG 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.
- Many Montagues and Capulets in William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet use heavily customized Beretta 92s and Taurus PT92s and 99s, the most-customized all named after the bladed weapons used in the original play, such as Benvolio's "Sword 9mm Series S◊" (PT99 with extended barrel and slide), Tybalt's "Rapier 9mm Series R◊" (two PT99s with extended barrels and guide rods, compensators, and quick-detach mounts for red dot sights), and Mercutio's "Dagger 9mm◊" (PT99 with several cutouts showing the inner details).
- 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, is wielded by a thug then briefly used by Tony Montana to kill several thugs in Scarface (1983), with a suppressed M951 used by Manny to kill Hector's henchwoman.
- The Beretta is the S.T.A.R.S. team's sidearm of choice. The Samurai Edge, developed by a local gunsmith for the team (used by Rebecca and Jill in the original, and everyone in the Director's Cut and Zero), is a heavily modified 92FS Brigadier; the GameCube REmake also includes a "Samurai Edge" variant of the .40 S&W Beretta 96 used by Barry alongside his Colt Python, with an extended compensator and magazine that makes it resemble RoboCop's Auto-9.
- Standard issue sidearm of the Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance field agents in Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil: Revelations. Chris, Sheva, Jill, et al. will always draw their Beretta 92s in cutscenes. The 93R is also available in the former game, as is the "Samurai Edge" version of the 96 when playing as Barry in the "Mercenaries Reunion" DLC.
- A replica of Wesker's specific version of the Samurai Edge shows up in Resident Evil 7: biohazard in two forms, a standard "Albert-01" anti-B.O.W. handgun that's used for the final boss fight, and with New Game+ a weaker "Albert-01R". Compared to his gun, the frame and barrel are the same color as the slide, and it's also fitted with a compensator similar to that on Barry's 96FS from the REmake and an octagonal suppressor ahead of that.
- 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.
- Call of Duty
- The first two Modern Warfare games feature the 92SB filling in as the M9; it's still in the third game, though not available in multiplayer and only able to be grabbed from dead allies in one or two missions if they're killed after emptying their rifle and choosing to pull their sidearm rather than ducking into cover to reload. The second also features a 92SB converted to burst-fire to stand in for the 93R, where it's infamous for being one of the best sidearms in the game (hitting with a full burst with the Stopping Power perk to increase the damage your shots deal is a guaranteed kill, no matter how far away the target is).
- Call of Duty: Ghosts features an M9A1 with an unusable top rail and Laser Sight.
- 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. As of the update that added the Fugitive skill tree, it's also possible to use two at a time as a primary weapon.
- Frank Castle carries a pair of Beretta 92FS Inoxes 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.
- The handgun in both Silent Hill 2 and 3 is a Beretta Centurion (a short version of the Beretta 92).
- Emergency weapon left to Sharon "Heather Mason" Da Silva in Silent Hill: Revelation 3D.
- Jake English's weapons of choice are a pair of Beretta M9s 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 frequency in Gunslinger Girl, but not nearly enough for a series featuring an assassination team sponsored by the Italian government.
- Aya Brea of Parasite Eve can be seen wielding a Beretta 92 in some artwork. Wayne will give you a 92FS after the precinct is attacked; it had 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 in Inter Mission, Francis Sheehy-Skeffington in The Guard and various characters in Love/Hate.
- The PT92 shows up as the basic pistol in Grand Theft Auto V. It's for the most part incorrectly referred to as a .45 weapon.
- Shows up as a unique weapon in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, under the name "Martha", only available if you let a Duty member captured by bandits die. It's the strongest 9x19mm handgun in the game, but has such piss-poor durability to the point that it can start jamming within a handful of shots. Clear Sky and Call of Pripyat make it more available and raise its durability rating as well, though it is still one of the least reliable handguns in the game.
- Walker, Texas Ranger had Walker carry a Taurus PT92 as his main sidearm. Not that he ever really needed it.
- Spaced. Mike carries a pair of them when the protagonists break into an animal testing lab to rescue Colin. In the opening episode of series 2, he wields a pink one when confronting The Men in Black who are looking for Daisy at the pub, who promptly disarm him. It's a Literal Metaphor, as he tells Tim two minutes earlier that he's "off to point the pink pistol at the porcelain firing range", subverting the Unusual Euphemism that implies.
- The M9 is the default sidearm of Captain Martin Walker and used by many of the Damned 33rd in Spec Ops: The Line. Lugo and Adams also carry suppressed M9s that they will use when stealth is required. That Walker draws out a Desert Eagle instead of the M9 when he's by himself may raise your eyebrow, and it should.
- Puerto Rican crime boss Domingo Colon carries a pair of 92FS throughout Luke Cage.
- Sin City has a couple of them. The Yellow Bastard carries one and Wallace has one left over from his Navy SEAL days.
- Demolition Man. John Spartan uses two of them in the Action Prologue, though not together, rather having the second pistol as a backup when he loses his first one. After thawing out in 2032, he gets hold of an Inox version, which he uses for most of the film. After losing that, he acquires another Beretta along with a revolver from Edgar Friendly to use in the final battle with Phoenix.
- The military use these in Man of Steel, most notably when Colonel Hardy uses one in a defiant last stand against Faora during the battle of Smallville.
- A common 9mm pistol in the first two Hitman games with a suppressed variant available. In Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, the suppressed version is available from the beginning of the game.
- The starting handgun in Killing Floor is an M9A1 with an underbarrel weaponlight, referred to as the "9mm Tactical". As per John Woo, it can be paired up for double the fire rate and capacity, but minus the ability to actually look down the sights. Killing Floor 2 features the weapon again as simply the "9mm Pistol", this time a hybrid of various 92 models (92G slide and non-projecting barrel on a 92FS frame with the A1's underbarrel rail and an Inox finish), once again able to be used two at a time as of the "Incinerate 'n Detonate" update.
- A Beretta 92FS has a memorable role in Kingsman: The Secret Service in the famous church brawl, where Harry disarms a churchgoer of one and uses it against his attackers. When it runs dry, he rips the slide off to stab an opponent in the eye before embedding the frame in the same guy's neck.
- The M9 and M9A1 versions appear in The Division as usable weapons, the former as the default starting weapon, the latter as a random drop, called the "Officer's M9 A1", which is fitted with wood grips, an extended magazine to give it a 20-shot capacity, and a talent that lets you deal doubled damage to enemies who are below 30% health.
- The most common pistol in No More Room In Hell and decent overall, it holds one less round than the Glock. The high capacity is offset by the 9mm caliber's inability to One-Hit Kill an adult zombie unless focused.
- The Avenger in Unturned seems to be based off the Beretta 96. It's a common sight in Military spots, has a nice 13-round magazine and can take Military barrel accessories (extended barrel, suppressor and flash-hider muzzle), with the bad side of being chambered for Military low-caliber ammunition, which is harder to find than Civilian ammo and makes the Avenger compete with the Military assault rifles, limiting its usefulness.
- Standard-issue sidearm of the SCP Foundation.
The Cheetah series was enormously popular in the 80s, as it represented one of the best combinations of features available in a semi-automatic pistol at the time. Relatively speaking, it was light, concealable, and reliable, sidestepping the reliability issues associated with the 92 by virtue of being advertised as a civilian concealed-carry weapon, not as a primary military sidearm. Nowadays, it has lost some of its popularity as improvements in firearms design and manufacturing allowed for the manufacture of cheaper, higher-caliber compact pistols. That said, the gun is still popular with collectors, as the fit and finish of the weapon is still consistently praised.
- The Model 81 is Tony Montana's pistol of choice in Scarface (1983), with Oliver Stone noting that he felt the pistol was integral to Tony's character.
- The Model 84 is Trinity's main sidearm in The Matrix, notably being used in the famous scene where she shoots an Agent at point-blank range. Originally, the script called for her to carry Beretta 92s like Neo's, but Carrie-Anne Moss's smaller frame meant the more compact 84s looked better; in the next two films she does switch it out for compact versions of the 92.
- Paul Kersey uses an 84 to slay several punks in Death Wish II.
- A nickel 84 is carried by the female mercenary in Alien vs. Predator, though it doesn't do her much good.
- Various models are used extensively by Jinx in Die Another Day, both with and without a suppressor.
- The Model 82FS is Cate Archer's signature weapon in No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy In H.A.R.M.'s Way, called the McAllister Handgun, and is sometimes equipped with a suppressor. It is anachronistic for time period the game is set in. It returns in Contract J.A.C.K. as the .32 Handgun, but is only usable through cheats despite its ammo appearing throughout the game.
- Carried by Santino as his sidearm in the climax of John Wick: Chapter 2. Another Cheetah is also used by one of the Bowery King's spies to dispatch two guards.
- A Beretta Cheetah is used to fatally shoot Archie Andrews in the penultimate issue of Life with Archie: The Married Life.
- The Model 84F is Aya Brea's starting handgun in Parasite Eve. Its compact size (for 1997) makes sense for her to be carrying as the game starts with her on a date at the opera in an evening gown.
- In Saints Row 2, the 84F takes over as the "VICE 9", replacing the full-size Beretta 92 used in the first game (though every other cutscene still has characters using the original model). The "Saint of All Saints" statue in the Saints' headquarters in that game, and the copies of it in all the Planet Saints stores in The Third, also pose with a pair of them, appropriate given the statue's existence is a Shout-Out to the above Scarface.
- Tony Soprano uses an 85 BB on several occasions in The Sopranos, befitting his Italian heritage.
The Px4 comes in several different models with different trigger groups, along with compact and subcompact versions. It is currently chambered in either 9x19mm, .40 S&W or .45 ACP.
- The eponymous main character of Canaan uses the Type G variant of the Storm (SA/DA variant with decocker only, no manual safety).
- Alex Murphy (before becoming RoboCop) and his partner Jack carry Beretta Px4s as their primary weapon in RoboCop (2014).
- The main character's weapon in Colombiana is a Px4.
- Appears in The Cabin in the Woods as the standard sidearm for facility guards.
- Dominic Cobb's primary weapon in Inception.
- The standard and subcompact variants both appear in the reboot of The A-Team.
- After losing his primary weapon, John McClane takes a Px4 off one of his opponents, and uses it for the second half of Live Free or Die Hard.
- The subcompact variant is Detective Christian Walker's primary weapon in Powers.
- The starting handgun in Watch_Dogs. Despite using the full-size Px4 model, it has a 10-round magazine capacity, which is more consistent with the subcompact variant. This may be justified by Chicago's Real Life gun laws, which forbids semi-auto pistols with magazine capacities greater than 10 rounds.
- Appears as the default handgun in Splinter Cell Blacklist, where it also appears as the sidearm of US Military soldiers in the Detention Facility level.
- Also appears in Resident Evil 5 Mercenaries mode as the handgun that Jill Valentine uses in her BSAA costume.
- Whenever Ian has to appear as a police officer, Smosh arms him with a Px4. For comedic purposes, he never needs to reload.
- Appears as a usable weapon in The Division.
In the 1920s, France began looking to adopt a new service pistol, requiring, among other things, it to have a magazine disconnect device, external hammer, positive manual safety, a range of at least 50 meters, and a magazine capacity of at least 10 rounds. Browning designed a locked-breech pistol, incorporating Dieudonne Saive's invention of the double-stack magazine, giving it an unprecedented 13 rounds of 9x19mm ammunition in the magazine. After the M1911's patents expired in 1928, Saive, who had taken over development of the weapon, incorporated a number of the 1911's features into the weapon, colloquially known as the BHP, P-35, BAP (Browning Automatic Pistol). France ultimately chose not to adopt the weapon, but Belgium did.
The weapon would go on to be used by both sides in WWIInote , most NATO nations during the Cold War, and still widely used today, and is one of the most common firearms outside of the United States (where the 1911 is still king).
The single action Browning HP can be seen as a successor to the 1911, to which it is very similar in design. The bar cam short recoil action pioneered in the Hi-Power was designed to get around the patent on the toggle-link design of the 1911 (which Browning had sold to Colt), and has since become more common than the original 1911 design. The Hi-Power also inherited the 1911's indestructibility—it always works. Due to the magazine disconnect attached to the trigger bar,note 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.
As time went on, the Hi-Power started to find itself outclassed and outperformed by handguns that were lighter, cheaper, and had bigger magazine capacities. The death knell for the Hi-Power truly came when the British military moved to abandon the platform and switched to Glocks in 2013. With its biggest user base gone, the Hi-Power slowly saw its fortunes decline and sales drop, and rumors abounded in 2017 in the firearms community that the gun had been discontinued. These rumors were finally confirmed in January 2018 when the Browning Arms Company updated its website to show that the Hi-Power was indeed discontinued after 82 years of production.
While the Canadian Forces still use the Hi-Power as their primary service pistol, they rely on a massive stockpile of pistols from John Inglis Co. to get replacement parts. The reason for the stockpile was that the National Revolutionary Army of the Republic of China had also used the pistol, and ordered a massive number, only for that order to fall through for obvious reasons. As such, Canada ended up with both the Hi-Powers they ordered from Inglis and the Chinese order, put a bunch of them in grease for long term storage, and just take some out when they need some parts. The average Canadian Hi-Power is now 75 years old, many from the first production run. Inglis went on to become an appliance manufacturer, completely leaving the military manufacturing field in 1962, before being bought out by Whirlpool. The Canadian Forces wants to replace them.
- Indiana Jones uses one in a bar shootout in Raiders of the Lost Ark.* He's later seen with an anachronistic Inglis Hi-Power aboard the Bantu Wind.
- In Casino Royale (2006), James Bond grabs one from a Madagascar diplomat during the Le Parkour chase scene.
- Alec Trevelyan's sidearms in GoldenEye are both upgrades based on the Hi-Power, primarily the upgraded BDM, but in the opening at Arkhangelsk he's also seen with the BDA in one scene (presumably meant to use it more often for that part, since it was the only one of the two that actually existed in 1986 when that opening is set).
- 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.
- In Resident Evil 2, it's the starting weapon for Claire Redfield and Ada Wong, presumably the standard handgun of the RPD as Claire gets hers from the glove compartment of a cop car, and the opening of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis has regular cops using them as well before they're overwhelmed by zombies. It also sees a brief appearance in the opening of Code Veronica, where Claire continues using it during her infiltration of Umbrella's Paris office, before it's confiscated by security and she switches to a Beretta 93R for the actual game. Resident Evil Outbreak File #2 also features it as the "Handgun HP", replacing the Beretta as the standard handgun used in the "Desperate Times" scenario; it's slightly stronger,
- 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, called "Maria".
- 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. One of the DLC suits allows Cole to use one in place of his 1911. The only difference between the two guns is magazine capacity.
- Finally makes its Call of Duty debut in Call of Duty: Black Ops II, 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. Its stats are essentially a copy-paste of the FNP-45 available in the future levels and multiplayer, including an incorrect 10-round magazine (only .40 S&W HPs were designed to carry a maximum of ten rounds, but the cartridge didn't even exist in The '80s, nevermind HPs chambered for it - though that would be suitable for a sequel to the Anachronism Stew-laden Black Ops) that is increased to the correct 13 rounds with the "Extended Clip" attachment.
- 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. It's fitted with some modifications that weren't available on the gun until a decade or two later, though the hammer (a ring hammer rather than a spur) is correct for a Hi-Power from The '50s.
- 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.
- Tintin occasionally carries one when needed (unless he has to use a bolt-action rifle, or, in the later comics, a submachine gun), and uses a Hi-Power to shoot down a plane in his most recent movie.
- Deciding he needs More Dakka in a corrupt police department where his backup might be 'late' or even hostile, Serpico gets one as a backup to his NYPD revolver.
- Sees some use in all the normal endings of Cry of Fear; in most variations Simon commits suicide with it, and in the best one he uses it to kill the manifestation of his suicidal thoughts... which still translates to ventilating some cops in the real world.
- Shows up as the "HPSS-1m" in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series. It was Dummied Out from the first game, and is surprisingly powerful; later games feature it regularly, where other pistols of its caliber are better but it serves as a nice early upgrade from the Makarov and Fort-12.
- Rally once spent an entire chapter of Gunsmith Cats fine-tuning a Browning for Becky, during which she admits that while she loves her CZ-75, she has to admit that the Hi-Power was so well designed that it hasn't had a single major change since it came out in 1935.
- Ray Velcoro carries one in the second season of True Detective.
- Commandant Quinlan uses one as a Ranged Emergency Weapon towards the end of The Siege of Jadotville when his FN FAL runs dry. He only seems to have one magazine for it, as it shares ammunition with the Carl Gustav submachineguns used by his NCOs, where the 9mm rounds are put to better use.
- In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, General Amajagh uses one to hold Lois Lane hostage at gunpoint.
- Frank Farmer carries one as his Weapon of Choice in The Bodyguard
- Carried by Captain James Conrad in a shoulder holster in Kong: Skull Island.
- Appears in Mafia III as the Elling 9mm, with less recoil and a higher capacity than the M1911A1 or the Smith & Wesson Model 39.
- Mad Max: Fury Road has Max obtaining a Hi-Power at the Green Place and using it as his sidearm for the rest of the film, firing it at Slit during the final chase.
