Die Hard 2 is the 1990 sequel to 1988's Die Hard. Bruce Willis returns as John McClane, now a lieutenant with the LAPD who this time finds himself trapped in Washington D.C.'s Dulles International Airport during Christmas week when mercenaries take over the airport's instrument landing system and threaten to bring down incoming passenger jets (one of which is carrying McClane's wife) unless a deposed military dictator on his way to the United States is allowed to be freed upon his landing. Directed by Renny Harlin, the film encountered some controversy at the time of its release due to its vivid depiction of an airline disaster as well as its (unrealistic) depiction of a firearm that would be able to pass through an airport metal detector. The film was released in some video formats under the title Die Hard 2: Die Harder.
The following weapons were used in the film Die Hard 2:
WARNING! THIS PAGE CONTAINS SPOILERS!
Instead of the Beretta 92F carried in the original Die Hard, Lieutenant John McClane (Bruce Willis) carries the improved Beretta 92FS as his sidearm in this film. The Dulles Airport Police, including Chief Carmine Lorenzo (Dennis Franz) carry the Beretta 92FS. US Army Major Grant (John Amos) also uses a 92FS.
The Beretta 92FS used by Bruce Willis in this film was originally purchased by Cinema Weaponry for Lethal Weapon 2; it subsequently appeared in the next four entries in the Die Hard franchise. Unlike the Beretta 92F used in the first film, the slide release on the 92FS was not extended for Bruce Willis, though the magazine release was reversed to accommodate Willis (who is left-handed).
Beretta 92FS - 9x19mm. The weapon pictured here is the actual screen used Beretta carried and fired by Bruce Willis
in this film and in Die Hard with a Vengeance
. Note that the magazine release is no longer reversed for left-handed shooters, since this gun was used by many other actors in other films and TV series.
LAPD Detective Lt. John McClane (Bruce Willis
) draws his Beretta 92FS when he confronts Marvin, the janitor (Tom Bower
McClane loses his Beretta on a luggage conveyor belt during a shootout in the airport baggage area. Unlike the Beretta 92F used in the first film, the slide release on the 92FS was not extended for Bruce Willis, though the magazine release was reversed to accommodate Willis.
Miller (Vondie Curtis-Hall
) appears to hold McClane's Beretta after the shootout in the airport baggage area.
LAPD Detective Lt. John McClane fires his Beretta 92FS
at Stuart's men during the skywalk ambush.
McClane loads a fresh magazine into his Beretta 92FS. Note the reversed magazine release, a user-customisable feature introduced on the FS model.
Closeup of McClane's Beretta on the floor of the skywalk.
McClane checks the load of his Beretta 92FS before going to intercept Gen. Ramon Esperanza (Franco Nero
A close-up of the grip of the Beretta 92FS in McClane's waistband.
McClane fires his Beretta 92FS during a shootout on the tarmac.
LAPD Sergeant Al Powell (Reginald VelJohnson
) appears to now carry a Beretta as he receives a phone call from McClane.
An empty Beretta 92FS in the hand of a dead SWAT officer after the Annex skywalk shootout. Note that the empty shell casings on the floor seem to be a mix of crimped-nose blanks and empty shells from live rounds.
Major Grant fires his Beretta 92FS during the shootout at the church.
Carmine Lorenzo (Dennis Franz
) checks the load in his Beretta 92FS as he gets his officers ready.
Major Grant (John Amos
) searches for McClane on the wing of the 747 with his Beretta 92FS drawn.
Colonel Stuart (William Sadler) and the mercenaries under his command use Glock pistols as their sidearms. This is one of the earliest appearances of the Glock in a major Hollywood film (it had just been featured in 1989's Johnny Handsome). While the handguns seen in the film appear to be the Glock 17 model, in a now-notorious scene early in the film, McClane (Bruce Willis) identifies the handgun to Chief Lorenzo (Dennis Franz) as a "Glock 7," (no such model exists) and recites a string of inaccuracies, describing it as "a porcelain gun made in Germany that doesn't show up on your airport metal detectors and costs more than you make in a month."
