Live Free or Die Hard

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Live Free or Die Hard
Live free or Die hard.jpg
Official Movie Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Len Wiseman
Release Date 2007
Studio Cheyenne Enterprises
Dune Entertainment
Distributor 20th Century Fox
Main Cast
Character Actor
John McClane Bruce Willis
Matthew Farrell Justin Long
Thomas Gabriel Timothy Olyphant
Mai Linh Maggie Q

Live Free or Die Hard is the fourth installment in the Die Hard film series. The 2007 sequel was directed by Len Wiseman (Underworld) and Bruce Willis returns as NYPD Lt. John McClane, who finds himself paired with a young hacker (Justin Long) as they must attempt to stop cyber terrorists from shutting down the United States government. The film, whose cast also included Timothy Olyphant and Maggie Q, was released internationally under the title Die Hard 4.0.

The following weapons were used in the film Live Free or Die Hard:




SIG-Sauer P220R

For this fourth installment, Detective Lieutenant John McClane (Bruce Willis) changes his sidearm to a SIG-Sauer P220R (nowadays, this model is simply known as the standard P220) instead of the Beretta 92FS he carried in the previous films. The use of a SIG-Sauer series pistol is more in line with the sidearms approved for on-duty carry by the NYPD (although the P226 DAO is the actual approved NYPD model). During the confrontation with Mai Linh (Maggie Q) in the power plant, she takes the P220 and holds it on Matthew Farrell (Justin Long). After McClane hits her with an SUV, she loses the gun and it is never seen again; McClane later takes a Beretta Px4 Storm from Russo (Yorgo Constantine), which becomes his weapon for the rest of the movie.

SIG-Sauer P220R - .45 ACP. This is the screen-used gun that was carried and fired by Bruce Willis in the film.
After being accused of not being a real cop, Detective Lt. John McClane shows Matthew Farrell the SIG-Sauer P220R in his shoulder holster.
McClane takes aim with his SIG.
McClane shoots a fire extinguisher with his SIG-Sauer P220R in the hallway of Farrell's apartment building and succeeds in launching a terrorist out of the window with the blast. It should be noted this is Hollywood fiction.
McClane drops an empty magazine out of his SIG-Sauer P220R before reloading. For some reason the magazines stick and require vigorous shaking to drop fully. Also note the perfectly penetrated and rather large bullet holes.
McClane's SIG-Sauer P220R is knocked out of reach when a terrorist bumps the door open.
A security guard at the power plant who is shot by a terrorist disguised as an FBI agent (Matt McColm) is seen holding a SIG-Sauer P220R.
Mai holds McClane's SIG-Sauer P220R on Farrell (showing good trigger discipline) before being hit by McClane in an SUV.

Beretta Px4 Storm

Terrorist Robert Russo (Yorgo Constantine) is seen carrying a Beretta Px4 Storm in several scenes, both with and without a suppressor. John McClane (Bruce Willis) takes it after killing the previous owner and uses it as his sidearm in the second half of the film. During the final confrontation with Thomas Gabriel (Timothy Olyphant), Matthew Farrell (Justin Long) uses McClane's dropped weapon to kill Emerson (Edoardo Costa).

Beretta Px4 Storm - 9x19mm
Disguised as a Hazmat cleanup crew member, Russo guns down a security guard at the Woodlawn facility with his suppressed Beretta Px4 Storm.
Russo holds his Beretta Px4 Storm on McClane.
McClane speaks to Thomas Gabriel on the radio before being attacked by Rand (Cyril Raffaelli).
McClane fires his Beretta Px4 Storm at Rand as he avoids the shots using his advanced Parkour skills.
McClane kills the semi-truck driver by firing his Beretta Px4 Storm through the door.
McClane kills the last of Gabriel's thugs. Notice his shoulder holster is black and not leather like in the beginning, because he took Russo's shoulder holster when he took the Beretta.
Farrell kills Emerson with McClane's Beretta Px4 Storm.

Beretta 92FS

One of the terrorists is seen using a Beretta 92FS to take care of the hackers in the semi-truck, including Casper (Andrew Friedman). An interesting note, the particular Beretta used in the film was the same prop gun used by Bruce Willis in Die Hard 2 and Die Hard with a Vengeance. Call it a "cameo" role, if you will. This is also the only film in the Die Hard series in which McClane does not use a Beretta 92 variant as his own sidearm.

Beretta 92FS - 9x19mm. This is the gun carried and used by Bruce Willis in Die Hard 2 and Die Hard with a Vengeance, as well as guest appearing in this film.
A terrorist guns down Casper using the Beretta 92FS of the second and third Die Hard films.