- The Hi-Power shows up in Day of Infamy as the British army's sidearm, their automatic option over the Webley revolver. In contrast to the American army's choice of a .45 handgun or a .45 revolver, it holds more than double the capacity, but it's also noticeably weaker.
- The Hi-Power is available as the standard sidearm for the Australian forces in Rising Storm 2: Vietnam, including an adjustable rear sight.
- The standard Pistol in the first two Turok games, especially the first, bears a noticeable resemblance to the Hi-Power.
The M1911 was the result of legendary firearms designer John Browning's continued research in trying to make his original Colt M1900 a good service weapon AND a good commercial weapon for civilian sales. The original M1900 had two barrel pivot links (one at the muzzle and one near the chamber), an open-ended slide (so that the barrel could pivot at both ends), a safety catch integrated with the rear iron sight (a bad idea for frontline service), and a heel-style magazine release. The original cartridge was the hotly-loaded .38 ACP, which had to be dialed down after several pistols literally exploded from over-pressured barrels. The later .45 ACP was developed because smaller rounds had trouble one-shot-stopping frenzied or determined opponents (this was a case where the older .45 Colt revolver round proved better than the newer but weak, inaccurate, and unreliable .38 Long Colt). Browning's development by 1910 eventually eliminated the muzzle pivot link, installed a barrel bushing to support the barrel's muzzle end (and also to prevent mud from getting into the slide), proper safety catches, and moved the magazine release from the heel to the thumb-button next to the trigger guard.
At around the same time, the US military was looking to adopt a semi-automatic service pistol. Colt's 1910 prototype entrant pistol beat out all other competitors, and after one more change, was adopted in 1911. It would service as the United States Army service pistol from World War I until The '80s, when it was replaced by the Beretta M9. Other users included Argentina, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Greece, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines, Spain, South Vietnam, Taiwan, Thailand and Turkey (with many building their own versions). The UK also supplied Colt M1911A1s to their special forces soldiers and pilots during WWII. It remains a popular weapon today with special forces units, law enforcement, and civilians.
The M1911 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. Dozens of variants exist, manufactured by companies like Kimber, Smith & Wesson, Para Ordnance and Remington, and it is a common starting point for custom pistols. The pistol's looks are also recognizable enough that if a semiautomatic handgun is seen in a comic book, it tends to look like an M1911.
A major reason for the M1911's popularity in the US was because the modern pistol technique, originally taught by Colonel Jeff Cooper, favored the M1911 - Cooper was one of the gun's most devout users, and many chose to follow his examplenote . The "condition codes" that have been frequently adapted for a handgun's state of being loaded and ready was originally created in reference to the M1911 as well. The Assault Weapons Ban of 1993 also saw a resurgence in the weapon's popularity - the logic was that if you were limited to 10-round magazines, you might as well get something that's going to make each shot count.
The 1911 is a single-action semiautomaticnote utilizing Browning's tilting-barrel short-recoil system (which has become the standard for most semiauto pistols, including Glock) and feeding from a single-stack magazinenote . It also has multiple redundant safeties: a thumb safety switch which completely locks the action when engaged, a half-cock notch on the hammernote which can stop it if triggered accidentally, a grip safety that disconnects the trigger when releasednote , and a retention spring that keeps the firing pin from resting on (or even near) the primer of the chambered round. The single-action trigger is very crisp and light, making it easy to shoot accurately, especially for new shooters who tend to improperly engage the trigger. A huge market exist for after-market parts and custom tuning. Triggers, hammers, grip panels, grip safeties, slides, sights—hell, it is fairly easy (and legal) to simply buy a whatever loose parts you like and assemble your own Frankengun from scratchnote
In addition to the standard .45, 1911s are also in various other chamberings, like the .38 Super and the aforementioned 9mm. Compact models sometimes come in .380, and a few high-end builders offer 10mm and .50 GI.
As a side note, Hollywood productions up until the late 1980s tend to use the Star Model B, a Spanish 9x19mm clone, or 1911s chambered in 9mm as a stand-in for actual .45 1911s due to a lack of reliable .45 ACP blanks. While modern .45 blanks are largely reliable, some films and television productions still use 9mm variants as stand-ins.
- 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.
- Very frequently depicted being waved around (and often fired) with the hammer down, though occasionally this is to set up a Dramatic Gun Cock.
- An M1911 is often, though not always, shown as the gun used by Joe Chill to kill Martha and Thomas Wayne.
- In Letters from Iwo Jima, General Kuribayashi, the Japanese commander of the defense of the island carries a very nice custom M1911 with ivory grips, 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 whom he was friends with before the war began.
- One of the signature weapons and favored sidearms of The Punisher, fitting for a Vietnam veteran. In The Punisher MAX, he happily does target practice with his favorite M1911A1 in Central Park, heaping praise on the gun:A hundred years and four wars old, and those for the United States alone. Its replacement proved its worth by immediately going wrong. Seven in the magazine and one in the chamber. Half the capacity of modern handguns - but eight fat forty-fives, with twice the impact, half the recoil of nine-millimeter rounds. All you have to do is put them where you want them.
- In the 2004 Punisher film, Frank Castle is seen dual wielding Colt Customs made by his father.
- In Daredevil, Frank uses various M1911 variants as his sidearm.
- The M1911 itself is very common in the mainstream Marvel universe, with practically all the common criminals in NYC using them to perform bank robberies, shoot at the hero or mug victims in alleys.note
- 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. The custom 1911 was actually modeled from an airsoft gun.
- Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots features no less than five different 1911 variants. Old Snake is given an updated M1911 copy, the Springfield Operator, with a Laser Sight built into the guide rod as one of his first weapons. The PMCs in the game also use an M1911 clone, the Sig Sauer GSR, which in gameplay terms trades the ability to take a suppressor for an extra round in the magazine. It is also possible to enter a code and receive the original MGS3 M1911. The Thor .45-70 is a single shot pistol built from 1911 parts, chambered in .45-70 Government and is Liquid Ocelot's Weapon of Choice (apparently, since he only actually uses it one time). Finally, completing the game once unlocks the "Race Gun", a similar Strayer Voigt Infinity chambered for 9x23mm Winchester rounds with a reduced charge that's just about enough to cycle the gun, allowing for Ocelot-style ricochet shots at the expense of stopping power.
- Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops has them, inexplicably carried by Soviet soldiers and by FOX operatives. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker allows the player to develop one early into the game and specs for the Metal Gear Solid 3 custom variant are available too.
- 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, gold-plated controls, and enormous ported compensators.
- An anachronistic nickel-plated M1911A1 is used by Cal toward the end of Titanic (1997). 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".
- Sheriff Walt Longmire of Absaroka County, Wyoming carries a well-used 1911A1 as his preferred sidearm. His only customization is a set of really awesome-looking elk antler grips.
- 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.
- One of the most persistent weapons 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 Hitman (2016), 47 instead carries a modern tactical 1911 called the ICA19, but the Silverballer is available as an unlockable bonus weapon.
- In The Terminator, the eponymous character uses an AMT Hardballer with 7" slide and large laser sight on top.
- In Terminator 2: Judgment Day, the Terminator takes a "Coltonics" (Colt Series 70 slide mounted on the frame of a Detonics Score Master; this specific one was further modified with Pachmayr grips, an ambidextrous safety lever, and a conversion to 9mm to use more reliable blanks) from one of the bikers in the opening Bar Brawl, and Sarah makes ironic use of a custom longslide 1911 when she goes to kill Dyson. Interestingly, rather then going for a longslide 1911 from the outset, the prop used the slide from a compact Detonics Combat Master and added a barrel extension. See it here. A security guard at a mental hospital also makes very brief use of a nickel-plated and pearl-gripped 1911 before the Terminator shoots out his kneecaps and takes ammo from him.
- Vincent and Jules in Pulp Fiction 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, the text on the model attributing them to "Finleyville Armory". They're modified with stuff like extended thumb safeties, cut outs in the triggers, the ring hammer from the compact Colt Commander, and an underbarrel flashlight on the ones the player starts with (ones that can be found in the levels to pair up don't have the light).
- Possibly the mascot weapon of the Call of Duty series - until Ghosts, it appears in nearly every game in some form, even being usable in every game until the later Modern Warfare games (where it's Price's Weapon of Choice, with notable scenes including him sliding it to Soap so he can finish off Zakhaev at the end of the first game, Soap returning it to Price after they rescue him from the gular in the second, and Price setting it over Soap's chest after his death in the third), with a brief return as a selectable weapon in Black Ops II (including a notable scene where Chloe Lynch is given one to defend herself during her rescue in the optional "Second Chance" mission).
- 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 stainless Colt Commanders (an M1911A1 with a slightly shorter barrel and a ring hammer) 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.
- A staple of the Destroyermen series. 1911s from USS Walker's small arms locker frequently ride the belts of Captain Matt Reddy, Gunner's Mate Dennis Silva, and Sergeant Pete Alden, all of whom get plenty of use out them. A few are given to high-ranking Lemurian commanders as well, with Lord Rolak especially prizing his. Eventually the Baalkpan Armory starts making them, and they become the standard-issue sidearm of the Grand Alliance.
- 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.
- The Hard Life mod improves its stats somewhat, though its still fairly anemic.
- 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.
- The Colt Defender, a shrunken-down M1911 made for concealed carry, appears in Uncharted from the second game onward as Nathan Drake's Weapon of Choice, replacing the Makarov he used in the original. The fourth game finally adds a full-size M1911 complete with an accessory rail.
- 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, and used two at a time for More Dakka.
- 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, with its unique options including a compensated or lengthened slide and barrel, unique grip panels, and extended magazines (including a "Magazine with Ameritude!" in one DLC pack that more than doubles its capacity). As of the Locke & Load event in 2017, the Colt Defender is also available as the "Crosskill Guard", a much weaker but higher-capacity and more concealable option..
- 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 was R. Lee Ermey's favorite handgun, which he discussed in his The 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, 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. As above, this also extends to real life, as Tom Selleck is an avid 1911 shooter and uses them in a lot of his movies and shows (his role as the title character of the Jesse Stone adaptations even switched the character's Weapon of Choice from a .38 revolver to a 1911 based on Selleck's preference).
- The 2018 reboot updates Magnum's sidearm from a classic 1911 to the far more modern STI Costa Carry Comp.
- Vincent Valentine carries a 1911 called the "Quicksilver" 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.
- The Comedian from Watchmen uses one to unsuccessfully attempt to defend himself before being tossed out the window of his apartment and during his stint in Vietnam to kill his pregnant girlfriend. In the film, he owns a pair of custom 1911s that were implied to be a gift from Richard Nixon.
- The Nintendo 64 port of Duke Nukem 3D replaces the vaguely-Glock-shaped handgun with a 1911, fitted with a Laser Sight. In Duke Nukem Forever, a similar 1911 with three dot sights is the standard sidearm of the Earth Defence Force, and is sometimes used Guns Akimbo by armed Pigcops. Duke himself now owns an engraved gold-plated version, which nets the player an achievement for carrying it with them for the entire game.
- A fairly common weapon that appears in the hands of various people in Archer. Ray carries a pair with ornate engravings on the slides. Archer himself uses one in a Shout-Out to Magnum, P.I.'s famous "Did you see the sunrise this morning?" scene and as his Weapon of Choice in Archer Dreamland.
- Quite a few times in Grand Theft Auto.
- The standard pistol in Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City, and San Andreas is a 1911, with a silenced variant available in the latter game.
- The Heavy Pistol added to Grand Theft Auto V in The Business Update is a custom 1911 variant. It holds an 18 round magazine as standard and in the next gen versions of the game, it has a useable reflex sight. It packs a decent punch.
- Hannibal Smith's Weapon of Choice in The A-Team is an updated custom variant. In the Action Prologue, he removes the firing pin from it, which he uses as a lockpick to undo his handcuffs. He then simply shoves it into the back of the slide, which wouldn't actually be possible unless it was already missing one or two other important parts.
- A Spanish clone, the Star Model P (distinct from the more famous Model B in that it's still chambered for the original .45 ACP), is available as the first sidearm in Far Cry 2. Far Cry 3 and 4 switch to a Kimber Warrior, available both in its standard form (the first gun purchased in 3 which can't be modified, available a little later in 4 and able to accept night sights or an extended magazine), as well as a Signature variant as the "Shadow" in 3 (available after liberating 17 outposts) or the "Sandman" in 4 (as a free pre-order bonus), which mounts a suppressor, extended magazine and reflex sight. Far Cry 5 replaces that with a Smith & Wesson SW1911, which comes with a nice two-tone finish by default and can be customised with a variety of sights and suppressors. There are also a number of versions with fancy finishes available as DLC.
- Available in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games as the "Kora-919". Stronger than the starting 9x18mm pistols by virtue of its heavier bullets, with sub-par accuracy, but is one of the most durable NATO weapons in the game. Exactly how good it is varies between games.
- In Bruges. Harry buys one from Yuri after dismissing an Uzi, referring to the M1911A1 he selects as "a normal gun for a normal person". He loads it with "dum-dums", even though he says he knows he shouldn't. They end up overpenetrating when he shoots Ray and blowing the head off Jimmy. Because Jimmy is a dwarf dressed in a school uniform, Harry thinks that he has killed a child and kills himself out of shame over it.
- Red has Frank Moses carry one as his Weapon of Choice. Being older yet still useful, it's a fitting choice for him.
- James Bond:
- Bond wields one in From A View To A Kill, where he's nearly killed in a stakeout because he kept the safety catch on by accident.
- In Trigger Mortis, Bond uses a Remington 1911 when he arrives in the United States.
- At the end of The World Is Not Enough, Bond uses one to kill Elektra King. She tries to persuade him not to shoot, telling him that he'll miss her. One headshot later, he retorts with "I never miss."
- On the video game front, a nickel-plated version of the SW1911 appears in the video game adaptation of Quantum of Solace. As with most of the rest of the guns, it's renamed in reference to a prior Bond film, called the "CR1911". It holds only about half as many bullets as Bond's trusty P99, but it hits slightly harder in turn, and as the most common handgun (the only weapon in the game that can show up in every level) ammo is abundant.
- The Chandleresque private eye narrator in the Doctor Who New Adventures novel Blood Harvest uses one. "Some people say the old 1911 Model Army Colt Automatic is big and clumsy and noisy, and I guess it is. But hit a man anywhere with the slug from a .45 and he'll go down and stay down." This gets a Meaningful Echo near the end of the novel when he finds that even a vampire will be severely inconvenienced by the slug from a .45.
- The M1911A1 is the primary weapon of 1st Lieutenant Jimmy Cross in The Things They Carried, described as weighing 2.9 pounds fully loaded. He also gives it to whoever gets selected for "tunnel rat" duty, although unlike actual tunnel rats, his men don't seem to have much problem with the gun's infamously bright muzzle flash and loud muzzle blast in the dark, underground labyrinths they crawl into.
- Resident Evil:
- Resident Evil 3: Nemesis features the similar STI Eagle 6.0. Jill can put one together by grabbing the parts off of the eponymous Nemesis by defeating him twice in non-mandatory fights, and Carlos starts with one in The Mercenaries. It's fitted with a scope, which grants it a higher chance of critical hits to instantly kill zombies, but it can't take the enhanced ammo you can build in the main game.
- Billy's starting handgun in Resident Evil 0 is a 1911 derivative rechambered in 9mm, fitted with a custom ergonomic wooden grip and a slide that is mostly cut away like on Rebecca's more standard Beretta. Like the Eagle before, it can be modified with a scope to give it a higher chance of critical hits.
- Kevin Ryman's personal item in Resident Evil Outbreak is a 1911. Unlike every other instance in the series, it's noted to be firing different ammo than the more standard 9mm handguns. Ammo is much more rare as a result (even without having to fight with teammates over who gets to use it, since it's unique to Kevin's gun), but in turn his 1911 is noticeably more powerful.
- Resident Evil 4 references Terminator by featuring a 1911 with a bulky top-mounted Laser Sight. It's renamed the "Killer7", after another Capcom game that featured the same weapon (albeit with a scope instead of a laser).
- Parker's starting handgun in Resident Evil: Revelations is a Colt Government Model, coming in both the default all-nickel and DLC for the HD ports including "Parker's Government", fitted with wooden grips and an engraved black slide.
- This is the first gun found in Resident Evil 7: biohazard, as the "M19".
- In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, a Colt M1911A1 is the gun used to kill Thomas and Martha Wayne. Batman himself carries and uses one (but unfortunately has far more bad guys than bullets) during Bruce Wayne's nightmare sequence. Outside of the dream sequence, this version of Batman is notable for not being afraid to put holes in bad guys.
- An M1911 is Avilio Bruno's preferred weapon in 91 Days.
- Used by Marlow in Kong: Skull Island as his sidearm. Notably, he draws it in the beginning to try and shoot Gunpei, but misses every shot as his opponent stares in amazement. When we see him in the film's present, he still has it, although he prefers to use his shin-gunto sword.
- Killing Floor 2 added the 1911 with the "Return of the Patriarch" update as a weapon meant for the new Gunslinger perk. Features a nickel finish with ornate engravings along the slide and pearl grips, and like most other pistols can be used Guns Akimbo.