The most glaring misconception is that the weapon is undetectable to the X-Ray machines at the airport, while in reality, Glock never produced such a handgun. In fact, 83.7% (by weight) of the Glock pistol is normal ordnance steel and the "plastic" parts are a dense polymer known as "Polymer 2", which is radio-opaque and is therefore visible to X-ray security equipment. In addition, virtually all of these "plastic" parts contain embedded steel not to make the firearms "detectable", but to increase functionality and shooting accuracy. Contrary to popular movies like Die Hard 2, neither Glock nor any other gun maker has ever produced a "porcelain", "ceramic" or "plastic" firearm which is undetectable by ordinary security screening devices. Even if a pistol that was completely undetectable by either X-ray machines or metal detectors were to be developed, the ammunition inside would still be detectable. Another mistake is the claim the Glocks are made in Germany when in reality, they are manufactured in Austria.
When Glock pistols were first introduced to the U.S. market, they were promoted as being lightweight because of their extensive use of non-metallic components. This generated controversy from people fearing that this would make them easier to conceal from metal detectors and X-ray devices - hence the scene in the movie. However, as described, the scenario shown in the film is pure Hollywood fiction. Armorer Mike Papac, whose company Cinema Weaponry supplied all of the firearms used in Die Hard 2, has commented, "I remember when we did that scene, I tried to talk them out of it. There's no such thing as a gun invisible to metal detectors, and there shouldn't be, but they wouldn't budge. They had it written into the script and that was that."
A Generation 1 Glock 17 in 9x19mm.
Baker (Tony Ganios
) pulls his suppressed Glock on the custodian in the church.
Sgt. Oswald Cochrane (John Costelloe
) holds his Glock 17 as he searches for McClane during the confrontation in the baggage handling area.
Colonel Stuart puts his Glock to Miller's head to threaten him for his failure, and pulls the trigger, but the gun clicks empty. Note the milled ejection port, which is part of the blank-fire conversion process.
O'Reilly puts his Glock 17 to Barnes's head while also holding a Heckler & Koch MP5K in his left hand.
In a deleted scene, O'Reilly eliminates some painters with a suppressed Glock. Note the "stovepipe" jam.
General Ramon Esperanza (Franco Nero) is seen with a blued M1911A1 while onboard the military plane transporting him to the States. He then is seen using it to fire at McClane.
Colt M1911A1 Pistol - Commercial Model known as the "Colt Government Model" - .45 ACP. This has a deep Colt factory blued finish, common for commercial variants.
Esperanza holds an M1911A1 to the pilot's head.
Esperanza picks up the snow-covered M1911A1 before leaving the plane.
Esperanza (Franco Nero
) with the empty M1911A1. Note the blued finish.
Smith & Wesson Model 19
Several airport police officers throughout the film carry Smith & Wesson Model 19 revolvers as their sidearms.
Smith & Wesson Model 19 - .357 Magnum
An airport police officer pulls a Model 19 on McClane in the baggage handling area.
Dulles officers draw their revolvers after McClane opens fire with the MP5A3.
Heckler & Koch MP5A5
Colonel Stuart (William Sadler) uses a Heckler & Koch MP5A5 as his main weapon throughout the movie. (IMFDB previously misidentified this weapon as an MP5A3, but Blu-ray screen captures indicate that Stuart's MP5 has the 4-position Navy trigger group which characterizes the A5 variant.)
Heckler and Koch MP5A5 - 9x19mm. Same as the MP5A4 but with a telescoping stock. Both the A4 & A5 variants have the additional option for '3 round burst' on the selector.
Colonel Stuart (William Sadler
) picks up his Heckler & Koch MP5A5 after making contact with the C-130 flown by Esperanza.
Colonel Stuart with his MP5A5 on the tarmac after McClane escapes the exploding C-130. Visible in this image is the 4-position Navy lower receiver, the distinguishing feature of the MP5A5.
