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In the Line of Fire
In the Line of Fire is a 1993 action thriller starring Clint Eastwood as Frank Horrigan, a veteran Secret Service agent who goes back onto Presidential protection detail when a rogue government operative contacts him about wanting to assassinate the President. The rare Eastwood-starring film not directed by the actor himself, In the Line of Fire was directed by Wolfgang Petersen (Air Force One) and was made with the cooperation of the USSS (United States Secret Service).
The following weapons were used in the film In the Line of Fire:
Smith & Wesson Model 19
USSS Agent Frank Horrigan (Clint Eastwood) uses a Smith & Wesson Model 19 at the start of the film to arrest Mendoza (Tobin Bell) and kill his two henchmen. Later on, a CIA operative holds a Model 19 on Horrigan before he disarms him. Horrigan, who was in the Secret Service all the way back to the JFK administration, likely carries his Model 19 off-duty. It is possible, and likely, that this was his sidearm before he switched to the SIG-Sauer P228, because of the nationwide Law Enforcement switch to automatics in the early 1990's. In order to portray himself as a criminal willing to work with Mendoza, Frank brought his old sidearm.
Smith & Wesson Model 19 - .357 Magnum.
Frank Horrigan readies his Smith & Wesson Model 19 before his meeting with Mendoza.
Horrigan draws down on Mendoza with his Model 19 before identifying himself.
A CIA agent holds a Smith & Wesson Model 19 on Horrigan.
USSS Agents Frank Horrigan (Clint Eastwood) and Al D'Andrea (Dylan McDermott) carry SIG-Sauer P228 pistols as their sidearms in the film, as do all the other Secret Service Agents.
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The SIG-Sauer P228 from In the Line of Fire
(seen from the right).
Agent Al D'Andrea with his SIG-Sauer P228 drawn in Mitch Leary's (John Malkovich
A CIA agent holds D'Andrea's SIG P228 on him.
Horrigan picks up his SIG P228.
Horrigan takes his SIG P228 out of a drawer before answering the door.
D'Andrea nervously aims his SIG P228 at Leary (John Malkovich
). Note the blank adapter and the fact that had this been in real life the blowback would have severally injured him.
When Leary offers to pull Horrigan up and save him from falling he draws his SIG P228 and holds it on him. Leary knows he won't fire since he would drop him, so he taunts him by wrapping his mouth around the muzzle. This was John Malkovich
's improvisation, as it makes him look more psychotic.
"Leary, Don't FUCKING MOVE!"
Horrigan chambers his SIG P228 on his way to the hotel. The gun is actually empty, since when he pulls the slide back, it locks, and then he releases it.
Leary holds Horrigan's SIG P228 on him, unaware he is speaking into his microphone to order the snipers to fire.
Horrigan's SIG P228 on the floor of the elevator.
Mitch Leary (John Malkovich) uses a Glock 19 while being pursued by Horrigan (Clint Eastwood) and D'Andrea (Dylan McDermott) on the rooftops. This is the only time he is seen with it.
Glock 19 2nd generation - 9mm.
Leary peeks over the ledge at Horrigan as he hangs on for dear life.
Leary fires at D'Andrea with his Glock 19.
At the start of the film, Mendoza (Tobin Bell) hands Frank Horrigan (Clint Eastwood) a nickel plated Llama III-A to kill Al D'Andrea (Dylan McDermott) after he discovers he is a Secret Service agent. Frank hefts the gun as he approaches and convinces Mendoza he isn't Secret Service by dry-firing the gun at D'Andrea's head, aware it was in fact empty.
Mendoza hands Horrigan a Llama III-A.
Mendoza tells Horrigan to kill D'Andrea.
The Llama III-A clicks empty.
Mendoza tries to shoot Horrigan with the Llama, apparently forgetting it was empty.
Mitch Leary (John Malkovich) builds a plastic Composite Pistol with two barrels as an assassination weapon to kill the President of the United States. While it is questionable how well the composite material would withstand the high pressure gases from firing, it is used several times in the film without ever breaking. When at the hotel where the President is staying, Leary assembles the weapon under the party table (after practicing assembling it blind folded several times) and had previously hidden the ammunition in a rabbit's foot keychain, and the springs in a pen. The weapon appears to use .38 Short Colt ammunition, or possibly a variation of .38 S&W with unbelted cartridge cases.
