While being a film from a time before “The Rock” really became “The Rock”, the movie The Rundown seems to have been largely forgotten however I think it’s a movie with some pretty interesting firearms and firearm manipulation. I’m not aware of any other film where the protagonist tears up a town of henchmen with akimbo pump-action shotguns.
Movie Guns @ TFB:
Desert Eagle Mark VII
In the intense showdown within the town, Cornelius Hatcher, portrayed by Christopher Walken, brandishes a gleaming nickel-plated Desert Eagle Mark VII chambered in .44 Magnum. However, his attempts to unleash its firepower are repeatedly thwarted as he is constantly disarmed, rendering him unable to discharge a single round.
In the town shootout, several of Hatcher’s henchmen are armed with Walther P38s as their chosen sidearms. Amid the chaotic firefight, Beck (portrayed by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) seizes a Walther P38, along with a Tokarev TT-33, to neutralize Hatcher’s formidable enforcers.
During the bar brawl, Beck decides to disarm two of Hatcher’s enforcers, relieving them of their Colt M1911A1 pistols. However, driven by his resolve to avoid causing harm to others, Beck promptly unloads both pistols before making his escape from the scene. Meanwhile, Travis Walker (played by Seann William Scott) briefly wields one of these Colt M1911A1 pistols and fires it during the ensuing town shootout.
Smith & Wesson Model 10
During the intense town shootout, Travis, portrayed by Seann William Scott, acquires a Smith & Wesson Model 10 equipped with a heavy barrel. He effectively employs this firearm as he becomes involved in the firefight.
Webley Mk IV
Hatcher, portrayed by Christopher Walken, and his henchmen primarily rely on Webley Mk IV revolvers as their sidearms of choice.
Remington 870 Shotgun
Hatcher’s men are armed with Remington 870 shotguns in the film. Towards the climax of the movie, Beck takes two Remington 870 shotguns, one with wooden furniture and the other with synthetic furniture, wielding them akimbo style during the intense shootout. He performs some flashy and visually striking actions with the shotguns, such as twirling them under his arms to pump the actions, which, although impressive in the film, are challenging to execute in reality. Beck also shoulders both shotguns simultaneously to fire them effectively and holds them together to pump the actions in a dynamic and cinematic display of firepower.
Springfield Armory M1A
Hatcher’s men are armed with scoped Springfield Armory M1A rifles during the shootout in the town. It’s worth noting that these are distinct from M14 rifles as they lack the selector switch. In a remarkable display of strength and agility, Beck seizes one of these rifles and fires it one-handed, despite its hefty weight of approximately 9 pounds.
Hatcher’s men are equipped with Norinco NDM-86 rifles, which they use to unleash a barrage of fire from the rooftops within the town. Notably, the distinctive angular shape of the magazine is a telltale sign that these are indeed Norinco NDM-86 rifles. These Chinese-made rifles are clones of the SVD Dragunov but differ in that they are chambered in .308 Winchester as opposed to the original 7.62x54mmR cartridge.
Both the guerrillas and Hatcher’s men in the town shootout are armed with SKS rifles. The SKS is a widely recognized semi-automatic rifle that has seen extensive use in various conflicts and is known for its reliability and simplicity so it makes sense to see them in the hands of the guerrillas.
Norinco SKS Sporter
Mariana, portrayed by Rosario Dawson, wields a Norinco SKS Sporter rifle in the film. These rifles are designed to accept actual AK magazines, distinguishing them from the aftermarket detachable magazines commonly associated with SKS rifles. The presence of the thumbhole stock in the screenshot indicates that it’s indeed an SKS Sporter, as opposed to the SKS-M, which typically features a straight stock with detachable magazines.
M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle
Hatcher’s men in the film are armed with M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifles, also known as BARs. While these rifles were indeed considered obsolete by modern standards, they were still used in various capacities by some military and paramilitary forces, even in more contemporary settings. In the context of the film, their usage might be attributed to the availability of surplus firearms or simply as a stylistic choice to give the characters a distinctive and imposing appearance.
Hatcher’s men in the film have Rheinmetall MG3 machine guns mounted on various dune buggies. The MG3 is a well-known general-purpose machine gun that has seen extensive use in various military and paramilitary applications, and its presence on dune buggies in the film would certainly provide a significant firepower advantage to the characters using them.
Cobray M79LF flare launcher
In the film, Martin, played by Paul S. Power, uses a Cobray M79LF flare launcher to shoot Beck with less-lethal bean bags outside the nightclub. This is a departure from the typical depiction of the Cobray M79LF, which is often portrayed as an explosive grenade launcher. In this instance, it’s used to deliver non-lethal force, highlighting its versatility as a launcher platform for various types of ammunition.
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