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Sicario teaser poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Directed by Denis Villeneuve
Release Date 2015
Studio Black Label Media
Thunder Road Pictures
Distributor Lionsgate
Main Cast
Character Actor
Kate Macer Emily Blunt
Matt Josh Brolin
Alejandro Gillick Benicio del Toro
Ted Jon Bernthal
Reggie Wayne Daniel Kaluuya
Steve Forsing Jeffrey Donovan

Sicario (Spanish for "hitman") is a 2015 crime thriller directed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners) and written by Taylor Sheridan (Sons of Anarchy). Emily Blunt stars as Kate Macer, an FBI SWAT agent assigned to the FBI's Phoenix Field Office, who becomes involved with an elite anti-drug task force led by a shadowy government official (Josh Brolin) and his mysterious Mexican partner (Benicio del Toro). The cast also includes Jon Bernthal and Jeffrey Donovan. A sequel, Sicario: Day of the Soldado, which also was written by Sheridan and with Josh Brolin, Benicio del Toro, and Jeffrey Donovan returning to reprise their roles, was released in June of 2018 by Sony and Columbia Pictures.

The following weapons were used in the film Sicario:



Glock 19

Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) and other FBI agents carry a third generation Glock 19 as their main sidearm, the former notably using hers during the shootout at the Juárez-El Paso border crossing.

Glock 19 (3rd Generation) - 9x19mm
Kate with her Glock while at the Juárez-El Paso border crossing. Note the small guide rod and accessory rail, making this a generation 3 model.
Kate fires her Glock at an attacker.
Kate holds the Glock after opening fire. This is a better view of the guide rod.
Kate aims the Glock.
A production image shows Kate with her Glock holstered.

Glock 17

Alejandro (Benicio del Toro) also uses a fourth generation Glock 17 in several scenes.

4th Generation Glock 17 - 9x19mm. What differentiates this model from older models is the removable backstrap, more aggressive grip texture, enlarged magazine release and larger guide rod face. Also, Gen4 is engraved on the slide.
Alejandro (Benicio del Toro) uses a Glock 17 during a confrontation. Note the larger dual recoil spring guide rod, thus identifying this as a Gen 4 model.
Alejandro (Benicio del Toro) with a Glock 17.
Alejandro holds the Glock 17 on Silvio (Maximiliano Hernández).
Alejandro (Benicio del Toro) holds a Glock 17 on Manuel Diaz.
Alejandro holds the Glock 17.

Beretta 92FS

A Beretta 92FS can be seen in a Delta Force operator's holster during the shootout at the border crossing. A Sonora cartel member is later seen wielding a Beretta.

Beretta 92FS - 9x19mm
Matt's operatives open fire on a group of cartel gunmen. A Beretta 92FS can be seen in a Delta Force operator's holster on the left.
A Sonora cartel member is later seen wielding a Beretta.

SIG-Sauer P226 DAK

A Sonora Cartel gunman uses a SIG-Sauer P226 DAK during the border crossing shootout.

SIG-Sauer P226 DAK - 9x19mm.
Closeup of the SIG held by the gunman. Note the lack of decocker and bobbed hammer, thus identifying it as a "Double Action Kellerman" (DAK) model.

FN Five-seveN

Manuel Diaz (Bernardo P. Sarancino) retrieves an FN Five-seveN USG when he is pulled over by the police.

FN Five-seveN USG (U.S. Government) model - FN 5.7x28mm.
Manuel Diaz (Bernardo P. Sarancino) retrieves the FN Five-seveN USG when he is pulled over by the police.

Heckler & Koch Mark 23

Alejandro (Benicio del Toro) uses a suppressed Heckler & Koch Mark 23 during the climax.

Heckler & Koch Mark 23 with suppressor -.45 ACP
The MK23 can be differentiated from the USP series by the raised sections of the front and rear of the slide at the point the sights are situated, from the curved underside of the front of the frame and also the threaded hole in the front of the wider, elongated trigger guard (for installation of a Wilcox or similar locking LAM unit) which you can see clearly in this still. Also the frame on a Mark 23 is significantly wider before the integrated rail than on a USP. Though it is hard to identify in the film, this enhanced publicity still helps, as well as a brief side shot in the film, detailing the unique Mark 23 trigger guard.
Alejandro (Benicio del Toro), while carrying his Gen 4 Glock 17, (if you look closely) can actually be seen with the Mark 23 in his vest holster, suppressor attached. Nifty continuity and foreshadowing. This could not have been mistaken for a similar USP, as it has an ambidextrous safety lever, which can clearly be seen on its left side.
Alejandro confronts Fausto Alarcon (Juan Cedillo) and his family. Note the older style reflective H&K "Maritime" finish. New MK23s feature HK's standard "Hostile Environment" finish.
Alejandro brandishes the suppressed Mark 23.
Alejandro fires the suppressed Mark 23.

Submachine Guns

Heckler & Koch MP5A3

Alejandro (Benicio del Toro) uses a Heckler & Koch MP5A3 with a Gemtech suppressor, KAC railed handguards and an Aimpoint sight. An unsuppressed MP5A3 with a Surefire forend is used by a cartel gunman during the border crossing shootout.

Heckler & Koch MP5-N with Navy trigger group, threaded muzzle, railed handguard, RIS foregrip, and M68 Aimpoint red dot scope - 9x19mm
The screen-used suppressed MP5A3 carried by Alejandro (Benicio del Toro) in the film Sicario, from Independent Studio Services. (Video from Vickers Tactical).
Production still of Alejandro (Benicio del Toro) aiming the MP5A3.
Alejandro holds his suppressed MP5A3.
The MP5A3 held by Alejandro during the confrontation near the border.
A night vision image of an operator with the weapon.
Heckler & Koch MP5A3 with Surefire Weaponlight and "SD"-style stock.
An unsuppressed MP5A3 with a Surefire forend is used by a cartel gunman during the border crossing shootout.

