DeSantis Gunhide Question of the Day: What’s the Most Believable Gun Movie You’ve Ever Seen?

Hollywood spends a lot of money training actors to look like they know what they’re doing with a gun. That said, plot and audience excitement trumps authenticity in many if not most cases. Trigger finger discipline? Not dramatic enough! So what’s the most believable gun movie you’ve ever seen? If you’re in the mood, what’s the least believable gun movie you’ve seen?



  1. avatar Rincoln says:

    Most Believable – John Wick
    Least Believable – Shoot ‘Em Up (But a whole lot of fun)

    1. avatar DO says:

      I was going to post the same for John Wick, though I’d nominate Wanted for the the least believable: moving the firearm while firing while the bullet is in the barrel to curve the shot? Really Hollywood? LOL.

      1. avatar LarryinTX says:

        What, like shooting around corners? Really? I saw a guy do that with a golf ball once (he was a pro), and I was dazzled. Claiming someone could do it with a bullet is amazingly stupid.

    2. avatar 16V says:

      I’m sorry folks. Really. I like <i.John Wick as a fantasy action flick. I do. It’s a good one.

      Realistic? Are you effing kidding me? Jerry Miculek and (new) James Bond somehow had a child, with ice in his veins who never misses? Seriously?

      Fun? Yes. Realistic? Try 1998’s Ronin….

    3. avatar DrRJP says:

      John Wick 2

      Both John and all of the bad guys were seen constantly exchanging their empty magazines for full ones. John did a few New York reloads by placing fully loaded guns along his planned escape route.

      Quite a change from the never-empty guns of Hollywood..

  2. avatar Gilbert says:

    London Has Fallen
    Extremely far fetched plot, but the firearms handling was very realistic. Also, the martial arts scenes were mostly very accurate.
    Guess they paid good to get good firearm/martial arts people involved with the movie.

  3. avatar Swarf says:

    A Christmas Story.

    1. avatar Supermike says:

      LOL! Perfect… “You’ll shoot your eye out!”

      1. avatar Ian says:

        Or someone else’s. I shot a daisy red rider, The bb ricocheted off a cinder block and hit my mom in the glasses. Thankfully she wasn’t hurt and the lens didn’t crack. ?

    2. avatar Missouri Mule says:

      The Best!

  4. avatar JC says:

    The Way of the Gun

    1. avatar jamesdc95 says:

      YES. That movie doesn’t get enough credit

    2. avatar Tommy Hobbes says:

      Most credible: 2010 version of True Grit, starring Halle Seinfeld and Jeff Bridges.

      Least credible: Any Sylvester Stallone Rambo film.

    3. avatar thebronze says:

      WOTG is a VERY good movie for gun-handling!!

      Also, most of Steven Segal’s early movies showed very good gun-handling (from him at least). He was doing stuff that’s common practice today, but wasn’t in the late 80’s-early 90’s. He knew his Gun-Fu from pretty early on.

  5. avatar PooperScooper says:


    1. avatar gargoil says:


        1. avatar tsn4 says:

          +1 more.

    2. avatar notalima says:

      ^^That. Right there.

    3. avatar Reef Blastbody says:

      Yes, Heat is in the top tier for realistic gun handling. Pretty much any work of Michael Mann’s where there’s “gunplay” is done with exacting detail. Just look at the original Miami Vice.

      And I do agree, John Wick (and by all accounts the forthcoming sequel) have excellent firearms handiwork. I’d also put Ronin up there as well.

      1. avatar Kendahl says:

        I like anything by Michael Mann. However, there is a scene in Last of the Mohicans, during the siege of Fort William Henry, where Hawkeye shoots down a series of enemy Indians as they chase a messenger sent to get reinforcements. Between the necessary lead and the variability of hand made firearms, it’s beyond credible although cool to watch.

    4. This is one of my favorites but the mag capacity of those Colts still baffles me. But this is nit picking.

      1. avatar Tommy Hobbes says:

        If any of you are old enough to remember Tom Mix, Lash LaRue, Bill Boyd, and Line Ranger, the good guy could shoot the gun from the bad guy’s hand every time.

        A made for TV film, The Shooter, had some fantasy shots performed by a fictitious Gunny Sgt…..great for movies but no way in real life.