Beretta 92SB

A patrolman in Washington D.C. is seen briefly holding a Beretta 92SB, noted by its rounded trigger guard and ambidextrous decocking safety.

Beretta 92SB - 9x19mm
A D.C. patrolman holding a Beretta 92SB during the start of the helicopter ambush

Beretta 92G Elite 1A

Gabriel`s main hacker Trey (Jonathan Sadowski) is briefly seen holding a Beretta 92G Elite 1A. The same gun is seen used in Mission: Impossible III.

Beretta 92G Elite 1A - 9x19mm. This is the screen-used firearm handled by Tom Cruise and Keri Russell in the film Mission: Impossible III. Thanks to James Georgopoulos.
Trey holding the Beretta 92G Elite 1A on Lucy (Mary Elizabeth Winstead).

Jericho 941 R

Thomas Gabriel (Timothy Olyphant) uses a stainless steel Jericho 941 R as his sidearm, which he holds on Lucy McClane (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) in the final confrontation and uses to shoot Matthew Farrell (Justin Long) in the leg. Later, he sticks the muzzle of the Jericho into John McClane's (Bruce Willis) gunshot wound, so McClane simply forces him to pull the trigger, causing him to shoot through his pre-existing wound.

IMI Jericho 941 R with stainless steel finish - 9x19mm. This is the actual gun used by Timothy Olyphant in the film.
Gabriel holds his stainless Jericho 941 R on Lucy when trying to persuade Farrell into undoing his hacking lock.
Gabriel approaches a wounded John McClane while holding his Jericho 941 R.
Garbiel aims his Jericho 941 R at McClane.
Gabriel holds his Jericho 941 R to McClane's head.
Gabriel attempts to revive McClane from his gunshot wound daze by sticking the muzzle of the Jericho 941 R into his wound.
McClane: "How about 'Yippie-Ki-Yay', motherf*-?!" McClane forces Gabriel to shoot himself through McClane's wound.

Glock 22

FBI agents, including Director Miguel Bowman (Cliff Curtis) and some of the Washington D.C. Police officers are seen using Third Generation Glock 22s. They are noted as such by their muzzle diameters and by the fact the FBI actually carries Glock 22s in real life. John McClane (Bruce Willis) at one point takes a Glock 22 off of one of a terrorist disguised as an FBI agent and uses it to kill him.

Glock 22 - .40 S&W
A D.C. Patrolman fires his Glock 22 at the terrorist helicopter during the ambush.
Close up on the Glock 22 in the terrorist's holster before McClane grabs it and shoots him in the foot through the holster. Note how the trigger is in the fired position, meaning it wouldn't actually fire if McClane pulled the trigger.
McClane shoots the terrorist with his own Glock 22.
McClane holding the Glock 22 after shooting the terrorist.
A Glock 22 is seen in Bowman's (Cliff Curtis) holster.

Heckler & Koch P2000SK

Mai Linh (Maggie Q) uses a suppressed Heckler & Koch P2000SK when she and some of the terrorists infiltrate the power plant.

Heckler & Koch P2000SK - 9x19mm
A publicity photo of Mai Linh (Maggie Q) with her suppressed Heckler & Koch P2000SK.
Mai kisses Gabriel with her Heckler & Koch P2000SK in her holster before setting off.
"Agent Tovarek" executes one of the computer operators with her suppressed Heckler & Koch P2000SK.
Mai sets down her P2000SK.

Heckler & Koch USP Tactical

During the scene at the power plant, McClane (Bruce Willis) runs into a terrorist (Michael Papajohn) who is armed with a Heckler & Koch USP Tactical fitted with a KAC suppressor. McClane fires his SIG-Sauer P220R and the terrorist fires the USP Tactical simultaneously over each other's heads before knocking each other's guns away. McClane eventually gets a Glock 22 out of the terrorist's holster and uses it to kill him.

Heckler & Koch USP Tactical - .45 ACP
A terrorist tries to shoot McClane with his suppressed Heckler & Koch USP Tactical as seen from McClane's perspective.
The same scene from the terrorist's perspective.

SIG-Sauer P226R

One of the terrorists at the power plant (Matt McColm) is seen using a SIG-Sauer P226R fitted with a suppressor. When the terrorist is shoved into the elevator shaft by Matthew Farrell (Justin Long), his gun falls into the SUV lodged in the shaft. Mai Lihn (Maggie Q) tries to use the gun to kill McClane, but the car falls to the bottom of the shaft before she can fire off a shot.