- Gen. Joe Coulton owns one in GI Joe Retaliation, as seen in the Lock and Load Montage. Moreso, as Roadblock points out, the same gun owned by Gen. Patton (Coulton explains that Patton's family gave it to him). Coulton then gives it to 'Block "for when he meets Cobra Commander again."
- Dual-wielded by John Smith in Last Man Standing, as well as Hickey. Funnily enough, the 1911 is depicted as a Hand Cannon when it's in Smith's hands, able to send its targets flying through windows with a few shots.
- Appears in Mafia III as the Masterson Semi-Auto. A silenced version can also be used by Lincoln, although it is less accurate than the silenced .22 pistol. A black silenced Masterson with gold engravings and pearl grips called the Silentium can be obtained via the Judge, Jury and Executioner Weapons Pack DLC.
- The favored weapon of Sgt. Major Plumley in We Were Soldiers.
- An M1911A1 with a railed frame can be found in a locked weapons box in Ghost Recon Wildlands. It can be later modified to use 15-round extended magazines, laser modules and a suppressor.
- John Wick: Chapter 2 has John being given a Kimber Warrior by the Bowery King for his attack on the Continental. During the final battle, several henchmen also use M1911s.
- The standard 1911, M45A1, and MEU(SOC) variants are available for use in The Division.
- Lt. Vincent Hanna's sidearm in Heat is a Series 80 M1991A1 Colt Officer's ACP with ivory grips.
- Usable in Insurgency for both sides in some form, the Security team getting the MEU(SOC) variation and the Insurgents getting a custom 1911A1 with an extended threaded barrel, the MEU(SOC)'s sights, a ring hammer, smooth wood grips and the original 1911's longer trigger.
- Also available in Day of Infamy for all American classes, fitting the classic 7+1 capacity. Like the Insurgent's version in the above, it uses the original model's longer trigger, but is otherwise purely a WWII-issue 1911A1.
- In No More Room In Hell, the 1911 is a solid weapon. It's light and powerful, capable of one-headshotting any kind of zombie even without focusing, and being a pistol, it allows a survivor to dual-wield it with a flashlight; as a downside, the .45 ACP ammo is somewhat heavy and adds up. It's ideal for scouting a new area or dealing with a moderate-sized horde too close for focused aiming with lesser guns to take down comfortably.
- Contagion features a 1911 as a starter gun along with the SIG Pro, and the flashlight-toting counterpart to the revolver. The base damage makes it nice for PvP, but in all other aspects it's worse than the SIG: ammo is rarer, the magazine capacity is much smaller, max ammo is a laughable 56 compared to 9mm's 150, and against non-riot zombies, who die from one headshot no matter the gun used, its higher power is worthless. In Escape and Extraction, it's at best an inventory filler until discarded for a better weapon or Plot Coupon.
- The standard issue sidearm for the US forces in Rising Storm. In contrast to the Nambu Type 14 used by the Japanese, this pistol is noted for being able to kill reliably.
- Appears in Rising Storm 2: Vietnam as the standard sidearm for US and South Vietnamese forces.
- The A1 variant is the one single model of handgun in Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix. Christian extremists in Colombia, Russian terrorists, American hospital guards, you name it, literally every NPC that has access to a pistol has a 1911. The only exceptions are the Shop's operatives like John Mullins and Madeline Taylor, who can use the objectively better H&K Mk. 23. You can pick one in the inventory selection at the start of most missions, though it's a waste, since it holds 5 rounds less than the 23 and can't accept any kind of attachment.
Browning also designed the FN 1903, which had a near-identical design with the exception of a longer barrel and using the 9x20mm Browning Long cartridge. The FN 1903 was one of the inspirations for Fedor Tokarev's TT pistols, especially in looks-the TT can be said to be a larger and heavier version of the FN M1903.
- Both the Colt 1903 and the FN 1903 are sidearms the player can acquire in Battlefield 1.
- Taiko of Desert Punk carries a Model 1903 alongside her Glock.
- As mentioned above, John Dillinger used a Model 1903 Hammerless. It shows up in Public Enemies.
- The FN 1903, known ingame as the Hi-Power Pistol is given to John Marsten in Red Dead Redemption by Edgar Ross. He points it at John, barrel first, before John takes it.
- A frequent sidearm of Humphrey Bogart, in classics such as Casablanca and The Big Sleep. In several instances, he was supposed to carry a .45, but Bogart's short stature meant the smaller 1903 looked better in his hands.
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit features a gold plated version owned by R.K. Maroon. After Maroon is murdered, Eddie takes it and later casts it aside in favour of his old cartoon revolver. Roger takes it after this and uses it to threaten Judge Doom until he's hit with a pile of bricks.
- Sgt. Jerry Wooters' sidearm in Gangster Squad is a Model 1903 with a blued finish and ivory grips.
- Used by Eddie Valentine and his Mooks in The Rocketeer.
- In Johnny Dangerously, Roman Troy Moronie uses a nickel plated Colt 1903.
- Rick Blaine in Casablanca carries a Colt 1903 .32 ACP, as opposed to the M1911 he's shown holding in promotional posters.
Unlike most semiautomatic pistols, the slide assembly actually rides inside of the frame, which CZ claims allows the weapon large tolerances for dirt and oil while maintaining good accuracy. Some dispute whether this configuration really improves anything (apart from looking cool and distinctive), but nobody denies that the CZ 75 works, and works very well. In addition and unlike most double-action automatics, the base model's safety is not a decocker model, allowing 1911-style "cocked and locked" carry. Single-action and double-action-decocker variants are also readily available. 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.
Another popular variant is the "CZ 75 Automatic" mostly for it's peculiar placement of a spare magazine which can be mounted in front of the trigger guard for use as a foregrip.
The CZ 75 was originally chambered in 9x19mm, with later variants adding 9x21mm IMI, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP, depending on the model.
- 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, said companies either going bankrupt before selling a single pistol or giving up the plan in favor of more lucrative military and police contracts.
- Gates, the crazed villain from Full Metal Panic: The Second Raid.
- 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, with Mason even taking one out of the holster of a Viet Cong soldier in one sequence. The rarer (and even more anachronistic) full-auto variant is also available in the Kowloon mission and in multiplayer.
- 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 Five-seven (for counter-terrorists) or TEC-9 (for terrorists). It gets a single magazine worth of reserve ammo, with that extra magazine mounted as a foregrip and switched to on a reload, making this the only gun in the game with more than one reloading animation (reloading before emptying the first mag makes further reloads follow the same pattern as the other handguns).
- The CZ 75 Automatic appears in Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned. The player receives it at the beginning of "Bad Cop Drop."
Meatpacker: It sure is.
Red Kelly: I thought that was a lady's gun!
Meatpacker: Well, now, and ain't I a lady's man?
A favorite of The Wild West gamblers and card crooks to use if a brawl at the card table ensued, it gained an unsavory reputation as an outlaw and assassin 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 slowly die a Cruel and Unusual Death from organ failure or infection.
Due to its concealability and nearly nonexistent recoil, Derringers were 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. They also tend to be overrepresented in Western fiction - it wasn't quite as popular in reality as Hollywood would have you think.
- Ambrose carries one in Rango.
- Appears in Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood, where it's called the "Lady Gun."
- Used by Jonah Hex, Quentin Turnbull and Patrick O' Flynn in Jonah Hex.
- Lord Rathbone carries one in Shanghai Knights.
- Colonel Douglas Mortimer wields one in For a Few Dollars More.
- Wielded by Jonathan in The Mummy.
- A Chiappa Double Eagle is available in the GameCube remake of Resident Evil 1 as the "self-defense gun". Counter to the usual stereotypes, it is incredibly powerfulnote , killing anything short of a boss with one bullet... but that's all you get for it, since the previous owner shot his friend with it and there's no more ammo for it anywhere in the game.
- In The Simpsons' retelling of Tom Sawyer, Tom and Huckleberry Finn get an entire steamboat full of people to begin shooting each other with them. The results are... less then impressive.Bart as Tom: These Derringers are powerfully weak.
- Fujiko Mine uses one on an occasion in Lupin III vs. Detective Conan: The Movie.
- Miss Pauling can be seen using one◊ in the Team Fortress 2 movie Expiration Date.
- The Guard. Gerry recovers one from an IRA weapons stash and keeps it stashed down his pants, using it to kill O'Leary.
- Police Quest. In the original game, Sonny has to go undercover as a pimp and is issued one in lieu of his service revolver that's concealed in a tricked out pimp cane.
- Brothel Madam Maeve Millay carries a concealed Remington 1866 Derringer in Westworld.
- John Carter uses one near the end of his eponymous film.
- Fio Vanetti has one in 91 Days.
- Granblue Fantasy features it as a Fire-element weapon, usable by classes that focus on guns and daggers like the Thief. Given the Medieval Stasis setting, it's possibly the most recent firearm to show up in the game outside of crossovers.
- In the third season of Castle, Captain Montgomery packs a two-shot Bond Arms Snake Slayer IV derringer as a backup gun to his Model 19 revolver.
- In Batman Returns Selina Kyle wears an American Derringer Model 1 in her garterbelt when she attends a party, with the intent of assassinating Max Shreck with it.
- The Frye sliblings of Assassin's Creed: Syndicate receive a Colt 2nd Model Derringer in one of the earliest missions. This is a bit anachronistic as the Colt 2nd Model would not be produced until 1870.
- In Back to the Future Part III Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen menaces Doc Brown with an Iver Johnson Eclipse Derringer.
- The titular character of Wild Bill (played by Jeff Bridges) carries a Williamson Derringer n his left vest pocket.
The Five-seven is mostly made from polymer, with metal functioning parts, making it quite light for a handgun. It sports a high magazine capacity of 20 rounds, with 30 round aftermarket magazines available, and 10 round magazines in locations where the laws dictate bullet capacity limits.
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 ammo initially being expensive compared to more conventional pistol rounds) and the stigma associated with the small PDW round.
The pistol has also acquired a significant hatedom from gun control advocates, due to the 5.7mm round's supposed armor-piercing abilities,note , along with its supposed use by criminals for that reason, particularly the 2009 Fort Hood shooting. So far however, the pistol has survived two attempts by gun control advocates to ban it, and it's becoming increasingly popular with civilian shooters in the US, as well as being adopted by numerous military/police units and security forces worldwide. In any case, the 5.7mm round's storied armor-piercing capability is rather diminished in a pistol anyway.note
- A Counter-Terrorist onlynote weapon in Counter-Strike. Originally, it was considered underpowered and overpriced by most of the players, though its accuracy made 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) as the "AP Army". The modern Mk 2 variant returns for Siege, as the "5.7 USG", in use with the FBI operatives as their higher-capacity but lower-power alternative to the M45 MEUSOC.
- Seen throughout the Splinter Cell franchise as one of Sam Fisher's signature weapons and favorite sidearm, almost always with a suppressor and an underbarrel device (a Laser Sight in Pandora Tomorrow, then the Optically Channeled Potentiator in Chaos Theory and Double Agent). Even after Sam has left Third Echelon in Conviction it's still essentially the game's mascot weapon, being the only pistol capable of storing up to four Mark & Execute points.
- 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 (2003), 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. It's the first alternative handgun to the starting "Silver Ghost", and Leon can get it for free by shooting various medallions past the first Merchant in the game, ten getting him the gun and all fifteen giving it a free upgrade; at its full upgrade, it's the weakest of the handguns (considering armor-piercing ability and stopping power are essentially a sliding scale in reality), but has the exclusive ability to shoot through five enemies at once.
- 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.
- Call of Duty
- 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 in singleplayer and 16 in multi, probably for balancing reasons.
- Call of Duty: Black Ops II 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). It deals the same damage as the FNP-45, but has its damage start to drop off at a much shorter range to balance its doubled magazine capacity and slightly faster fire rate.
- 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.
- Available in Battlefield 4 as the "FN57", the sixth sidearm unlocked by scoring 28,000 points with sidearms. It was originally cut from Battlefield Hardline, but then was readded for free alongside the release of the "Robbery" DLC.
- PAYDAY 2 added it with the 2017 Spring Break event as the "5/7 AP". Powerful on par with the Hand Cannons, and able to pierce all sorts of armor, while also being incredibly concealable, but in return it has a reduced capacity of 15 rounds per magazine with only two spares in reserve, alongside so-so accuracy, a rather slow reload, and a very low chance of acquiring ammo from pickups dropped by enemies.
Constructed primarily from polymer, the weapon features ambidextrous decocking levers and magazine releases, and, like many recent pistols, an underbarrel accessory rail. FN claims that the FNP is the only polymer pistol on the current market with fully replaceable frame rails, allowing the weapon to be easily rebuilt.
Later on, the weapon was redesigned and rebranded as the FNX, with several improved features.
The FNP comes chambered in 9x19mm, .357 SIG, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP, while the FNX comes in 9x19mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP, dubbed the FNX-9, 40, or 45 based on caliber. The FNX-45 also comes in Tactical variants, with a threaded barrel and a mounting base on the slide for attaching a reflex sight. The FNX-45 also holds a whopping 15 rounds of .45 ACP, more than any other flush-fitting magazine for a combat pistol, and over double the original capacity of the 1911.
- The FNP-45 appears as a usable weapon in Counter-Strike Online.
- In G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Snake Eyes, Cobra ninjas and Vipers, and various other characters make use of the FNX-9 variant, while Firefly uses two FNX-45s.
- The FNP-45 and its Tactical variant appear as usable weapons in The Division.
- S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Sharon Carter uses an FNX-45 Tactical variant with a mounted reflex sight in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Brock Rumlow at one point steals it and uses it until it runs dry.
- The FNP-45 appears as a usable weapon in ARMA III, known as the "4-five .45". It is classified as a "heavy" pistol, allowing it to mount a sight on the slide alongside an underbarrel flashlight and a suppressor, though it has lesser effective range and a lower capacity than the 9mm P99.
- GIGN operators and recruits use the FNP-9 (called the "P9" in-game) in Rainbow Six Siege as a higher-capacity and faster-firing but lower-damaging alternative to the S&W 586 revolver.
- The FNX-45 and 45 Tactical variants are usable in State of Decay.
- The FNP-45 Tactical appears as a usable weapon in DayZ.
- The FNX-45 Tactical appears in Contract Wars.
- In the Ghost Recon series, the standard variant of the FNP-45 appears in Ghost Recon: Phantoms, while the FNX-45 appears as the starting handgun for the Ghosts in Future Soldier (the Tactical model as the 45T) and in Wildlands (the original as the P45T).
- The 45 Tactical appears as a usable weapon in Call of Duty: Black Ops II, as the "Tac-45". It has half the capacity of the Five-Seven (10 standard, 13 with Extended Clip) and a lower fire rate considering its heavier cartridge, but it deals its full damage at four times the range the Five-Seven does, allowing it to act as a quick close-range substitute for the semi-auto battle rifles.
1910 saw the introduction of yet another John Browning pistol design. The Model 1910 was an attempt to make some improvements on his first success, the Model 1900, with an appearance similar the FN Model 1903. One of the major changes was to have the operating spring coiled around the barrel, which became the standard with later pistols such as the PPK and Makarov. It had a "triple safety" with a grip safety, magazine safety and a lever safety, and could be modified to fire either .32 or .380 ACP by only swapping out the barrel. Browning had the gun manufactured for the European market exclusively through Belgium's Fabrique Nationale when Colt, the US developer of his designs, decided they weren't interested in it.
The most noticeable variant of this pistol is the FN Model 1922, introduced shortly after World War I, which was similar in mechanics but was given a longer barrel and a slightly larger magazine for military and police use.
The pistol was very popular in Europe in the civilian and military markets; and was sold in places like France, Finland, the Netherlands, and even Japan.note In fact, the Japanese created the rare Hamada Pistol based on this gun, chambered in the .32 ACP cartridge. The Germans also made use of the Model 1922 pistol after occupying Belgium during World War II.
America wouldn't get the chance to see the Model 1910 until 1955, and only briefly, as the Gun Control Act of 1968 banned importation until a legally compliant version was designed in 1971. It wouldn't be until 1983 (roughly over seventy years from its introduction) that all production ceased.
Historical Note: An M1910 in .380 ACP was the pistol used to start World War I. It was used by Gavrilo Princip to assassinate Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo of June 1914. The same model was also used for the assassinations of American Congressman Huey Long and French President Paul Doumer.
- While the pistol may be scarce in American media, the pistol is more common in European works. As mentioned above, FN made the pistol exclusively in Europe while Colt turned it down.
- James Bond used this pistol to assassinate Professor Dent after "he's had his six" in Dr. No. It is worth to note that the props department was unable to find a suppressor for Bond's PPK, so they had to use a Model 1910 with a fake suppressor that simply slid into the barrel instead. They were able to find an appropriate suppressor for the PPK in time for From Russia with Love.
- A pistol heavily modeled after this one pops up sometimes in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, most commonly used by Lt. Riza Hawkeye.
- Cole can find a Model 1922 dumped in a bin after being used in a murder in L.A. Noire when he's still a patrolman. In universe, it's considered a Rare Gun, as it wasn't available for purchase in the United States in 1947 and might be someone's war trophy. As a result, the gun's owner is fairly easy to track down.