Stuart observes the fight between Major Grant and John McClane on the plane's wing with his Heckler & Koch MP5A5.
Heckler & Koch MP5A3
Garber (Don Harvey) carries a Heckler & Koch MP5A3 fitted with a scope. Like the other MP5 variants used by Stuart's men, it also has two magazines taped together 'jungle style'. McClane later commandeers Garber's MP5A3 and uses it to fire at Captain Carmine Lorenzo to prove a point about the firefight between Stuart's men and Major Grant's unit. During the film, MP5 magazines filled with live ammunition are seen being switched for magazines filled with blanks.
Note: One cannot simply switch between blanks rounds and live rounds in an Heckler & Koch MP5A3/MP5K or an M16A1 as seen in the movie. All firearms that 'autoload', i.e. are either semiautomatic or fully automatic, must be blank adapted in order to cycle. This does not apply to revolvers or other manually operated firearms like pump shotguns or lever/bolt action rifles. If a gun like an MP5 has been firing blanks, one cannot just switch magazines and start firing live rounds. The blank adapter (which restricts the barrel down to anywhere from 50% to 75% of the original barrel interior) would have to be removed or else the first live round would blow up the firearm.
Heckler & Koch MP5A3 - 9x19mm
Garber (Don Harvey
) fires his scoped Heckler & Koch MP5A3 out of the church window.
The Heckler & Koch MP5A3
lies in the snow after it is dropped by McClane during the snowmobile firefight.
A closeup of the MP5A3 fired by McClane in the airport security office. This is not a recommended method for proving if your weapon is loaded with blank ammunition - at this range, even blanks could cause serious harm to Captain Lorenzo.
McClane unloads the MP5A3 and then throws it on the floor (undoubtedly to the chagrin of armorer Mike Papac, behind the scenes).
Heckler & Koch MP5K
Heckler & Koch MP5K submachine guns are the main weapons used by Stuart's men. Many of them have two mags taped together 'jungle style' with blank & live ammo, same as the aforementioned MP5s. During the skywalk shootout, a few of the MP5Ks are actually converted Heckler & Koch SP89s (see below).
Heckler & Koch MP5K - 9x19mm
O'Reilly (Robert Patrick
) about to finish off Leslie Barnes (Art Evans
) with a Glock 17 while also holding a Heckler & Koch MP5K. The paddle mag release is seen in this shot. Being left handed, the actor Robert Patrick uses his strong arm to steady the SMG.
A closeup of the cocking handle being racked on a Heckler & Koch MP5K as Mulkey (Ken Baldwin
) clears a jam. Here the S-E-F trigger group can be clearly seen.
Mulkey (Ken Baldwin
) takes cover with his Heckler & Koch MP5K while clearing a jam. Though faint, the S-E-F polymer lower receiver and paddle mag release can both be seen in this shot. Trivia: The MP5K used by Ken Baldwin jammed repeatedly firing blanks while filming this scene, so his angry outbursts (including the many instances where he curses at the gun) were unscripted and genuine expressions of frustration.
Kahn (Tom Verica
) with a Heckler & Koch MP5K while on the tarmac. Here is a clear shot of the polymer lower receiver.
Kahn loads jungle-taped magazines filled with blanks into his MP5K prior to the shootout at the church.
Heckler & Koch SP89 (mocked up as MP5K)
During the shootout on the annex skywalk, at least one of the MP5Ks used by the terrorists is actually a Heckler & Koch SP89 fitted with an MP5K vertical grip and converted to full-auto to resemble an MP5K. Apparently, the armorer didn't have enough genuine MP5Ks to use when the scene was filmed. Due to a continuity error, both O'Reilly (Robert Patrick) and the terrorist on the scaffolding start out using the SP89 during the shootout, but are later seen with actual MP5Ks.
Heckler & Koch SP89 converted to full auto fire and made to look like an MP5K - 9x19mm. Note lack of paddle magazine release and push-pin lower receiver.