        1. avatar LarryinTX says:

          Come on, pay attention. It’s the *Lone* Ranger, there are zillions of people out there now who don’t know there was no “Line” Ranger.

  6. avatar pwrserge says:

    Lord of War… Everybody in the movie acted just like what they were supposed to be, a borderline firearms illiterate assclown.

    1. avatar gargoil says:

      even though it was Nick Cage, that was a pretty good movie.

    2. avatar waffensammler98 says:

      Lord of War is one of my favorite films because the SJW types Hollywood usually pushes us to side with either die or get told to fvck off while reality laughs in their faces. Nick Cage isn’t even an actor I enjoy watching, and he absolutely nailed the role.

    3. avatar Jesus F Christ says:

      Lord of War was wonderful. Having traveled to far away places to shoot people and break things, I have seen the miracle that is life in some of the most picturesque market/bazaar free fire zones. Not uncommon to see a crate of rifles opened up and a salesman occasionally firing rounds in the air. Lord Of War gave a glimpse in to how things work.

    4. avatar BLAMMO says:

      “Let me guess. This isn’t about the alcohol or tobacco.”

  7. avatar waffensammler98 says:

    Most: probably Act of Valor because the cast had active duty SEALs who obviously had their shit wired tight, and they used live rounds. Honorable mention goes to John Milius’ work; Rough Riders, the original Red Dawn.

    Edit: John Wick, DUH.

    Least: I don’t even remember the title, but there was some WW2 movie from the 60’s. Filmed in Spain or Portugal because the “American” GI’s carried Spanish Cetme rifles. It was just plain silly looking.

    “Company of Heroes” on Netflix was godawful too. Protagonist carried a Gewehr 43 that had a weaver scope Bubba mounted. He manually racked the bolt after each shot. I lost it at the semi auto K98k complete with muzzle flash made in MS Paint.

  8. avatar Andrew says:

    Zulu for the best.

    Too many to list for the worst.

    1. avatar 16V says:

      “Never de less. Hello!”

  9. avatar JasonM says:

    I watched Black Hawk Down recently, and that looked pretty realistic.
    Guns didn’t click when they raised them.
    None of the M-16s and M-9s made the generic shotgun sound when loading.
    People got shot and didn’t fly across a room, or die instantly (except the headshots).
    Guns ran out of ammo.
    Gunshots caused hearing loss.
    Ejected brass was hot.
    Mike Durant’s MP-5 jumped as he shot it on full auto one-handed.

  10. avatar PeterK says:

    The Mummy.

    1. avatar Archangel187 says:

      The historical accuracy of the firearms in the Mummy is off the charts. Handling is good.

      My favorite is Collateral.

      Most ridiculous is Last Man Standing with Bruce Willis.

      1. avatar Trevor says:

        Collateral 100%

        1. avatar Manny says:

          Yeap. Hands up in front (“defensive” position), wait till the perp gets closer (to hold his hand/ gun in a safe direction while administering needed lead), point (no need to aim) and double tap the immediate threat, attend to the other threat without further delay. So far, so good but that last head shot (that looks cinematic and “cool”) in a DGU will cost you thousands in legal defense and 10 to 15 years in prison. Just saying.

        2. avatar CarlosT says:

          Point taken, but Vincent wasn’t approaching the situation from a DGU perspective. Also, he’d done a few other things to earn him some time already, so avoiding legal consequences were not exactly top of mind for him.

        3. avatar Skeptical_Realist says:

          “thousands in legal defense and 10 to 15 years in prison”

          LOL. VIncent was a contract assassin. At that point in the movie he had already murdered at least one, maybe two people, on just this one hit, which likely isn’t his first by a long shot.

          It also wasn’t a DGU. He confronted, escalated, and killed those two to get his case back. Legal costs and prison time aren’t even in his crosscheck.

      2. avatar Cubbie says:

        Especially “that” scene. If you’ve seen it, you know.

        1. avatar Will says:

          Specifically, That Scene.

          It’s simply one of my favorite gun scenes.

  11. avatar Jeremiah S. says:

    I’d say probably John Wick, Act of Valor or a lot of stuff directed by Michael Mann like Heat and Collateral. Most movies involving guns are pretty unrealistic though, so not sure if I would qualify them as believable.

