Con Air

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Con Air (1997)

Con Air is a 1997 action film starring Nicolas Cage as a former US Army Ranger who after serving his time in prison for a fight that resulted in a death, finds himself on a prison plane that has been skyjacked by the other convicts aboard. The film was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Simon West, and the cast includes John Malkovich, John Cusack, and Ving Rhames.

The following weapons were used in the film Con Air:



SIG-Sauer P226

The prison guards, U.S. Marshals and DEA agents arm themselves with SIG-Sauer P226 handguns. The convicts use several P226s captured from the guards, most notably Cyrus "The Virus" Grissom (John Malkovich), who steals the co-pilot's SIG-Sauer from him after he removed it from the lock box and uses it for much of the film.

SIG-Sauer P226 9mm.
Mack the Co-pilot (Martin McSorley) removes a SIG-Sauer P226 from the lock box.
Cyrus holds the P226 on the pilot (Fredric Lehne).
Cyrus points the P226 at Guard Falzon (Steve Eastin).
Cyrus fires the P226.
Deputy Marshal Starkey (Dylan Haggerty) at the airport readies his P226 when informed the plane guards are disguised convicts.
Nathan "Diamond Dog" Jones (Ving Rhames) holds the SIG "gangsta"-style.
DEA Agent Duncan Malloy (Colm Meaney) opens fire with his SIG.
Nathan "Diamond Dog" Jones (Ving Rhames) dual-wields the SIG pistols.
"Make a move and the bunny gets it." Cyrus holds the P226.

Beretta 92SB

A Beretta 92SB pistol is seen held by a cartel member, noted by its rounded trigger guard.

Beretta 92SB 9mm.
The cartel member also wields a Beretta 92SB.

Colt Woodsman "Assassin" Model

One of the cartel members (Thomas Rosales Jr.) uses a Colt Woodsman with both a modified slide and barrel to thread a suppressor, commonly known as the "Assassin" model. Cameron Poe (Nicolas Cage) comments that the cons would hear the shot, so he threads a suppressor on it. When Poe dispatches all the cartel members, he takes the gun for his own use, before dropping it diving from an explosion.

The Cartel member points the Colt Woodsman Assassin at Poe. Poe comments that the gun would be heard, so he threads a suppressor on it.
"Well, hooray for the sounds of f****** silence!"
The cartel member with the suppressed Colt Woodsman Assassin before Larkin breaks up the standoff.
Poe points the Colt Woodsman at Larkin.

Glock 17

Deputy US Marshal Vince Larkin (John Cusack) carries a Glock 17 2nd generation as his issued sidearm.

Glock 17 9mm.
Larkin holds his Glock on Poe.
Larkin readies his Glock while on a police bike in Vegas.
When his Glock runs empty, Larkin simply tosses it away. Apparently he forgot to bring any spare magazines with him. He also forgets that a real U.S. Marshal would never carelessly discard his weapon in a public place for some bystander to pick up.

Seecamp LWS-32

The undercover DEA agent Willie Sims (José Zuñiga) is slipped a Seecamp LWS-32 .32 ACP pistol before boarding the plane, which he draws before being killed by Cyrus.

Seecamp LWS-32 .32 ACP.
Malloy (Colm Meaney) slips a LWS-32 in the sock of DEA agent Sims (José Zuñiga).
Sims (José Zuñiga) holds Joe 'Pinball' Parker (Dave Chappelle) hostage with the LWS-32.
A close up of the LWS-32.
The LWS-32 falls to the floor when Cyrus (John Malkovich) shoots Sims.


Remington 870

Corrections officers carry Remington 870s when the cons are being loaded onto the plane. Several 870s are also included in the arsenal located in the belly of the aircraft and are later broken out by the convicts.

Remington 870 Police Shotgun - 12 gauge.
Corrections officers armed with Remington 870s as Nathan 'Diamond Dog' Jones (Ving Rhames) walks to the plane.
A corrections officer armed with an 870 as the the bus approaches.
Cyrus hands out Remington 870s from the weapons stash.



The cons take several M16A2 assault rifles from the weapons stash. The rifles fire fully-automatic, which means that they are actually M16A2 upper receivers placed on full-auto lower M16A1 receivers, typical of all Hollywood "M16A2" rifles. This is even evident visually in some of the closeups.

M16A2/A3 5.56x45mm.
Cyrus aims down his M16A2 hybrid gun.
Diamond Dog firing his M16A2. Note the M16A1 Lower receiver coupled with the A2 upper receiver.
Cyrus shoots out a plane door lock with the M16A2 on full auto, showing it is a fully-automatic gun.

Rubber M16 prop

When Cyrus throws down his empty M16A2, it changes to a rubber prop featuring the M16A1 style sights and lacking a forward assist, shell deflector, and magazine fencing. This means that the prop was mostly likely cast from a civilian AR15 Sporter-1 rifle fitted with A2-style handguards.

The rubber prop M16 bounces on the ground.

M16A1 (With A2 handguards)

The National Guardsmen, Deputy US Marshals, and Corrections officers are armed with M16A1 rifles fitted with M16A2 handguards. Actually these rifles are M16A1 barreled uppers with A2 handguards, however, the lower receivers are the original slab sided M16s.

M16A1 with A2 handguards 5.56x45mm.
Deputy US Marshal armed with an M16A1 with A2 handguard.
National Guardsmen armed with M16A1s.

Submachine Guns

Skorpion SA

A cartel member (Eddie Pérez) dual-wields a Skorpion SA alongside a Beretta 92SB in the hangar at the bone yard.

Skorpion SA Vz 61 .32 ACP.
A cartel member holds the Skorpion in his left hand while in a standoff with Poe.
The Skorpion on the ground before Poe kicks it away.


Defense Technologies 1315 37mm

When Cyrus (John Malkovich) takes the guns out of the weapons hold, a few of the cons use DefTech 1315 37mm launchers, inaccurately portrayed as HE grenade launchers.

Defense Technologies 1315 37mm.
Diamond Dog (Ving Rhames) loads a dummy 37mm grenade in the Def Tech 1315 (note the blue ring).
Diamond Dog readies the 1315 launcher.
A con fires the 1315 launcher.
Closeup of Diamond Dog firing the 1315 launcher.

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