One of Stuart's mercenaries fires a Heckler & Koch SP89
during the Annex skywalk shootout. The all-metal lower receiver and absence of a paddle magazine release are clearly visible here, indicating that this is a converted SP89 and not the MP5K he is seen using later in the shootout.
One of the mercs disguised as a painter fires his weapon at McClane.
The same mercenary kills a SWAT officer with his SP89. He later has an actual MP5K (when he reloads the gun, it clearly has the SEF lower).
O'Reilly (Robert Patrick
) fires the SP89 at the SWAT team. This weapon is recognizable as the SP89 by the lack of a paddle magazine release. He later has a real MP5K when he confronts Barnes.
During the shootout on the Annex Skywalk, one of the SWAT officers can be seen carrying an Ithaca 37 shotgun with shell holder on the stock.
Ithaca Model 37 riot version - 12 gauge
An airport SWAT officer armed with an Ithaca 37 fitted with shell holders.
The same SWAT officer lies dead with the shotgun at his side. This is actually an Ithaca 37, identifiable by the barrel retention lug at the magazine tube.
The M16A1 is used by the Dulles Airport SWAT team. It is also used by most soldiers in the "Blue Light" Special Forces unit led by Major Grant (John Amos).
M16A1 with 30-round magazine - 5.56x45mm
The leader of the Dulles SWAT unit is killed while holding his M16A1. His comrades are also armed with M16A1s.
An airport SWAT officer firing an M16A1 during the shootout.
One of the SWAT officers kills a terrorist with his M16A1...
...but he is quickly killed by another terrorist, dropping his rifle.
Major Grant's men follow him to a meeting. The soldier nearest to the camera has an M16A1
M16 (Colt AR-15 SP1)
At least one of Major Grant's men carries an original M16 (or a Colt AR-15 SP1 converted to auto) that is fitted with an M16A1 flash hider. This weapon is meant to stand in for a genuine M16A1.
M16 (aka SP1) with 30 Round magazine and M16A1 flash hider - 5.56x45mm
One of Major Grant's men stands at attention holding an original M16.
Colt AR-15 Sporter II
When Major Grant (John Amos) and the "Blue Light" unit show up at Dulles, several of the soldiers carry what appear to be Colt AR-15 Sporter II (SPII) rifles, fitted with M16A2-style hand guards, that have been converted to full-auto. They can be recognized as AR-15 SPIIs by the "slab side" lower receiver (visible in several shots). These are meant to stand in for the M16A2.
Colt AR-15 Sporter II (SPII) with M16A2 hand guards - 5.56x45mm
The soldier behind Major Grant has an AR-15 Sporter II with A2 style handguards.
While driving to the church, one of Major Grant's men prepares to load a magazine into his AR-15 SP II. The slab-side lower receiver is clearly visible here.
Major Grant and his men greet Stewart and his men at the 747 hanger. The soldier on the far left has another AR-15 SP II.
When Baker and Thompson show up at the church and are knocking on the door, the custodian is watching a news broadcast of Esperanza's extradition, and a Browning M2HB heavy machine gun is glimpsed on the TV.
A Browning M2HB is seen on a broadcast that the church custodian is watching when Stuart's men arrive.
M26 Hand Grenade
In attempt to kill McClane after securing Esperanza, Colonel Stuart (William Sadler) and his men throw M26 hand grenades into the cockpit of the plane McClane is in, but luckily for McClane, he manages to escape the cockpit using the pilot's ejector seat before the grenades detonate. The grenades seen in the film (especially in closeup) are in reality dummy training grenades meant to represent the M26 style grenade (as evidenced by the obviously 'rough' cast iron and no MFG markings). In typical Hollywood fashion, the hand grenades create explosions far in excess of their power (mockingly called nuclear hand grenades by some prop masters). Also noteworthy, the M26, at maximum, has a seven second fuse delay, and it takes over half a minute for McClane to eject himself from the time the first grenade enters the cockpit.
M26 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
Several M26 hand grenades land near McClane in the cockpit. Note the lack of MFG markings.