  12. Young Guns and Lethal Weapon

    1. avatar Tommy Hobbes says:

      The Pacific War series on TV based on Eugene B. Sledge’s With the Old Breed at Pelleliu and Okinawa was grim and more than realistic. // Three Amigos had some fantasy shots that made it pure fiction and least credible.

      Chuck Connors in The Rifleman showed absolutely impossible shots from the hip….great for fantasy but not possible in real life.

    2. avatar Wood says:

      Did you see the size of that CHICKEN?!?

  13. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    Modern- Heat, John Wick, Taken (the Croatian bad guy house scene)

    Older- Saving Private Ryan.

    Western- The Long Riders.

    Worst? Geez. Anything with Ahnold. Especially Predator. Just how many rounds did that mini gun fire into the jungle?

    1. avatar Rokurota says:

      Saving Private Ryan is “older”? What does that make me?

      No, don’t answer.

      How about the original “True Grit” and “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance”?

      1. avatar Katy says:

        I believe it was a reference to the era depicted, not movie release date.

    2. avatar matty 9 says:

      “Aint got time to bleed”

    3. avatar Mark N. says:

      I was surprised I had to get this far down the list to find the movie that first popped into mind. Saving Private Ryan was pretty awesome. So was Fury for that matter.

      1. avatar Mark Horning says:

        SPR was ok. However, M1903 Springfields need to be reloaded. (in at least one scene more shots were fired from the 03 Sniper rifle than one holds.)

  14. avatar John E> says:

    Most realistic: Saving Private Ryan, Lone Survivor, John Wick

    Least Realistic: Wanted

    1. avatar RandallOfLegend says:

      Lone Survivor would be in my least realistic category. Including the scene where they all jump down the rocky side of a hill in their full kit.

      1. avatar JSW says:

        Their jumping off the cliff wasn’t a gun scene, so your critique doesn’t count. However, I will admit to a certain degree of incredulous disbelief when their scopes and rifles maintained accuracy after those leaps.

        In general, I thought most the gun handling and effects were extremely well done. A sharp comparison between “American” arms– M series– and “Communist” arms– AKs, etc.

        I don’t want to cast aspersions on SEaLS and especially the author, but I did find quite a bit of that movie a little over the top for believeability. Still, those men deserve our respect.

    2. avatar Mike in OK says:

      I know it’s not about gun handling, but the whole movie lost credibility for me when he rolled down the hill into a rattlesnake. They even had the rattle sound effect.

  15. avatar NJ2AZ says:

    Best: US Marshalls for hailing the glory of Glock and recognizing the pointlessness of nickel plated sissy pistols

    Worst, but still a lot of fun: Commando and its m16 with infinite ammo cheat code

    1. avatar rr says:

      Examples of “nickel plated sissy pistols”?

      1. avatar Stuart K says:

        I believe that’s a Tommy Lee Jones line in the movie.

        1. avatar Anner says:

          Referencing Robert Downey JR’s nickel or stainless beretta 92.

        2. avatar NJ2AZ says:

          i believe RDJ had Taurus PT945 in that movie

  16. avatar Rokurota says:

    L. A. Confidential — everyone was competent, but not slick, like they were just keeping their s#it together when the bullets flew. I like that a lot better than well-choreographed gun fu (although that is fun in its own right).

    Saving Private Ryan was also that way. Out of Sight, as well — Jennifer Lopez with an 870!

  17. avatar Nagurski says:

    Definitely Heat. There are so many little details they put in that add realism. The guys press checking their guns before going into a fight, characters bounding between cover during gunfights, the echos you hear reverberating though the streets, the cops shooting controlled pairs while the bank robbers are letting loose with full auto, people actually reloading. They had a scene where the cops were walking down a hallway and one of them kept on racking his shotgun. At first I though it was just more Hollywood gratuitous cocking until he pocketed all the ejected buckshot shells and loaded up with slugs because he was about to breech a door.

    1. avatar Mike says:

      Racking a shotgun to unload it is not a good way to do that. If you just put a finger in the loading port and press the side where the shell latch (I think it’s called) holds the round in the mag, and the round will pop out in your hand.

