The Guns from Die Hard
Since it’s the festive season, let’s look at all the guns in everyone’s favourite Christmas movie… Die Hard!
(See? It’s a Christmas movie!)
Die Hard is an almost perfect movie. It has memorable characters, great acting, great action, suspense and comedy. It’s one of the most quotable movies ever and introduced the movie-going public to the late, great Alan Rickman.
John McClane (Bruce Willis), officer of the NYPD, tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro (Bonnie Bedelia) and several others that were taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.
“Welcome to the party, pal!”
John McClane’s sidearm is the Beretta 92F 9mm pistol. He uses it to battle terrorists in the Nakatomi Plaza skyscraper. He only has three magazines for it, all of which were emptied over the course of the film. This trusty sidearm is essential to McClane’s survival.
Oddly, this weapon was never an issued side-arm for the NYPD. The Beretta Willis used for this movie was specifically modified for him. It had both an extended magazine release and slide release, which are not a typical feature on the standard issue 92F guns.
Heckler & Koch HK94
This chopped and converted submachine gun is used by all of Hans Gruber’s henchmen during the Nakatomi Tower takeover and sometimes by John McClane when he manages to get his hands on one. The guns were actually mocked up HK94 rifles that had sawn-down barrels and were converted to full auto to resemble MP5s. This is the “machine gun” that McClane references in his famous message.
At one point, McClane extends the stock hoping to use it as an anchor so he can descend down the ventilation shaft via the sling. But the sling doesn’t support his weight for long, soon coming undone and sending him falling into the shaft before he catches himself on the opening of an air vent.
Heckler and Koch P7M13
A chrome finished 9mm pistol is Hans Gruber’s weapon of choice. Hans uses this gun in several scenes, including the ones where he killed Takagi, Ellis, and later holds it to Holly’s head to get McClane to surrender.
More commonly known as “that weird machinegun Karl uses”, Karl deploys this Austrian assault rifle while attempting to hunt down McClane in the Nakatomi building. Karl also uses the weapon to smash a tray of shot glasses in frustration over McClane’s escape, and Holly comments that “only John could drive someone that crazy.”
“Come out to the coast, we’ll get together, have a few laughs…”
Other guns seen in the movie include…
- Walther PPK
- Smith & Wesson Model 15
- Walther P5
- MGC M-16
- Steyr SSG 69
And finally, to get you in the festive mood, let’s see some of those guns in action!
Die Hard // Twentieth Century Fox