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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 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.
As of January 2017, the M9 is now being officially phased out of the US military in favor of the SIG Sauer P320, which will see service as the full-size M17 and compact M18. While it was ultimately not adopted, the M9A3 variant has been widely praised across the board for a significant number of improvements, with a base capacity of 17 rounds, a built-in Picatinny rail, a thinner vertical grip, and sand-resistant magazines.
- 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.
- The classic Doom pistol is based off of a Beretta 92-based water gun painted black, though it's not quite as apparent with how the actual sprites turned out. 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 up to 2017 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.
- Counter-Strike features a pair of them as sidearms. Early games used 92G Elite IIs, supposedly chambered in .40 S&W, though Global Offensive replaced them with Inox 92FSes with wooden grips.
- Neo's first pair of Throw-Away Guns in the lobby shootout in The Matrix are a pair of Beretta 92s. The Matrix Reloaded has Trinity swap out the 84FS she used in the first film for a compact 92FS, and then she gets a second one in The Matrix R Evolutions. 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 the third game, 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 Crimson Trace grips in the fourth film. Its depiction in that series is credited for further popularizing the firearm.
- Kane used one of these to kill Seth in the original Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn.
- The Beretta 92's single-stack predecessor, the M1951, is wielded by a thug then briefly used by Tony Montana to kill several thugs in Scarface (1983), with a suppressed M1951 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.
- The Samurai Edge also shows up in the 2019 remake of Resident Evil 2 in several forms. One without a S.T.A.R.S. medallion in the grips and infinite reserve ammunition is a New Game+ reward for clearing either scenario with an S-rank, while Pre-Order Bonuses turned regular DLC add three more based on Chris, Jill and Wesker's specific guns, each with slightly different stats - Wesker's deals slightly increased damage, Chris' allows for focusing more quickly, and Jill's can be drawn more quickly.
- It returns for Resident Evil 3's 2020 remake as well. Jill, as expected, briefly has one at the start of the game, but loses it when the Nemesis attacks her in her apartment and is forced to pilfer a Glock off a dead policeman to defend herself for the game proper. The standard model from RE2, now with a S.T.A.R.S. emblem re-added to the grips, is once again available as a reward for clearing the game, where it has slightly superior stats to the Glock, but can't be upgraded.
- 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 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.
- With its third season of DLC updates, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019) got the M9A3 with the Taurus' frame-mounted safety as the "Renetti". Several unique attachments, including a burst-fire trigger, can turn it into an approximation of the 93R as well.
- 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 92, only carrying 10 rounds per mag in both games. The latter game gives it wooden grips and allows a suppressor to be attached.
- 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 ACP weapon.
- Shows up as a unique weapon in STALKER: 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 three reloads. 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; its most distinct advantage is that there's no muzzle climb when firing it, so it's easy to land several good shots in rapid succession.
- 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 (2016).
- 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 and is often supplied with Agency stashes in missions such as "Kirov Park Meeting" and "Basement Killing".
- 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, holding only two fewer rounds 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.
- The M9 and its variants appear to be the standard-issue sidearm of the SCP Foundation.
- In the final act of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Vento Aureo, Guido Mista grabs a Beretta 92 from a cop to replace his suddenly broken revolver to incapacitate Chariot Requiem.
- The M9 is a 3-star handgun in Girls Frontline. A ritzy girl who fusses over her appearance and popularity, apparently as a reference to the weapon's ubiquity both in real life and media. She has a rivalry with both M1911 (who doesn't reciprocate) and SIG P226 (who does).
- In Darwin's Game, Kaname's main weapon throughout is a Beretta 92FS.
- The M9A1 is the U.S. sidearm in Squad, with only squad leaders having upgraded to the SIG Sauer M17 so far.
- The last of the three standard handguns in the Director's Cut version of Afraid of Monsters. It's the balanced option between the P228 and Glock, having a slightly higher capacity than the former while doing more damage than the latter.
