Tuesday, June 16, 2015
These eye-catching actors sizzle on the big screen. They’ve each graced many a magazine cover. And they all know their way around a trigger. Catch a sneak peek at 10 guns used by some of our favorite leading men.
No one epitomized the Roaring '20s more than John Dillinger. With his Thompson SMG, he cut a wide swath across the United States. Johnny Depp portrayed the gangster in the 2009 film, “Public Enemies.”
He was a leading man going against the grain. Tom Cruise portrayed ruthless hitman Vincent in the 2004 thriller “Collateral.” By his side, this Heckler & Koch .45 ACP.
James Bond and Thomas Magnum—legendary characters of the big and small screens. Both favored this Walther PPK, used by Timothy Dalton and Tom Selleck in their respective roles.
Denzel Washington’s Eli used this Heckler & Koch 45 in “The Book of Eli.” It was artificially aged to give the appearance of a pistol that had survived 30 years after civilization ended.
Starring as Colin Sullivan in the 2006 crime drama “The Departed,” Matt Damon used this SIG Sauer pistol to end the life of his criminal mentor, Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson).
The big-screen adaptation of the 1970s TV series “S.W.A.T.” featured Colin Farrell as a hotshot cop whose sidearm of choice was this heavily embellished Kimber Custom .45 ACP.
He’s best known for helping to secure the independence of Texas. And in 2004, actor Dennis Quaid took on the larger-than-life General Sam Houston in “The Alamo,” flintlock pistol by his side.
Bruce Willis brought us no-nonsense New York City cop John McClane. This modified and converted Heckler & Koch 94 was used in the 1988 original, “Die Hard,” during the siege of Nakatomi Plaza.
This Smith & Wesson Model 29 .44 Magnum, used by Clint Eastwood in “Dirty Harry” (1971), was a gift from Eastwood and Warner Brothers to film writer and director John Milius.
This 12-gauge Remington 870 was used by actor Heath Ledger in his final completed film role. He portrayed The Joker in 2008’s “The Dark Knight,” which was released six months after Ledger’s death.
All of these guns, plus other historic treasures, can be seen at the NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Va., located on the first floor of NRA Headquarters.
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