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Guns in Film

Sig is having a little fun with their firearms used in various films with a “SIG SAUER in the Cinema” game that features categories such as Best Actor (Rifle). Yesterday’s vote was for Best Actor (Pistol).

This is a case where I would find it very hard to vote for the particular guns. Let’s face it, with the photos they are sharing, it’s more a case of who is the hottest with the gun. In the rifle category, I’d have to choose between Clive Owen with the SG 550 or Tom Hardy’s lips with the SG 552. How could a gun girl possibly decide?

Sadly, my Sig wasn’t in yesterday’s line up of Best Actor (Pistol). I guess Hollywood doesn’t like my gun. In fact, according to the Internet Movie Firearms Database, it doesn’t look like my Sig has ever been used in a movie. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.

6 Responses to “Guns in Film”

  1. Drifter says:

    Maggie Q carried a P239 as the lead in “Nikita”, as did Jonathan Price as Seamus in “Ronin.”

  2. GMC70 says:

    What would be more interesting is gun operation – and basic physics – gotten wrong on film.

    Case in point: persons shot on film flying across a room or through a window from the impact.

    I’m tired of seeing cops hide behind car doors – which stop all manner of rounds. A recent episode of “The Walking Dead” featured an empty file cabinet bravely providing cover for a character as AR-15 rounds (presumably .223 or 5.56) merely bounced off the thin tin sides of the cabinet. Right.

    Old movies were as bad – we’ve all seen the western where the characters turn a table on edge to stop .45 rounds from six shooters.

    I’ve seen good guys and bad guys cock the hammer on their weapon to increase the dramatic tension – all while carrying a Glock. Or just as bad, a 1911 which is brandished and fired – with the hammer down.

    We could all go on and on. This is not hard stuff. And they pay technical people good money to get this stuff right. Nonetheless . .

  3. Will says:

    http://www.imfdb.org/wiki/SIG-Sauer_P239

    Scroll down to P239. They’ve been in a few movies and TV shows. The main character, Henrietta, carries one in Gunslinger Girl.

  4. Ronnie says:

    A recent episode of “The Walking Dead” featured an empty file cabinet bravely providing cover for a character as AR-15 rounds (presumably .223 or 5.56) merely bounced off the thin tin sides of the cabinet. Right.

    As a big fan of that show, you are probably referring to the mid-season finale – the eighth episode of season four – “Too Far Gone” – where there was a major gun battle between the group occupying the prison and the militia of the “Governor”. Yes, indeed there were plenty of dubious scenes in this episode of people who used the thin sheet metal of filing cabinets, picnic tables, and vehicle doors as cover from both presumably 5.56 and 7.62 rifle rounds. Besides just using a filing cabinet with the top drawer missing for cover from enemy rifle rounds, the character of “Daryl Dixon” actually propped up the body of a dead zombie as a shield against the rifle rounds of about two or three enemies, all so that he can advance toward this M60 Patton tank that was used by the “Governor” and his militia to break down the prison’s outer fences. Then this same guy “Daryl Dixon” defeats the enemy militia men and the M60 Patton tank with what looked like old Mk II, pineapple-style hand grenades. This part of the gun battle was about the most unrealistic part of it, as far as real world ballistics and physics go, that is. Sure, this is a show about a post-apocalyptic zombie world, but the gunfights in it are sometimes hard to watch for us gun people.

    Don’t get me wrong, I still love “The Walking Dead” as a TV show, but just once, I wish the producers of this TV show would consult with a gun guy like me, or some other type of tactical weapons expert, to make the gun battles a bit more realistic.

  5. Ronnie says:

    What would be more interesting is gun operation – and basic physics – gotten wrong on film.

    The humor website cracked.com actually has several pages and at least one video on this topic. Here is one:

    cracked.com – 6 Stupid Gun Myths Everyone Believes (Thanks to Movies)

  6. Jeff O says:

    Don’t worry, you’re in good company. Many of us relatively low profile stars (ok, nerdy engineers) carry the P239. As long as the gun doesn’t put me in the media spotlight it’s all good….

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