- Appears as the "VICE 9" in the first Saints Row, as one of the basic pistols. It's the cheapest option and fires faster than the Glock to make up for the fact that it's by far the weakest gun in the game, not even killing in a single headshot. Saints Row 2 replaced the in-game model with the earlier Beretta Cheetah (see below), but the original model still shows up in multiple cutscenes, most notably the opening to "Visiting Hours" where Ronin assassins use one with a suppressor to kill some of the hospital staff while searching for Johnny Gat.
- Insurgency features the M9 as the Security team's high-capacity sidearm, costing 1 supply point. The Security Specialist, Recon, Breacher, Designated Marksman, and Sniper classes have exclusive access to a suppressor.
- In the sequel Insurgency: Sandstorm, the M9 is instead found in the Insurgent's arsenal, costing 2 supply points.
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 (short of it being in .45, which it doesn't seem to be). 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 and its sequel, both in its standard form in 9mm and the Special Duty version with a slightly extended barrel in .45.
- Appears in the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2, as a usable sidearm for the player and always equipped in your teammate's holsters. It always fits extended magazines to give it a 20-round capacity, and can also fit a suppressor.
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 after Browning's death, incorporated a number of the 1911's features into the weapon, colloquially known as the BHP, P-35, BAP (Browning Automatic Pistol), and the "King of Nines." 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 and nonaligned 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 Armed 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. Inglis went on to become an appliance manufacturer, completely leaving the military manufacturing field in 1962, before being bought out by Whirlpool, so the replacement parts are just as old as the pistols themselves. This hasn't worked out very well in the long run, as the average Canadian Hi-Power is now 75 years old, many from the first production run, and several of them have had very bad reliability issues because of their age. There was one case in 2017 where the Canadian Army took 20 Hi-Powers to the Armed Forces Skill At Arms shooting competition in North Little Rock, Arkansas in the States; during the initial warmup, 15 of them jammed so badly they couldn't safely be used for the rest of the competition. The CAF want to replace them, but haven't been able to.note Nevertheless, the Hi-Power remains in use with many Third World militaries around the world, and is currently still being license-produced by Ishapore Arms in India.
- 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, which is called the "M-7" in technical drawings. Beyond the .45 conversion, it differs from the real gun mostly in a slightly shortened slide.
- Resident Evil:
- 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's still in the 2019 remake as the "JMB Hp3"; it's not a starting weapon anymore (Claire gets an S&W Model 60 and Ada a Mauser HSc), though it is available as an upgrade in Claire's scenario, dealing better base damage than her starting revolver with a much higher magazine capacity (especially with extended magazines) and a Laser Sight, though it can't take the High-Powered Ammo.
- 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, especially at range (since damage doesn't fall off with this gun), but it holds less ammo per magazine.
- 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 '80s 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 STALKER 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 submachine guns 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.
- Appears under the "HP-35" name as a 5-star Handgun in Girls Frontline. Befitting the "King of Nines" nickname, she's normally rather sophisticated, though in battle she becomes much more ruthless. She also enjoys riding bikes, but isn't very good at it.
- The Nintendo 64 port of Duke Nukem 3D replaces the vaguely-Glock-shaped handgun with what appears to be a Hi-Power (going by the design and placement of the slide release◊) that's fitted with a Laser Sight. Other than looks it's identical in function to the PC version's Glock, including reloads with every twelve bullets.
- The Hi-Power is the sidearm of both the Canadian Army and the Middle Eastern Alliance in Squad.
- Insurgency: Sandstorm features the Hi-Power as an Insurgent sidearm availabe for 1 supply point, and is the middle of the road between the free but dinky Makarov and the more expensive but higher capacity M9 and higher damaging M1911.
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 a thumb-button at the base of 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 serve as the United States Armed Forces' service pistol from World War I until The '80s, when it was replaced by the Beretta M9, except for the United States Marine Corps, which simply updated to the Colt M45, an upgraded variant of the M1911. While most of the USMC joined the rest of the USAF in adopting the SIG Sauer M17/M18, as of 2019 Force Recon still continues to use the M45A1, an updated version of the M45.