  18. avatar MLee says:

    There’s a few that come to mind. As mentioned, Saving Private Ryan but also Full Metal Jacket seemed rather realistic.

  19. avatar Random_Commenter says:

    It has been awhile, but “Heat” with Al Pacino & Robert De Niro.

    The big heist featured AR’s complete with feed ramp & stovepipe issues. I haven’t seen it since it came out. In the plot, maybe they were former abused MILSPEC weapons from the armory.

  20. avatar Model 31 says:

    Star Trek – First Contact
    Patrick Stewart in the holodeck

    1. avatar starfreak74 says:

      I lmao at your comment. Nice!

  21. avatar Ralph says:

    Worst: True Lies.

    A fun movie but the gun scenes were beyond dumb. The bouncing MAC-10 that magically fires itself, crossed thumbs on a Glock 19, shooting through a van right past the faces of two good guys without causing hearing loss, the list is endless.

    Best: They’ve mostly been mentioned, like Heat, John Wick and Collateral.

    Let me add: The Wild Bunch.

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:

      “Have you ever killed anybody?” “Well, yeah, but they were all BAD!”
      “I married Rambo!” has to be one of the funniest lines I ever heard in a movie.

    2. avatar Skeptical_Realist says:

      True Lies is an action movie, but is also a parody of Bond films.

      The gun handling was supposed to be unrealistic. IIRC, they had to do all kinds of mods and rigging to get that subgun to bounce fire down the stairs. Harry is a spy, but knows how to fly a Harrier, rides a convenient horse through a hotel, including a rooftop chase, and fires a bad guy on a missile through a building into a helo.

      They could’ve cast Leslie Nielson in the role, even giving him the same one-liners, and it still would’ve worked.

  22. avatar RocketScientist says:

    Cowboy Bebop – always impressed with the firearms realism in this series. They’re never just generic guns, always actual recognizable real guns. Oh cool, Spike’s using a Jericho 941! or Wow, check out that commander 1911! Also the handling, reloading, firing aspects all seem like someone who’s worked with a gun before was on the staff.

    1. avatar 80 D says:

      Ah yes, the great Cowboy Bebop!

  23. avatar Gov. William J. Le Petomane says:


  24. avatar Soccerchainsaw says:

    Star Wars
    For both categories.
    Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk.

  25. avatar Bernard says:

    Few random thoughts:
    Equilibrium had some of the corniest gun scenes in movies. Starts in 1:43

    Linda Hamilton did the best Sarah Connor, but I thought Emilia Clarke had really good trigger discipline.

    1. avatar FlamencoD says:

      I started to watch this movie on Netflix about 6 months ago. I couldn’t even get past the first scene where he shoots everyone in the dark. It looked terrible.

  26. avatar William says:

    The Mountain Men.

  27. avatar strych9 says:

    Pulp Fiction. Not only does it cover what happens when you hand someone of John Travolta’s intelligence a gun, it also covers SS&S.

    I just need to find someone like Monster Joe.

    Heat get’s an honorable mention for the main shootout. Instead of a soundtrack over it they used the real sound of the blanks. That’s why it sounds better than most movie shootouts.

    1. avatar Andrew Lias says:

      It would have been hillarious to have The Wolf be like “didn’t you guys follow the 4 rules?” Total inside joke, but regardless.

      1. avatar strych9 says:

        Marvin would have preferred if those rules were followed. I’m sure Winston Wolf would have had a very abrasive way of saying it too. Probably with sugar on top. ROFL!

  28. avatar Gabe says:

    Act of Valor has got to be the most realistic as someone mentioned. Real SEALs played the parts and were asked to make all the action as realistic as possible. Watching that feels more like you are right there in the mission than watching it on a screen.
    Saving Private Ryan is another good one.

  29. avatar the ruester says:

    This is the fiftieth time you’ve asked this question, and for the fiftieth time it’s “Stop, or My Mom Will Shoot!”

  30. avatar jim m says:

    The Wild Bunch and Heat for best .

  31. avatar Defens says:

    Way of the Gun
    Pvt. Ryan

    1. avatar Jeff the Griz says:

      Tombstone was an awesome movie. But realistic? The double barrel shotgun was over done and it’s been a bit I believe they had a few scenes where they had 6 or more shots in. The true cowboys carried 5.

