S.W.A.T. is the 2003 feature film adaptation of the 1975 television series of the same name. Directed by Clark Johnson, the film stars Samuel L. Jackson as "Hondo" Harrelson, an "old-school" SWAT officer who heads up a newly-recruited team as they find themselves assigned to escort a notorious international crime lord who has promised anyone $100 million to break him out of police custody. An unrelated sequel, S.W.A.T.: Firefight, was released in 2011.
The following weapons were used in the film S.W.A.T. (2003):
Kimber Custom TLE II
The sidearm commonly used by the Los Angeles Police Department's Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) team is a variant of the M1911A1 pistol known as the Kimber Custom TLE II made by Kimber Manufacturing, Inc. Like all the other weapons used by SWAT, the pistol is fitted with a weaponlight (a Surefire 310R, which can be distinguished from the 610R by the minimal protrusion past the muzzle). The most notable scene involving this weapon is when Officer T.J. McCabe (Josh Charles) uses one to commit suicide rather than be arrested by the team he had betrayed. During a training mission simulating a hijacked airliner, the team uses several of these weapons modified to fire paintballs, identifiable by the orange markings on the grip and weaponlight. During the final shootout on the 6th Street bridge, Alex Montel (Olivier Martinez) can be seen brandishing one, shouting in vain for his would-be liberators to "Give [him] more ammo!" when he runs dry. One of Gamble's men also threatens the driver of a subway train with one of these pistols. Both Montel and Gamble's men use standard TLE II's without weaponlights.
The film features Beretta 92FS pistols as the standard-issue sidearms of LAPD patrol officers, which in the opening scenes are totally outclassed by the assault rifles and heavy body armor wielded by the bank robbers (the scene was inspired by the real-life 1997 North Hollywood Bank of America Shootout, represented in the TV film 44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shootout, released in 2003, the same year as S.W.A.T.), prompting the mobilization of the SWAT team. GQ (Domenick Lombardozzi), one of Montel's cronies, is also seen using one fitted with a suppressor when attempting to liberate him from a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department inmate transport bus. Several officers playing the role of terrorists during a training mission are also armed with Berettas that have been modified to fire paintballs and are identified by the orange markings on the bottom of the magazines.
SIG-Sauer P220 Sport
When Gamble frees Alex Montel from SWAT's custody, he can be seen carrying a SIG-Sauer P220 Sport as his weapon of choice, first using it to shoot Officer Michael Boxer (Brian Van Holt) in the neck nearly killing him and then in the final fight with his former partner Officer Jim Street (Colin Farrell). During the fight, Street manages to eject the magazine and get hold of the pistol, Gamble tauntingly holding up the ejected magazine, to which Street replies that there's still a round in the chamber before ejecting it and discarding the pistol, preferring to finish the fight hand-to-hand instead.
Smith & Wesson Model 629
While watching news of Alex Montel's capture and subsequent offer of $100 million to whoever can free him, a gang member can be seen holding a Smith & Wesson Model 629 revolver.
Heckler & Koch MP5A2
One of the primary weapons in the SWAT team's arsenal is the Heckler & Koch MP5A2, wielded by several of the SWAT officers. These MP5A2s feature the Navy trigger group, and are equipped with Surefire dedicated forend weaponlights.
An Intratec TEC-DC9 appears in the scene where Alex Montel's cronies try to bust him out of the Sheriff's Office inmate transport bus while posing as LAPD officers, one of the cronies reaching into a police car and pulling one out, opening up on the SWAT officers that had just shown up on the scene.
Heckler & Koch MP5K
At the start of the convoy ambush scene, a gang member posing as a hobo starts the ambush by whipping out a Heckler & Koch MP5K and letting loose, mowing down a motorcycle cop and riddling the frontmost vehicles in the convoy with bullets.
During the police convoy ambush, one of the gang members can briefly be seen with a Micro Uzi as his weapon of choice.
Another weapon used by the gang members in the police convoy ambush are several SWD M11/9 machine pistols with folding stocks.