Other users included Argentina, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Greece, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines, Spain, South Korea, 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 example.note The "condition codes" that have been frequently adapted for a handgun's state of being loaded and ready were originally created in reference to the M1911 as well. The Assault Weapons Ban of 1994 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 magazine.note 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 released,note 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 scratch.note
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 video games, 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 Those Wacky 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 Thomas and Martha 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 who 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 wrap-around grips, gold-plated controls, a left-hand ejection port on Ebony for use in Dante's left hand, 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 Hitman 2, counting all the expansions (including the legacy pack and its GOTY DLC), there are 7 different versions, consisting of the standard ICA19 and its Black Lilly equivalent (basically the same gun with a set of Pachmayr grips and 47's signature logo), the Silverballer and its Mark II version (The same gun with a red "2" stamped on it), the full auto version of the ICA19 and its silenced version, and finally the Striker, a long barreled Hand Cannon version that can penetrate multiple targets per shot. In addition to carrying over all of the above, Hitman 3 adds even more versions, including the Shortballer, a compact version, and the ICA19 Classic (a reward for completing twelve "Silent Assassin, Suit Only" challenges), which resembles the Custom 1911 from Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. The Trinity Pack adds three more 1911s to match with the bonus suits, one in black, one in white, and one in red. With all these, a player can amass over a dozen different 1911 variants.
- 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.note 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 the first 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 Rōnin 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.
- In Duke Nukem Forever, a 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 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 STALKER 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's famous 'long-barreled .45 Colt' turns out to be an M1911A1, as he wields it in From A View To A Kill and is nearly killed in a stakeout because he kept the safety catch on by accident, a hint that the gun is a semiautomatic and not a revolver.
- 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), and fires .45 Magnum rounds shared with the "Broken Butterfly" revolver.
- 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.
- A 1911 with a pivoting double-action trigger is the first gun found in Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, as the "M19"..
- The M19 returns for the 2019 remake of Resident Evil 2 as Leon's B-scenario exclusive handgun. It's stronger than the Matilda, and ammo is plentiful since all standard pistol ammo pickups are converted to its ammo in the B-scenario, but its recoil takes time to adjust to (since, in homage to the animations Leon got when wearing his special costumes in the original game, he holds it Gangsta Style, so it pushes more to the left than straight upwards) and it has a lower capacity of 7 shots and no ability to upgrade it.
- 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. Several of Packard's men carry these as well, though they remain in their holsters in favor of their M16A1s.
- Killing Floor 2 added the 1911 with the "Return of the Patriarch" update as a weapon meant for the new Gunslinger perk. By default it features a nickel finish with ornate engravings along the slide and pearl grips, and like most other pistols can be used Guns Akimbo. It's weaker per-shot than the Desert Eagle, but in return it's cheaper, reloads faster, and holds one more round per magazine and a couple more magazines in reserve.
- Gen. Joe Coulton owns one in G.I. 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. Its sequel, John Wick: Chapter 3 Parabellum, features a STI 2011 customized by TTI during another assault on the Continental, only Wick is defending it this time. Notably, the 2011 is specifically referred to be chambered for 9mm "Major" loads, which surpasses standard +P.
- 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.
- In Insurgency: Sandstorm, Security upgrades to the M45A1 with accessory rail, different sights, and tan finish. Insurgents get an M1911A1 with long trigger, diamond grips, and blued finish. Both are 2 points.
- 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 most common 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.
- Shows up in Unturned as the 1911 (after being called the Oakbear, and later renamed Colt). It only holds 7 rounds per mag with no high-capacity option and deals low player damage, but it's extremely accurate when aimed, cheap on scrap metal to repair and powerful against zombies.
- An extremely common 2-star handgun in Girls Frontline, and likely one of the first units a new Commander will recruit to their ranks. She is part of Thompson's squad in the story, and holds a rivalry with M9. Upgrading her all the way to MOD 3 grants her exclusive use of XM261 ratshot ammunition. True to her US origins, she wears a stars-and-stripes necktie and later stockings.
- Assassination Classroom. The standard anti-sensei sidearms of Class 3-E's students are modeled after an M1911.