SIG-Sauer P226R - 9x19mm
One of the terrorists at the power plant (Matt McColm) guns down a security guard with his suppressed SIG-Sauer P226R.
The terrorist watches the SUV zoom by with his SIG-Sauer P226R in hand.
The terrorist fires his SIG-Sauer P226R and shows us how ineffective the Hollywood suppressors are at dampening the muzzle flash.
Mai pulls the SIG-Sauer P226R out from under her back after having fallen on it.
Mai tries to aim the SIG-Sauer P226R at McClane.

Heckler & Koch USP Compact

Emerson (Edoardo Costa) holds a Heckler & Koch USP Compact which Lucy (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) grabs after she knocks the MP7A1 out of his hands and shoots him in the foot with it, but he restrains her and holds it on her.

Heckler & Koch USP Compact - .45 ACP
An excellent close up of the Heckler & Koch USP Compact in Emerson's holster.
Emerson holds his USP Compact on Lucy.
Emerson tries to shoot McClane but is shot by Farrell first.

Kimber Custom TLE II

Rand (Cyril Raffaelli) carries a Kimber Custom TLE II as his sidearm in the film.

Kimber Custom TLE II - .45 ACP.
Rand tries to fire his Kimber Custom TLE II at McClane.
Rand fires his Kimber Custom TLE II at McClane.
McClane kicks Rand's Kimber Custom TLE II away.

Submachine Guns

Heckler & Koch UMP-45

Many of the terrorists are seen using Heckler & Koch UMP-45s throughout the film. They are all fitted with C-More red-dot sights, Surefire M900A vertical grip/flashlight combinations, and flash hiders. McClane (Bruce Willis) commandeers one after the shootout at Matthew Farrell's (Justin Long) apartment, but never uses it.

Heckler & Koch UMP-45 - .45 ACP. This is a screen used UMP-45 that appeared in the film Live Free or Die Hard and was later used on the set of Iron Man (2008). It is one of many UMP-45s that appeared in both films and is in the same configuration seen in both films.
One of the terrorists (stuntman Clay Cullen) fires his Heckler & Koch UMP-45 at McClane.
The terrorist fires his Heckler & Koch UMP-45 through the walls of Farrell's apartment.
The terrorist firing his UMP-45.
McClane picks up the debris covered UMP-45 after the terrorist is killed by the C4 rigged to Farrell's computer.
The UMP-45 sitting in the back seat of McClane's car.
Emerson (Edoardo Costa) holds his UMP-45 on Farrell.

Heckler & Koch MP5A2 Navy

A few of the FBI agents in Washington D.C. are seen carring Heckler & Koch MP5A2 submachine guns with Navy lower receiver/trigger groups.

Heckler & Koch MP5A2 Navy - 9x19mm
An FBI agent holding a Heckler & Koch MP5A2 Navy.
An FBI agent holding a Heckler & Koch MP5A2 Navy.

Heckler & Koch MP5A3 Navy

An FBI agent is very briefly seen holding a Heckler & Koch MP5A3 with Navy lower trigger group in Washington D.C.

Heckler & Koch MP5A3 Navy - 9x19mm
An FBI agent holding a Heckler & Koch MP5A3 Navy.

Heckler & Koch MP7A1

Emerson (Edoardo Costa) uses a Heckler & Koch MP7A1 to wound John McClane (Bruce Willis) moments before the rescue of his daughter Lucy (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) during the final confrontation. Later, Lucy knocks the MP7A1 out of Emerson's hands and tries to kick it to McClane, but Thomas Gabriel (Timothy Olyphant) intercepts the weapon before it reaches McClane.

Heckler & Koch MP7A1 with Zeiss Z-Point sight - 4.6x30mm
Emerson points his Heckler & Koch MP7A1 at McClane.
Emerson holding his MP7A1 while struggling with Lucy.
Emerson drops his MP7A1 when Lucy shoots his foot with his own sidearm.

Rifles / Carbines

Heckler & Koch G36C

Another weapon used by the terrorists are Heckler & Koch G36Cs. Like the UMPs, they have C-More sights and SureFire tactical flashlights mounted on them.

Heckler & Koch G36C - 5.56x45mm
A terrorist runs through the hallway armed with his Heckler & Koch G36C.
The terrorist fires his Heckler & Koch G36C through the door of Matthew Farrell's (Justin Long) apartment.
The terrorist attempts to indirectly sweep the apartment by firing his G36C through a hole in the door.
A terrorist armed with a G36C.

M4A1 Carbine

M4A1 Carbines are used by the FBI agents being fitted with Rear BUIS, an M68 Aimpoint Red Dot Sight, AN/PEQ-2 lasers, a Vertical Fore Grip, and a TLR-1 weapon light. The security guards at the Woodlawn facility have the same setup except that they have a Surefire M900A light/fore grip instead.