- A suppressed Model 1910 was the murderer's weapon of choice in the Detective Conan movie Captured in Her Eyes.
- Grand Theft Auto V's "I'm Not A Hipster" update adds a Model 1922 as the Vintage Pistol as part of its retro ironic arsenal.
- Saya Takagi's mother, Yuriko keeps a Model 1910 in her leg holster at all times in High School Of The Dead. Its silhouette is also seen in the opening credits.
- One of the many pistols Inspector Aki Natsuko has in Re: Cutie Honey. Although she tosses it aside when she runs out of ammo.
- It pops up in the Young Indiana Jones episode "The Phantom Train of Doom". First with Fredrick Selous, then with Indy to hold Paul at gunpoint.
- Belgian officers have this pistol as their sidearm for the Battlefield 1918 mod.
- The French Police officers in Catch Me If You Can were armed with the Model 1910.
- Robert De Niro's character used a Model 1910 to assassinate a gangster in Once Upon a Time in America.
- In Lupin III, it's noted that the Model 1910 is Fujiko Mine's favored weapon.
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 security forces and militaries around the world, starting with the Austrian Army that it was originally developed for) due to being the Boring, but Practical of handguns; its ruggedness, competitive price, simple operation (it notably lacks an external safety, meaning when it is drawn all that is needed for it to fire is to pull the trigger, assuming a round is chambered) minimal amount of moving parts, built-in safety features (despite the lack of an external safety, Glocks have multiple internal safeties; it will NOT go off unless the trigger is pulled) and the vast selection of variants and aftermarket accessories all make it very appealing to the civilian, security, and military markets alike.
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. In 2016, the U.S. Navy stunned the gun world when it announced that the Navy SEALs would be adopting the Glock 19 as their duty sidearm and start transitioning away from the SIG P226 Mark 25.
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.
In total, there are 27 basic Glock models (defined by a combination of caliber and frame size, plus the Glock 18 select-fire machine pistol, which is more or less identical in caliber and size to the Glock 17 but gets a different model number for being select-fire) and five "generations" (defined by various refinements to the design). Available calibers include 9x19mm, .40 S&W, .45 ACP, .357 SIG, 10mm Auto, .380 ACP, and .45 GAP. Size variants include full-size, compact, subcompact, slimline, competition and longslide.
The Glock also spurred the development of similar polymer striker-fired pistols, with competition really starting to ramp up in The New '10s, with almost every other major gun manufacturer rolling out their own "Glock killer," as this rather tongue-in-cheek video from SHOT Show 2017 details.
- Trivia: The sheer ubiquity of the Glock has even begun spreading into the world of Submachine Guns - several modern designs like the TDI Vector are specifically designed to load from Glock magazines, owing to Glocks already being available in basically every pistol cartridge in production today.
- As a rule, this has replaced the Beretta 92 as the gun you'll see in the hands of a modern FBI agent or member of the NYPD (IE: something like 80% of modern mysteries shows). Truth in Television of course, as noted above, unlike the Beretta, which was frequently depicted as the issued weapon of agencies that wouldn't touch it with a ten-foot pole.
- In movies and television, the pistol will almost always be the 9x19mm Glock 17 or 19, even if the agency in question uses a Glock 21 (.45) or 22 (.40 S&W). Larger calibers are more difficult to adapt to blank fire, making the 9mm blank standard in Hollywood for nearly any gun that has a 9mm look-alike available.
- Cowboy Bebop - Faye Valentine carries a Glock 30 (.45 ACP, a subcompact version of the full-sized Glock 21) as her Weapon of Choice.
- Eda of Black Lagoon uses a Glock 17L (basically a longslide version of the 17) as her Weapon of Choice.
- Sword Art Online - Sinon carries a Glock 18 as her sidearm in the anime adaptation of the Phantom Bullet arc. This is a change from the original light novel, which gave her an H&K MP7.
- Standard-issue sidearm for ZAFT officers and pilots in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED.
- The Glock 17 is the standard-issue sidearm for the United Earth military in Aldnoah.Zero.
- King of Thorn: Peter Stevens draws a 3rd Generation Glock 17 with a tan frame from the security room helping Ron Portman and Marco Owen defend against the monsters. Ivan Coral Vega attempts to use a hidden Glock 17 to commit suicide. It is also the sidearm of the Venus Gate Corporation and is seen in the hands and holsters of the security officers and New York City police.
- Duke Nukem owns what appears to be a silver modified Glock with an unused laser sight in Duke Nukem 3D. It fires about 450 RPM cyclic, but has to be reloaded every time the ammo counter reaches a multiple of 12.
- Die Hard 2 talks about a non-existent "Glock 7" model, supposedly made of porcelain and designed to get through airport scanners. This may not be the origin of the myth about "plastic handguns," but it certainly helped propagate it, to the point that the US Congress actually passed a law banning such guns. Yes, they banned something that didn't exist at the time (a functional 3D printed gun that was 99% plastic was developed in the 2010s, causing Congress to revise the law to say that all commercially available guns must have a certain weight of metal in them, that is distributed across the frame so that the buyer can't just remove it after purchasing the weapon).John: That guy pulled a Glock 7 on me, you know what that is? It's a porcelain gun, made in Germany. It doesn't show up on your airport X-ray machines, and it costs more than what you make in a month!note
- Lee Paige, the only one in the room professional enough to handle the Glock forty.
- A Glock 18 is used by Morpheus during the freeway chase in The Matrix Reloaded.note
- This is the standard sidearm in Half-Life and the expansion packs Opposing Force and Blue Shift. However it was replaced with the Beretta 92F with the High Definition pack that came with Blue Shift.
- In Strange Days, Lenny Nero has one left over from his cop days stashed underneath his bed. When he suddenly has to fish it out to face a home intruder, he neglects to realize that he forgot the magazine and has to creep back and find it.
- Available in Jagged Alliance 2, where the Glock 17 is comparable to the Beretta 92F, and the Glock 18 is comparable to the Beretta 93R.
- As expected, available in 7.62 High Caliber as a good mid-range 9mm with a high magazine capacity. The Blue Sun mod adds the Glock 19 compact variant and the Glock 22 in the more powerful .40 S&W.
- The Glock pistol was immortalized by gangsta rappers in The '90s, to the point where "Glock" is still a common euphemism for "handgun", and radio stations go out of their way to bleep the word out. Which of course runs the risk of making listeners think something else is getting bleeped.
- In U.S. Marshals, Tommy Lee Jones tells Robert Downey Jr.. to "Get yourself a Glock and lose that nickel-plated sissy pistol." It becomes a major plot point later in the movie. It's also eye-rollingly blatant that the movie is shilling for Glock pretty hard.
- The Joker's weapon of choice in The Dark Knight. He wields a Glock 18 (in reality, a Glock 17 modified for automatic fire, due likely to the rarity of the Glock 18 itself).
- Not only is the X-ray defeating carbon fiber pistol the mob witness pulls on Harvey Dent inspired by the fearmongering about Glocks, the actual prop is based on a Glock 26 frame.
- The Fixer. John Mercer's carry gun (he uses different weapons for his hits).
- Castle: Kate Beckett uses a Glock as her standard sidearm. She starts off with a Glock 17 and switches to the compact Glock 19 late in the first season, which carries on for the rest of the series. Other Glocks show up regularly in the hands of NYPD officers, including Ryan and Esposito.
- A custom Glock 26 with a lengthened slide and an extended magazine can be wielded together with a SIG P226 by the characters in Left 4 Dead 2.
- The Rittergruppen pistol in Alpha Protocol is modeled after a Glock.
- The Glock 18 shows up in Max Payne 3 as the "Auto 9MM." Bizarrely, it has a 33-round magazine capacity despite being modeled with the standard 17-round magazine. It also somehow manages to switch from semi-auto to full-auto mode despite lacking a selector switch.
- Rainbow Six Vegas and Vegas 2 have the Glock 18 as a late-game unlock. It's the only full-auto sidearm in both games, however the low magazine capacity (10 rounds standard, 17 with the high-capacity magazine) means you're better off using it in semi-auto mode. It's also unable to accept a suppressor, though that's one of the few nods to reality the game's gunplay mechanics still make (the compensator cuts in the barrel and slide allow the muzzle flash and report to escape before a suppressor could do anything about them).
- Mercedes Lackey's Diana Tregarde wields one in the short story "Satanic, Versus." It's covered in plastic, the better for people to assume it's a prop or a toy.
- Modern Warfare 2 has a Glock 17 modified to fire full-auto as a common sidearm for Task Force 141 and a somewhat-early unlock in multiplayer. An actual Glock 18 reappears in Modern Warfare 3, though it's much rarer this time as only one enemy is guaranteed to use it in singleplayer and multiplayer has pushed it back to being one of the last guns unlocked, on top of reducing its capacity and cluttering its sight picture to make it probably the only machine pistol that's not perfect.
- The starting pistol for the Terrorist team in Counter-Strike,* in which it can fire in both semi-auto and burst-fire modes with a 20-round capacity.
- "The Glock 17: Weapon of choice for the NYPD, the US Air Force and bad fuckers the world over."
- Syphon Filter has A.K.A.-47's of the Glock 17 and 18; the former is generically described as a 9mm Pistol, the latter uses the abbreviated name G18.
- killer7's Con Smith of the Smith Syndicate uses two Glock 23s, fired sideways (though not in the usual way).
- Lazarus Jones carries a Glock 17 as his standard sidearm in Ghost Hunter.
- The Glock 21 appears in the first two Saints Row games, though it's called the "NR4" here.
- The Glock 22 appears in Sniper: Path of Vengeance, as the secondary weapon held by cops in some levels.
- The Glock 17 is one of the main weapons used by the title character of Harry Brown.
- The first major content update for Receiver added, among other things, a Glock 17 modified to allow fully-automatic fire.
- Multiple Glock variants are used by Arnold Schwarzenegger as Jericho Cane in End of Days.
- A Glock 18 appears in Payday The Heist with the "Wolf Pack" DLC as the "STRYK", featuring night sights and with an extended magazine as an upgrade. Payday 2 has multiple Glock variants: the Glock 17, as the "Chimano 88", is the first sidearm the player has access to and is the standard sidearm of the DCPD; the Glock 18 returns as the "STRYK 18C"; the Glock 22C, with a flared magazine well and a "Long Slide" option that turns it into the Glock 35, is the "Chimano Custom" added as a community weapon alongside Update #25; and the Glock 26, added alongside Update #40 as part of the crossover with John Wick, as the "Chimano Compact".
- The Lawgiver in Dredd is built around a Glock.
- Inori uses a pair of Glock 17s in Guilty Crown.
- In Skyfall, Patrice carries a Glock 18 in the Action Prologue. What's notable about this is that it's loaded with a 100 round drum magazine.
- Fatman's non-bomb weapon in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty is a Glock 18. The Glock 18 is also a usable weapon in the fourth game.
- In V for Vendetta all the police and some of the Fingermen use Glock 17s.
- In series VIII of Red Dwarf crewmembers and Canaries are issued Glock 17s with some extra piece mounted underneath the barrel. Kryten prominently uses one in "Cassandra", which constantly jams, to demonstrate that the main characters can't die Because Destiny Says So. In "Back To Earth", the Creator carries one with a flashlight and suppressor.
- Mad Max: Fury Road. Furiosa keeps a Glock 17 concealed inside a skull on the outside of her war rig. Both she and Max make use of it throughout the film.
- One of three standard pistols available in the Director's Cut version of the Half-Life mod Afraid of Monsters, with the lowest power of the three but competing with the highest capacity. Its Spiritual Successor Cry of Fear likewise features a Glock 17 (misidentified as the 19) as the most common handgun, and probably the most versatile (most common ammo type, good capacity without a forced burst-fire, and it's the only one that can mount an underbarrel flashlight).
- Chris Redfield starts with a Glock 17 in Resident Evil Code: Veronica, and can upgrade it into a slightly more powerful 17L at a workbench on Rockfort Island. The Glock 17 is also the second handgun obtained in Resident Evil 7: biohazard called the G17. This is not a case of A.K.A.-47 as that is a commonly used nickname for it in the gun community.
- Black Widow's weapons of choice in all her Marvel Cinematic Universe appearances are a pair of Glock 26s.
- The Steam rerelease of Postal 2 adds a Glock with select-fire capability, taken from the Eternal Damnation mod, as the first official alternative to the standard pistol. It's faster-firing than the normal pistol, with power comparable to the machine gun, but in return it suffers from horribly-degraded accuracy when fired outside of semi-auto mode. As of Paradise Lost it can be combined with "Habib's Power Station" soda to spread twice the dakka.
- The Guard. Gerry takes a Glock 19, a Kalashnikov and a Derringer from a stash of guns owned by the IRA before giving them back to them. Hennessy notes that they're missing and Gerry berates him for suggesting that he'd dare steal them. He prominently makes use of the Glock during the final shootout.
- The Glock 17 shows up in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories and Grand Theft Auto IV as the basic pistol. It also shows a few times during cutscenes in San Andreas, presumably having meant to be the standard pistol in gameplay but replaced with the same 1911 the prior two games used.
- Captain Zuccho uses an unknown model of Glock in Incompetence. He's rather fond of firing it into the pavement whenever someone asks him to calm down.
- Fusco's service weapon in Person of Interest is a Glock 19.
- Hank in Breaking Bad carries a Glock 22 as his standard sidearm in the DEA. He notes that its .40 calibre rounds pack more of a punch than 9mm.
- In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Gotham PD officers use Glock 19s, while Superman's troops in Bruce's "Knightmare" use Glock 17s.
- In Suicide Squad, Deadshot uses a heavily customised Glock 17, and two Glock 18s. He also threatens Batman with a Glock 30 during a flashback. The Squad's leader, Rick Flag, also uses a Glock 17, as do the Navy Seals accompanying the Squad on their mission.
- Available in Hitman: Contracts, mostly carried by cops. Completing "The Seafood Massacre" with a Silent Assassin rating unlocks dual Glocks for 47 to use.
- The vigilante in Dance of the Butterfly has a 9mm Glock 19 as sidearm of choice.
- Two Heisei Restoration Army terrorists in Crisis (2017) use Glock 19s to assassinate Assemblyman Hamao in broad daylight in front of a reporter gaggle in episode 3. The show explicitly identifies the exact model of pistol when the SIT team wonders exactly how the perpetrators got such weapons, given how notoriously strict Japan's anti-gun laws are.
- Several show up in John Wick, mostly in the hands of Viggo Tasarov and his henchmen (mostly 17s and some 19s, Viggo himself and his son using a Salient Arms International version), while Wick retrieves a Glock 26 from his weapons stash as a backup to his preferred P30. In John Wick: Chapter 2, John gets two more versions from the Sommelier: a Glock 34 and 25 which he uses to devastating effect in the catacombs battle, both of which were also customized by Taran Tactical Innovations.
- No More Room In Hell's Glock is essentially a rarer Beretta 92 with two more rounds in the magazine: reliable with common ammo, but lacking the firepower to one-headshot an adult zombie unless focused (aimed while not moving anywhere for at least 3 seconds).
- The Cobra in Unturned is very reminiscent of a Glock 18 in olive drab. PvE-wise, it's the best pistol in the game: its magazine capacity is 20 rounds standard with a rarer 40-round box mag available (both of which refill with the ubiquitous Civilian ammunition), the Cobra is very easy to find in police stations or off of dead police zombies, and it can be switched to fully automatic for that extra bit of More Dakka. To balance that, it's piss-poor at hitting things without using the sights, said sights are on the obstrusive side, recoil per shot is considerable, and while it one-headshots zombies, damage against other players is subpar.
- Insurgency: Sandstorm had the Glock 17 as one of the handguns available for the Security side (as the M005) during its beta test, but it was removed from the final game due to legal threats from Glocknote . The first content update for the game added a Suspiciously Similar Substitute in the form of the PF940, a do-it-yourself parts kit based on the Glock frame.
- One member of Team PM4 in Sword Art Online: Alternative Gun Gale Online uses a .45 ACP Glock 21 with a 25-round extended magazine.
The HK45 was designed as an improvement over Heckler & Koch's previous USP, but also incorporates features from the P2000 for better ergonomics. Notably, it has an extended, ambidextrous slide release, and a smaller grip with finger grooves that sits lower in the user's hand. Like many recent pistols, it also features an underbarrel accessory rail and interchangeable backstraps.
Variants include the compact HK45C, the HK45T Tactical (and a compact variant, the Compact Tactical) with a threaded barrel and tritium sights. The full-size variant is fed by 10-round magazines, while the compact variant can be fed with 8 or 10-round magazines.
- Eli carries an HK45 as his primary weapon in The Book of Eli. In the real world, the gun was new at the time of the film's release, and had to be sanded down to look "aged" for the film's post-apocalyptic setting.
- The HK45 appears as a usable weapon in Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2. Based on the fact that it is fed by 12-round magazines and that its in-game weight stat is much higher than expected, it was probably meant to be a Heckler & Koch Mark 23, reskinned to look like an HK45. It is also usable in Ghost Recon: Phantoms.