- The first gun acquired in Half-Life: Alyx is a 1911-style pistol with a compensator and an increased 10-round capacity, which can be upgraded throughout the game until it heavily resembles the custom handgun Alyx used in Half-Life 2.
- In Final Fantasy VII Remake, President Shinra has a gold-plated pistol heavily modeled after a 1911 with a hinged trigger.
- In Hell Let Loose, the M1911A1 is issued to US Commanders, Officers, Medics, Tank Commanders and Tank Crewmen as their sidearm of choice.
- The M1911 is found in certain game modes in Surviv.io. Unfortunately, it's also a Joke Weapon, boasting pitiful damage and a tiny magazine size, to the point where even if you land every shot with perfect accuracy, you won't be able to kill an enemy without reloading unless they've already been damaged first.
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 (some promo posters for Casablanca show him with one), 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.
- A heavily-engraved 1903 is the sidearm of Winston in John Wick: Chapter 3 Parabellum, and is most notably used to knock Wick off the roof of the Continental.
- Serves as Jimmy Darmody's sidearm in Boardwalk Empire.
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 as an attachment 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."
- Girls Frontline features not one, not two, but four CZ-75 variants as of this writing: the original CZ-75, the Chinese Norinco NZ-75 clone, the 10mm Bren Ten, and the British JSL Spitfire. Despite their wildly different personalities and appearance, the story still treats them as close relatives, if not outright sisters.
- Payday 2 gets a CZ AccuShadow 2 given the full-auto treatment with the Federales Weapon Pack DLC.
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 - they weren'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 as the "self-defense gun". Counter to the usual stereotypes, it is incredibly powerful, 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.
- Barney in "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" turns out to carry one. Apparently because it gives him an "inflated sense of self-esteem."
- 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 Continental's doctor in John Wick: Chapter 3 Parabellum hands one to John, asking John to shoot him (in non-lethal areas) to make it look like he was robbed, since John had been excommunicated in the previous film. John obliges.
- Kate's Weapon of Choice in the Desperados series. Desperados III reveals that it was her mother's gun. In gameplay terms, it's relatively quiet, allowing her to make kills undetected, but its small size hampers it's range compared to other characters' guns.
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 (in return for a slower drop-off to its minimum damage) 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, its small armor-piercing ammo giving it the highest capacity but the lowest damage in the class (tied with the earlier QSZ-92). 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.
- A very sought-after handgun in Girls Frontline, as her ability to increase fire rate and critical hit chance synergizes very well with Rifle teams. In the story proper, she's the second-in-command of the FN Squad who often bickers with FN FAL.
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.
- FNP-9 is a two-star T-Doll in Girls Frontline, who talks as if she's an Idol Singer, referring to her fans frequently and claiming to be taking center stage when added to an echelon.
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.note 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 Chronicles 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 handgun; its ruggedness, competitive price, simple operation (it notably lacks a thumb safety or a grip safety, meaning that if a round is chambered, when it is drawn all that is needed for it to fire is to pull the trigger), minimal amount of moving parts, built-in safety features (despite the lack of the aforementioned safeties, Glocks have a trigger safety and 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, to the point that today Glock pistols hold 65% of sales for the semi-automatic handgun market.
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 over 30 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, .45 GAP, and .22 LR. 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 (and magazines for them in varied capacities) already being available in basically every pistol cartridge in production today.
- To this day, the exact chemical composition of Glock's signature polymer (known as Polymer 2) is a closely guarded secret, to the point it's considered the firearms industry's equivalent of the Coke recipe; only the founder Gaston Glock knows the entire formula and while there is intense speculation on what exactly comprises the famous polymer blend that Glock is known for, the company has remained famously tight-lipped on the matter.
- 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 it is easier to handle than the Beretta and less likely to foul in non-ideal conditions.
- 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, a longslide version of the 17, as her Weapon of Choice.
- 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 Glock with more rounded edges and an unused Laser Sight in Duke Nukem 3D. It fires about 450 RPM cyclic, and 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, made in Germany 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.