  32. avatar BrooklynInDaHouse says:

    “Last man standing” with Bruce Willis. Along with every Die Hard movie.

  33. avatar fiun dagner says:

    Worst- im gonna get you sucka

  34. avatar BLoving says:

    Can’t believe I’m the only one to mention: Hard Target (Van Damme movie, forgive me) but reloading and running out of ammo was specifically written into the choreography. Gotta love that kind of attention to detail.

    1. avatar Andrew Lias says:

      Uggh, 45-70 or not I have a hard time believing that a snake’s head will explode when shot like that. That said Mythbusters me all you want on it.

      You remember Next of Kin at all? Been ages since I’ve seen that either.

  35. avatar RandallOfLegend says:

    Archer has been one of the few that actually covers ear ringing/hearing damage.

    1. avatar Red in CO says:

      Right? Glad someone finally mentioned that

  36. avatar Lee says:

    Zero Dark Thirty.
    John Wick.
    Lone Survivor and Shooter.

  37. avatar iowaclass says:

    Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead remake was something else. Not sure if it was the realest or the most unreal; you decide.

    Terminator was a great flick, but watch the police station sequence closely. Arnold is alternately firing a shotgun and a machinegun, and machinegun sounds are tracked over Arnold firing the shotgun.

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:

      You don’t know that, he was a magical machine from the future, and could carry multiple guns in each hand, probably!

  38. avatar Joe R. says:

    13 Hours was pretty good.

    “Tears of the Sun” had good ops in it.

    Zero dark Thirty

    Act of Valor

    Worst – Anything John Woo, Mission Impastable

  39. avatar tdiinva (now in Wisconsin} says:

    Top Gun. A different kind of gun but the air combat scenes were flown by trained aviators. Can’t get more realistic than that.

  40. avatar JR_in_NC says:

    You guys watch different movies than I do. No Asylum love in the comments yet?

    For very unrealistic firearms related scenes, try out THREE HEADED SHARK ATTACK or POSEIDON REX as good examples. Bask in the glory of just how bad it can be (the gun handling, I mean).

    There’s another one that was really laughable that I’m drawing a blank on the title. Had something like AR’s firing full auto with close-ups of the ejection ports with no brass coming out.

    Also, I think we watched one recently that had people shooting at a tornado trying to stop it. There are times that I wonder if the people making such movies really think a handgun could do that.

    1. avatar starfreak74 says:

      I know it wasn’t an AR, but I watched the original “Starship Troopers” the other day and there were definitely scenes with their rifles firing full auto with no brass being ejected.

      1. avatar JR_in_NC says:

        The one I’m thinking of was a really, really and I do mean REALLY low budget bad monster flick. I think the movie may have been a troll, though, and if so, in that meta sense it was well done.

        1. avatar jwm says:

          Low budget syfy flicks abound with bad gun handling and unrealistic gun use. One of the worst, I don’t know if I ever knew it’s name, was the good guys hunting the monster with break barrel pellet rifles. That had cgi muzzle flashes, poorly done, as they fired semi auto. It was beyond bad.

      2. avatar The Original JohnO says:

        Maybe the Starship Troopers had progressed to space-age combustible cartridges.

      3. avatar Scoutino says:

        Maybe in future they finally got the caseless ammo figured out?

  41. avatar michael says:

    Madmax fury road has some nice gun play. Especially the fight over the glock

  42. avatar michael says:

    Beasts of no nation is very realistic in its gun fights. Great movie, but paiful to watch at times

  43. avatar Lew says:


    If you get the movie reference, then you getting old..

  44. avatar acepeacemaker says:

    “Street Kings” was pretty good in the gun department.

  45. avatar Austin in MT says:

    Jack Reacher was very good. Not a ton of gun play in the movie, but what is is done right. Directed by Zach McQuarrie, same guy who directed Way of the Gun. He should get the guns right- his brother is a SEAL and does his technical consulting.

    1. avatar ACP_arms says:

      Thank you for bring up Jack Reacher, if you hadn’t I would have.

      1. avatar ACP_arms says:


  46. avatar Mark N. says:

    Worst gun movie I can recall at the moment–because I watched it a week ago–is Jane Got a Gun. Ever seen a Colt Walker loaded with cartridges, and carried in a holster? Or 1851 Navies? (Yes, there were cartridge conversions, but the ones you see close up are not–which hardly explains the cartridges in the belt holster. Redeckilus.

