Light It Up

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Light It Up (1999)


The following weapons were used in the film Light It Up:

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Glock 19

The most frequently seen weapon in the film, the Glock 19 is the standard-issue sidearm of NYPD officers, including Officer Dante Jackson (Forest Whitaker). When Jackson tries to forcibly remove one of the students from the school after he and several others protest the suspension of a popular teacher, Jackson's Glock comes out of his holster and is picked up by Zacharias 'Ziggy' Malone (Robert Ri'chard) out of fear of being sent back to his abusive father. In the struggle to retake the weapon, Jackson takes an accidental shot to the leg. The Glock is then taken by Lester Dewitt (Usher Raymond), who demands everyone leave the school except for himself, Jackson, Ziggy, and four other students, resulting in the hostage situation that lasts the majority of the film. In a few shots, a flashbulb-firing Non-Gun can be seen standing in for the real Glock 19.

Glock 19 9x19mm
Lester Dewitt (Usher Raymond) wielding a Glock 19.
Lester Dewitt holds Jackson's Glock 19 on Rodney J. Templeton (Fredro Starr) when the two have an argument about how to resolve the siege.
Zacharias "Ziggy" Malone with Officer Dante Jackson's Glock 19
An NYPD officer brandishing a Glock 19
NYPD officers brandish Glock 19's during a flashback showing the fatal shooting of Lester's father (Robert Minor).
Glock Non-Gun
Closeup of the fake Glock

Glock 17

At one point in the film, Lester recounts an incident where his father (Robert Minor) was fatally shot by NYPD officers when they believed he was reaching for a gun when in fact he was trying to get an inhaler since he was having an asthma attack, one of the officers in the flashback briefly shown firing a Glock 17 instead of a Glock 19 like the other officers in the film carry.

Glock 17 - 9x19mm
A closeup of an NYPD officer's Glock 17 during Lester's flashback

Heckler & Koch MP5A3

The Heckler & Koch MP5A3 appears in the film being used by NYPD ESU officers responding to the hostage situation. As per the norm with SWAT weapons, they're equipped with Surefire dedicated forend weaponlights, some of them also having laser pointers.

Heckler & Koch MP5A3 9x19mm with Surefire dedicated forend weaponlight and Navy trigger group
NYPD ESU officers brandish Heckler & Koch MP5A3's
NYPD ESU officers brandish laser-equipped Heckler & Koch MP5A3's, this is actually stock footage from the 1998 film The Siege (note the "FBI" patches on their vests)

Ithaca 37

The Ithaca 37 shotgun appears in the hands of NYPD officers responding to the hostage situation, with both standard and high-capacity magazine tubes.

Ithaca 37 12 Gauge
An NYPD officer brandishes an Ithaca 37 shotgun
Ithaca 37 12 Gauge with high-capacity magazine tube
An NYPD officer brandishes an Ithaca 37 with a high-capacity magazine tube.

Mossberg 500

When Ken Knowles (Judd Nelson)'s class moves to a restaurant after their classroom deteriorates to an intolerable degree, the class is interrupted by a masked robber (Sharif Atkins) brandishing a Mossberg 500 shotgun with wood furniture and a sawed-off stock, though is disarmed when the Mr. Knowles distracts him, recognizing him as a former student of his named Aaron, causing the robber to drop his guard long enough to be hit over the head with a ketchup bottle and knocked unconscious.

Mossberg 500 12 gauge with wood furniture and sawed-off stock
The robber brandishes his Mossberg 500 at the restaurant

Remington 700PSS

some of the NYPD ESU officers responding to the hostage situation can be seen using Remington 700PSS sniper rifles, fitted with Harris bipods, some of them having laser pointers.

Remington Model 700PSS .300 Win Mag with Harris bipod and scope
NYPD ESU snipers brandishing Remington Model 700PSS sniper rifles
An NYPD ESU sniper climbs a ladder carrying a laser-equipped Remington 700PSS sniper rifle

Valmet M78

One of the NYPD ESU snipers can briefly be seen with a Valmet M78 fitted with a Dragunov-esque stock as well as a scope and laser pointer near the end of the film. The scene is CGI-enhanced stock footage taken from the 1998 film The Negotiator.

Valmet M78 7.62x51mm NATO with magazine removed and scope
An NYPD sniper sets up his scoped Valmet M78. The scene is enhanced stock footage directly taken from the 1998 film The Negotiator.

Ruger Mini-14

During the confrontation between the students and the ESU officers, one of the officers (Daren Flam) is seen armed with a Ruger Mini-14 fitted with an aiming laser, firing his weapon at the students, but not scoring any hits.

Ruger Mini-14 5.56x45mm
An NYPD ESU officer brandishing a Ruger Mini-14 moments before firing on the students

Remington 870 folding Stock

One of the NYPD ESU officers can be seen armed with a Remington 870 folding stock shotgun when SWAT is sweeping the school searching for the students.

Remington 870 folding stock 12 gauge
An NYPD ESU officer (far right) brandishing a Remington 870 folding stock shotgun in footage from The Siege.



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