- 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 is a full-auto-converted Glock 17 with a stainless slide, which had its firing sound mixed with that of a minigun in editing to sound more intimidating. Several other characters use more traditional semi-auto Glocks, including one of the Joker's henchmen in the bank heist ("Grumpy", who uses it to kill the one who actually breaks into the vault as part of the Joker's plan) and several of Gotham City's policemen.
- 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.
- 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. A Glock 21 returns for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019) as the X16, with barrel attachments available to make it look (though not function) like the select-fire Glock 18 or the long-slide Glock 34.
- 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.
- The Lawgiver in Dredd is built around a Glock.
- Inori uses a pair of Glock 17s in Guilty Crown.
- 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).
- Glocks appear several times throughout the Resident Evil games:
- Chris Redfield starts with a Glock 17 in Resident Evil Code: Veronica.
- The Glock 17 is 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. For gameplay reasons, it only holds 10 rounds rather than the more common real-life capacity of 17.
- Resident Evil 2 (Remake) has William Birkin using a Glock 19 to defend himself when USS commandos come to retrieve the G-Virus, though he's quickly gunned down before he has a chance to use it. His wife takes the gun from him and uses it across the rest of the game.
- Likewise, the Glock 19 is the handgun used by Jill in the majority of Resident Evil 3 (Remake) after she loses her "Samurai Edge" Beretta, called the G19. Unlike the RE7 example, this one has an accurate 15-round magazine capacity, which can be upgraded to an extended 33-round magazine. It can also be equipped with a red dot sight for easier aiming and a "moderator" over the muzzle to tighten the spread somewhat.
- Black Widow's weapons of choice in all her Marvel Cinematic Universe appearances are a pair of Glock 26s.
- 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. 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 (2016), 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. Several more variants appear in John Wick: Chapter 3 Parabellum, primarily used by people in Casablanca and guards at the New York Continental, with Wick and Sofia both taking a few as well; particularly, this film is the first on-screen appearance of the Glock 19X (a new Glock 19-sized barrel and slide on a fifth-generation Glock 17 frame, based on Glock's entry in the XM17 MHS competition).
- 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 for at least 3 seconds).
- 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.
- Several appear in Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), particularly Jane using a Glock 19 across most of the film. In the final shootout, both John and Jane carry full-auto-converted Glocks with extended magazines, Jane with a single all-black version and John carrying a pair of two-tone ones, one of which was later used more famously in The Dark Knight above.
- Payday 2 has multiple Glock variants: in addition to a returning Glock 18, there's a Glock 17 as the "Chimano 88", the first sidearm the player has access to and the standard sidearm of the DCPD; 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 Glock 17 appears as a 3-star handgun in Girls Frontline. Dual-wielding aside, her costume is patterned after a police uniform, echoing the Glock's use by various police forces worldwide.
- In Arknights, Liskarm uses an unidentified Glock variant as her main weapon, paired with a ballistic shield. This makes her the only Defender that can attack enemies at range. Her partner, Franka, also carries a two-tone compact Glock variant, but she never uses it in actual gameplay.
- The fourth generation Glock 17 is the British Army sidearm in Squad, identified as its "L131A1" designation.
- Law & Order: Special Victims Unit's original Action Duo, Elliot Stabler and Olivia Benson, both use the Glock 19 as their standard weapon.
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, though this sadly means it carries less in a magazine than its USP predecessor, 10+1 of .45 ACP versus 12+1 in the USP. 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. Unlike the USP, which had the Match, Elite, Expert and Custom Sport variants, H&K has never released such versions for the HK45, limiting it to the Tactical and Compact Tactical (though parts are available to create an HK45 Match facsimile).
- 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, this time as the first handgun for the Enforcer class, and it's also used several times in the campaign.
- 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.
- The HK45 is a 3-star handgun in Girls Frontline. Like FNP9 above, she behaves like an Idol Singer, loves dancing and treats mission prep as "rehearsals".
- Saju carries an HK45 in Extraction.
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.
- Available as a 4-star handgun in Girls Frontline, where she's described as quick to anger and holding long grudges, even against rocks she trips on.
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".