  47. avatar Mark N. says:

    No mention of Restrepo? You can’t get more realistic than the real thing.

    1. avatar TammyTommy Hobbes says:

      Excellent point. Restrepo was a skillful documentary. No actors. Real people. Kudos to the US troopers of the 173d Airborne Brigade.

    2. avatar anaxis says:

      Roger that, ghostrider.
      I remember when Saving Pvt. Ryan came out, there were WW2 veterans in the movie theater that were shaking & crying, and a couple walked out because it was so intense & realistic (who had actually landed on Omaha & Utah).

      Restrepo did the same thing to me; at one point, I had to go outside & chain-smoke until I calmed down enough to finish watching the film. Bomb Patrol Afghanistan is another one that makes my HR go up and squirt a few tears.

      But as for non-documentary realism, I’d have to go with The Pacific and Band of Brothers. Generation: Kill wasn’t that bad either.

      Most unrealistic gunfighting? Wanted & Equilibrium.

  48. avatar Alexander B. says:

    John Wick.

  49. avatar starfreak74 says:

    No one’s mentioned the Matrix? Both least and most… OK least, but it was a fun movie.

  50. avatar Bored383 says:

    Silence of the Lambs

    when Jodie Foster’s character kills Buffalo Bill at the end . . . that was a damn awesome display of revolver use.

  51. avatar DMJ747 says:


    13 hours


    Zero Dark

    Act of Valor

  52. avatar Chip in Florida says:

    This doesn’t fit into the Best/Worst category, just something you kinda notice and then can’t un-notice….

    Stargate (1994) had a scene where there was a bunch of soldiers getting ready to face the enemy. As the camera cuts to each of the soldiers you hear the click-clack of racking a round into the chamber. Basic foley, nothing exciting. And so far nothing to notice except a bunch of soldiers getting their rifles into a ready-to-fire configuration.

    And this is where the entertainment sets in…..

    The soldiers move forward into new positions and take up aim. And as they do, click-clack again.

    Some hand signals, some more movement, and….. as the camera shows each of the soldiers taking up their new position, they each get the click-clack of racking a round.

    Each soldier has racked a round into the chamber three or more times and not a single shot has been fired yet.

    Once you notice things like this in movies, you can’t un-notice them and you start to see this kind of mistake everywhere! Good or Bad Guy draws pistol from holster and you hear the click-clack noise in a lot of television shows, like somehow that is the sound a gun makes when drawn from a holster. Even laser-blasters in some movies make the same click-clack noise when handled.

    And just to be ‘that guy’ that ruins it for everyone… pay attention to any knife or sword being handled in any way… withdraw the katana from its scabbard…. shiiiing. Pull a knife out and run your thumb along the edge… shiiing. Even picking up a sword make a short shiiiing noise. If you were blind you could still tell when any kind of edged weapon was touched or handled in any way because of that shiiing noise.

    1. avatar SylvaPL says:

      Know what you mean. Once i saw short clip how theyre recording a sound of fight in chinese martial arts movie: guy with piece of cloth is watching movie and waves or stretch the cloth everytime when actor makes sudden move… After that nothing was the same, even Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan. Whenever i hear those sounds i imagine the “cloth man” working.

  53. avatar rob says:

    John Wick and Boondock Saints!!!

  54. avatar Arc says:

    Most realistic? Tears of The Sun but someone beat me to it.

    Most unrealistic… probably something like Arnold in Commando, or starwars, or something like F&F movies or something…

    1. avatar Ben says:

      The same tears of the sun with the aimpoint mounted backwards ??

  55. avatar formerwaterwalker says:

    I don’t have a best/worst list. As mentioned L.A. Confidential was great except Bud White wouldn’t survive being shot a kajillian times. I went and bought a pump shottie after watching the good guys. Arnold in Commando is silly but my favorite for body counts…

    1. avatar Button Gwinnett says:

      Bud White lived because Dudley Smith didn’t give him permission to die.

      BIG James Ellroy fan, here.

  56. avatar Jack Wagner says:

    The Sharknado series deserves an honorable mention….