- The HK45C variant is usable in Medal of Honor: Warfighter.
- The HK45C variant appears in Battlefield 4, where it is called the "Compact 45", where it is the last pistol unlocked in multiplayer. It is also usable in Battlefield Hardline.
- Grant Ward replaces his Five-seven with an HK45T in Season 3 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..
- Isabelle carries a custom compensated HK45C in Predators
- Used by a Badass Bystander to take on the crew in Baby Driver.
- M's sidearm in Sword Art Online: Alternative Gun Gale Online.
Variants include the P30L, with a longer slide, the P30SK subcompact variant, and the S, LS, and SKS versions, with optional manual safeties. It is chambered in either 9x19mm or .40 S&W.
- John Wick uses a customized compensated P30L as his primary weapon throughout the first film. It's also seen briefly in the second film when he buries his old arsenal.
- Michael carries a P30 as his sidearm in Burn Notice, beginning in Season 4.
- Maggie Chan uses a P30 in The Expendables 2. Gunnar later also uses one in The Expendables 3.
- Jack Bauer carries a P30, occasionally suppressed, in 24: Live Another Day.
- Richmond Valentine uses a P30 to apparently kill Galahad in Kingsman: The Secret Service.
- In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Hawkeye carries a P30 as a backup weapon.
- The P30L is added to Payday 2 as part of the John Wick Weapon Pack, where it is called the "Schäfer & Gewehr Master", or "Contractor". It has low ammo and its damage is nothing spectacular, but it is reasonably accurate, dual-wieldable, and has good concealment.
Another notable feature of the P7 is its lack of a manual safety. Instead, it features a safety/cocking lever built into the pistol's grip. Squeezing this lever primes the weapon, which must be held to keep the weapon cocked (designed in such a way that requires 15 pounds of force to prime the weapon, then only 2 pounds to keep it in place). Only then can the trigger be pulled, and as long as the lever remains held, the pistol can be fired normally. These features allow the P7 to be quickly fired in a time of crisis, while at the same time making it safe to carry with a round chambered.
The P7's features make it easy to conceal, reliable, and accurate, though not without a trade off; the weapon is noted to be quite expensive, and the action also has a tendency to heat the gun up quickly.
The original P7 was chambered in 9x19mm Parabellum, fed from an 8-round single-stack magazine. The P7M8, introduced in 1982, features several improvements, like a larger trigger guard, a plastic heat shield to alleviate the heating issue, and an ambidextrous grip-mounted magazine release (the original P7 had a heel-mounted release), while the later P7M13 features a 13-round double-stack magazine. Other variants were also made, including the P7M10 in .40 S&W and the P7K3 in .32 ACP, .380 ACP, and .22 LR.
- A P7 is used by Dr. Kaufman in Tomorrow Never Dies in an attempt to kill Bond. Thanks to one of his gadgets, Bond manages to turn the tables and kill Kaufman with his own weapon.
- A couple appear in the Smiths' arsenal in Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005).
- Hans Gruber's primary weapon in Die Hard.
- In the final scene of Hard Boiled, Johnny Wong attempts to hold Alan hostage with a P7M13.
- In Iron Man 3, the Mandarin uses a P7 to pretend to execute a hostage.
- During the skyscraper standoff in True Lies, Faisil pulls out a P7 hidden inside his video camera, and uses it to kill several Crimson Jihad terrorists.
- One with a nickel finish is pulled by Colonel Sharp aboard the space shuttle in Armageddon."What are you doing with a gun in space?"
- Jack Reacher utilizes the .40 caliber model, the P7M10, in the novel Echo Burning, noting it as a top-of-the-line concealed-carry pistol.
- One of the official weapon packs included with later releases of SWAT 3 includes the P7M8 as a usable sidearm.
- Of all places, it shows up in Granblue Fantasy as one of the weapons available from the Detective Conan crossover event, where it's referred to simply as the "Compact Automatic Pistol".
- Added to Payday 2 as part of Crimefest 2018, where it is known as the "M13".
The USP comes in several different variants. The Compact, as its name implies, is a scaled-down model for concealed carry. The Tactical variant features a threaded barrel, adjustable rear sights, and a match trigger. The Compact Tactical essentially combines the features of the Tactical with the size of the Compact. The Expert variant is designed for competition use, featuring most of the features of the Tactical (sans threaded barrel), along with an extended slide and extended "Jet Funnel" magazine well. The Match variant is similar to the Expert, with a weighted barrel, while the Elite variant combines the best features of the Expert, Match, and Tactical.
The weapon was originally designed for the .40 S&W cartridge, followed shortly by 9x19mm and .45 ACP variants (each is superficially identical, save for the USP45 being visibly larger). The Compact variant is also available in .357 SIG.
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, with a suppressor that could be attached and removed at will, 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 Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Lara's pistols of choice are a pair of the Match variant of the USP. In some of the later games and the reboot movie, the USP Match makes appearances as a Mythology Gag.
- The pistol Gordon Freeman and the Metrocops use in Half-Life 2 is a USP Match. Unlike the above, this pistol has abysmal accuracy at range; Gordon at least has the excuse that he insists on Firing One-Handed, but there's no such excuse for the Metrocops.
- 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 a stainless slide, replacing his P228 from the first two seasons.
- 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 USPs with a different name; the former is mostly based on the .40 S&W version (though with the capacity of the 9mm version, and textures from the .45 ACP one), the latter is purely the 9mm version with rails bolted on and a second set of ironsights on those rails to make up for the standard ones being blocked.
- 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). Modern Warfare 3 mostly keeps the model from the second game for singleplayer, while switching it out for a USP Tactical in multi and Survival.
- 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, as most of them go for the the .45 version, or more rarely the .40 S&W one) 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, particularly during the last of the Scarecrow's hallucinations, where he uses it to execute Batman.
- A common pistol in Sleeping Dogs. Unlike most examples, both the 9MM and .45 ACP versions show up in the game.
- 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 (though incorrectly fitted with a Jet-Funnel mag-well extension, which was never made for the .45 version). Mods can be added to turn it into a USP Match or USP Expert.
- Every game in the Rainbow Six series offers the .40 S&W version as a sidearm for players, with the Mark 23 as a .45 ACP alternative. The original game offers the .45 version instead of a Mark 23; though it's likely supposed to be one (named as such on the menus), it uses the exact same model as the USP40. Siege finally drops the Mark 23 in favor of all USP variants, the USP45 Tactical with the capacity of the 9mm version as the GSG-9's "P12", and the USP40 making its return in Compact form with Operation Velvet Shell as the sidearm for the GEO operators.
- Executive Decision. Grant wields one when he attempts to find the terrorist with the remote for the bomb. It's equipped with a fake Knight's Armament suppressor and a large, blocky laser sight, which makes it clear that the filmmakers were trying to pass it off as a Mark 23, which wasn't available to anyone outside of USSOCOM at the time the film was made. Incidentally, Grant's actor would go on to be the first to wield an actual Mark 23 on-screen in Soldier two years later.
- A common pistol in Hitman Blood Money. It's the .40 S&W version and is available in both standard and silenced variants. It's carried by most armed NPCs, including the Marines in the White House.
- Kane and Lynch: Dead Men from the same developers likewise features a USP40, using the same name and model from Blood Money, as the first (and by far the most common) of two available handguns.
- The USP Compact in .45 is available in all three S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games as the "UDP Compact". It competes with the other .45 pistols with the fastest rate of fire, very light weight, and, in Call of Pripyat, the highest unmodified capacity and a full-auto upgrade, but in return it has a noticeable tendency to jam.
- Shaw in Person of Interest carries an USP Compact throughout most of the series.
- In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it's the sidearm used by Anatoli Knyazev and the rest of Lex's Mooks.
- A USP Compact is Wesley Gibson's favored weapon in Wanted.
- Used by Danny Archer as a sidearm in Blood Diamond. The weapon is notable in that it is the Compact variant, but possesses an exposed hammer (which the standard USP Compact does not). This either suggests that it is an aftermarket modification, or the German Army variant known as the P10. Col. Coetzee and his mercenaries likewise use the full-size USP as a sidearm.
The HS2000 is a Croatian semi-automatic pistol, first introduced in 1999 for law enforcement and military use. Since 2002, it has been sold and licensed in the United States by Springfield Armory as the X-Treme Duty, or XD.
The pistol has seen some international success as a competitor to the ubiquitous Glock. Like the Glock, the XD is made from polymer, and is striker-fired, with a grip safety. It is available in 9x19mm, .357 SIG, .40 S&W, .45 ACP, and .45 GAP in full size, compact, and subcompact sizes. An updated version, the XD(M), has also achieved popularity, boasting several ergonomic improvements and a 19 round magazine. (in 9mm).
In May 2017, Springfield released the XD-E, a subcompact, single-stack model with an external hammer that allows for double/single-action firing. XD purists lament the removal of the grip safety on this model.
- Used prominently by Chev Chelios in Crank
- Used by Bruce Willis in Lucky Number Slevin.
- 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 and accuracy (beaten out only by the Red 9), which is offset by it being available only a fair bit later than the others and costing the most to fully upgrade. It's also Ada Wong's pistol in both the Mercenaries Mode and her single-player campaign.
- Like many other guns on this list, appears in PAYDAY 2, added with the Bomb Heists DLC (fittingly made by a Croatian studio, Lion Game Lion), as the LEO. It boasts the 19-round magazine capacity of the 9mm version, but for some reason, the slide markings indicate it is chambered in .40 S&W, and even more bizarrely, the ejection port markings indicate it's chambered in .45 ACP.
- Jenko and Schmidt use them in 21 Jump Street and its sequel.
- These are the pistols we see Pitohui use most frequently in Sword Art Online: Alternative Gun Gale Online, a pair of XD(M)s in .40 S&W.
The weapon was imported to the United States by several companies, including Mossberg as the "Uzi Eagle", and Magnum Research as the "Baby Eagle" or "Desert Eagle Pistol" (despite the name, it has nothing to do with the Desert Eagle beyond being made by the same company and having a vaguely similar barrel).
The Jericho is available in both steel and polymer frames, and comes in three different sizes: full-size, semi-compact, and compact. It can be chambered in 9x19mm Parabellum, .40 S&W, .45 ACP (semi-compact version only), and .41 Action Express. Current manufacture versions come with an accessory rail.
- Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop uses a Jericho as his primary weapon. His is slightly different from normal, using the guide rod from the .41 AE versionnote and custom grips with a Laser Sight (that we never see him actually usenote ) mounted on the side of the frame.
- Batou in the original Ghost in the Shell films carries a semi-fictional "Jericho 942", a hypothetical variant of the gun upchambered for the cosmetically-similar Desert Eagle's .50 Action Express.
- Nicholas Angel carries a Jericho 941 among many other weapons in the climax of Hot Fuzz, dual wielding it with a Beretta.
- The Jericho 941 was added to PAYDAY 2 with the Point Break 2015 tie-in DLC. Per one of its import names, it is called the "Baby Deagle" in-game. Attachments exist to turn it into Spike Spiegel's Jericho, as well.
- The Big Bad of Live Free or Die Hard, Thomas Gabriel, uses a stainless Jericho. When he tries to threaten McClane with it, McClane forces him to shoot himself through his wound.
- Both Gettler and Mr. White use Jerichos in Casino Royale (2006), the former with a two-tone slide to go with his two-tone shades.
- Giselle's first appearance in Fast Five has her drawing a Jericho on Roman. Fitting, as her actress is Israeli.
- Many Jerichos appear in Wanted, used by the thugs, and later, by Wesley after killing them.
- A Jericho 941 is Mr. Kurama's sidearm in Full Metal Panic!: Invisible Victory.
- Georgia Sykes uses a Jerico in Smokin' Aces.
The Luger uses a toggle-lock action, which uses a jointed arm to cycle instead of a slide. Despite the complicated mechanism, the Luger was a reliable weaponnote . The action, however, requires high-pressure ammunition to function reliably; low-pressure rounds fail to generate enough power to cycle. Its barrel is fixed directly to the barrel extension, giving it excellent accuracy compared to the Browning-style tilting barrel.
Ultimately, the P08's intricate machinework proved to be expensive, and the degree of hand-fitting meant that parts couldn't be shared between guns, while the exposed toggle-lock was prone to corrosion, especially at sea, making it a poor combat pistol for troops who tended to neglect cleaning their weapons. As such, it was gradually phased out in favour of the simpler, less costly Walther P38, with some limited production of the Luger continuing into 1945.
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 note . 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 as it was never returned to DWM afterwards.note
At least twice during the original production run, the DWM factory modded the Luger into a removable-stock carbine for hunting small game. The first production run (Model 1902) had been a Model 1900 Luger with an 11.75-inch barrel, built only in 7.65mm caliber and sighted to 300m. Both Kaiser Wilhelm II and US President Theodore Roosevelt owned such guns. Right after World War I came the Model 1920 carbine, in both 7.65mm and 9mm calibers. Usually with an 11.75-inch barrel, a few custom examples were built with 14- or 16.5-inch barrels up until the end of the 1920s.
- Practically any work featuring the German military during both world wars will have the Luger show up multiple times. Due to the Luger's association with the Nazis, any character using it tends to be a villain, although there are exceptions to this rule.
- George Orwell carried a Luger as a sidearm during his police service in Burma during the 1920s.
- 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 Hellboy (2004), 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 only fit in 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 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 "Lugermorph,note " 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. And 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.
- Emile Dufraisne carries one in version one of Splinter Cell: Double Agent which he uses to execute prisoners and those who have failed him. Sam is given it with a single round with which to execute Cole Yeagher and later to choose whether to kill Jamie Washington or Lambert.
- One of two handguns carried by the various incarnations of Panther Claw Mooks, the other being the extremely unlikely Nambu Type 14.
- Two Luger variants appear in the Nazi chapters of BloodRayne, the first being a standard Luger and the second being an "Artillery" model with the stock and snail drum mag.
- A cartel guard has one in his holster in Goldfinger.
- James Bond used these very frequently as a standard "bad guy" gun:
- Moonraker has Sir Hugo Drax and Willy Krebs carry these as their sidearms, fitting for ex-Nazis planning to nuke London. It's very possible these were their service pistols.
- Red Grant makes reference to having one in From Russia with Love, but mentions that it's "too heavy" for wetwork on the train. Of course, since he's impersonating an MI6 ally, it's unknown whether or not he does have a Luger, or if it's just another lie he came up with.
- During the climax of Goldfinger, Bond obtains a fully loaded Luger from an unconscious guard and dual-wields it along with Goldfinger's .25 Colt 1908 Vest Pocket when he hijacks the plane.
- For Your Eyes Only: A motorcycle courier is assassinated with one in From A View To A Kill and Columbo's men carry them in Risico. Good Guns, Bad Guns is subverted in the case of Columbo's men - they're pirates, but not actually evil and fighting against a powerful heroin smuggler.
- Caballistics, Inc.. Solomon Ravne carries one as his Weapon of Choice. He's had it for decades, ever since he was with the Ghostapo during World War II.
- Carlson owns one in Of Mice and Men. He uses it once to kill Candy's ancient dog. It comes up again later when George takes it to kill Lennie at the end.
- Appears in Battlefield 1 as a sidearm, holding 8 rounds.
- The pistol in Wolfenstein 3D.note The first episode justifies it as BJ having shanked a prison guard and taken it from him. It returns as the standard German pistol in Return to Castle Wolfenstein (weaker than the 1911 and can't be paired up, but can be silenced and has much more readily-available ammo), sporadic appearances during cutscenes in the 2009 Wolfenstein, and again with a slightly-boosted capacity as the "Handgun 1946" in Wolfenstein: The New Order's prologue and nightmare sequence, and The Old Blood. The New Order proper also makes use of a futurized version best resembling a mishmash of the Luger and the Auto-9 with a 20-round capacity and burst-fire capabilities as the "Handgun 1960", the player normally getting access to black versions, while also getting a permanently-silenced, all-white one for the moon level. The New Colossus has it return in a slightly modified form as simply the "Pistole", this time with a halved capacity of 10 shots and no burst-fire, though able to take more modifications, the suppressor of old going along with an extended magazine to give it back its twenty-shot capacity and a toggle-able "Magnum" upgrade to make it more powerful at the cost of being louder (even with the suppressor) and with more recoil.
- The A180 blaster pistol in Rogue One is built off a Luger P08, and is wielded by Jyn Erso as her primary weapon.
- A Luger is the favored weapon of Captain Vidal in Pan's Labyrinth, who uses it to execute several Maquis throughout the film.
- The sidearm of General Ludendorff in Wonder Woman (2017). He uses it to shoot a German captain that suggests holding off an attack, and later crushes it when Dr. Poison tests her strengthening gas on him. He also attempts to shoot Diana with it, but she reflects the bullet back and shatters the gun.
- Plenty show up in Michael Collins in the hands of IRA assassins.
- Being an easily recognizable handgun, the Luger shows up in the Marvel Universe plenty of times, usually in the hands of villains or their mooks. Notably, a suppressed Luger was the sidearm of The Punisher in his very first appearance, while Hitman used one to threaten Jonah Jameson.
