The Way of the Gun

Last update at 03 · 03 · by milo

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The Way of the gun is one of the best portrayals of firearms in movies. Christopher McQuarrie’s brother was a Navy SEAL and served as an advisor.

Unlike many movies with action-packed gunfights, every round fired in The Way of the Gun (by Christopher McQuarrie) is accounted for and all characters reload when appropriate.

Exception of one sequence in the brothel courtyard where Parker and Longbaugh fire dozens of rounds in rapid succession without pausing to reload: an intentional sort of fun tribute to classic action movies.

The rifle used be Benicio Del Toro at the motel and in the brothel was an Isreali made Galil in 7.62mm. The handguns used by Parker (played by Ryan Phillippe) and Longbaugh were Colt MK IV Series 70 Government Models in 9mm for ease of use with blanks. The handguns used by the bodyguards were H&K USP 9’s. The Revolvers were Taurus Model 85 .38 Specials. The shotgun was a Remington 870 12 gauge.

Christopher McQuarrie

The Way Of The Gun

When their long guns run out of ammo, Parker and Longbaugh are seen sweeping them behind their strong side to access their handguns. About the time the film was made most tactical instructors began looping their three point slings over the weak side shoulder so that when released, the gun would tilt over to the weak side and enable an easier draw of the back-up handgun. Now, many prefer a simple two point sling rigged the same way, which enables better movement and fewer entanglements.

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