Prop double of actual pistol used in the film. This gun was used during scenes in which the gun was assembled and loaded, but not fired.
Actual firing pistol used in the film. Due to legal controversy, the prop has since been cut into three pieces to render it inoperable.
Mitch Leary tightens the rear screw on the Composite Pistol to hold it together.
Mitch pulls the bolts back and pulls both trigger simultaneously.
Mitch test fires his pistol by a lake and manages to destroy a toy boat with it. Pretty accurate for a gun that likely is smooth bore and has no sights...
One of the hunters tries out the pistol and uses it to kill a duck.
Leary reloads the pistol.
Leary hides two cartridges in a rabbit's foot keychain.
Leary loads the pistol under a table during the President's speech in the hotel.
Smith & Wesson 5904
Walter Wickland (Alan Troy) shows Horrigan (Clint Eastwood) and D'Andrea (Dylan McDermott) his personal protection, a Smith & Wesson 5904, which he claims he keeps in case Mitch Leary (John Malkovich) ever returns.
Smith & Wesson 5904 - 9mm.
Walter Wickland (Alan Troy) pulls out his Smith & Wesson 5904.
"This is in case he ever comes back." Wickland tells them about Leary.
LAPD officers are seen with Beretta 92FS pistols while rushing the President of the United States out of the hotel after Leary's assassination attempt.
An LAPD officer has his Beretta drawn as the Secret Service agents evacuate the President to the kitchen emergency exit.
There are several pistols seen in the film that are either too blurry or too hard to identify.
Horrigan shoots one of Mendoza's men, armed with an unknown pistol. At one point it appears to be a Smith & Wesson 5904
, but this is unconfirmed.
The second thug has what appears to be an M1911-type pistol in his holster, which appears to be quite large based on the gigantic holster.
In a crime scene photo, Leary's former partner what appears to be a Beretta 92FS in his holster.
When the Washington DC Metropolitan Police attempt to arrest Mitch Leary (John Malkovich), the MPDC ERT officers are armed with IMI Uzi submachine guns with stocks extended. Unfortunately, it turns out that Leary scrambled the trace and lead the Secret Service and the police to a completely different address. Uzis are also seen used by the Secret Service agents when they rush the President out of the hotel after the assassination attempt.
MPDC ERT officers armed with IMI Uzis enter a house where they believe Leary is at.
A Secret Service Agent with an IMI Uzi watches Leary hold Horrigan hostage.
Winchester Model 70
Winchester Model 70 rifles are used by Secret Service Counter-Snipers at the hotel.
Winchester Model 70 - .30-06.
A Secret Service Counter-Sniper fires a Winchester Model 70 at Leary in the elevator. This seems unsafe since Horrigan is in there too.
A Secret Service Counter-Sniper fires a Winchester Model 70 at Leary in the elevator after Horrigan orders the snipers to aim high.
Steyr SSG 69
One of the Secret Service Counter-Snipers uses a Steyr SSG 69 rifle with a five round magazine and double set triggers.
Steyr SSG 69 - 7.62x51mm NATO.
Close up on the Steyr SSG 69 rifle's double set triggers and magazine.
The Counter-Sniper fires on Leary.
Colt Sako Model L-579 Rifle
Colt-Sako Rifles are used by the two hunters that walk up to Mitch Leary (John Malkovich) after they hear him fire his Composite Pistol.
Colt Sako Model L-579 Rifle - .308
Two hunters run through the woods to find Leary, both armed with Colt Sako Model L-579s.
The hunters talk with Leary.
When Horrigan (Clint Eastwood) is taking a nap on a break, a rack full of guns is seen behind him, although it is too far from the camera to properly identify them.
A gun rack is seen behind Horrigan. They are likely M16
series rifles, as most Government agencies have these. The USSS also carried the IMI Uzi
in 1993, at the time of the film's production.