- PAYDAY 2 features one with the "Aldstone's Heritage" update, the first unlockable WWII firearm in a sequence of side jobs, unlocked for killing ten enemies with punch-daggers added with the event. It's strangely depicted as one of the most powerful handguns in the game, dealing damage on par with the .357 and .44 Magnum revolvers, though owing to its age it doesn't get very many options for attachments (a reinforced barrel to increase accuracy, a shortened one to increase concealment, or different grip panels that... do nothing, alongside a modern red dot sight other pistols can get) and with low stability between shots, probably owing to the characters' insistence on Firing One-Handed.
- Available to the Wehrmacht in Day of Infamy as a sidearm for the officer and machine gunner classes.
- Wolfgang Schreiber from Dies Irae wields one of these alongside a Mauser C96. And thanks to his magic, both have infinite ammo and abnormal rates of fire.
- Gary Cooper, rather oddly, carries one as the titular Alvin H. York of Sergeant York, instead of an M1911, due to the difficulty in using blanks in a .45 ACP. This is handwaved by having a scene of York liberating it from a dead German. Cooper, having met the real York, initially refused to shoot the scene with a Luger; he relented when promised that the Luger was used due to time constraints and it would be reshot with the M1911 (which it never was).
Many other Warsaw Pact nations at the same time also adopted 9x18mm PP-derived blowback pistols.note 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.
- Punisher villain General Nikolai Alexandrovich Zakharov wields one as his standard sidearm. Appropriate, considering that he is more or less a walking throw back to Cold War era bad guys.
- The opening credits of Octopussy.
- The Hunt for Red October in the hands of Tomas Arana playing the part of Igor Loginov.
- Pierce Brosnan uses one as a KGB agent in The Fourth Protocol, even though considering the undercover nature of his work he probably shouldn't be.
- Appears in many places in GoldenEye, particularly used by General Ourumov, with Bond also giving Natalya one to defend herself.
- Simon Gruber has one in Die Hard with a Vengeance.
- Used in Афганский Излом (Afganskij Izlom; trans: Afghan Breakdown).
- Pierce Brosnan uses the Makarov again in Tomorrow Never Dies.
- Used briefly against James Bond in The World Is Not Enough; he eventually commandeers one and uses it Guns Akimbo with his P99 for a short while.
- Appears in Die Another Day, making it a weapon that not only appears in every single Bond film starring Pierce Brosnan, but is also used by Bond in every film from that era.
- A random soldier has one in Lord of War.
- Shows up in The Hangover Part Two of all places.
- Used by multiple characters in Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol.
- Appears in the hands of Jack McClane in Die Hard.
- Used by many characters in 9 Рота (9 Rota, The 9th Company).
- Used by both Chechens and Russians in Марш Бросок (Marsh Brosok).
- Makes repeat appearances in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
- Jack Bauer uses one in 24.
- Various characters use the Makarov in Грозовые Ворота (Grozovye Vorota, trans: [The?] Storm Gate).
- Used prominently in the Спецназ (Spetsnaz) TV Series.
- Black Lagoon naturally had to feature it at some point. A 9x18 handgun becomes Yukio's weapon of choice, and is definitely a favourite of Hotel Moscow.
- Used by guards in a few of the early Splinter Cell games. Fisher can finally get his hands on one in Blacklist.
- Appears without fail in every installment of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series, where it's the most basic and common handgun. The player character of Call of Pripyat even starts with a extra-durable one that he was given for his military service.
- Appears in 7.62 High Caliber, given that the game is made of epic Gun Porn. It's the absolute worst gun in the game, with the only weapon weaker than it being a permanently silenced stealth pistol. Unless you're extremely hard up for cash (or someone desperately needs a sidearm and you happen to pick one up off a corpse), it's Vendor Trash. However, it does play a vital role in one mission: the rebel leader demands that you execute a prisoner to prove your loyalty, and she hands you a Makarov to do it. There's some blood packs and 9x18mm blanks around the camp, which you can use to fake the assassination and let the captured officer escape.
- Both the standard Makarov and an integrally-silenced variant, the Makarov PB (going by its GRAU index of 6P9) appear in Far Cry 2; the latter is also available in Far Cry 3 and Far Cry 4 with the suppressor optional. In 2 and 3 it is very good for early-game stealth tactics, being available from nearly the beginning in 2 and unlocked for free as part of the tutorial in 3, and both versions in 2 also enjoy being the most accurate pistols in the game (versus the Desert Eagle emphasizing power and the Star Model P durability). Conversely, 4 locks it away until you do the "Sermon on the Mount" mission for Longinus, which isn't available until after the first mission of the second act, meaning the player is very likely to have unlocked a suppressed Signature weapon that completely outclasses it by then.
- Shows up in Call of Duty: Black Ops as a relatively common sidearm; a few officers across the campaign can be seen wielding two at once against you, which the player can also do in multiplayer. Also used for a particularly dramatic scene near the end of the game:MY NAME! IS VIKTOR! REZNOV! AND I WILL HAVE! MY! REVENGE!
- Used by the Triads in Lethal Weapon 4.
- Featured in a scene in Hitman where arms dealer Belicoff shows off a Makarov stated to fire .22LR cartridges. Whether this is a genuine .22 conversion of the pistol or if Belicoff was just mistaken isn't made clear; there actually are .22 conversions for the Makarov, and the prop he uses does seem to have a barrel with a thinner diameter, though actual .22 Makarov conversions have a different slide with indents along the line of the barrel that isn't present on his weapon - and it would be far from the only (or even worst) mistake he makes when talking about the weapons he's selling, as 47 points out shortly before killing him and all of his buyers.
- Appears in Metal Gear starting from Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, where it's carried by Gurlukovich's mercenaries, the Colonel in particularly using one to threaten the Marine commandant at the end of the Tanker chapter. Ocelot carries one in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, where it jams on him and he switches to the Colt Single Action Army, and it's also the sidearm of the standard guards if they run out of ammo for their AKs. The improved PMM appears in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, where it seems to be the sidearm of Act 3's Paradise Lost Army (since the guy you tail for the first half will pull one on you if you alert him, and others can be seen holding it in a cutscene or two), and Snake can finally get his hands on one. The original, as well as its integrally-suppressed 6P9 PB variant, can be researched in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. It shows up again in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain as the "Burkov", and can be upgraded to shoot tranquilizer rounds.
- In Insurgency, the Makarov PM is an Insurgent-centric pistol but available for use by both sides. Notably, it costs no supply points and is also the lightest sidearm available.
- Uncharted: Drake's Fortune features the Makarov as Drake's preferred pistol.
- Michael Westen got his girlfriend Fiona a Makarov for her birthday in a season one episode of Burn Notice.
- The Makarov PM (or rather, the MPM) is Claire's basic pistol in her story side of Resident Evil: Revelations 2, found beside a dead guard. It shows up again in Resident Evil 7: biohazard under the same name as the third and final pistol found in the game (it sits between the other two handguns power-wise, but is the only pistol that Mia can use when you play as her).
- The original model Makarov, misidentified as the improved PMM, is available in Rainbow Six Siege to Spetsnaz operators and Recruits, as a lower-capacity option to the GSh-18. Presumably due to having less than half the magazine capacity, the PM is noticeably more powerful than the GSh, more like a typical video-game comparison between a .45 and a 9mm rather than between the comparable 9mm Makarov and 9mm NATO.
- A common sidearm among the Russian forces in the ARMA series, the first two featuring both the regular PM as a standard sidearm and the integrally-suppressed PB for spec ops. The updated PMM returns for the third game with the Apex DLC as the sidearm of the Syndikat crime group, converted to 9x21mm like all the other "light" pistols in the game and loading from 10-round magazines.
- Shows up in Unturned as the Kryzkarek. It holds 12 rounds in the magazine, is extremely durable (one of the most durable firearms in the game, in fact), and it's technically a Ranger weapon, so unlike most other pistols it can accept a dedicated suppressor that's more durable than the makeshift muffler.
- Yakuza 0 and Yakuza Kiwami feature it as the "9mm Automatic Pistol". The model is somewhat modified, fitted with a slightly longer barrel and a ring hammer.
- Available for the NVA and Viet Cong as an alternative sidearm in Rising Storm 2: Vietnam.
The original C96 was chambered in 7.63x25mm, which, at its time of introduction, had the highest muzzle velocity of any commercial pistol cartridge until the introduction of the .357 Magnum cartridge in 1935. 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. Other calibers included 9x19mm, 9x25mm Mauser, 7.65x21mm Parabellum, and .45 ACP, depending on the operator and country of manufacture. The C96 is most notable 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.
In its over half a century of service, the C96 was manufactured in many different variants. Notable ones include the select-fire M712 Schnellfeur and the 9x19mm "Red 9" (named by the large red number nine burned into the grip to prevent anyone from trying to load it with the original 7.63x25mm bullets). After the defeat of Germany, Mauser introduced the M1921 model that featured a shortened barrel, nicknamed the "Bolo" after its use by the Russian Bolshevik government. As China was the only country to adopt the C96 as its official service weapon, 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) for export sale. One famous Chinese version was an enlarged .45 ACP model by the Shanxi Arsenal, for warlord Yan Xishan (who wanted his "security forces" to have a C96 chambered in the same round as their Thompson submachine guns). The Shanxi Type-17 is now considered to be one of the finest copies of the C96, despite its problems (see below). 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.
- The Chinese had devised a cool action of their own with their copied C96s: while the original C96 was notorious for their constant recoil-induced jumps during automatic fire (thus the resulting lack of accuracy and impracticality), the .45-caliber Type-17 was even more problematic as .45 ACP, despite being significantly more powerful, develops less operating pressure in the chamber than 9mm or 7.63mm Mauser. Since the ejection port is located on top of the weapon, Shanxi Type-17 pistols therefore couldn't reliably eject spent cases because the .45 ACP wouldn't cycle the bolt hard enough to overcome gravity. Chinese users adapted by holding the gun sideways, allowing spent brass to fall out, while recoil naturally pushed the barrel sideways towards the next target. "Chinese bandit shooting" was utterly devastating in close quarters (and worked with C96s in any caliber, but especially with a full-auto M712 Schnellfeuer conversion or its Spanish copy). While it was still useless beyond 10 yards, this technique was very handy for a country where industrial resources and foundation were severely lacking at the beginning of the 20th Century, to say the least; as very few in China at the time could afford, let alone copy and manufacture submachine guns, a full-auto C96 became many a warlord soldier's sole option for a rapid-firing small arm, sometimes combined with a Dadao sword.
- Due to it being the service pistol of both the KMT and the CCP for half of the 20th century, the C96 and its Chinese clones will show up in any movies set during the Second Sino-Japanese War, 1920s-30s China, the Chinese Civil War or the Xinhai Revolution. The C96 itself also enjoys an iconic status in China similar to the American Single Action Army or M1911 due to its long usage there.
- Mel Gibson has one (among many other weapons) in Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. Bubba Zanetti carried one in the first film as well.
- In Kerberos Saga, C96 is the standard issue sidearm of the Kerberos unit and is featured in nearly every installment of the franchise.
- The M712 Schnellfeuer variant is used by Bunmei Muroto and Washio Midori in The Red Spectacles
- Midori is once again seen with C96 in Kerberos Panzer Cop and this time she gets the chance to show just how skilled she is at using it.
- Inui is able to acquire one after being released from prison in Stray Dog: Kerberos Panzer Cops and uses it throughout the movie. One can also be briefly seen wielded by one of the Kerberos members at the start of the movie.
- 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 beyond threatening Yoda when he first shows himself and carrying it through Cloud City before his lightsaber duel with Darth Vader.
- 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 World War II 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. Its appearance is anachronistic; while the base C96 would have been correct (the prologue takes place before World War I), the Schnellfeur version wasn't produced until 1932.
- Murderface's "driving gun" in Metalocalypse.
- The Red 9 version with optional stock is featured in Resident Evil 4 where it is among the best of the 9mm handguns, dealing the highest damage and being the most accurate.
- 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 Type 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.
- The prequel, on the other hand, uses the correct base version. It only becomes available to purchase at the beginning of Chapter 6, but the player can get it much earlier by accepting the "The Noblest of Men, and a Woman" sidequest and defeating Billy Midnight in a duel.
- 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 Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions, 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 rounds,note 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, usually a Chinese copy converted to 9mm (classic games) or 10mm (3), 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 and can be wielded by Captain Hill.
- Michael Collins. Used to assassinate the head of the Cairo Gang, and wielded by Collins himself at the beginning of the film.
- 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.
- Turns up in PAYDAY 2 with the "Gage Historical Pack" DLC, as the Broomstick. True to form, the manufacturer's name is an obvious play on the original. Depending on mods, it can also become a Mauser C96 Carbine, Mauser M712 Schnellfeuer (sans the selective fire), Mauser M712 Carbine (again, without the selective fire), or even Han Solo's DL-44 blaster, though sadly minus the ability to shoot blaster bolts.
- Payday's WWII-themed cousin, RAID World War II, also features it as the standard sidearm for all four classes, this time under its proper name. Upgrades available for it include the Carbine's stock and the detachable magazines of the M712, as well as a slightly-lengthened barrel with cooling fins over part of it.
- A hybrid of the original C96 and the M712 (fitted with detachable magazines and the fire selector, but the body of the gun doesn't have the widened magazine well to fit those detachable magazines) shows up in Far Cry 4 as both a regular "M-712", with a reduced 8-round magazine and only one option for customization, and the Signature "HS77", which on top of a slightly-higher 10-round capacity, mounts a tube reflex sight and a suppressor to make it resemble Han Solo's DL-44 blaster from Star Wars (also includes an obligatory reference to Han shooting first in its store description).
- This pistol could be found as a secret in "Operation Varsity" and only select-able in the last level in Medal of Honor: Airborne. The upgrades you can get would be the Broomhandle stock (reducing recoil), a 20-round magazine (increased capacity) and a 712 Conversion Kit (which changes the pistol to the full-auto M712 Schnellfeuer variant.) It is shown to be weaker than the Colt 1911, but with almost triple the capacity and capable of full-auto fire once fully upgraded.
- The 9mm version appears in the Nazi chapters of BloodRayne.
- A Mauser C96-wielding killer is one of the antagonists in Cape Town.
- Shows up in Battlefield 1 as one of the sidearms available to the Medic class, while the carbine variant is available to pilots and tank crews.
- Gunpei, the Japanese fighter pilot from the prologue to Kong: Skull Island, briefly wields a C96 as his sidearm when he crash-lands on Skull Island in 1944, instead of the standard-issue Nambu Type 14.
- Available in Day of Infamy in two forms, the standard C96 as a sidearm for the German officer and flamethrower, and a fictional carbine version of the full-auto M712 as a primary weapon for the assault class as an alternative to the MP 40.
- Slightly anachronistically (the show ends in 1892), the preferred weapon of Sir Malcolm Murray in Penny Dreadful.
- Wolfgang Schreiber from Dies Irae wields one of these alongside a Luger P08. And thanks to his magic, both have infinite ammo and abnormal rates of fire.
- Available as one of two sidearms for the Wehrmacht in Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad. Upgrades for the weapon are a 20-round box magazine and a select fire option, turning it into an automatic carbine.
- In the John Wayne Brannigan (1975), a hitman tries to kill Brannigan's female partner in a drive-by shooting with one.
- The Mauser is Katze's weapon of choice in Bushido Blade, yet he reloads the gun every six shots like a revolver. Despite that, he's a Game-Breaker when you unlock him since the game is based around melee combat and bringing a gun to a swordfight is as unfair as it sounds.
These kinds of pistols were popular for formal duels during the late 18th century and throughout the 19th century. The stereotypical scenario with each opponent taking ten steps before pulling out their pistols to shoot will probably involve one of these. Use for hunting by nobles and the aristocracy were also common, and many surviving examples can have truly ludicrous amounts of engraving and embellishment on them, making them more works of art than weapons.
Most models had single barrel, but they also came in multiple barrel variants, allowing the user to fire several times before having to stop for the messy and time consuming process of reloading. The most famous variant of a multi-barreled pistol was the Pepper-box, which could be considered the grandfather of all modern revolvers before the arrival of the famous Colt Patterson.
Naturally, these kinds of pistols fell out of favor by the mid 19th Century with the rise of revolvers and metallic cartridges. Whoever still uses this kind of gun in the modern era is either portrayed as a serious collector of firearms, or a Man of Wealth and Taste.
- Quite a common sight in many films and games before the Civil War-era and during the Era of Piracy.
- Mike Harrigan was given a flintlock pistol by one of the Predators at the end of Predator 2 for winning an honourable match. Engraved on it was "Raphael Adolini 1715". A later comic book have elaborated that it belonged to a pirate captain that gave it to the same Predator for helping him deal with a mutinous crew before dying.
- Silva owns a pair of flintlock pistols in Skyfall, and has Bond compete in a challgene to shoot a glass of whiskey off a persons head. Séverine's head to be precise, before Silva simply shoots her. Afterward, Bond threw the used pistol at a Mook as he starts to kick ass.
- The "Revolver" in various versions of Clue is really a Pepper-box pistol.
