Die Hard with a Vengeance

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Die Hard with a Vengeance
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Theatrical Release Poster
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Directed by John McTiernan
Release Date 1995
Studio Cinergi Pictures
Distributor Twentieth Century Fox
Main Cast
Character Actor
John McCLane Bruce Willis
Simon Gruber Jeremy Irons
Zeus Carver Samuel L. Jackson
NYPD Detective Joe Lambert Graham Greene
NYPD Detective Connie Kowalski Colleen Camp
NYPD Inspector Walter Cobb Larry Bryggman
NYPD Detective Ricky Walsh Anthony Peck

Die Hard with a Vengeance is the third installment in the Die Hard film series. The 1995 sequel finds John McClane (Bruce Willis) having to collaborate with a reluctant store owner (Samuel L. Jackson) as they are forced to race through Manhattan completing specific tasks or else a terrorist named Simon (Jeremy Irons) will detonate bombs planted throughout the city. Helmed by original Die Hard director John McTiernan, the film encountered unfortunate timing with the tragic bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City earlier that year.

The following weapons were used in the film Die Hard with a Vengeance:




Beretta 92FS

As in Die Hard 2, NYPD Detective Lieutenant John McClane (Bruce Willis) carries a Beretta 92FS as his sidearm, despite the fact that the Beretta is not an authorized firearm by the NYPD. The Beretta is first seen as it is given back to McClane once he is reinstated. He uses it several times throughout the movie, most notably pulling it when surrounded by Simon's men in an elevator and firing it while driving a Mercedes to kill a pair of pursuing terrorists in a pickup during the film's car chase on the Long Island Expressway. Katya (Sam Phillips) also uses a Beretta to fire at a helicopter overhead.

A Beretta 92FS configured for left-handed firing - 9x19mm. This is one of the actual Berettas used by Bruce Willis in the film (four identical guns were used on-set) and was sold by Long Mountain Outfitters.
A production image of John McClane (Bruce Willis) with his Beretta drawn.
McClane pulls his Beretta 92FS on "Detective Otto" during the elevator fight.
NYPD Lt. John McClane (Bruce Willis) rides the dump truck while holding his Beretta.
McClane fires his Beretta 92FS during the car chase
McClane with his Beretta 92FS drawn aboard the ship.
McClane with his Beretta 92FS drawn.
McClane fires his Beretta 92FS.
Katya (Sam Phillips) fires the Beretta 92FS at a helicopter.

Glock 17

A very nervous transit cop (Scott Nicholson) draws a Glock 17 on Zeus Carver (Samuel L. Jackson) when Zeus jumps the turnstiles (without swiping a MetroCard) in order to reach the pay phone at the Wall Street station. This scene later inspired a similar confrontation between a protagonist (voiced by Jackson) and a cop in the 2004 animated film The Incredibles.

Glock 17 - 9x19mm
A transit cop (Scott Nicholson) nervously holds his Glock 17 on Zeus Carver.
Another view of the patrolman with the Glock.

Glock 19

The federal marshals at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York appear to carry Glock 19s. The terrorists that McClane shoots in the elevator are also armed with Glock 19s.

Glock 19 - 9x19mm
Upon opening the door only to find Simon pointing a gun at his head, the federal marshal dives to the ground and tries to grab his Glock 19.
"Detective" Otto (Richard Council) holds a Glock 19 to McClane's chest during the elevator shootout.

Heckler & Koch P9S

In an alternate ending, McClane tracks Simon down in Europe and pulls a Heckler & Koch P9S on him as he forces him to play a game of "McClane Says".

Heckler & Koch P9S - 9x19mm
McClane pulls a Heckler & Koch P9S on Simon in an alternate ending.

Makarov PM

While Simon and his men are at the Federal Reserve, Simon Gruber (Jeremy Irons) can be seen armed with a Makarov PM. In an alternate ending, Simon pulls out and throws away his Makarov when confronted by McClane.

Makarov PM - 9x18mm Makarov
One of Simon's comrades tosses a Makarov PM over to him.
In the alternate ending, Simon takes out his Makarov.
Simon throws away the Makarov.

Smith & Wesson Model 36 (Nickel)

In a scene reminiscent of the original Die Hard, a nickel Smith & Wesson Model 36 revolver with Pachmayr grips is taped to back of McClane. Zeus Carver (Samuel L. Jackson) steps in and grabs the revolver off McClane's back, using it to intimidate an assembled mob.

In a scene reminiscent of the original Die Hard, Detective John McClane with the nickel S&W Model 36 taped to his back.
Zeus Carver (Samuel L. Jackson) threatening a mob drawn by McClane's racist sign using the nickel Smith & Wesson Model 36 strapped to McClane's back

Smith & Wesson Model 36

During the final shootout at the Canadian border, John McClane uses the pilot's standard blue-steel Smith & Wesson Model 36 revolver while under attack from Simon.

Smith & Wesson Model 36 - .38 Special
McClane loads the remaining two bullets into the Smith & Wesson Model 36 after checking the load and discarding the used cartridges.
McClane looks for a target while holding the S&W.

Walther PPK/S

While preparing to depart the doomed cargo ship, Simon Gruber and Katya (Sam Phillips) are confronted by Mathias Targo (Nicholas Wyman), who discovered earlier what was really the cargo on the ship. After Targo accuses Simon of betrayal, Katya draws a nickel-plated Walther PPK/S with pearl grips.