Colt M4A1 - 5.56x45mm
An FBI agent fires his M4A1 Carbine at the terrorist helicopter.
The FBI agent is shot up while holding his M4A1 Carbine.
Russo holding one of the Woodlawn security guard's M4A1 Carbines.
A rack filled with M4A1 Carbines at the FBI headquarters.
An FBI HRT operator aims his M4A1 Carbine at Matt Farrell (Justin Long).

Mk 12 Mod 0 SPR

The rifle used by Rand (Cyril Raffaelli), first in the shootout at Matt Farell's (Justin Long) apartment, and later during chase scene in Washington D.C., is the Mk 12 Mod 0 SPR (Special Purpose Rifle). This is a little-known AR-15 derivative developed by Crane and is used by U.S. SOCOM personnel in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other hot-spots globally. The Mod 0 uses a PRI carbon fiber handguard where the Mod 1 uses a Knight Armament free-floating aluminum handguard. The weapons in the film are fitted with a Leupold Mark 4 CQ/T Rifle Scope, suppressors, brass catchers, Surefire M900 weaponlight foregrips, as well as AN/PEQ-2 IR designators, and are fired on automatic (which suggests that the terrorists simply took the upper receivers/barrels and slapped them on full-auto lowers).

Mark 12 Mod 0 SPR - 5.56x45mm NATO
Rand (Cyril Raffaelli) fires his Mk 12 Mod 0 SPR at McClane in Farrell's apartment. Here we see how the suppressor is clearly fake as it does nothing to dampen the muzzle flash on the weapon.
Rand scans the room after barraging it with automatic fire, a poor choice for the sniping role.
Rand aiming his Mk 12 Mod 0 SPR.
Del (Chris Palermo) fires his Mk 12 Mod 0 SPR at the police vehicle McClane and Farrell are in. Since the weapon is fitted with a brass catcher (a safety precaution in a helicopter), it is not necessary to use blanks during this scene and instead CGI muzzle flashes are used. They are quite obvious to spot since they are shown as emitting a "star" pattern flash, despite coming out of a flat-tube suppressor.
Rand climbs out of the co-pilot's seat and prepares to fire on the police car in the tunnel. Here we see the brass catchers are attached by electrical tape wrapped all the way around the gun, including the magazine. This completely eliminates the possibility of reloading the weapon...
Rand unloads his Mk 12 Mod 0 SPR on the incoming police car. This is a good view of the PEQ-2 IR laser mounted on the SWAN rail, the Surefire M900a vertical foregrip, and the muzzle detail of the Surefire FA556-212 suppressor.


National Guardsmen are seen with M16A2s slung over their back while in Washington D.C.. They appear to be resin props.

Colt M16A2 - 5.56x45mm
National Guardsmen with M16A2s slung over their backs. Also note that the African-American extra has his patch on the top flap of his shoulder pocket, rather than the lower part where it should be.

SIG SG-552

A terrorist is briefly seen handling a pair of SIG SG 552 rifles when Gabriel's (Timothy Olyphant) men load up.

SIG SG 552 - 5.56x45mm
A terrorist handling two SIG SG-552s.


General Dynamics GAU-22/A

At one point in the film, John McClane (Bruce Willis) is forced to face a Lockheed Martin F-35B jet (noted from the F-35A model by its short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) system similar to a Harrier jet). This jet is erroneously outfitted with a pair of GAU-22/A 25mm guns (a four-barrel version of the older GAU-12/U) under the fuselage when the actual F-35B is only outfitted with a single external gunpod; at the time the film was made it was hard to find information on where this was mounted (the final version being a single wedge-shaped gunpod mounted on the centreline hardpoint), so it's possible the filmmakers simply assumed the F-35 used twin external pods like some versions of the Harrier. The guns devastate the semi truck McClane is driving but the pilot recklessly hovers the craft around a demolished cluster of overpasses and eventually crashes when debris falls in the lift fan, causing engine failure.

General Dynamics GAU-22/A - 25mm
The F-35B somehow effortlessly flying around a collection of overpasses while inaccurately firing off two GAU-22/A 25mm Gatling guns. This is obviously fake because the car on the left is not even so much as scorched by the high-powered jet exhaust mere feet away. The F-35B's VTOL engine is purely for takeoffs and landings and not designed to allow the aircraft to operate like a helicopter for prolonged periods, and would overheat if used this way.
The F-35B jet demolishes the semi-truck with its erroneous pair of GAU-22/A 25mm Gatling guns.

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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