A fairly conventional pistol, it is constructed from polymer, with a concealed hammer. Notably, it utilized a roller-delayed blowback action (a variant of the same action used in Heckler & Koch's G3 and MP5), and had polygonal rifling (which would be used on most of the company's later pistols). It was chambered in 9x19mm, .45 ACP, and 7.65x21mm, fed by either 9 or 7-round single-stack magazines. Like most European pistols of the time, it has a heel-mounted magazine release. Its sights are fairly large, as it was designed to use a large suppressor (which had its own sight mounted on it, to compensate for the fact that it covered the gun's front sight when fitted).
The weapon came in three variants: the single-action P9, which was quickly discontinued, the double-action P9S, the most-produced model, and the competition-focused P9S Target.
When it entered service, however, the German government was in the act of adopting a large number of other pistols, which led to the P9 being overshadowed. A number of police forces in Europe adopted, it, but its largest-profile user was the U.S. Navy SEALs, where it was usually used with a suppressor. It was also rather popular on the civilian market.
- It appears to be the standard police sidearm for the Detroit Police Department in RoboCop (1987).
- One is used by Sean Miller and later Jack Ryan in Patriot Games.
- Harry Tasker steals one from a terrorist and uses it for a while in True Lies.
- Two are used by Viktor Rostavili in Red Heat.
- Appears multiple times in the first season of MacGyver (1985).
- Also appears frequently in The A-Team, used by both the team and random thugs.
- A suppressed P9S is Rick Masters' main weapon in To Live and Die in L.A..
- The "Burkov" pistol in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is based heavily on the P9S, with some elements of the Makarov mixed in.
The USP comes in several different variants. The Compact, as its name implies, is a scaled-down model for concealed carry. The Tactical (.40 and .45) and SD (9mm) variants feature a threaded barrel, raised adjustable sights, and a match trigger. The Compact Tactical (.45 only) 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 option of an extended "Jet Funnel" magazine well for non-.45 versions (which can also be fitted to other versions of the gun).
The Match variant (arguably one of the most famous and sought after USP variants) is similar to the Expert, but does not sport an extended slide, substituting it for a match barrel weight (not a compensator as some sources have said), extended barrel (the second longest available at 6.01 inches, longer than the Expert's 5.19-inch) adjustable match-grade trigger and adjustable target sights (and also has the distinction of being the only USP variant to have been discontinued by H&K due to poor sales and buyers preferring the Expert and Elite variants for competition/target shooting); used examples in good condition can go for upwards of $4000 today.
The Elite variant combines the best features of the Expert, Match, and Tactical, with a distinctive extended slide and 6.19-inch barrel.
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, with aftermarket barrels available to convert full-size USP40s to the cartridge as well.
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 going by the animations, 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 (much like everything H&K puts out) 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. The Point Man in the first game, as well as the Sergeant in its second expansion pack, can use it Guns Akimbo for double the fire rate and magazine capacity, which alongside the game making semi-automatic weapons fire slightly faster in Bullet Time makes twin AT-14s one of the best weapons in the game.
- 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) 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, while a customized USP Tactical can be obtained if you give Wayne 300 junk and ask him to make you a random gun.
- 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, where it's called the "SLP40". 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 & 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.
- A USP Custom Sport (a regular USP with the taller adjustable sights also used with the Tactical version, rarer - or at least less well-known - than the Tactical because it was never sold in America) fitted with an underbarrel light shows up in the 2007 film as well, used by Interpol agent Jenkins.
- The USP Compact in .45 is available in all three STALKER 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 after a subcompact Glock he starts the film with gets confiscated during an arrest. 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 USP Compact is a fairly common 2-star handgun in Girls Frontline. She's presented as a Shrinking Violet who doesn't like when people (other than the Commander, at least) pay too much attention to her.
- HK416 carries the P8 variant as a sidearm, which she prominently uses against M16A1 in the manga.
- HUNK carries a USP9 in the Resident Evil 2 (Remake)'s version of the "The 4th Survivor" mode, renamed the "MUP".
- The SIT team in Crisis (2017) carry USPs as their main sidearm.