Walther PPK/S - .380 ACP
Katya (Sam Phillips) with the nickel-plated Walther PPK/S with pearl grips.


Mossberg 500

When Simon and his men attempt to enter the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, a Federal Reserve Guard can be seen loading shells into a Mossberg 500 fitted with a heatshield and extended magazine tube. Note that he fires off 12 to 14 rounds without reloading, when a shotgun of this type only can carry a maximum of nine shells.

Mossberg 500 with heat shield and extended mag tube - 12 Gauge
A Federal Reserve Guard loads up a Mossberg 500.
The guard opens fire wildly with the Mossberg.

Submachine Guns

Heckler & Koch SP89 (mocked up as MP5K)

During their infiltration of the cargo ship, John McClane (Bruce Willis) takes what appears to be Heckler & Koch MP5K off of a dead terrorist and gives it to Zeus Carver (Samuel L. Jackson) before sending him off to find Simon Gruber (Jeremy Irons). McClane is seen telling Zeus how to charge the weapon. This particular weapon is actually a Heckler & Koch SP89 fitted with the vertical MP5K foregrip and converted to full auto to pass as an MP5K. It can be noted as an SP89 due to the non-push pin metal lower receiver and lack of paddle magazine release. SP89 mockups are likely used by several of Simon's men throughout the film as well.

A "faux" Heckler & Koch MP5K - Original SP89 pistol converted to full auto fire and fitted with MP5K foregrip - 9x19mm. Giveaways are the lack of a paddle magazine release and all metal lower receiver.
Zeus (Samuel L. Jackson) is given the 'faux' MP5K, actually a mocked up Heckler & Koch SP89, as noted by the non-push pin metal lower receiver and lack of paddle magazine release.
Zeus (Samuel L. Jackson) holds the 'faux' MP5K on Simon.
A production image of the confrontation. This image clearly shows the metal lower.
Simon (Jeremy Irons) holds the H&K after pointing out the safety catch was on.

Heckler & Koch MP5K (Daisy Airsoft replicas)

Near the end of the film, Simon's men take up Heckler & Koch MP5Ks when the authorities arrive. These weapons are actually Daisy Airsoft replicas of the MP5K.

Daisy Softair 'Model 15' MP5K Replica Airsoft gun - 6mm BB. The was one of the earliest replica airsoft guns; it's considerably realistic appearance has led it to be used as a substitute for the real MP5K in several productions.
Simon's men hand out MP5Ks toward the end of the film, which are actually Daisy BB replicas.


John McClane lifts a MAC-10 off of a dead cargo ship terrorist after his fight with Targo (Nicholas Wyman).

Ingram MAC 10 - .45 ACP
McClane with a commandeered MAC-10.


Another frequently-used weapon by Simon's men is the Uzi sub-machine gun. It is most notably seen in the scene where Targo rigs the dam to blow in an attempt to drown McClane as he's pursuing them.

IMI Uzi - 9x19mm
Targo holds the Uzi in the background as he rigs the dam to blow.
One of Simon's men picks up McClane with an Uzi sub-machine gun in hand after he is captured.

Micro Uzi

One of Simon's men disguised as a maintenance worker pulls a Micro Uzi on a Federal Reserve Deputy Marshal.

IMI Micro Uzi - 9x19mm
One of Simon's men points a Micro Uzi machine pistol on a Federal Reserve Deputy Marshal. The other man in the back wields a MAC-10, although it is not loaded with a magazine making it unclear why he's bothering to work the bolt.


Bushmaster XM15E2 S

Just before they blow the dam, one of Simon's men can be seen with what appears to be a Bushmaster XM15E2 of some sort. Bushmaster built the AR15s for the movie and for Bruce Willis' personal collection. A Bushmaster also appears to be the sniper rifle used by one of Simon's men at Yankee Stadium, fitted with a suppressor and a spotter's scope.

The Bushmaster HBAR Carbine - listed in the Bushmaster Sales catalog as "Bushmaster 16" Heavy Barrel Carbine" - 5.56x45mm
One of Simon's Men has an AR-15.
A sniper prepares to use the rifle. Note that the rifle appears to be magazine fed and not a bolt action rifle.
One of Simon's men with the sniper rifle.
Closeup of the sniper rifle.


M60 Machine Gun

During the shootout at the border, Simon Gruber uses an M60 machine gun from the seat of a helicopter to shoot at a nearby chopper carrying John McClane and Zeus Carver.

M60 machine gun - 7.62x51mm NATO
Simon readies the M60 machine gun for his final confrontation with McClane.
Simon looks McClane in the eye with his M60 machine gun in hand.

"Chinese Rocket Launcher"

In an alternate ending to the film, John McClane tracks Simon down in a bar in Europe. McClane then pulls out a Chinese rocket launcher which has the markings removed that indicate which end is the firing one. He then forces Simon to play "McClane Says" and then to point the launcher in the direction he thinks will not harm him. The launcher was custom made for the production out of iron and was hollow on the inside in order to place a special effects charge to simulate firing.

In an alternate ending, McClane pulls out the "Chinese Rocket Launcher".
Simon is forced to press the trigger on the launcher.

See Also

The Die Hard Film Franchise
Die Hard (1988)  •  Die Hard 2 (1990)  •  Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995)  •  Live Free or Die Hard (2007)  •  A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)

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