- Various flintlocks made their way into the Assassin's Creed series starting with III. Ezio also had a customized wheellock pistol back in II, purportedly designed by Altair and built by Leonardo Da Vinci, whom historians often claimed to be the inventor of the wheellock pistol.
- In various adaptations of The Three Musketeers, the wheellock is always the sidearm of our heroes.
- In From Dusk Till Dawn, ancient vampire hitman "The Regulator" carries a brace of flintlock pistols despite operating in modern times.
- — Description, Call of Duty: World at War
The pistol has some known flaws. The striker spring and the recoil spring used for the recoil operation tended to wear out after sustained fire with the pistol. The firing pins for the pistol were also fragile; rather than using Nambu's quick design fix when he found out about parts breakage, the Army opted to issue spare pins with the expectation to disassemble the pistol and change pins after battle, assuming that the user survived whatever happened after his pistol malfunctioned. Even worse, the magazine retention system, consisting of the magazine release and an external retention spring, was apparently easily fouled by field conditions, leading many officers to their deaths when they tried to pull out empty magazines with soiled hands. Many of these flaws can be attributed to standards slipping during wartime production, especially as the Allies pushed closer and closer to home and the situation became more desperate. The pistol stopped production in 1945 after Allied occupation, although leftover pistols continued to be used for years afterward.
- It's a given that any Japanese officer in any work set in World War II will be seen wielding the Nambu pistol.
- Colonel Sato uses this pistol to execute martial artists in Ip Man. He was shot with his own pistol at the end.
- Wielded in Windtalkers by a Japanese Communications Officer. Ben kills him before he can use it, however.
- Rising Storm has this pistol issued for Japanese troops. Its weak cartridge is noted as it isn't as powerful as the Colt M1911 the American troops have.
- The player can use a "Papa" Nambu in Resident Evil Survivor. It is oddly the most powerful handgun in the game, and shares ammo with the other pistols (via a weak handwave of it being called a "Custom" Nambu, nevermind that a real one, especially one that would be fifty years old when the game came out, would probably blow apart on the first shot if it were rechambered in 9x19mm).
- The Nambu appears as the first weapon you acquire and the standard sidearm for Japanese infantry in the campaign of Call of Duty: World at War, and as one of the default handguns in multiplayer. It has very low recoil, clear iron sights and good accuracy, but a glitch with the game's programming causes the pistol to actually shoot to the top right of the iron sight when using them instead of where the actual iron sights are pointing at. It also has higher penetration than the other pistols, tied with the .357 Magnum.
- Panther Claw mooks in Cutey Honey sometimes use this, as unlikely as it is. Not to mention they're gold plated like the rest of their arsenal.
- The Pacific. Leckie finds one and claims it as a war trophy. He later ends up handing it over to Dr. Grant.
- It's pretty much the default sidearm of every single Japanese officer in Commando stories.
- Used by Colonel Tatsuo in My Way, notably to shoot retreating soldiers at the Battle of Khalkin Gol. He later runs out of ammo for it and uses a captured Tokarev TT-33 to continue the executions.
- The standard sidearm for the Japanese in Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault, where its primary users are the officers and medics.
The QSZ-92 is chambered in two calibres: the 5.8x21mm DAP92 note and 9x19mm note The basic variant would later get a redesign into the QSZ-92G, which adds an underbarrel accessory rail for attachments and better ergonomics.
- Shows up twice in the Battlefield series:
- The 9x19mm variant, oddly modeled with the hammer and slide release lever painted in a dull red, as the standard handgun of the PLA faction in Battlefield 2; like the USMC's M9 and MEC's MP-444, it comes in both unmodified form for most of the classes and with a suppressor for Special Forces.
- The 5.8x21mm variant returns for Battlefield 4 as the second unlockable pistol in Multiplayer after the starting P226 and the unlockable M9, with the correct 20-round capacity but noticeably weaker damage.
- The 9x19mm variant appears in Rainbow Six Siege with a (slightly incorrect) 10-round capacity. It can be fitted with a suppressor, muzzle brake, and/or laser sight.
- Leehom Wang's character in Blackhat makes use of a QSZ-92-9.
- A version of the MkII modified to fire tranquiliser darts is given to Snake along with a Springfield Operator a few minutes into the first act of 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, with some design details from the AMT Auto-Mag.
- 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 one advantage a 1911 would normally have.
- 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.
- Appears in one level of Condemned 2: Bloodshot as the "Silenced .22". It has a high capacity, but is generally weak unless you aim for the enemy's head, at which point it'll pop as if you were using a shotgun.
- No More Room In Hell features the MkII with lit sights as a good pistol. Firepower is on par with 9mm (two headshots to kill a zombie, one if focused or against child zombies) and both it and its .22LR ammo are very lightweight, taking up minimal inventory space. The problem is how rare both the gun and ammo for it are, that is to say not common enough to make the Ruger a primary weapon.
The original variant, the P220, has variations chambered in several calibers, most notably .45 ACP, 9x19mm, 7.65x21mm, and 10mm Auto, while the compact P225 is only available in 9x19mm. The P226 comes in 9x19mm, .40 S&W, and .357 SIG, while its compact variant, the P228, is only chambered in 9x19mm, with the later P229 adding .40 S&W and .357 SIG. A subcompact variant of the P229, the P224, was released in 2013.
Also releasing in 2013 was the P227, a double-stack .45 ACP variant with a 10-round magazine capacity and an optional extended magazine of 14 rounds. The P227 appears to be a realization of the P221 concept, a 14-round .45 ACP pistol that was rumored to be in development in the early 2000s but which was allegedly cancelled because of the Clinton-era Assault Weapons Ban in place at the time.
The P220 is currently produced in only calibers .45 ACP & 10mm Auto. The 9x19mm version of the P220 was discontinued by SIG in 1991, largely due to it being redundant compared to the P226note . However, it lives on in Japan as the Minebea P9, which is a licensed copy of it and the standard-issue sidearm of the Japanese Self-Defense Force.
- A P220 is John McClane's main weapon for the first half of Live Free or Die Hard.
- A silenced two-tone P220 appears in Hitman: Contracts. It has the same magazine capacity as the Silverballer, a quieter suppressor, and a lot less stopping power due to using the much more common generic pistol ammunition.
- Red. Cooper carries a P220 Sport with a compensated barrel.
- A P220ST is 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 P220 appears in all three S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games as the SIP-t M200, one of the high-tier .45 ACP pistols you can obtain in the later portions of the games. Its performance rivals that of the UDP Compact with similar damage potential and degradation resistance but loses out to the latter in terms of ammo capacity as it holds only seven rounds.
- Officers Ann Lewis and Alex Murphy of RoboCop (1987) are shown using P226s, as are many other officers; RoboCop was in fact one of the first films to prominently feature the weapon (following Rambo: First Blood Part II in 1985 and Short Circuit in '86; this was at least the first to actually have a P226 fired on-screen).
- 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.
- 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 the Ghosts' sidearms.
- Former Irish Defence Minister Willie O'Dea infamously got himself in trouble with this photo◊ of himself pointing a P226 at cameras.
- The P226R is John Watson's service pistol and Weapon of Choice in Sherlock.
- A P226 appears in PAYDAY 2, as the Signature .40. Attaching the Two-Tone Slide mod turns it into a P226 Equinox.
- The basic pistol in Condemned 2: Bloodshot is a P226 with an unusable Laser Sight.
- In How I Live Now when the Great Offscreen War is nearly upon the residence she and her cousin are staying at, Daisy pilfers a P226 from the house and escapes into the British countryside. Se carries it with her for the remainder of the film.
- A modified P226 E2* variant appears in Kamen Rider Amazons as the standard sidearm of Nozama Peston Service mercenaries. It is depicted as a handgun outfitted with electroshock rounds for use against Amazon monsters.
- Reese in Person of Interest uses a P226R. Hersh uses a sporterized X-Five model.
- In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, a few SIG Sauer P226Rs are seen, most notably by one of Lex's Mooks, who shoots Batman point-blank in the back of the head with one, although Bruce is saved by his cowl.
- The P226R appears in Hitman: Absolution with custom versions available for the Agency and Layla Stockton in addition to the standard variant.
- The P226R Shows up in Battlefield 4 as a well-balanced starting sidearm, and is available for purchase in Battlefield Hardline for the Operator class.
- Ghost Recon Wildlands features the P227, marking the first appearance of that model in any media. It can be found in a locked weapons box and accessorized with 15-round extended magazines, various laser sights and a suppressor.
- Lewis uses a P228 in RoboCop 2.
- 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 of 24.
- Marcus and Mike carry P228s in Bad Boys.
- 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.
- The P228 is 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 a compact P250. The P228 is incorrectly stated to use the .357 SIG cartridge (the P229 was the first of the P22X series to be chambered for this round).
- In Angel Detective Kate Lockley's sidearm is a P228.
- In The Flash (2014), Detective Joe West uses a SIG Sauer P228 as his personal sidearm. In the Season 3 finale, his daughter Iris takes the gun and shoots Future Flash in the back once he's been knocked out of his "Savitar" armor.
- Elliott Carver in Tomorrow Never Dies is armed with a P229 in the climax of the movie. This was one of the earliest appearances of the P229 in entertainment media (December 1997).
- Movies that star U.S. Secret Service agents as protagonists tend to feature the P229 as their standard-issue firearm:
- The P229 is Kyle Madigan's sidearm in Parasite Eve 2, equipped with a silencer and a flashlight.
- The main sidearm of Elsa de Sica in Gunslinger Girl's anime adaptation.
- Rie Kinezono uses a P229 as her main weapon in Burn Up! Excess. Like the example in Tomorrow Never Dies, this was also a very early appearance of the gun (December 1997).
- Colonel John Casey uses a customized P229 as his weapon for all 5 seasons of Chuck.
- Siren 2 features the Minebea P9 as its most common handgun, owing to its use in reality as the Japan Self Defense Force's sidearm.
- Japanese Self-Defense Force personnel in Gate use the Minebea P9.
- The P9 shows up in the hands of several characters in Lynn Okamoto's works, most famously in Elfen Lied with Chief Kakuzawa and by several characters in Brynhildr in the Darkness.
- Akira Inami in Crisis (2017) used a P9 in his time with the JSDF. The SIT team take P9s when they perform high-risk missions.
- In Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale, once the true scale of Dr. Shigemura's threat is clear, Seijirou Kikuouka and his team move to arrest him. They are all armed with the P9, which Kikuouka uses to shoot open an electronic lock.
- The P226, P228, & P229 can all be found in the early floors of the Chrysler Building in Parasite Eve.
- Butler the Battle Butler from Artemis Fowl wields many weapons, but consistently uses an unspecified SIG Sauer pistol as his primary sidearm. In the graphic novels, it is illustrated as a MAC-10.
- Agents Gibbs, DiNozzo, McGee, Todd and David of NCIS have P228s (later, P229s) as their agency-issued sidearms, just like their real-life counterparts.
- The basic pistol in Left 4 Dead 2 is a heavily customized P220 with the slide and barrel of the P228.
- John Smith in Mr. & Mrs. Smith uses both a P220 and a P229.
Due to its modular nature, several varieties of the P320 exist, sporting a myriad of different barrel lengths, magazines, and accessories. Arguably one of the coolest of these is the P320 Romeo, which uses a recessed slide to allow for the mounting of a small red-dot sight, increasing target acquisition speed.
- Utilized in APB as the new sidearm of the Chicago police force, functioning as a high-tech taser with both lethal and non-lethal settings.
- Used by several of Ares' mooks in John Wick: Chapter 2. Of course, they do little to help them against John.
- Seen as the sidearm of Weller in Blindspot.
- It has begun appearing in Hawaii Five-0 as of Season 8, most notably used by Adam Noshimuri as his sidearm.
The Model 59 is a variant with a widened frame to fit double-stack magazines, upping the capacity from 8 rounds to 14. Both the 39 and 59 also have "second generation" variations, with combinations of all steel (Models 539 and 559), all stainless (Models 639 and 659), or steel frame with alloy slide (Models 439 and 459). The 39 and 59 series have since been retired in favor of their M&P series of handguns, which are polymer-based, striker-fired designs following the trend of the Glock and Springfield XD.
- Vasquez in Aliens carries one with pearl grips. She makes use of it during her Last Stand with the aliens.
- Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. Snake is issued with a version of the Mk 22 Hush Puppy modified to fire tranquiliser darts. The Boss dismantles it during the Virtuous Mission, but EVA gets it back and returns it to him during Operation: Snake Eater. The weapon also appears in Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker as a starting weapon and is an invaluable tool in recruiting enemy soldiers.
- Commando. Sully carries an ASP 9 based on the Model 39, which he uses to kill mall security guards.
- Colonel Hannibal Smith of The A-Team uses one as one of his preferred sidearms of choice, alternating between the original Model 39 and the stainless 639 later in the series.
- Day of the Dead (1985). "Bub", a freakin' zombie, somehow still knows how to use one.
- Call of Duty: Black Ops features the ASP 9, a custom, anachronistic (as always for this game) variant meant for special forces use with a shortened barrel, clear grips and open-sided magazines to inspect remaining ammo without having to unload the weapon, and a guttersnipe sight. It shows up for "Operation 40" in the singleplayer, where Mason uses one to assassinate Fidel Castro's body-double, and appears in multiplayer as one of the three default handguns, dealing equal damage as the other two but competing with a faster rate of fire and reload time to make up for its slightly harder to use sights and its lack of attachment options beyond Guns Akimbo.
- Bill Paxton's character in True Lies is shown in one scene with a Daisy Model 93, an airsoft replica of the Model 659.
- In Cobra, Cobretti was apparently meant to carry an ASP, though he's never actually seen with it in the released film.
- The two Vietcong games feature the Model 39 with a suppressor.
- James Bond:
- When John Gardner began writing a new series of books, Bond's iconic PPK had been withdrawn from service after one belonging to a police officer protecting Princess Anne jammed on him during a kidnap attempt, so Gardner issued Bond with several different pistols. After receiving heavy criticism for issuing Bond with the older FN 1903, he had Bond try out the HK VP70 before settling on an ASP 9, which he would use for the rest of the series until Raymond Benson took over and switched back to the PPK.
- The Model 39 also makes a brief appearance in the films, where Kamal Khan attempts to kill Bond with one on the train in Octopussy.
- Button Man protagonist Harry Exton uses one as his sidearm of choice in "The Killing Game", especially when he confronts his Voice.
- Mafia III features it as the "Alfredsson M419", obtained from the Arms Dealer for free as the starting handgun.
- The Model 659, a stainless variant of the Model 59, is the Weapon of Choice of the robbery crew in Reservoir Dogs, and Mr. White also carries a Model 639 as a personal weapon. A blink-and-you'll-miss it shot of White's police file even lists him as favoring a S&W 9mm.
- A Model 39 with a suppressor and the Mk 22's raised ironsights shows up as the "Silencer handgun" in Resident Evil: Dead Aim. It's Fong Ling's default handgun, and Bruce can find it as well with a little exploring; it holds 8 shots to his default handgun's 15, but the Hollywood Silencer means zombies only react to shots that hit them directly.
First released in 2005, the M&P is the latest of Smith & Wesson's semi-automatic pistols. It shares its name with one of the company's most popular products, the Military & Police revolver (later designated in 1957 as the Model 10). Like its ancestor, the M&P is aimed at law enforcement and military, though it is also available for civilians. In practice, the M&P has found success with many police and law enforcement agencies around the world, though no military force has shown any interest in adopting it as a service weapon, unlike its revolver predecessor (the only exception being a small batch of 9mm models that was delivered to the Iraqi military in 2008 as a stop-gap measure to fill in a desperate need for pistols).
Like the Glocknote , the M&P semiautomatic pistol is made from polymer, and is striker-fired, with no manual safety (an optional manual safety was later released as an accessory in 2009). The weapon was designed with ergonomics and customizability in mind, with an accessory rail, ambidextrous slide stop, and reversible grip-mounted magazine release. One notable improvement the M&P has over the Glock is that disassembly does not require a pull of the trigger - something that has been the cause of quite a few unintended discharges with Glocks.
The M&P comes in multiple versions, varying in size and capacity. Available chamberings include 9x19mm Para, .40 S&W, .357 SIG, and .45 ACP. The sub-compact M&P variant meant for concealed carry is known as the Shield. Since its debut in April 2012, it has become one of S&W's most successful products and one of the most popular concealed carry pistols in America, reaching 1 million sales in November 2015.
In February 2017, a second generation "M&P 2.0" was released to the general public (this was S&W's entry in the U.S. military's Modular Handgun System competition, which was eventually won by the SIG P320). It features replaceable backstraps, an improved trigger, and more aggressive texturing, as well as other minor modifications. Later that year in November 2017, the Shield 2.0 was also launched, also featuring most of the same improvements that the full-size M&P 2.0 got.
The newest entry in the M&P lineup is the M&P380 Shield EZ, introduced at SHOT Show 2018. An unusual design being a full-sized .380 ACPnote with a grip safety, this pistol is noted for its very easy-to-rack slide and magazines featuring thumb studs (much like a .22 LR pistol magazine) for easy loading. These features make it primarily aimed at people who generally have trouble handling a semi-automatic pistol, which are mainly female, elderly, and disabled customers. In fact, American Rifleman's Ladies Pistol Project 3 tested 26 pistols in the hands of 68 women and found that the Shield EZ was by far the clear favorite.