    But seriously, movies like Act of Valor, Lone Survivor, and American Sniper are some of the best examples of real events that made an effort to provide realistic firearm manipulation.

    Keanu Reeves deserves credit for his role as John Wick too. The videos of his training with Taran Butler for the movies shows he put in some real work to play the role but I wouldn’t consider John Wick as a very good “real world” example.

  57. avatar FlamencoD says:

    While not a movie, I love the show ‘The Walking Dead’ on AMC, but it has some seriously unrealistic gun shooting scenes.

    1) In Season 2, Glenn is being driven back and forth on a field to shoot zombies at about 30-40 yards with a shotgun. He’s hitting every one of them in the forehead while driving on a bumpy grass field going about 20 mph, while hanging out a truck window.
    2) Nearly endless supply of shells in shotguns, I swear one of the characters stood shooting Zombies for like 2 minutes straight and only re-loaded his shotgun once or maybe twice (not sure on that one).
    2) Season 3: Close ups of semi auto pistols firing with no slide movement or recoil, and very fake looking muzzle blast as they are fighting into the prison.
    3) Every time someone raises a gun and points it at someone, even a striker fired pistol or an AR-15, it makes a click sound as if they cocked a hammer. But that is the same in nearly every movie or show ever produced. Guns always make a sound when raised.
    4) Rarely does someone shooting a zombie miss the forehead of a zombie, even with a pistol while on the move.
    5) I think early in the first episode Rick tells another cop to turn the safety off his gun, which appeared to be a Glock.
    6) Lots of shooting in close/tight spots, with no apparent discomfort due to the noise (although at one point while in a car Rick does tell the other passengers to cover their ears before he fires).

    That said, Rick is pretty good with his 6″ Colt Python most of the time. At one point he is teaching someone how to handle a firearm and does tell them one of the 4 rules, to keep the finger off the trigger until they are ready to fire. At least there’s that.

  58. avatar BDub says:

    American Gun maker: The John M. Browning story

  59. avatar Tim says:

    The Siege of Jadotville , on Netflix now
    Maxims, FN-FAL’s, Mat-49’s, well done movie

    1. avatar jim m says:

      I think so , too . Watched it this week .

    2. avatar Tim says:

      The Wind and The Lion, old movie, cool guns

      1. avatar MiamiC70 says:

        Great movie

  60. avatar Bud Harton says:

    John Wick and the Boondock Saints

    Keenu Reeve comes by the screen work honestly. Here he is shooting three gun:

    Saving Private Ryan and Blackhawk Down
    Zulu for pure realism and massive carnage
    “At 100 meters, volley fire…………present!…………!”

    In the early morning hours of February 2, 1968, I was manning an M60 machinegun on the flight line at Lai Kke, Vietnam which was the fire base and 3rd Brigade headquarters of the 1st infantry Division. Beginning at 1 AM or so on January 31, we started receiving heavy mortar and rocket fire. The rockets were 107mm, 122mm and 140mm and they had been doing devastating damage. We had already received over 2,000 rounds of incoming mortar and rocket fire and now we were waiting for a reported ground attack across the runway in anattempt to destroy our helicopters.
    We had just watched ‘ZULU’ shown on a white sheet not three weeks before and it had been so popular that we saw it three nights straight.

    So there we were , all lined up for a human wave attack, surrounded by burning equipment and the exploding ammo dump. It was an incredibly tense few movements and then, clear as a bell, we suddenly heard someone shout, “AT 100 HUNDRED METERS….VOLLEY FIRE…PRESENT!!!!”

    The ensuing laughter along the line, bunker to bunker, some borderline hysterical, was a moment I have relived a thousand times since. Here’s the final attack on YouTube:

    and favorite western shootout was Duvall and Kostner in Open Range at the end of the movie. If you haven’t seen it, the entire movie is on YouTube:

    1. avatar Missouri Mule says:

      Ten four!

    2. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

      The end of Open Range starts off great the way the bad guys needed a moment to think about what they just saw after their bad ass buddy got his head blown off, which I thought was very realistic. And then Kevin Costner shoots a third guy and that .45 bullet throws him right off his feet. Then he continues to shoot 16 rounds out of that Peacemaker including a 9 round fanning fest he opens up on one guy. The rest of the battle was pretty realistic though.