Constructed from polymer, the VP9 is the third Heckler & Koch pistol to be striker-fired, after the P7 and VP70. The VP9 has a redesigned striker system that has a consistent pre-travel pull followed by a positive set with clean break. Disassembling the gun does not involve releasing the striker by squeezing the trigger, minimizing the chances of an unintentional discharge. Like many recent handguns, the VP9 also features changeable backstraps, an accessory rail, and ambidextrous controls. The standard variant comes with an ambidextrous paddle magazine release like on other HK handguns, while the VP9-B, made primarily for the American market, exchanges it for a push-button release.
The VP9 is chambered in both 9x19mm and .40 S&W (where it is known as the VP40). It comes in several different variants, including compact and tactical versions with a threaded barrel.
The weapon has been adopted by a number of German police forces, often replacing older pistols. Outside of Germany, a few European and American police forces also use it, while the militaries of Japan, Lithuania, and Turkey also plan on adopting the weapon as their new standard sidearms.
- One of the earliest appearances of the VP9 in media is in the 13th season of NCIS.
- Another early appearance of the VP9 is in Spectre, where it is used by SPECTRE henchmen, and stolen by James Bond.
- Both Sarah Connor and Grace are seen using a VP9 in Terminator: Dark Fate.
- The terrorist leader in Justice League (2017) and Zack Snyder's Justice League uses one.
- Adam Noshimuri uses one as his new primary weapon in the 10th season of Hawaii Five-0.
- Hawkeye has replaced his P30 with a VP9 in Captain America: Civil War.
- The VP9 was added to Hot Dogs, Horseshoes, and Hand Grenades on the 25th day of Meatmas 2018.
One notable Howdah design was the Lancaster pistol. Designed by Charles Lancaster, it made good use of the patented "Lancaster Oval Bore": instead of conventional cut spiral rifling, it had a slight ovalization of the bore on a spiral track, which was nearly impossible to foul by firing the smoky black powder of the time. It was able to fire large revolver cartridges, from .38 S&W to .455 Webley. The Lancaster pistol didn't suffer from gas leaks unlike revolvers, as there was no gap between the chamber and barrel. It also fired faster than standard-issue Adams revolvers, especially when fitted with a Tranter revolver's double-trigger.
The pistols' immense stopping power was also helpful against charging Zulus. Modern ammunition at the time tended to go straight through charging warriors, who would keep on going until they were incapacitated. However, the Lancaster pistol's heavy bullets would lodge in its targets' bodies and stop them, if not killing them outright. During the early 1880s British-Egyptian campaign in Sudan, Major (future Field Marshal and Lord) Kitchener spoke highly of the Lancaster pistols carried by officers, as being far superior in accuracy and reliability to revolvers. It continued to see use as a frontline weapon until World War I, when it was superseded by cheaper revolvers and automatics in more reasonable calibers.
- In The Ghost and the Darkness, both Patterson and Remington make use of a Howdah pistol as a Ranged Emergency Weapon.
- Lord Coward in Sherlock Holmes (2009) tries to shoot Sherlock with one.
- One shows up on General Ripper's gun wall.
- Tim is given a "four shot" that fits the description of a Howdah Pistol in the story within a story within a story in The Wind Through the Keyhole by his teacher to complement his father's axe on his quest. It's described as being a foot long and is quite effective the one time he fires it. After the events of the story, Tim apparently carried it for the next ten years before becoming a gunslinger and upgrading to a revolver.
- Appears in Battlefield 1 as the Howdah Pistol.
- The Duelist Revolver in The Order: 1886 is based on the Lancaster, albeit with two barrels and a cylinder.
- The Lancaster appears as a usable weapon in Assassin's Creed: Syndicate.
- The two-barreled version appears in the loading screen of the mission "Omerta" as a stand in for the Lupara for Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven.
- Available in Hard West. It falls under the same category as derringers, which means that, unlike with other weapon categories, any character armed with it can shoot and perform another action afterwards, including firing again.
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, features 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.
- HS2000 is a 5-star handgun in Girls Frontline.
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.
- Jericho is a 4-star handgun in Girls Frontline. A strict, no-nonsense woman who acts as a disciplinarian to other dolls (and even the Commander). She is Negev's mentor and a good friend of X95 before her untimely demise.