- The M&P makes its first video game appearance in Alpha Protocol as the Hamilton 45. It's the most balanced of the game's pistols.
- The police officers in Total Recall (2012) carry the M&P 9 as their primary weapon. Quaid also uses one.
- In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the M&P appears to be S.H.I.E.L.D.'s main service weapon.
- The M&P 40 Pro is usable by the Enforcer class in Battlefield Hardline.
- Appears frequently in The Walking Dead.
- The .40 and .45 versions are usable in State of Decay.
- The .45 variant is usable in The Division.
- In Sword Art Online: Alternative Gun Gale Online Fukaziroh has an M&P9 as her sidearm despite her love of her MGL-140s. When she has to fight an enemy player at close range in Volume 2 she draws it and empties the 17-round magazine... and proceeds to miss every single shot at a distance of less than 5 feet away.
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 breech-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.
A similar action had been designed for a short hunting rifle in the Soviet Union by Izhmash not long after the Contender hit the market, which featured a break-opening operated by a lever flush with the trigger guard and an external hammer. And which also fit a lot of different rifle and shotgun calibers on the same receiver frame. Modern post-1990 versions keep the lever opening, but an internal hammer as in a classic boxlock and no longer resemble the Contender.
- 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, along 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.
- A heavily modified, futuristic one appears in a single episode of Cowboy Bebop, Sympathy for the Devil, where it's used to fire a bullet made out of a rare isotope that's the only thing that can kill the episode's immortal Big Bad.
- Grand Theft Auto V's "Ill Gotten Gains" update adds one as the Marksman Pistol, capable of killing anyone in one shot, but balanced by only having one bullet.
- The multiplayer of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End features a Contender as a sidearm, where it's fitted with a short-range scope and apparently firing some variety of .50-caliber bullet, judging by its A.K.A.-47'd moniker of "Bishai .50 Cal".
- Shows up as a five-star T-Doll in Girls' Frontline. Acts like more of a rifle T-Doll between her slow rate of fire and higher damage than most other T-Dolls (at highest enhancement, her bullets deal as much damage as an unenhanced Mosin-Nagant; the only handgun that deals more damage is the even larger Thunder .50 BMG).
The Tokarev was intended to replace the obsolete Nagant Revolver in the Soviet Army; ultimately, however, both weapons continued service until 1952, when they were both replaced by the above-mentioned Makarov pistol. The first model was the TT-30 pistol, but the most noticeable model was the TT-33.
During the Cold War, the Tokarev was exported to countries associated with the Soviet Union like the People's Republic of China, North Korea, and Vietnam. Some of them produced their own variants, sometimes chambered in other calibers, like the Chinese Norinco Type 54; known as "Black Star" for the star on the grip, where it has infamous ties with Chinese Triads due to vast numbers sold in the black market. It was also used by the Yakuza, as many Type 54 pistols were smuggled into Japan.
As is typical for Russian weapons of the time, the TT-33 could continue operating normally even after suffering a ridiculous amount of abuse - feed lips were even machined into the receiver so the weapon could still be reliably used with damaged magazines. The only downside is that the push-button style magazine release is something inherently prone to accidental drops — the later Makarov used a more traditional heel-mounted release lever, rather than the American-style button near the trigger guard like the TT-33, in an effort to prevent this. Another drawback is the difficulty of safe carry (non-Chinese or Yugoslav Tokarevs have no manual safety and rely on a half-cock notch for the hammer; import into the US requires installation of a manual safety but very few of these are made very well, apart from guns purposefully designed with them, such as Zastava's M57 and M70a). The pistol's narrow, awkwardly-angled grip can also make holding the gun uncomfortable, though one can find plenty of aftermarket grips to fix this.
The 7.62x25mm Tokarev cartridge the pistol is chambered in was based on the 7.63x25mm Mauser cartridge that was used for the aforementioned Mauser C96 pistol. It is a hot cartridge that exceeds 400m/s even out of handgun barrels, has excellent performance against obstacles and light armor, and is not particularly hard to control, if a bit loud and flashy. Captured Tokarevs can use the Mauser cartridge, but the Tokarev cartridge cannot be used with the C96 Mauser due to higher pressuresnote .
- Expect any depiction of a Soviet soldier (particularly officers and commissars) in the Second World War, a member of the Triad or Yakuza to use this pistol.
- The Type 54 pistols were featured by gangsters in Hard Boiled. Tequila manages to use two of these in the teahouse shootout in the introduction. Alan brandishes a nickel plated Type 54 later in the movie.
- Can be used in the original GoldenEye 007, its Spiritual Successor Perfect Dark, and the GoldenEye remake, as respectively the "DD44 Dostovei," "CC13," and "Torka T3." In the original game and Perfect Dark it's fitted with wraparound "Tokagypt◊"-style grips. The Wii game features a proper TT-33 with the original grips, while Reloaded (and by extension 007 Legends, which reuses the model) switch it out for a stainless-steel Polish wz. 33, distinguished by an aftermarket safety (though still with the original Soviet grips).
- The standard issue pistols used by Kingsman agents in Kingsman: The Secret Service are modified TT pistols with an under-barrel shotgun attachment.
- Enemy at the Gates. Khruschev hands one to a Soviet general who has failed him and has to commit suicide.
- A Type 54 "Black Star" appears several times in the Phantom Bullet arc of Sword Art Online, though it has a much more darker implication of its use. For the arc's female lead protagonist Sinon, it triggers her PTSD as it's the same gun that a robber used to shoot at least one post office/bank employee before she bit the robber's hand. She took the gun to protect another worker, and her mother from being shot. She then shoots the robber with it, killing him in self-defense.
- When arc villain Death Gun is seen using it in the online game of Gun Gale Online that the story takes place in. It triggers Sinon's traumatic flashback to that incident, and freaks Kirito out for its apparent ability to kill a player in real life when they get shot with it. Despite that supposedly being impossible. It turns out it doesn't cause the deaths of players, but is instead a signal that Death Gun's player uses to signal an accomplice watching via live streams in real life to inject the target player with a lethal dose of a drug that causes their heart to stop.
- The Tokarev pistol plays an important role in a film named, what else, Tokarev.
- The standard Russian sidearm in Archer, which fits with its ambiguous time period.
- Detective Carter have once dual-wielded a Norinco Type 54 with his Beretta after taking it from a Chinese gangster for a shootout in Rush Hour.
- Used by Tatsuo in My Way when he runs out of ammo for his Nambu and by a Soviet commissar, both to shoot their retreating men.
- This is Joker's first gun in Persona 5, called the "Tkachev" in-game. It is also depicted as his gun in the anime special episode The Daybreakers and again in the game's full anime adaptation. Using the gun is Joker's Neutral special attack in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and being able to get around Family-Friendly Firearms where it's a model gun that is made real thanks to the Metaverse.
- Available as one of two sidearms for the Red Army in Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad.
- The standard sidearm of the NVA and Viet Cong in Rising Storm 2: Vietnam.
The main flaw of the P38 design is its long and heavy trigger pull, especially in double-action, which makes well-aimed shots, especially the first shot with the hammer down, rather difficult. For this reason, it has often been described as "good for eight warning shots and one aimed throw." If the trigger pull is mastered, however, it is capable of remarkable accuracy.
Following the war, the P38, as 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.
- Trivia: The P38 is probably the best real-life example of Right-Handed/Left-Handed Guns. For reasons no one at Walther has been able to adequately explain, the P38 was designed with its ejector on the left side, rather than the right, meaning that empty casings would eject to the left, across the shooter's field of vision (assuming they were shooting right-handed).
- 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.
- Probably best known in fiction as the guns used in The Man from U.N.C.L.E.; 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.
- Generation 1 Megatron 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.
- Weapon of Choice for the titular character of Lupin III.
- Hans Landa carries one in Inglourious Basterds.
- In the "jamming pistol" scene in Schindler's List, the SS are carrying P38s.
- Ernie in The 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.
- In Ishtar, the P38 is used by the Guerrilla leader and the secret police.
- Indiana Jones makes use of it considering its typical pre-WWII setting:
- Toht's sidearm in Raiders of the Lost Ark, also used by some other Germans, such as the pilot that takes potshots at Indy while he fights a mechanic. In reality, only hammerless prototypes for the P38 existed at the time of the film.
- 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, causing Indy to stare at his P38 in shock.
- 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 2: Big Red One, CoD3, and World at War as a replacement for the Luger from the earlier games; it's probably most notable in World at War due to an achievement in the first Soviet level for making a shot with it you're supposed to use a sniper rifle for. Steiner also briefly carries one in the flashback "Project Nova" level of Call of Duty: Black Ops, but doesn't fire it (at least, not on-screen or at the player).
- The sidearm of choice of Panther Claw members (sometimes alongside the Nambu) in Cutey Honey.
- Yoon Tae-goo (a.k.a. 'the Weird') wields a pair of P38s Guns Akimbo throughout The Good, the Bad, the Weird.
- In Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, this is the Weapon of Choice for Nazi mechanics, officers and scientists. Powell never gets to use one, he can only pick them up as 16-round ammo packs for his High Standard HDM or Colt 1911, despite neither being chambered for 9mm.note Barnes, from the same game's Spearhead expansion, however, gets to use one during the Battle of the Bulge. Manon from Underground has a stolen P38 given to her by her brother as her first weapon.
- Doctor Strange: The Oath — a nickel-plated P38, loaded with silver bullets and incorrectly identified as Hitler's suicide weapon, critically injures Doc. After being patched up, he uses it himself to kill a monster that his limitless magical powers couldn't faze.
- The Siege of Jadotville. Falques carries one as his sidearm.
- Day of Infamy features it as the most common sidearm for the German army, available to every class except the officer and sniper.
- Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad features this gun as one of two sidearms for the Wehrmacht. Once fully leveled, the pistol grip is painted black.
The P99 has seen many variants and modifications since its introduction. Originally, the first generation◊ model had a distinctive grip featuring a "ski hump" and held 16 9x19mm rounds or 12 .40 S&W rounds in a magazine. The second generation, introduced in 2004, eliminated the 'ski hump' for a more comfortable grip and reduced the magazine capacity to 15 9x19mm rounds and 10 .40 S&W rounds. The P99 is also available in 4 different finishes-an all-black one, one with a titanium slide, one with a desert tan-slide and the original green polymer frame. Second-gen models also have different triggers, such as Anti-Stress, Double Action only and Quick Action.
Variants of the P99 include compact versions, the Polish P99 RAD (upgrades including an ambidextrous slide release lever), the German P99Q, the P22 (a much smaller version in .22 LR), the American Smith & Wesson SW99 (which features a noticeably different slide design, and is also available in .45 ACP), and the Magnum Research MR Eagle (featuring a slightly-longer barrel, with the portion of the front of the slide underneath it sloping back in the same manner as Magnum Research's Desert Eagle).
- The P99 is most famous for its use by James Bond as his PPK's replacement. It first appears in Tomorrow Never Dies, where Bond takes it from Wai Lin's armoury. He later fits it with a suppressor and dual-wields it with an MP5k during his assault on Carver's stealth boat, until it finally runs dry. The P99 then became Bond's sidearm until Quantum of Solace reunited Bond with his PPK.
- The Literary Bond also made use of the P99 as well in Raymond Benson's run. The PPK was used for undercover wetwork, while the P99 was used for overt missions. It also appears in the Dynamite Comic series Vargr as his favourite sidearm until he's forced to replace it with a new gun, then gets his P99 back in the final issue.
- Video games have had Bond paired with the P99 longer than the films, featuring it as Bond's standard pistol in The World Is Not Enough, NightFire, Goldeneye Rogue Agent, and the combined Casino Royale (2006)/Quantum of Solace adaptation, then keeping it on as his primary pistol in Blood Stone, Goldeneye Wii and 007 Legends.
- A suppressed model is used by Ms. Perkins in John Wick.
- Carried by Lau in The Dark Knight.
- Fittingly, Alex West wields one in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.
- Various armoured sweepers have one in their vest holsters in Equilibrium.
- Seen in 7.62 High Calibre, and can be equipped with a flashlight or laser module.
- Splinter Cell: Conviction has the .40 S&W version as a usable weapon.
- Selene dual wields a pair of two-tone P99s in Underworld.
- Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 adds the P99 in .40 S&W, making it mostly similar to the starting USP40 with a slightly smaller mag capacity.
- Jean Vilain in The Expendables 2 carries a gold plated version as his sidearm.
- A two-tone variant of the P99 is usable in Modern Warfare 3. In the campaign it's used by Russian troops in the Paris levels, and Yuri gets one with a suppressor and a tactical knife when storming an old castle with Price. It's also an early unlock in multiplayer, having a slow time to switch out to the other weapon in return for the highest damage in close range of the smaller pistols.
- S.T.A.L.K.E.R. features the P99 by the nickname Walker P9m. It's almost a direct upgrade to the Makarov and Fort-12, as it boasts a more powerful caliber, higher accuracy and double the magazine capacity without any real drawbacks in weight, durability or recoil. In Shadow of Chernobyl one stalker carries a unique 9x18mm version, and you can mod it to chamber that in the later two games, making it even more versatile, though in all instances it still falls short in firepower compared to the handguns in .45 ACP common in the late game stages.
- Used by Morpheus to briefly threaten Agent Smith in The Matrix Reloaded.
- A common find in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, under the name "Para-9". It replaces the Beretta 92FS Inox and the Makarov PM from the previous installments as the game's standard sidearm.
- Available as the standard NATO sidearm in ARMA III, rechambered for 9x21mm as the "P07". It shows up in two-tone variations, the version in the base game having a black slide with tan frame and the Apex DLC letting CTRG 15 swap out for a green frame.
The original PPK has been illegal for importation into the United States since 1968.note American models are either the PPK/S (a PPK slide on a PP frame, which increases the size and weight just enough for it to pass restrictions), or were domestically assembled under license by Smith & Wesson. Original production by Walther ended in 2008, but demand in the United States remained high enough that S&W still made the licensed version until 2013. Finally, after five years out of production, Walther began to once again manufacture the PPK/S at their new plant in Arkansas with the original PPK to follow later in 2019. 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 M1934 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.
- In the books, Bond originally wielded a suppressed .25 Beretta 418 until it got caught in his waistband and he was nearly killed as a result in From Russia with Love. In Dr. No he gets his iconic PPK, and while he's rather unhappy about losing his beloved Beretta (even threatening to resign from MI6), by Goldfinger he's accepted the PPK as his new (and arguably more sensible) sidearm. note
- Appears in GoldenEye (1997) as the default sidearm of Bond. It's a well-rounded weapon, dealing good damage and acting as a sensible fall-back weapon, equipped with a suppressor for certain missions. It also shows up in 007: From Russia with Love as the "Wolfram PP7."
- 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.
- 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 (2006).
- 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 that were used by military and police forces for behind-the-lines operations, the idea being that being caught with a German-made gun wouldn't automatically peg one as a spy.
- The PPK remains as Peggy's sidearm in Agent Carter.
- Harry Ioki in 21 Jump Street carries a PPK as his sidearm.
- The stock Pistol in Team Fortress 2 heavily resembles a stainless PPK, with some hints of the Makarov PM that was loosely based on a proposed upgrade to the PPK. Ironically, it's used by the Scout and Engineer, but not the Spy, who wields a Colt Python instead.
- 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 MI-6.
- 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, who used a PPK in the original script (the final film gave him an H&K P7M13); the obligatory Bond shout-out comes with its related "Licence to Kill" achievement, for killing as many people with it as Bond has killed in the films from Dr. No to Skyfall. By default, it's a PPK, but adding the long slide mod turns it into a PP.
- Loads of mooks and allies, if not all of them, use the PPK in Tintin. In the 2011 movie, Tintin is shown to own a PPK, and arms himself when Barnaby arrives at his apartment building.
- The Departed. Costigan carries a nickel plated PPK for the majority of the film, which makes a good fit for his undercover work.
- The PP appears in BloodRayne as a Nazi sidearm under the name "Walthurm PP".
- A PPK is the sidearm of one of the history news team members in the climatic fight scene of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.
- The PPK seems to be the standard sidearm for the 501st Joint Fighter Wing in Strike Witches, as Yoshika is issued one upon arriving (though she returns it owing to a dislike for guns) and Minna carries one often as well.
- The Deliverer in Fallout 4 is a suppressed PPK with some alterations made by the Railroad, including chambering it in 10mm. It's also among the most powerful weapons in the game, being able to outperform the standard 10mm pistol in every aspect and, with the right perks and parts, let the Sole Survivor blow away Deathclaws with a few shots.
- In Sherlock, Mary Watson's sidearm is a suppressed PPK, similar to the one pictured above. She also shoots Sherlock with it.
- Used by Willis Stryker in Luke Cage, who also dual-wields them.
- The .32 ACP version appears in Day of Infamy as a sidearm for the Germany army's assault, support, radioman, engineer and sniper classes.