Heckler & Koch MP5SD3

Alejandro's MP5A3 becomes a Heckler & Koch MP5SD3 with an Aimpoint sight in non-firing scenes.

Heckler & Koch MP5SD3 with S-E-F trigger group and stock extended - 9x19mm
In a continuity error, Alejandro's weapon changes from an MP5A3 to an MP5SD3. Note how the sight has been crudely attached atop the weapon.

Smith & Wesson M76

A cartel gunman attempts to draw a Smith & Wesson M76 submachine gun.

Smith & Wesson M76 - 9x19mm‎
A gunman attempts to draw his S&W M76.


M4A1 Carbine

Kate, Reggie Wayne (Daniel Kaluuya) and Phoenix PD SWAT officers use M4A1 Carbines during a raid. DEA Agent Steve Forsing (Jeffrey Donovan) and Delta Force commandos also use M4A1 Carbines, as do Mexican Federal Police officers, Border Patrol Officers, and cartel members. Note, Prior to the convoy shootout at the border crossing, as the teams are identifying the two threat targets, Jeffrey Donovan's M4 dust cover is open and the chamber is clearly empty.

M4A1 Carbine with EOTech 552.A65 Holographic sight and SureFire M951XM05 tactical light - 5.56x45mm
FBI Special Agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) armed with the M4A1 during the opening operation.
A Mexican Federal Police officer holds an M4A1 while in the convoy.
Steve Forsing (Jeffrey Donovan) aims the M4A1 with an EOTech sight and foregrip when confronting a group of hitmen near the border crossing.
Delta Force operatives armed with the carbines open fire on a group of cartel gunmen.
A Sonora cartel member carrying the carbine loads drugs into Silvio's car.
Kate armed with the M4A1 while infiltrating the drug smuggling tunnels.

Daniel Defense M4A1

Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) uses a Daniel Defense DDM4 "M4A1" with a foregrip, Magpul PMAG and EOTech sight as his main weapon.

Daniel Defense M4A1 - 5.56x45mm
The screen-used Daniel Defense DDM4 "M4A1" carried by Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) in the film Sicario, from Independent Studio Services. (Video from Vickers Tactical).
Matt (Josh Brolin) carries the weapon.
Matt has the rifle slung.
An infrared image of Matt carrying the rifle.
The rifle held by Matt while in the drug tunnel.

Colt Model 933

A Mexican Federal Police officer is seen wielding a Colt Model 933.

Colt Model 933 with 4-position stock - 5.56x45mm NATO
A federale wields a Model 933 while escorting the Americans in Ciudad Juárez.


Delta Force commandos use what are likely airsoft G&P M4 MOE CQBR rifles throughout the film. Border Patrol and ICE Agents are also seen with these rifles as they are guarding a large group of captured immigrants.

G&P M4 MOE CQBR (Airsoft)
A Delta Force commando with the CQBR watches over civilians at the border crossing.
The Delta team leader (Dylan Kenin) holds a G&P M4 MOE CQBR with an ACOG sight.

Heckler & Koch G36C

One of the Delta Force commandos can be seen wielding a Heckler & Koch G36C with an EOTech sight.

Heckler & Koch G36C with an attached EOTech sight - 5.56x45mm
The operative behind Steve opens fire with a G36C.


One of the cartel gunmen at the border crossing wields an AKMSU.

AKMSU Krinkov - 7.62x39mm.
The barrel of the rifle can be seen pointing out of the window of the Honda.


An AK-103 rifle (likely an American semi-auto clone such as the Arsenal SLR-107FR) is used by a cartel hitman disguised as a Federal police officer (or a corrupt Federal police officer doing jobs for the cartel) during the border crossing shootout. A similar rifle is also seen in Silvio's (Maximiliano Hernández) home.

AK-103 - 7.62x39mm
The hitman aims an AK-type rifle.
The modernized furniture and waffle-pattern magazine can be seen.
The rifle, as seen in Silvio's home.

AKMS (Shortened)

One of Fausto Alarcon's bodyguards uses a shortened AKMS rifle.

Custom AKMS with shortened barrel, as seen in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Pineapple Express, Rambo, and Taken - 7.62x39mm
The bodyguard holds a shortened AKMS.

Remington 700 PSS

During the film's opening raid, a SWAT sniper uses a Remington 700 PSS to provide cover for Kate's team.

Remington 700PSS with Leupold Mark 4 scope and Harris bipod - .300 Win Mag
A FBI sniper provides cover during a raid on a house in Chandler, Arizona.

Machine Guns


M249 SAW machine guns are mounted on Mexican Federal Police pickups.

M249-E2 SAW - upgraded M249 with heat shield and full synthetic Stock, equipped with a 200 round ammo drum - 5.56x45mm
A Federal Police officer wields a M249 SAW.
Another angle, note that the gun is shown incorrectly loaded with a 7.62mm belt instead of 5.56mm.
A federale wields a M249 while escorting the Americans in Ciudad Juárez.

M230 Chain Gun

The M230 Chain Gun is seen with AH-64 Apaches inside a US military base.

Hughes/Alliant Techsystems M230 chain gun - 30x113mm B
AH-64 Apaches lined up on a tarmac.


Mossberg 590 Mariner Cruiser

A member of the cartel uses a Mossberg 590 Mariner Cruiser during a shootout with the FBI.

Mossberg 590 Mariner Cruiser with high-capacity magazine tube and pistol grip - 12 gauge
A member of the cartel uses a Mossberg 590 Mariner Cruiser shootout with the FBI.
The shotgun lies next to the dead man.

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