The Luger uses a toggle-lock action, which uses a jointed arm to cycle the bolt as opposed to a slide integrated with the bolt. The quickly-cycling bolt toggle and tight sealing of the assembly made the Luger a reliable weapon, even in the mud of the trenchesnote . The action, however, requires high-pressure ammunition to function reliably; low-pressure rounds fail to generate enough power to cycle.note With the bolt cycling so quickly, the magazine follower spring must also be very stiff to force a cartridge into the feed path before the toggle slams back into battery (this also accounts for the steeply raked magazine and pistol grip). Its barrel is fixed directly to the upper receiver, giving it excellent accuracy compared to the Browning-style tilting barrel.
Ultimately, the P08's intricate machine-work proved to be expensive to manufacture, and the degree of hand-fitting meant that parts couldn't be swapped between damaged or salvaged guns without an expert gunsmith (and even when spare parts were available as after-market products, they still needed a great deal of hand-fitting), 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 favor 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" magazinenote . A .45 ACP version is among the rarest of Rare Guns, with only five at minimum known to have ever existed; two were created for the US Army's pistol tests that eventually lead to the M1911, with one possibly being destroyed during them as it was never returned to DWM afterwardsnote and another three, two pistols and one with a carbine-length barrel, were designed for the possibility of civilian sales; one of the two pistols is on display at the R. W. Norton Art Gallery in Shreveport, Louisiana.
At least twice during the original production run, the DWM factory produced a few Luger-action carbines 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, able to be purchased after investigating a broken one in a weapons rack. Weakest of the pistols, but due to how the game calculates critical hits, it has a somewhat Magikarp Power. It becomes much more useful if you go back to the broken one and pick up the drum magazine for it, 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.
- Cutey Honey: 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 & 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.
- Several appearances in the Wolfenstein series.
- It's 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, where it's weaker than the 1911 and can't be paired up, but can attach a silencer and has much more readily-available ammo.
- It makes sporadic appearances during cutscenes in the 2009 Wolfenstein; the player can only use it in multiplayer.
- Wolfenstein: The New Order's prologue and nightmare sequence, and The Old Blood, feature it with a slightly-boosted capacity of 10 rounds as the "Handgun 1946", where once again it can be silenced, and paired up at will once you get ahold of a second one. The New Order proper also makes use of a futurized version called the "Handgun 1960", best resembling a mishmash of the Luger and the Auto-9 with a 20-round capacity and modes of either three-round bursts or suppressed semi-auto shots. BJ normally gets access to black versions, while also getting a permanently-silenced, all-white one without the burst-fire mode 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 old 1946 version also makes an appearance in a cutscene, where Adolf Hitler himself carries one during the audition on Venus, using it to kill the other actors (one of whom is implied to be Ronald Reagan) for failing at the audition or just arousing his paranoid suspicion.
- 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 one, 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. A later update also added the ability to use two at once.
- 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 at the time. 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).
- A pair of ornately-engraved and gold-plated 7.65mm Lugers show up in Resident Evil Code: Veronica, part of a display that is also linked to a trap, the doors closing and denying exit to the room if they're taken. Claire never gets to use them, as Steve grabs them before she can find a way to circumvent the trap, refuses to hand them over unless Claire finds him something automatic as a trade, and once she finds a pair of MAC-11s to trade, he's already used up all the ammo taking out a zombie that used to be his dad. Steve can also use them in the Battle Game mode, where they get infinite ammunition and the hidden ability to pull off headshots on zombies by manually aiming.
- Available in No One Lives Forever as the "Braun 9mm Parabellum", as a later-game alternative to the standard P38. Compared to the P38, it can take a suppressor just like it and gets the same incorrect 10-round capacity, but it fires and reloads more slowly and is slightly louder (letting guards hear you shoot their buddies from slightly further away), in return for being able to use cyanide-tipped 9mm bullets alongside the regular, dum-dum and incendiary bullets the P38 can use.
- In Hell Let Loose, the Luger is one of two sidearms available for the German side, the other being its successor, the Walther P38.