  61. avatar Missouri Mule says:

    “Open Range” They actually reloaded!

  62. avatar McBell says:

    Hands Down: Act of Valor. Real Seals, Real Bullets, No retakes.

  63. avatar AR says:

    A Midnight Clear
    Quigley Down Under
    Seven Samurai (matchlocks)
    The Comencheros
    Winchester ’73

    1. avatar jwm says:

      The comancheros took place when Texas was an independent republic. Mid 1830’s to mid 1840’s. But the actors carried Colt SAA’s, Winchester repeating rifles and at least one 1866 Remington derringer.

      This was a common failing of the Duke’s westerns. Pre and civil war era movies using guns from a later generation.

  64. avatar TommyJay says:

    Yes to Heat (haven’t seen it in a long while) and John Wick (just saw it again).

    Here’s a couple weird ones: Good, “No Country for Old Men”; Bad, “Blood Simple.”
    Blood Simple’s plot is based on the fate of a revolver loaded with only 3 rounds, but they switch props between a Harrison 32 and Smith 38 with a sawed-off trigger guard. Great movie though, if you don’t care about gun details.

    Not a movie, but the series “Strike Back” is an orgy of gun fights and I think they tried hard for realism, but I’m not knowledgeable enough to know if they hit that mark.

  65. avatar Wood says:

    Quigley Down Under!

    1. avatar MiamiC70 says:

      Just saw it again great movie and I agree with you.

  66. avatar DCJ says:

    Open Range is an overall great movie. As good as the shootout was, there are a couple of flubs. In the initial throw down, Costner fan fires his revolver no less than eight times into one guy. And of course there is the scene where Duval shoots a guy through the wall with his shotgun and blows the guy across the alleyway. Still a great movie. I love hearing those big slow bullets moving along.

    What about “The Town”? I’m no gun/gunfight expert but it all seemed very good, much like “Heat”

  67. avatar pcb_duffer says:

    Devil In A Blue Dress. Easy (Denzel Washington) hiding and trying to figure out what to do next. Mouse (Don Cheadle) and his pistol at the end; guys who are shot in the chest don’t simply fall down.

  68. avatar Killjoy says:

    The kingdom. Best single gun fight ever

  69. avatar Fred Frendly says:

    “The Objective” was believable because it had an actual operator in the cast. Most of the movies nowadays are actually trying to be accurate with their gun handling, unlike not too long ago when the Die Hard never reload endless magazine stuff was de rigeur.

    Just remember, the same Hollywood people who bring you all this flat screen gun excitement want to take your guns away in reality. Because only the elites should have access to “weapons of war.”

  70. avatar Cesare says:

    To Live and Die in LA, the shoot out at the end during the failed arrest close to the end is about as real as it gets and an excellent reminder that simply because you get a lethal hit it doesn’t necessarily mean your enemy will expire in a timely fashion.

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      “To Live and Die in LA”

      Oh, yeah. “Jack.”

  71. avatar Manny says:

    Worst shooting scene of all times.

  72. avatar Hugo says:

    Open Range…great gun fight scene at the end…Costner and Duvall take on a gang of not so bad asses.

  73. avatar Steve says:

    Once I saw Kiefer Sutherland (’24’) shoot with his left hand cupped under the grip.

  74. avatar Antonio says:

    Lone survivor was pretty accurate, they had suppressors on their m4’s and it didn’t make the tipical “silencer pew” noise lol

  75. avatar robg says:

    One of my all time favorites ” Unforgiven”. Maybe someone else mentioned it, I got tired of scrolling.

    1. avatar Wood says:

      It was true, that unarmed man shoulda armed hisself.

  76. avatar Oldshooter says:

    I think the Tom cruise movie “Collateral” and “Act of Valor” were the most realistic I’ve seen to date. Hard to say what was the worst-there are so many!

    1. avatar Tommy Hobbes says:

      Les not forget Jimmy Cagney in Public Enemy Number 1.

  77. avatar Anonymous says:

    The kingdom

  78. avatar MacFhearguis says:

    True Detective has a decent one…

  79. avatar Roymond says:

    The Matrix movies win, because they can blame anything that’s not actually up to snuff on the machines who programmed the Matrix.

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