The M4A1 Carbine is one of the primary weapons carried by LAPD SWAT in the film. Brian Gamble (Jeremy Renner) and his men also are seen with them later in the film. The M4's are fitted with ACOG Compact scopes on the carry handles and Surefire M500AB weaponlight handguards.
Some of the first firearms seen in the film are the AKM and AKMS. The assault rifles appear in the hands of bank robbers in the opening scenes of the film, which is based off the infamous 1997 North Hollywood Bank of America Shootout (represented in the TV film 44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shootout), where a pair of AK-toting bank robbers dressed in heavy body armor wreaked havoc on the outgunned Los Angeles Police Department. Several AKM and AKMS rifles also appear being used by gang members who ambush a police convoy in an attempt to liberate Alex Montel. Two of the AKM's used by the robbers have high-capacity drum magazines (designed for the RPK light machine gun) instead of the standard 30-round box magazine.
Yet another weapon used during the gang ambush on the police convoy are a couple of Ruger AC556Ks, fully automatic short-barreled versions of the Ruger Mini-14, fitted with folding stocks.
McMillan M88 Sniper Rifle
At one point in the film, an LAPD helicopter arrives to transport Alex Montel to the federal prison, but is shot out of the sky by one shot to each of the chopper's two engines from a McMillan M88 single shot sniper rifle fitted with a suppressor and extra ammo sleeves being wielded by Brian Gamble (Jeremy Renner) from a van in a parking garage several hundred yards away.
Several SWAT snipers are seen using Remington 700PSS sniper rifles fitted with Leupold Mark 4 scopes and Harris bipods during the film. First during the bank robbery scene where SWAT sniper Sgt. Yamoto (Daniel Ichikawa) takes out one of the robbers trying to start the getaway car, and again trying to locate the source of the shots that took out the police chopper. The team is also seen practicing with them during their training, shooting playing cards at long range in a bizarre game of poker, these rifles featuring a camouflage paint scheme as shown below.
Benelli M1 Super 90
The Benelli M1 Super 90 shotgun is another main firearm used by LAPD SWAT and is used in the film by several SWAT officers, it is notably seen as the primary weapon of Deke Kay (L.L. Cool J). In addition to a Surefire dedicated forend weaponlight and pistol-grip stock, it is also tricked out with saddle shell holders on the right side of the stock and left side of the receiver for a total of 12 extra rounds of both buckshot and slugs. During the bank robbery scene at the beginning of the film, SWAT uses one of these shotguns fitted with a special muzzle brake as a breaching weapon to blow the lock off an air conditioning vent cover in order to gain access to the inside of the bank via the roof.
During the training mission simulating a hostage situation onboard an airliner, Deacon 'Deke' Kay uses a Mossberg 590 shotgun modified to fire a rappelling line over the top of the plane. The Mossberg shown is a designated 'less-lethal' variant, indicated by the orange paint job on the stock, pump grip, and trigger guard.
During the bank robbery scene, several LAPD patrolmen can be seen trying in vain to take down the robbers with Remington 870 shotguns which, like their Beretta pistols, are no match for the automatic rifles and heavy body armor of the robbers. Some of the gang members during the convoy ambush can also be seen with Remington 870's.
During the gang ambush of the LAPD convoy, two of the gang members can be seen picking up and then firing M72 LAW rocket launchers at the vehicles, destroying them in spectacular explosions.
Sage Control SL-6 Rotary Launcher
A Sage Control SL-6 Rotary Launcher can be seen on the wall with other guns in the gun cage scene where Hondo gives Street his M4A1 for a tune up and during one of the training sessions.
M18 Smoke Grenade
In the scene where the LAPD convoy is ambushed, several gang members toss M18 smoke grenades into the street to cover their operation. Gamble also tosses one behind him in the sewers in an attempt to delay the SWAT team chasing his group.
An M18A1 Claymore mine appears in the film when Gamble plants one in the sewers while him and his men are being pursued by the SWAT team. Thankfully, the team discovers the mine before it can cause any harm, later using it to blast open a locked gate at the end of the sewers.